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This is a straightforward shot of an animal on a rock and its reflection. The interesting thing is what it says about modern cameras. Film captured a very wide range of light and color. Modern camera sensors capture a narrower range of light and sometimes color.
No matter what settings you use, including those in your camera designed to help with shadows, if you want the overall picture to be balanced then the gull’s white neck is going to be to somewhat blown out (e.g. gone to white with no detail). The green of the water gets exaggerated when we try to maintain the natural colors of the rock. This matters if you want to print the picture and hang it on your wall, but not if you plan to view it on a small computer screen.
Technology is evolving quickly and will more than likely fix the issue of capturing the full range of light (similar to our eyes). Had I seen this problem at the time, I might have taken multiple shots and combined them in post-processing. If in the future I intend to print the photograph, I might try some software solutions.
It is important to understand the limitations of our cameras, as well as the possibilities to overcome these limitations in post processing. The software solutions you acquire and learn to use to process your pictures are as important as the camera you choose to buy. Ansel Adams spent a long time in the darkroom and photographs were no more perfect out of the camera in his days than in ours.