being highlighted by the sun.
One issue with cameras is that
they can only capture a certain
range of light. So, if half of the
bird is in sun, it will be properly
exposed, and the half in the
shade will be darker without
as much detail. This can be a
beautiful effect and it creates an
angle of light that is stark and
When you have part of your
subject in the sun and part in the
shade, you generally expose for
the brightest part of the photo.
But this is just a general guideline; you can choose how you
want the image exposed. Another exciting angle is backlighting.
If you expose for the brightest
or highlights in the image, your
subject often becomes a silhouette. The photographer can create some beautiful and striking
images, especially if the light
comes from a sunset or sunrise.
Other amazing technological
advances in today’s photography
are the computer programs that
can balance out a side-lighted
subject. They can help balance
this range of light, which changes the photo to have less con-
From the top: A baby mallard
escorted by the adult female.
Two sandhill crane chicks stay
close to a feeding adult.
A male American wild turkey
struts his stuff.
A reddish egret takes off from the