Indigo Leap

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I was all set to photograph this brilliant blue male Indigo Bunting as it perched on top of this shrub off in the distance. I really struggled to get close to this bird so I settled in to capturing a more scenic view. I grabbed a couple of shots as he sat on top of the shrub when he suddenly blasted off. Thankfully I was already taking a photo and I caught this takeoff shot as he lept from the perch in the strong backlit sun. It was a bit later in the morning so the sun was already pretty intense, which allowed me to get a solid black background and really made for a dramatic image in my opinion.

• 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.