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Lake Alice Osprey

Lake Alice Osprey
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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Lake Alice - UF Campus

After a successful plunge into the lake to snatch its lunch (behind my back!) the osprey flew to a lofty branch for some fish'n'chips (sans chips).

As fate would have it the osprey perched itself on a branch where the only clear view I had of it meant I was also looking almost directly into the sun (curses!!!).

I experimented with ESP, center-weighted and spot metering. This photo (spot meter) was the only image where we made eye contact.

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 29-Jul-2007 13:57 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/200
Aperture: f-5.0
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 40-150mm
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Cropped 50% / re-sized / a little tweaking
Image resized to: 578x960

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Spot metering is for me a must , can't explain why but I found out for me it's the best way of handle the light .
Spot your subject do your metering and change your camera directions to the view ( cutout) you want to have with the shutter pressed halfway ...

Many times I tried ESP and still I came to the same result as described above...
Can you imagine you would have done a metering on the the light leafs back lit by the sun...the Osprey would have been totally dark ...

So compliment with your settings ....worked out pretty good.....;-))

Best regards...............Fons

Fonzy - at 19:54 CEST on 29-Jul-2007 [Reply]

Lake Alice Osprey

Fons -

Thanks again! And agreed - I got my best results using the spot meter, but still, I had to be careful not to take my reading off of 'all dark' or 'all light' subject matter, and it wasn't easy getting an 'average' spot meter reading with ~half the meter sensing area over light, the other half on a dark portion of the bird.

Just the same I did try center-weighted and ESP - but in both cases I increased the EV = +1.3 up to +2.0 and shot a lot - like I didn't have to worry about buying film :-)


Leon Plympton at 20:49 CEST on 29-Jul-2007 [Reply]