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Great Blue Heron on Overcast Day in Fall
Lens: Sigma 150-500 DG OS for Pentax Camera: Pentax K-3 II Photo Location: NY (woods near Lake Champlain) ISO: 640 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: C_Jones, 11-11-2021, 03:30 PM

This is a crop of a shot I took of a Great Blue Heron in Fall of 2015 (October). As you can see It was standing on a branch of a tree with leaves that had turned. It was overcast, so I used an adjusted EV (exposure value) of +1.3 on my K-3 II.

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11-11-2021, 04:01 PM - 1 Like   #2
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I like that over exposure for the plumage. Really shows it well. I tend to under expose on the leaves to saturate their colors, but that overly darkens the backlighted bird.
Good lesson you showed me.
I'll have to experiment with that a bit.
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Good shot of the Heron. It was perched pretty high in the tree and with that backlight and your exposure compensation aided you in getting the shot. Good work.
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I like that over exposure for the plumage. Really shows it well. I tend to under expose on the leaves to saturate their colors, but that overly darkens the backlighted bird.
Good lesson you showed me.
I'll have to experiment with that a bit.
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Thanks Angky. The original lighting that day would most likely have been too dark to reveal the bird and leaves if I had not used the plus EV. I was using TAV mode, so the plus EV gave the exposure what was needed. Another example is, if I notice some bright sun on some wild flowers and I want the sun light to be reduced to where the color and detail may be revealed more (less glare), then I sometimes will use minus EV such as -.3 or -.7 or -1, depending on what is needed. That is when I am using TAV. Otherwise,, if I am using Manual, I adjust my Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO as needed for exposure.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
Good shot of the Heron. It was perched pretty high in the tree and with that backlight and your exposure compensation aided you in getting the shot. Good work.
Thanks. It was sort of far away, and up in the tree like you mentioned. I was glad to still get the detail and exposure to reveal the Heron and the colored leaves. It was overcast, so the use of the plus EV was dealing with an even light and it worked out pretty well.


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Thanks for the elaboration. Appreciated!
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Good work! The details of the heron really came out nice. The exposure compensation worked very well.
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Good work! The details of the heron really came out nice. The exposure compensation worked very well.
It was sort of surprising how well the lighting, color, and detail came out, considering how the sunlight was partially blocked by the cloud layer. It is an example of how EV can be effective in certain situations.

Thank you for the nice compliment. I appreciate that.

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Well done!
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Well done!
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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Fine photo of a great bird
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Fine photo of a great bird
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Thanks for the elaboration. Appreciated!
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You're welcome.
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