Snowy Egret hunting in early morning light

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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 gives more visual appeal. Harsh mid day light would not give the soft effect to this image of a Snowy Egret hunting Snowy Egret hunting in early morning light in the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto’s north beach did.



  1. Syl June 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Syl, thanks much for your kind comment on this image, I feel like I could just walk right into the frame too.

  2. Julie G. June 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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

  3. Debbie Miller @HooootOwl June 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Wonderful perspective, incredible view!

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

      Thanks Debbie, getting down and dirty to get the shot does pay off!

  4. Laurence Butler June 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

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

  5. Carol Mattingly June 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

    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

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Thanks Carol, the light that days was almost mesmerizing.

  6. Susan June 9, 2012 at 5:21 am

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

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