Fluffed Up Prothonotary

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This Prothonotary Warbler had just finished a short preening session so it gave a good shake and then sat there all fluffed up for a moment and I was able to get this shot quickly. I composed it with the bird in the bottom right on purpose because I really liked the out of focus texture that was created in the background trees and leaves. I wanted to include more of that and still keep the bird standing out which the shallow depth-of-field helped out a lot with.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 1400 - 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.