Cedar Waxwings

When – 6th June, 2017
Where – Shenandoah National Park

I’ve never had much luck photographing birds at Shenandoah National Park. During my previous visit, I only managed to photograph a pair of ravens. This time, I was able to snap a pair of Cedar Waxwings.

This photo was taken in ideal conditions – the sun was not too high in the sky and a few clouds helped give some soft light. My only regret is that the bird closer to me is a bit soft due to the shallow depth of field. Perhaps I should’ve narrowed my aperture some more and risked increasing the ISO.

Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm | 1/1000, f/7.1 @ ISO 400

Update – Upon further reflection I can’t unsee a major flaw in this photo. I don’t know why I kept the bird on the right (which is further away) in focus instead of the bird on the left. I should’ve reduced my aperture further to get them both in focus or maybe focussed on the bird on the left or perhaps cropped it out.

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