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      07-24-2011, 10:45 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Weebl View Post

Dave, I always have the black bird/plane issue when shooting them all my opportunities seem to be mid day. I'll try starting at +1 or 2. Thanks for the enlightenment.
Dark is surprisingly hard, but +EV is the solution there. You'll often lose BG detail, so then you'll need to fill the frame with the subject. Direct sun makes it harder.

Even though this was in direct, bright sun, I shot at +1EV. It's hand held at 700mm, so I needed shutter speed and used ISO 800, but the point is the plus EV to bring out detail in a really dark bird. Still, even with that, the harsh shadows under the head have little detail:

European starling on signpost by dcstep, on Flickr

Another shot at +1EV in direct sunlight:

Crow! Crow! I'm over here. by dcstep, on Flickr