Black Skimmer Closeup

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I've noticed these Black Skimmers are pretty tough to photograph in flight in the first place, they are pretty fast and often erratic in their flight. Whey they start flying right at you things get even more difficult because they have such a narrow profile it's hard for the camera to keep a focus lock on them. I got really lucky with this one as it flew right at me and I got focus when it was almost head on. I also liked the small splashes that are around the bird which are small minnows trying to escape and get out of the way! After this shot I quickly lost focus as the bird blasted right by me and I could hear its bill still slicing through the water.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/6400 @ 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.