Heron Silhouette at Sunset

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I had just photographed this Little Blue Heron as it walked right in front of me in the beautiful evening sunlight. I got some great close up portraits of it and then it walked right into the setting sun. As soon as that happened I started running around trying to find an interesting back-lit or silhouette photo. I really struggled to get any focus let alone maintain it while the bird methodically worked the rocks in search of a meal. The really bright sun reflecting off the water's surface made it tough to see and get accurate focus. The center of the water ended up being a little over exposed in the final image so I tinted it orange instead of white to complete the look I was going for. I would have taken a darker exposure if I was able to see my camera's meter while shooting with the blinding sun shining in the lens! I was also shooting through some foreground trees that gave a really cool pattern and texture on the left side of the image and the rocks in the bottom helped to frame in the bird.

• Location: Vero Beach, Florida

• Date Taken: March 1, 2019

• Exposure: 1/3200 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 4100 - auto -1EV

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TCIII

• 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.