Sparkling Mallard

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Although just a Mallard drake I really loved how this photo turned out. I was taking this shot to show a workshop client how to work with backlight and foreground/background bokeh. Not thinking much about it when I took the shot, when I saw it on the computer I saw it had some potential. I really like how moody the light was and kept the image darker overall to help the viewer see more what it looks like down in this valley. Even with the sun streaming through in small areas it tends to be darker down at the river's edge. While incredibly common ducks they are still quite striking looking birds to me.

• Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• Date Taken: March 17, 2019

• Exposure: 1/1000 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 400

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• 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.