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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
This is an HDR photo of New York City from the Navesink Twin Lights.
A nice sunset to finish the day. Taken in Seaside Heights. Again, another HDR photo.