Male Klipspringer standing on rocky outcrop in early morningCaption: Male Klipspringer standing on rocky outcrop early in the morning, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Shutter speed: 1/640; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 800; Exposure compensation: +1.7 EV

The above photo is a classic example of the camera’s light meter being fooled by background light. When I exposed normally, the klipspringer became a silhouette. I tried a number of exposures, using the camera’s exposure compensation dial. In this case, I over-exposed (according to the meter) by 1.7 stops in order to show detail in the main subject and the rocks.

This meant the sky was over-exposed, but that’s fine. Even though I was using a 400mm lens, the klipspringer only filled part of the frame, so the picture has been cropped. This means there was more sky in the background, which no doubt influenced the extent by which the meter originally under-exposed the subject.

See this post about Klipspringers in our previous blog to find out more about these small, amazingly agile antelope.

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