Snowy Egret hunting in early morning light

Light plays a huge part in my photography, I try to be at my location just before the sun comes up or goes down to take advantage of the beautiful light that occurs at those times of the day.

Snowy Egret hunting in early morning lightSnowy Egret hunting in early morning light – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Morning or late afternoon light can add drama to a beautiful setting and subject, make the subject appear 3D and give more visual appeal. Harsh mid day light would not give the effect that early morning light gave to this image of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) hunting in the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto’s north beach.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


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  3. This photo made me take a deep is fabulous,,,lighting and composition is feel as though you could walk into the water and share..

  4. Lovely photograph! Beautiful depth and soft tones to this capture. Early morning and late afternoon lighting is so very appealing.

  5. Wonderful perspective, incredible view!

  6. Marvelous. That light adds a soft glow and holds everything in outstanding sharpness.

  7. I’ve always thought your light is fantastic Mia. Kudos to you for rising early and staying late. The blues and whites are gorgeous. Carol

  8. You captures the scene perfectly Mia. I love the waves in the foreground and the perspective. Awesome!

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