Gull in the Sun

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This has become one of my favorite ways to silhouette birds. I love the challenge of finding a bird in a position to fit inside the sun as it's setting or rising. In this case it's a Herring Gull perched on a lovely dead snag in the wide open marsh at sunset. I was running back and forth trying to line up some Osprey, which you can see one way in the back left, but they were proving to be very skittish. The sun moves so quickly in the sky so when trying to line things up just right like this it's an incredibly short window of opportunity. Thankfully I was able to get this gull right in the center of the sun and thankfully it gave me a great profiled pose which is exactly what I wanted. I've got a few of this style of silhouette and I'll continue trying to get them when I can. I love the challenge and the final look is something a bit different. I hope you like it too.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/8000 @ f/8

• ISO: 400 - auto -2 2/3EV

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TC

• 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.