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.