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    Jason,

    Rich's description is pretty close to what I do myself. I think that the difference between us has to do more with styles and where we live. As you have noticed I often have the sun in my images. In those situations, I expect that that part of the image will not record on film and just live with it. However, I will meter off a nearby cloud (that I want to be 18% grey) or meter 90° from the sun on the sky to get my base reading. Then I will meter the foreground to see what the total range of the image is, from there I will decide whether to use a split neutral density filter or not. In those situations where the sun isn't present, my metering technique is almost exactly what Rich does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Jason,

    Rich's description is pretty close to what I do myself. I think that the difference between us has to do more with styles and where we live. As you have noticed I often have the sun in my images. In those situations, I expect that that part of the image will not record on film and just live with it. However, I will meter off a nearby cloud (that I want to be 18% grey) or meter 90° from the sun on the sky to get my base reading. Then I will meter the foreground to see what the total range of the image is, from there I will decide whether to use a split neutral density filter or not. In those situations where the sun isn't present, my metering technique is almost exactly what Rich does.
    Robert,

    Agreed, however, there are the times where the sun is in my images and I do much the same as Robert. Some of these images are still only on my website or in my files and have yet to be uploaded here at APUG.

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    For landscapes on color transparency, I do pretty much what Robert and Rich do.

    For birds I spot meter. I'll place white feathers in bright sun about 1-1/3 stops over middle gray and let the shadows fall where they may. For a predominantly black bird, I might put it one stop under middle gray and let the highlights go where they will. On the odd occasion that I might photograph penguins, well, I hope for an overcast day.

    Art Morris has a good metering guide for bird photography using a center weighted averaging meter, aperture priority AE, and the exposure compensation dial. It's in _The Art of Bird Photography_, and I think it may be on his website at www.birdsasart.com.
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