Archive for January 5th, 2009



White Ibis

White Ibis

On our last day on Sanibel, we came on a group of birds actively feeding along the road…Ibis, Egrets, Spoonbills, Herons, Cormorants, and even a Pelican. (A Woodstork flew in just as we were pulling away.) I took a lot of images, trying to catch interesting action. Because most of the birds were white, I used the EV (Exposure Compensation) setting on my Sony H50 to decrease the metered exposure by 1.7 stops. Even so, the white birds in bright sun and open shade presented a range of brightness that was often simply beyond the senor’s ability to capture. Decreasing exposure more would have made the shadowed whites go gray, and I did not want that either.

Still I got some good shots. The birds kept taking short flights across the pond (100 yards or so), so I had many opportunities to practice. I have a lot of blurred birds in motion, but out of 25 shots several are keepers. This is one of my favorites.

Sony DSC H50 at about 160mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/1000th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto with -1.7 EV.

Only basic Clarity, Vibrance, and Sharpening in Lightroom.

The image is from the Sanibel and Everglades Gallery.