April 6, 2018 - Nature Photography - Jacob Zozzaro Photography

April 6, 2018 - Nature Photography

Yesterday, I traveled to Sandy Hook, NJ, in pursuit of the seals that had shown up there recently. I have learned from experience, when photographing wildlife, never plan to get what you want. Just plan to enjoy God's creation.

Seagull

Seagull

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/8

First was a seagull sitting at the end of a jetty. Instead of shooting from a standing side angle, I walked a ways until I could kneel low and get an image of the bird straight-on. I think this makes for a better photo.

Seagull & Seaweed

Seagull & Seaweed

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/640, f/6.3

I then came upon a group of seagulls fighting over something. Turned out to be some seaweed. I used a continuous-high shutter setting with 9 focus points to get this shot. Film emulated with DxO FilmPack 5.

Piping Plover and Horseshoe Crab Exoskeleton

Piping Plover and Horseshoe Crab Exoskeleton

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/800, f/7.1

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/1000, f/7.1

This piping plover ran about quickly, presumably looking for food. When it ran sideways, it looked like it was floating across the sand.

Again, getting low gives a unique perspective of the bird vs shooting on a downward angle. The second photo I like because of its perceived simplicity.

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 290mm, ISO 250, 1/1250, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 290mm, ISO 250, 1/1250, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 200mm, ISO 250, 1/1000, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 200mm, ISO 250, 1/1000, f/8.0

The sands blew across the landscape, giving the scene a mysterious look. The first shot I like because of the bird out of focus in the background. The second one is just from a lower angle.

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/640, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 460mm, ISO 250, 1/640, f/8.0

Deer

Deer

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 420mm, ISO 250, 1/125, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/250, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 750mm, ISO 250, 1/250, f/8.0

While I did not get to see any seals, I did run into a herd of deer. They seemed used to human presence and let me get some nice, close photos. Not sure if that one doe was sticking her tongue out at me on purpose or not.

NYC from Navesink Twin Lights

NYC from Navesink Twin Lights

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 200mm, ISO 320, 1/2000, f/8.0

This is an HDR photo of New York City from the Navesink Twin Lights.

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 210mm, ISO 320, 1/4000, f/8.0

NIKON D5200 + 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 210mm, ISO 320, 1/4000, f/8.0

A nice sunset to finish the day. Taken in Seaside Heights. Again, another HDR photo.

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