Least Tern Water Takeoff

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When I spent a lot of time in the Least Tern colony this past summer I occasionally tried to get them in flight. That is no easy task at all, they are so damn hard to keep in the frame being so small, fast, and erratic flying. The one area I was able to make it happen was when they started bathing in the shallow water at lower tides. They would splash down in the water and then quickly takeoff. This short moment was sometimes just enough for me to get focus on them and then capture them right after they came out of the water. I caught this one with a splash of water and the early morning sunlight glowing through its wings. I also liked the bokeh balls in the background from the crashing waves.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/2000 @ 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.