Snowy Egret Strike

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I both love and hate working with light like this. It was just about an hour before sunset so the sun was getting low in the sky but it was still pretty strong. The part about this lighitng I hate is how specific the bird's position has to be in order to make it work. If it turns too far towards the camera the bird's head and eye will be in shadow. Too far the other way and the light is there but the bird ends up angled away which isn't great. The part I love about this lighting is how dramatic and how much texture it can show on the subject. In this case there was also some lovely ripples of light bouncing off the water onto the white Snowy Egret. I got lucky here when it struck out for a small fish that the angle was just right and I got some light in the eye and a bit of green seaweed in the bill.

• Location: Central New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/3200 @ f/4 -1.33EV

• ISO: 100 - 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.