Fox Sparrow edited

Playing with the Shadows – Fox Sparrow Edit –

Fox Sparrows are an uncommon sparrow in the Las Vegas area. We see a a handful each year, during migration and sometimes a few stay the winter.


I took image early in the morning, just as the sun was rising. The Fox Sparrow was deep in a thickly vegetated. Luckily, I had my tripod and was able to lower my shutter speed beyond what hand shooting would have allowed (usually when shooting at 600mm I keep my shutter speed above 500)


To get the dark colored bird the proper exposure, the surrounding lighter colored vegetation came out looking brighter than I remembered.


In post, I decided to recreate what I “saw.” I darkened the background which also removed the distracting sticks around the birds head and body.

Sony A6600
Sony 200-600mm
Exposure Bias Value: 0.7
Exposure Mode: Auto exposure
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
Exposure Time: 1/250
FNumber: 6.3
Photographic Sensitivity (ISO): 2,000
Metering Mode: Pattern
Focal Length: 600mm
Fox Sparrow un-edited
Unedited Fox Sparrow

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