Tiny Chestnut-sided Warbler

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As I've mentioned before I don't often photograph warblers and songbirds in the sun due to the very small window of opportunity it provides and when in the forest it is usually a disadvantage to have sun. Photographing this Chestnut-sided Warbler out in a mostly open field howerve was a differnt story and I loved playing with the drama the sun provided. When the bird landed on this perch out in the bright sun I quickly dialed in some negative exposure compensation to account for the really dark background and not overexpose the white on the bird and the leaves. It worked out great and with a bit of added shadow contrast in post I was able to make the background go completely black for this dramatic look. I thought the perch gave a nice balance to the tiny bird small in the frame.

• Location: Central New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/800 @ f/4 -2EV

• 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.