Glowing Common Yellowthroat

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I spent a morning in a field filled with thorny plants like this trying to photograph Indigo Buntings and these Common Yellowthroats. I think I still have some scars from the morning walking through all those thorns. In any case the morning sun was just beautiful as it glowed through the bright green leaves and all I wanted was the bird to land on one of them at the right angle. He finally popped up on this branch and stayed just long enough for me to get a shot. He is looking away just a little bit, which is not ideal, but I loved the lighting and his pose so much that I kept it and figure it's worth sharing. I don't get to shoot warblers in the sun very much so it was a blast to play with some dynamic lighting for them.

• Location: Vineland, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/2000 @ f/4 -2/3EV

• 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.