Prothonotary Bokeh

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I'm getting excited for the upcoming warbler season this spring and in looking through last year's photos I stumbled upon this one I never shared. I spent a lot of time photographing this specific Prothonotary Warbler and this particular morning was an interesting one. It started off nice and overcast, exactly how I like warbler photography, but the bird would not come down low enough for a decent shot. I spent a good hour hanging out with it and barely got any photos. Then of course the clouds began to clear out and the sun started shining, this usually means the end of easy warbler photography for me. I stayed a little longer and set up in a spot I was hoping for some backlit action. Finally the warbler dropped onto this lovely textured log in front of some distant trees and it all came together. If not for the interesting background I don't think I would love this shot as it doesn't have a lot else going on in it but overall I do like this scene and so I'm sharing it today.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: 5/9/2018

• Exposure: 1/400 @ 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.