Cerulean Warbler Portrait

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I've had a few encounters with this species this year but nothing amazing. For this shot it was nice of it to drop in on this wide open perch for just long enough to get one good shot. It had been on this log a couple times prior and each prior time it always faced away from me so I never got any shots. This last time it finally faced towards me and I was able to get a nice clean portrait. I liked the way the texture of the bark and moss added something interesting to this otherwise plain photo. Of course the lovely blue of this Cerulean Warbler always stands out in the green of the forest.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4 -1/3EV

• ISO: 500 - 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.