Early morning and noon.

I like taking my camera out at noon to take pictures, I know the sun is not correct; it makes planning essential. Early morning is a bit safer for over/under exposures but I have come up with a solution for it.

Taken at 8am yesterday morning in the garden the Sun was rising to the right. Making sure it is over my right shoulder to position myself eliminating the light pollution. It ended up being a good shot, it merely takes a bit of planning.

The Sun is straight up in this photo it is a good picture due to the subjects being in the shade. I was in the shade as well about 50 feet away, preparing to take off I missed the in flight shot.

The Green Heron was taken at 7:30am, the Sun is to the left. The bird is passing on my right which is important in controlling the light. I no longer attempt to take an image to my left in the morning. However at dusk it is a horse of a different color.

The Egret was taken at 4:15pm, dusk was just coming on. I used my try-pod and live view which is becoming my procedure now for stationary subjects. I have a much lower delete ration when I use it, part of the reason is I am not so steady on the trigger. To my advantage it was a drizzle while taking this image, it calmed the Sun down drastically. Because of the scattered clouds I remained mindful of where the Sun was, in this case just over my left shoulder.

This Bluejay was taken just prior to noon, notice where the shadow is. Now the Sun remains over my left shoulder, I hug it as close as possible. If it is past my ear I don’t take the picture as it will be over-exposed. It is possible sometimes to remedy that by re-positioning to place the light where it is most effective. This was taken from a distance of 30 feet.

The Red Tailed Hawk was taken at noon, the Sun is directly overhead. During editing it was lightened, because I was not positioned correctly in relationship to the Sun it was under exposed. Lightening it up a bit exposed the true colors however it does no justice for the detail. Which makes the camera settings all important during the bright times of the day. I considered no longer taking photos during the noon hours (11am-1pm) but the opportunities are too easy to take advantage of. Between that time the Hawks are most active making it possible to predict what they will be doing next. Sure enough this afternoon they showed again, however the Sun was not correct. I took over 400 shots and deleted all but 80 of them for a 20% keeper rate. All of the photos of birds flying were black gobs on a blue sky, Noon is the toughest. That’s the way things are in the Sun.

Jaques Lebec Flutter Shutter

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