Least Tern on a Glittering Beach

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The one nice thing about this Least Tern being on its nest was that I could slowly crawl around on the ground and choose nearly any position I wanted to photograph it. This meant I could easily shoot front or backlight and it just stayed put. I was careful to move slowly and not disturb it and I was rewarded with this photo taken just after sunrise. With the beach covered in broken shells many of them were reflecting the morning sun and so I specifically composed with more foreground in the image to keep more of that golden bokeh that I really liked. Hopefully the chicks will hatch soon and I'll get able to get some photos of them in the same light.

• Location: Southern New Jersey Beach

• Exposure: 1/640 @ 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.