Singing Kentucky Warbler

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This photo is the recent pinnacle of my warbler photography. It may look just like a pretty singing songbird photo to you, but to me it represents so much more. Starting in 2014 with a mild interest and complete lack of knowledge I began to capture photos here and there of a variety of warblers. Then in 2017 I made my first strong push to find and photograph warblers and I was hooked. I did well that year, capturing most of the breeding species found in my area and getting some photos I was proud to share of a good number of them. Last year was all about refining my warbler photography and spending a lot of time in the field to scout and find my own locations, not given to me by friends, to photograph these birds in their breeding habitat. I achieved the goal of finding many of them and so this year rolled around and my goal became to find breeding locations of a few more but to really spend time with each species I found and to finally, finally find a Kentucky Warbler. I had not set eyes or even heard one until May 13th of this year. I already shared one of the photos I took that morning, which is pretty mediocre but I had to share it since it was the first time I finally found one. Now 4 visits later and a few of them complete failures I have this photo to share. I love the proud singing pose of this male Kentucky, the wonderful texture and contrast of the wooden stump perch as the moss slowly overtakes it and the smooth green background. The lighting was just right, as soft light spilled in through an opening in the tree canopy overhead and a bit of filtered sun glows in the background. There is such a sense of achievement when I am able to capture something like this of a bird that was so very hard for me to find and photograph and I hope you appreciate the photo.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/400 @ f/4 -1/3EV

• ISO: 450 - 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.