EOS 1DX Mark II, EF 600 II w/1.4x III,1/1600 @ F/6.3, ISO 800. Manual, Spot metered on snow plus 2.3 stops. Tripod/Gimbal head.
The bobcat’s fur color and texture allowed it to perfectly blend into the rock outcropping. Natural camouflage together with the cats ability to remain completely motionless for extended periods of time make it a formidable predator.
The EF 600mm super telephoto lens with 1.4x III converter (840mm effective focal length) allowed me to maintain a comfortable working distance from the cat, without altering the bobcat’s instinctive behavior.
I prefer the Spot Meter Pattern, as there is never a deviation in the method, subject size to background is irrelevant, etc. The Spot pattern does one thing, it renders whatever is in the pattern as a mid-tone value, and it does it accurately and consistently. You need only determine how much light to add or subtract from the meter recommendation to render the tone as desired on the histogram: shifting to the right to show more detail in a dark subject, shifting left to render more detail in a white subject. Typically, with new cameras having a wider dynamic range the shift need not be as great as it was with previous models.
Or, you can simply view the image in real time using “Live View” on the cameras rear LCD. Together with the Histogram and Exposure Simulation enabled you can verify/adjust the exposure prior to depressing the shutter. Mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R provide similar real time information when using the cameras rear LCD or EVF viewfinder.
Techniques such as Exposing to the Right (ETR) and having a firm grasp in postproduction techniques allow you to extract all the information recorded in capture.
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