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on Mar 23, 2010 in Wildlife Photography

I Just Love Pink!

Pink on blue, what a dynamic color combo! The trick, getting the blue because in FL, getting the pink, the Roseatte Spoonbill is pretty easy (compared to getting it like in KS).

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Here’s the problem, there was plenty of pink but not the blue. You have two options, don’t shoot or make the most of what mother nature has presented you. Shooting is just in my blood so I don’t know anything else under these conditions and while gray skies is the last background I would prefer, that’s what we had.

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There is a rule in wildlife photography, don’t shoot a bird in flight against a gray sky. This is because of exposure range. Exceptions include pink birds and when a tad, very little, the smallest sliver of light slips under the cloud to kiss the subject.

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And if you have gray skies then you will have gray water so the rule applies to both. It can put you in quite a pickle or, if you look for the slightest variation, opens the door to new possibilities. Don’t get stuck behind rules, click and make merry!

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film