Glowing Laughing Gull

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While Laughing Gulls are incredibly common along the New Jersey coast, trying to find a way to photograph them uniquely is still a challenge for me. The light on this particular evening was incredible and when I crossed paths with this bird I stopped to see what I could do. I slowly crawled up closer through the shallow water and waves. Once I got a good distance away I tried to place the bird's head and body in the darker background to really accentuate the rim-light glowing on the bird. It had just fully shaken out and I ended up with this roughed up look which I thought was sort of fun.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/4000 @ f/4 -1/3EV

• ISO: 400 - 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.