Clapper Rail Silhouette

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When I saw this bird pop out onto the road really far ahead I didn't think there would be a good photograph to be had. It eventually moved into the one spot where the left and right marsh grasses angled down and I quickly dialed in some negative exposure compensation to try for a silhouette. Thankfully the bird turned its head to show off the unique shape of this rail. It's incredibly tiny in the frame but I really liked how everything else in the image sort of leads the eye to that bird.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4 -2/3EV

• 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.