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.