Hooded Warbler Scene

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This is certainly one of my favorite warbler photos of the year. Taken on one of the many rainy days I spent in the forest looking to photograph these wonderful birds. I learned this year that the luck I had photographing this species last year was a rare thing. So far this year the Hooded Warbler has been a tough target to nail down, either hiding low in the dense cover or rocketing up high to sing in the trees, I haven't had many opportunities to get this species out in the open and in a good spot, until this particular morning. While shooting with a new friend, we found this Hooded Warbler pair and staked out a good spot in their territory. The unforcasted rain had gotten a little heavy at this point but everything looked amazingly green. With a little patience and time the male Hooded Warbler finally made his way out onto this mossy covered log to sing out. His soggy look completed the scene. I knew when I took it that the bird was far away and small in the scene but I thought he landed in just the right place. I had quickly composed an offset composition in camera to include more of the mossy log and the lush green leaves behind him and fired off about 5 frames. This one was where he was in full song. I really loved how the background had some great leaf and branch texture but soft of faded away and because of the complete overcast light it all took on a bit of a cool blue hue which I really liked. This scene really shows off why I love to shoot up in northern New Jersey, there are many areas to be found that look just as nice up there.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 14, 2019

• Exposure: 1/250 @ f/4

• ISO: 1600 - 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.