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Birds on the wing

Who cares about rules of beauty if nature shows all its beauty? When shooting, all I worry about is: do I get those fast birds in the picture, and in focus? The rest is for post-processing: synchronising the colour temperature to daylight (I leave the camera on automatic white balance–it’s in Raw anyway), taking a few tenths off the exposure to keep the white from being too white (in the case of the single wader) or increasing it a few tenths to show some detail in the dark parts (in the case of the geese), and cutting off the foreground and background (too much sea and air in both cases). For the rest: pure nature!


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