Gnatcatcher and Blossoms

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Heading back to mid-May here is a shot of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher when the flowering trees were just starting to blossom. This pair of Gnatcatchers always hang out by this cluster of cherry blossom trees so I knew right where to go to capture the birds bouncing around those gorgeous flowers. I waited and waited for this shot to happen because of how the branch was dropping low from the tree and the sun was getting low in the sky and shining in softly through some thin clouds. The lighting setup made the flowers and the bird have a soft but pleasing glow and I really like how it all composed. With how quick these tiny birds are I had to get focus and recompose rather quickly but I manged to do so for this shot.

• Location: Washington Township, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• 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.