Skimmer Portrait at Sunset

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I specifically took advantage of a small slope in the beach to hide the ground that the Black Skimmer was standing on. I wanted to get a photo where nothing else was in focus in the image except for the bird and using out of focus foreground always does the trick. There was a ton of lens flare on this original image with the setting sun shining right on the lens. With a lot of post production I was able to bring back the detail and the glow on the bird. I always enjoy editing this style of photo because there are a lot of directions I can go and I'll bet if I were to edit this photo multiple times each one would end up different. If you are a subscriber to my email list you got exclusive access to the editing video on this photo.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/2500 @ 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.