I got myself in position to play around with backlight and silhouette with a mixed group of shorebirds and just waited for anything to come into the spot of glowing sun. This Sanderling wandered right into the sweet spot and I did my absolute best to get the bird in focus. With all that sun shining in the lens that task becomes rather difficult. I would have liked to be just a little bit lower to reduce the dark line in the background but the waves that were splashing around me as I lay in the water wouldn't allow that. I was thrilled when I saw this shot on the computer to see the golden orange bokeh in the foreground water.
• Location: Southern New Jersey shore
• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4
• ISO: 400 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
• Camera: Nikon D4s