How To Photograph Backlit Bird Wings
You have probably noticed how the Sun when it is low in the sky, lights up the bird’s wings. It can be a tricky shot so here’s how I do it although im sure not the only way. Because the birds wings are bright the camera sensor will be fooled and the main body of the bird will usually wind up underexposed. So what I do is spot meter the birds body and expose just enough to see some features vs a black blob.
Now you have to be careful to not blow out the backlit wings while you are going for a body exposure, it’s a fine balance between the two. I’ll normally choose the wing exposure over the body because the backlit wings make the shot right?
Here’s a couple of shots I did recently. The subject is a grackle which is really dark so I had to do some tweaking in Lightroom.