Spotted Spotlight

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I always love the look of these fresh Spotted Sandpipers with their crisp and clean plumage. I followed this one along the muddy shoreline as I stalked it from in the water. It eventually wandered into this mostly shaded area that had a small spotlight of sun that I think was mostly reflecting off the water and lit its head up beautifully. They often hang out in these rather ugly muddy areas so in this case I was able to darken the overall exposure to account for the spotlight of sun which helped to hide all that nasty mud. Some golden sunny tones were also reflected in the foreground water.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marshes

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4 -2/3EV

• ISO: 200 - 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.