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  • Coots in a fight.

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    Re: Coots in a fight.

    Cathrine,

    Coots are particularly difficult to expose for with the extreme contrast between bill and plumage and I think you've done very well here. Did you use the polarising filter? I use it with the 300mm when photographing in this sort of situation as it helps to darken the water and help get a better exposed and balanced image.

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      Re: Coots in a fight.

      I didnt even think of that, I completely forgot about the filters! i checked the exposure while they were sizing each other up, glad I did. A little later in the evening the camera kept over-exposing, but here it wasn't too bad. Tufted duck males in full evening light was a challenge though, had to underexpose a lot.
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        Re: Coots in a fight.

        Hi

        I believe you did a very good job in freezing the action and also balancing between dark plumage and light bills. How did you expose? Under-exposure?Low key, high key?

        Regarding the hint about useing polarizing filter; what ISO did you use? (I am concerned about exposure time).

        I believe image 4 should be recropped in order to remove some of the less interesting foreground water (out of focus). You could also try recropping images 1, 2 and 3 to achieve similar effect (just slighlty).

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          Re: Coots in a fight.

          Originally posted by Tordan58 View Post
          Hi

          I believe you did a very good job in freezing the action and also balancing between dark plumage and light bills. How did you expose? Under-exposure?Low key, high key?

          Regarding the hint about useing polarizing filter; what ISO did you use? (I am concerned about exposure time).

          I believe image 4 should be recropped in order to remove some of the less interesting foreground water (out of focus). You could also try recropping images 1, 2 and 3 to achieve similar effect (just slighlty).

          /Tord
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            Re: Coots in a fight.

            Hi

            Partly off topic, but somewhat related: Two pictures of non-fighting coots taken with 50-200 SWD, a few hours in between (late afternoon, sunny and windy and early evening with sun going behind trees and calm conditions).

            Underexposed -1/3 EV to avoid eroding the white beak and also preserve the structure in the feathers. Wide open F4.0. exposure time 1/1500 and 1/500s.

            The first picture has some undesired shadows across the back (from weed), apart from that I am quite happy with it. In the second picture I should have waited until the coot turned its head somewhat left; the structure in the neck feathers is almost gone and the eye is not glowing from reflecting the sun.
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              Re: Coots in a fight.

              That's some strong light in the first photo! Very nicely exposed. I see what you mean with the second shot, but then again, he might have dived in stead of turning his head into the sun There is at least a small catchlight in its eye.
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                Re: Coots in a fight.

                Hi Cathrine
                The shots of the coots are lovely. I so agree with you that in an outdoor shot like this the creatures need some space around them. Especially water with ducks.

                And how do you pronounce that location?

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                  Re: Coots in a fight.

                  Originally posted by Floribunda View Post
                  And how do you pronounce that location?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Coots in a fight.

                    Aussie Coots are more civilised and peaceful Cathrine!

                    These were shot with an E-520 and the 70-300, processed as psd and saved as jpgs.
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