Sunrise on the Nest

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Just a few moments after the sun crested the horizon I set myself up to photograph this Least Tern on its nest with the sun right over top of it. This is a blend of two exposures one for the bird and the beach and I used a much darker exposure that gave me the detail in the sun which was too bright at this point to properly expose for both. To be clear the sun was in the frame in the original shot, it was just sort of yellow on the edge and white in the middle and wouldn't come back in post so thankfully I figured that would happen when I was shooting and took a darker exposure to account for that. I am so happy to be back working with shorebirds and the sun again after nearly 3 months of warblers and other songbirds in the forest. While I certanily loved that time it feels good to get a little more creative again with my lighting and compositions which tends to come with shorebird photography.

• Location: Southern New Jersey Beach

• Exposure: 1/2000 @ f/4

• ISO: 200

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• 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.