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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    metering for eagles


    I'm having a very hard time capturing ideal pictures of bald eagles. It's difficult to expose them in flight properly considering they are dark brown, with a white head, and set against a very light blue sky. There are no mid tones to work with. What would be the best way to get an ideal exposure? full manual?


    Canon Rebel XTi, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Canon 70-300mm IS USM f/4-5.6, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Dallas, Texas
    i'd shoot it full manual. i'd start somewhere around ISO 400 f/4 1/500s and adjust from there.
    40d | 5d mk II | 2.8/16 zenitar fisheye | 16-35L | 35L | sigma 1.4/50 | sigma 2.8/50 Macro | sigma 1.4/85 | 70-200L IS
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    So Calif
    Meter off the palm of your hand (in the same light) and then +1. Probably the same for light blue sky. Or, off green grass and +2/3. Or, meter off a gray card and use that.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)

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