Great Egret Sunset - Realtime Edit

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Towards the end of a workshop at one of my favorite places in New Jersey to shoot the sunset was rather incredible. I started running around looking for anything to silhouette in front of this setting sun. I found this Great Egret and lined it up and knew it was going to be an incredible scene. I immediately waved my client over and made sure he got the shot as well, then I took a few myself. I specifically wanted the head of the bird in the sun and kept the exposure more scenic to enjoy more of that color and drama in the sky. I really love trying to create images like this and all the running around back and forth in a foot or two of water is totally worth it to line up this kind of shot.

• Location: Central New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/5 -1.66 EV

• 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.