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This im­age of an African darter dry­ing its wings in the early morn­ing sun was taken on our fi­nal day on the Chobe, and by then I had my ex­po­sure set­tings pretty nailed! The dark back­ground, and even darker plumage, meant that I had to dial in ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion of -1.67 to stop both the wa­ter and the feath­ers from look­ing washed out. An aper­ture of f/11 en­sured that the tips of both wings were sharp, while still keep­ing the back­ground nicely blurred out and – to Lou’s last­ing sat­is­fac­tion – per­fectly clean. It’s the gor­geous golden light on the bird’s feath­ers that make it, though – that and the grace­ful curves of its neck, tail and wings.

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