Using Contrast to your Advantage

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Great Egret
A few days ago I was at Merritt Island on a bright sunny morning, and while I was photographing a Sora, a Great Egret walked by.  I noticed that, while its head was very nicely lit by the sun, the background was cast in deep shadow.  So when my Sora scurried back into the mangroves, I turned my attention to the egret.  There was so much contrast in the scene that, after exposing for the egret, the background was completely black.  This photo may look a little like it was shot in a studio or controlled environment, but other than cropping and a few minor adjustments, this image is pretty much the way I shot it at Merritt Island.  This is one fun way you can use high contrast in wildlife scenes to your advantage.


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