Going for a Higher Note (Five Photographs) and Some Words on Exposure
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This Egret was in a tree across the water from where I stood. I could not hear the bird’s song, which is just as well as it’s not a pretty sound. There are some challenges in shooting Egrets. In an earlier article I talked about under exposing to get details in the white feathers. In processing we can lower the highlights to add detail. Secondly when you process the photo, noise reduction can be an issue; you can reduce the noise but removing all noise will come at the cost of detail in the highlights, the feathers. Thirdly, while I can get detail by reducing the highlights, this can also result in the whites going grey or dirty. It’s best to get the exposure of the feathers right in camera. All that said, if the bird is moving and there is a slight change in lighting you can get blown highlights; a bit of blue or grey where there should be white, too much and it matters. Hope this is of some benefit when shooting Egrets and other white objects, like snow.