Clapper Rail Portrait at Sunrise

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Sometimes the lighting just works out perfectly. The sun had just risen when this Clapper Rail wandered out of the marsh grasses into the open. In fact the medium height grasses behind me where what caused the shade from the neck down on the bird. I really liked the spotlight of sun on the rail's head and the marsh grasses glowing in that golden sun in the background. I've photographed this species a few times in the past but never had a place where so many of them are consistently out in the open. It's great to have found such a place and I've really enjoyed taking people there for the recent workshops. Feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to join me at this great location.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marshes

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 1250 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TC

• 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.