Singing Silhouette

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I do believe this has now taken the lead for my favorite songbird silhouette photo. I spent a morning with these wonderful Chestnut-sided Warblers got a ton of great opportunities. I rarely photograph warblers in the sun so this was a diferent experience and allowed me to get a little more creative than I usually do. For this shot the bird landed in a shaded area but the background was being really well lit from the early morning sun. As soon as I saw the bright background through the viewfinder I dialed in some negative exposure compensation to push more towards the silhouetted look that I thought would be great. Thankfully this bird cooperated beautifully by turning and giving me a great side profile and even better it started singing. The thorny perch and hint of white flowers completed the scene as well as all the texture that was included in the background. All these elements came together to create a photo I'm very proud to share with everyone, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

• Location: Central New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4 -1.33EV

• 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.