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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/27/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Northern Cardinal

(Cardinalis cardinalis)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Road

Notes: My neighbor once asked me, "are you all camping in your backyard in the snow?" I chuckled and replied, "No that is a photography blind, I was taking pictures of birds in the snow." She joined in on the laughter as well. Snowfall has the amazing ability to visually transport a scenery from suburban to alpine. This contrasting situation brings its own photographic challenges though. Overexposure of the bright white snow can cause a whiteout or it can easily result in the under-exposure of the subject. With a couple of test shots, I found the middle ground. The camera's internal light meter wants to adjust for the overly bright conditions by shortening the exposure time. This is caused by the ample light reflecting off the white snow. Black absorbs, white reflects. Left unadjusted, that condition would cause the bird to become a dark silhouette and the snow to be midtoned. So, lowering the shutter speed to compensate for this condition, thus brightening the image. I adjusted until the sampling was on the verge of over-exposure, yet not past it. This brought up the whites to where they should be and allowed the Cardinal enough exposure time to come out as well.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom f-5.6 L Series Lens • Manfroto Tripod • Doghouse Blind

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2000 second • Aperture = f 5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 320 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~8 Feet • Date Shot: 02-20-12

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