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Well done. The whites in the last shot of the first bunch is outstanding. I have also tried everything with the tundra swans against a snow ice background and the only thing worse is doing it in a snowstorm. When the sun is bright like your shots I shoot manual with the meter zero'd and usually end up with the histogram to the right then adjust in LR. Most of my shots are overcast against light gray/white background. The shots always look better against a darker background but my keeper rate because of AF is very low.
Our first tundra swans arrived on March 22nd and we have over 200 in front of the house now. We are having a late breakup and they have been through several blizzards since there arrival. Just posted a shot of a banded one I took a few days ago.
Thanks for the comments. I was shooting in M mode and at first was sitting right at neutral on the meter. I then took it up to +2/3 EV which was just blowing out small patches on the backs of the swans exposed to the sun. I have other shots with the swans just against the trees but the problem is their beaks get lost even though their bodies and necks stand out better.
Thanks everyone else for the comments also. I will try again on Wed and then this coming weekend. By then they should be in the 1000s. Right now they are at about 350.