Florida Scrub Jay Portrait

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I spent an evening with my sister photographing the always charasmatic Florida Scrub Jays. These birds are so comfortable with people, it's great to see their curiosity when you walk into their territory. More often than not, they will fly right up to you to check you out, and after standing around for about 5 minutes, that is exactly what this flock did. We had them bouncing all around us and as the sun got lower in the sky the light turned damn near perfect. Here it was a little earlier in the afternoon but some thin clouds covered the sun for some clean perfect portrait light. This was the second time a Scrub Jay hit this perch and I was bummed I missed getting the entire perch in on the first attempt. This time around as soon as the bird landed there, I took a few steps back since I was too close, then I quickly went vertical to include that drooping green perch. I hoped for the bird to turn it's head just right and as soon as it did, I fired away! If not for the perch, I would find this shot a little plain, but thanks to the way it fills the frame and gives depth to the image I really like how this one turned out.

  • Location: Sebastian, Florida

  • Date Taken: 02/15/2019

  • Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

  • ISO: 500 - auto

  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

  • Focal Length: 500mm

  • Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

  • Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.