Egret Preening (Three Photographs)
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This is the same egret as last week, nothing like a subject that poses over a long period. The secret to egret photographs is under-exposing like you would for snow, otherwise you will not get the white feather detail. The trick is to under-expose just enough so that the background still looks reasonable. Not enough negative exposure compensation and detail is lost, too much and the scene looks surreal, if not dull. I have not always got it right and with this bird, I erred a bit too much in some shots on keeping the background realistic.