Wren in Pink

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While photographing some bird feeders for a client I always keep an eye out for a personal shot if one presents itself. This Carolina Wren flew in to the feeders that I had hanging from this gorgeous branch and after having its fill of food it hopped up onto the branch and gave me a few poses. This was my favorite as it stood up tall and right in the one opening in the branches. I had set up to shoot backlit for the feeders because I knew the sun would be too bright for a front lit shot and would look harsh. At this point it was nearly 2 hours after sunrise on a completely clear day and as expected the sun was far too harsh and bright for frontlight. Using backlight and a row of dark green bushes in shade I was able to capture this dramatically lit shot of the little bird and the beautiful pink spring cherry blososms. Don't worry though, I also got plenty of photos for the feeder company that I'm hoping they will love!

• Location: Backyard, southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: 4/16/19

• Exposure: 1/800 @ f/4

• ISO: 320 - auto -1EV

• 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.