Burned the bright spot on the right side of the head as the viewer sees it and brought the exposure up just a smidgen overall.
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This is a short series of a juvenile falcon coming in to land on their favorite perch. The perch is some sort of branch that was put there many years ago by either a photographer or one of the many locals that come to see these birds do amazing things every year. The location is a vertical cliff face with the ocean directly below. Much of the cliff face is in shadow until about 10:30 am so you have extreme brightness on the birds above the rim of the cliff face with a very dark cliff face for a background. They can make for dramatic images but are very tough to expose for. I find that aperture priority is rather useless in these scenarios and so manual exposure is the way to go which is relatively easy. Just dial in the exposure on a bird in the light and let the dark background fall where it may. You can always thumb roll your shutter speed while the birds are in flight if they go into and out of the dark background but that is really challenging and only rarely do I find myself getting a great exposure. These were all processed on different days months ago and so they look like slightly different in white balance which is fairly cool on all of them.
This one juvenile had just met up with dad and they did an in air food exchange right before she came back to the perch. This series shows the headless prey in all three photos. Thanks for taking a look and offering up any helpful suggestions.
I’m curious about the white balance. I think they may be too cool as these young falcons are pretty orange particularly when lit by the early morning sun so I tend to cool them off but I may have gone too far. The background has a blueish tone to as well. I suppose I could select just the background and warm it selectively. Anyway, let me know your thoughts on this and anything else you come up with. You guys really helped me out on my last post.
Z9, 800mm lens, ISO 1000, f/6.3, 1/2500th, hand held, manual exposure for all three images.