Vireo Silhouette

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On the same day as the previously posted shot we found some cooperative Red-eyed Vireos. Again I was dealing with the sun and struggling on a lot of photos. When I saw this through my viewfinder, I knew the background would blow out if I exposed for the bird so I immediately dialed down the exposure compensation and went for a silhouette. I really liked the glowing green out of focus forest in the background. The only thing better would have been if it sang, which it did, but it turned the wrong direction when it did that. I've really enjoyed trying to create these dramatic forest silhouettes of warblers and other songbirds this season.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/1600 @ f/4 -1.6EV

• ISO: 400 - 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.