I really enjoy photographing birds and, leading up to our trip to Florida, I read that St. Joseph Peninsula is a hot spot for a large variety of birds. It definitely didn't disappoint as I saw and photographed many birds that were all new to a mid western dweller. Although I typically like to get the "up-close-and-personal" shots, I really like how this photo turned out. I used my 70-300 lens, standing probably 75 yards from this tree, which was right on the edge of the water overlooking Eagle Harbor. The Cormorant looked pretty relaxed, looking one way and then the other. It sat there for quite a while, even before I decided to frame some shots.
Conversion to black and white was an easy decision and one that went through my mind even as I was framing my shots. The light wasn't fantastic with very harsh mid-day contrast. The sky was also giving me fits as it wanted to simply blow out to complete white. I backed down on my exposure enough to get the sky to not blow out and also leave some good light and detail in the bird and tree.