Sunset Silhouette Terns

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I was set up to photograph a silhouette of the Forsters Tern sitting in the water when another flew by right overhead and directly in front of the setting sun. This scene will forever be burned into my mind, the glowing ball of sun slowly approaching the horizon. My great friend and I were the only ones out there, it was just us and the birds. The weather was perfect, the birds were great and we were taking photos like crazy. It was not easy either, we were both in our floating blinds and wetsuits, laying in the shallow water and trying to focus on the birds with the small waves bouncing the cameras around. This made it all the more special since we worked our asses off for these photos. The high humidity really cut down the power of the sun as it neared the horizon and turned it into that glowing ball you see in the photo. I have a lot of different images from this probably less than 10 minute window. Every minute that passed the light would change, the sun would take on a different look, and the photography approach had to change. It was incredibly fun and when the sun finally disappeared we crawled out of our blinds with huge grins on our faces, knowing that what we had just witnessed and photographed was something really special.

  • Location: sland Beach State Park in central New Jersey

  • Date Taken: 08/28/2018

  • Exposure: 1/3200 @ f/4

  • ISO: 200

  • 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.