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The Horned grebe (Podiceps auritus) is in low but direct sunlight, and the background is in shade. The image is underexposed by 2/3 of a stop (two “clicks” left on the big thumb dial on the back of advanced Canon cameras, or two “clicks” left on the little index finger wheel while keeping the Av+/- button depressed) to keep the back of the bird from burning out, and again, as with the Mute swan, this helps tone down the background so that nothing gets in the way of appreciating the handsome bird.

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