I was not ready

Nikon D300, 500mm PF, 1/800, f10, iso640

When I arrived at the preserve carpark, I saw the Beaver resting not far away. I quickly reached to pull out my camera and started shooting. I was able to get down from the car and approached the beaver without alerted him. At the back of my mind, I was so happy that I had good shots. The camera’s buffer was filled within short time. I looked at the LCD and realized all the pic are underexposed by 1 stop šŸ˜” . I adjusted the setting in next few seconds but the beaver saw me and ran away.

I totally forgot that I was playing with my camera setting the night before. I didn’t return the setting back to what I normally use. The worst part is that I was not able to react quickly in any situation. I need to practice to read the light sensor and camera setting from the view finder. Also be able to make adjustment without bringing down the camera.


  1. Better under-exposed than over-exposed, especially if you have RAW images. Nikons are very good about recovering shadow detail.

    I have U1, U2, and U3 on my camera set to known states and when I turn my camera on in one of these set-points I get a good starting configuration regardless of what I did last time. I love these user setting points. (U1-tripod landscape, U2-handheld shooting, U3-portaits)

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