A Veery Portrait

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Towards the end of the day the rain had finally started to ease up and it was barely raining at this point when I saw a flash of really light brown in the understory. I knew it was a thrush but wasn't sure what at first. My friend and I slowly walked up on this bird and it surprisingly stayed put and gave a good view so that I could see it was a Veery. We spent a little time watching this bird make its way around the fallen logs and branches just above the ground. For this shot the bird has hopped up onto this log in a small opening in the forest canopy so that a spotlight of soft overcast light came down from above. I could see how nice the lighting was and knew the shot would be great. It was still really dark in there so I dropped my shutter speed down a good bit which still pushed my ISO. I haven't photographed this species very often but this is by far my best photo of one yet.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 5, 2019

• Exposure: 1/100 @ f/4 + 2/3 EV

• ISO: 3200 - auto

• 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.