The Mute swan (Cygnus olor), a white bird, is photographed against a dark background. In this situation you need to underexpose the entire image to avoid overexposing the bird. This has the added benefit of turning the background even darker than it was on location, something that looks rather nice.

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 25 January, 2015
  • Focal length: 840mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s

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