Chestnut-sided Warbler at Sunrise

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As many of you who follow me likely know I don't often photograph warblers on sunny days. The one circumstance when it is possible to use the sun to your advantage is with species that hang out in fields or along powerline cuts as this lovely male Chestnut-sided Warbler was doing. With the open space and lack of overhead trees casting shadows all over the place the sun can be great for lighting. I really wanted to play with backlight so I set up in the direction that would hopefully provide that and I was thrilled when the bird landed here. I ended up dropping my perspective quite a bit to include the sunny tree bokeh in the background and add some interest to the background instead of just the smooth green.

• Location: Central New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/400 @ f/4 -1/3EV

• ISO: 1100 - 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.