Help w Ravens BIF exposure, black bird bright sky

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Mojave Chris New Member • Posts: 22
Help w Ravens BIF exposure, black bird bright sky
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I am trying to get better at birds in flight with my Sony A7II, LE A3 & Tamaron 150-600mm 1st version. These were all shot with manual focus since the auto focus on this set up is kinda slow. Trying to get some detail on these Ravens is very difficult. They are so black and the shy is so bright out here in the hi desert. I waited till just before the set so I can get some sun under the bird, but that was easier said then done. Looking for some tips on improving on  these shoots.The EV was set to 2/3 over, any higher and it seems to blowout the shy, yet I can't seem to bring up shadows & detail in the bird like I want. It starts to get banding issues when I push the shadows to much, and it just starts to look weird. They were all shot uncompressed Raw. Got ant tips?

Thanks Chris

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