House Finch on Pokeweed

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While working on a project for a bird feed company I snagged this House Finch perched on some nearby Pokeweed. The purple tones in the plant seemed to nicely mirror the colors in the bird and I was suprised when I liked how the shot turned out. These rather common birds that are often found around backyard feeders are often overlooked and I rarely photograph them. I often have to remind myself when capturing a photo of a bird like this, that a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the species. This background is even a little more busy than I would normlly like but the whole thing felt natural and the bird stood out so here it is for you to see. Let me know your thoughts of photographing common species like this in the comments below.

• Location: Southern New Jersey - backyard

• Date Taken: 10/5/2018

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 1250

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• 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.