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