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I recently took this photo of a Capercaillie who resides near to where I am currently living in Austria. I would appreciate any comments and tips on improvement, especially on where the snow appears washed out, how can I add more texture to the snow in the shot?
thanks!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:18.0 - 200.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 314.6 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Mar 2012 - 4:29 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:On, Fired
Title:Capercaillie in the snow
Username:youngw66 youngw66
Uploaded:31 Mar 2012 - 1:24 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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BigRick
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 10:14 PM

with that shot.... i would leave it as it is.... your camera cant do both black and white.... so to get the correct (and very good) exposure on the bird, which is dark, then the snow has to be blown out, although you may (if shot in RAW) be able to do something with the highlights in camera RAW settings to bring them down a little and get some detail back.

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LuDa
LuDa  1 United States
30 Jun 2013 - 5:51 PM

Hi, I'm not a professional photographer, but by reading the way you took the picture I can see two problems that may explained why the snow is overexposed. You took the photo with +2/3 which means at the moment you didn't adjusted the metering mode to indicated you could snapped it, that means your pic will be over exposure, plus the ISO 400 to give more light . I know there are many ways to take a good picture in this situations, and one of them is bracketing, and then you blend all images in PP to get a great photo. Other way read how to get good exposures.
I hope this can help you out. You asked how to improved your technique, and I guess in my HO, people who know better should give us these kind of advices, I would like to have advices in how to improve my photos, but I see only one person try to help you out. I know what are you asking for, because I'm in the same situation which is: PLEASE PHOTOGRAPHERS SHARE WITH US HOW TO DO IT BETTER.SmileSmileSmile, isn't this the purpose to join a site of photographers and share pictures?

Best regards,
LuDa

Last Modified By LuDa at 30 Jun 2013 - 5:54 PM

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