Seaside Sparrow at Golden Hour

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It's tough to beat the quality of light at sunrise in the wide open marsh. The light starts glowing on the grasses about 2-3 minutes after the sun starts to peek over the horizon because there is nothing to blog it. Then it's always a mad rush to find a bird that will perch up high enough in the grasses to take advantage of the light that will last maybe 10 minutes. This Seaside Sparrow made its way up the grasses to check out its surroundings and gave me a great look. I kept the composition really loose to show off the beautiful grasses and I didn't want to clip the piece of grass it was peched on. The season for photographing these fun little sparrows is nearing its end but I really enjoyed my time with them this year.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/5.6 +1EV

• ISO: 640 - 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.