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Dubes

Mississauga, CA
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Dubes Moderator Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Macro and Wildlife Photography Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest  Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007
Sun 18-Nov-12 11:20 PM

A number of these have also returned to our area and I've found these to be one of the most difficult birds to expose for. The black feathers seem to suck in all the light, and the white feathers seem to reflect it all when shooting the males, so we get either blown highlights or deep featureless shadows.

The two shots of the males I've posted here, I waited until I got some ot the iridescence reflecting back of the black head feathers, and underexposed the shots to not blow out all the whites. The female is somewhat easier to expose for.

D300 + 600mmVR + 1.4TC

Male (drake) ISO400, f/7.1, 1/500sec, -0.7EV

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Male (drake) ISO400, f/6.3, 1/640sec, -0.3EV

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Female (duck) ISO400, f/6.3, 1/250sec, -0.3EV

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Thanks for looking

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Richard

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