Sleep-deprived at Nickerson Beach for Good Reason « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Sleep-deprived at Nickerson Beach for Good Reason

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I do not have access to my samandmayasgrandpa e-mail address. If you wish to join me at Nickerson Beach or at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay in the next few days, please text me at 863-221-2372. Have a good one. a

Your Call

这是一个摄影比赛。Place today’s three featured images your order of your preference with the winning image first, the runner up photo second, and the loser, third All are invited to play judge and let us know why they made their choices. I love all three of them.

What’s Not Up Early?

Many bird photographers including the majority of folks photographing the terns and skimmers at Nickerson this past week, arrive between seven and nine am. They may get to make some good images on a cloudy day. On sunny days, I am heading home just as they are arriving. I try to be on the beach 45 minutesbefore sunrise, and always want to be in position at least 15 minutes before the time of sunrise.

My Big Rant

I continue to be flabbergasted by the number of folks carrying $10-$20,000 worth of quality camera gear who have zero clue as to how to make good (let alone great) images: shooting well off light angle, facing into the wind, failing to see and find good situations, poor technique, and. incorrect gear choices. As I say often, I am simply baffled.

What’s Up?

Me, early, to take advantage of some wonderful sunrise colors. Friday morning had tons of that, and once the clouds took over, lots of good chances with Black Skimmer chicks. Today is Saturday 6 August 2022. The forecast for Lido Beach is identical to Friday’s forecast: partly to mostly cloudy with a SW breeze. I will be headed to the beach very early in hopes of some more spectacular sunrise light. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took about two hours to prepare (including the time spent on optimizing three new images) and makes one hundred thirty-five days in a row with a new one.

So far, seven folks have been in touch about joining me at either Nickerson or JBWR in the coming weeks. See the details below. Carlotta Grenier is returning next Monday for another In-the-Field session. The first window for doing shorebirds at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is

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从左上角开始顺时针回到中心:Wilson’s Phalarope, JBWR;刚刚羽翼丰满的普通燕鸥,尼克森;Black Skimmer,成人撇脂,Nickerson;黑Skimmer杀死小Skimmer chick, Nickerson;日出觅食的美国捕牡蛎者,尼克森;普通燕鸥雏鸟吞咽小蓝鱼,尼克森;短喙杜威切,幼鸟,双顶翼伸展,JBWR;黑色掠食者,黎明前羊群模糊,尼克森;黑掠食者,10天大的小女孩,尼克森。

Click on the card to view a larger version.

Nickerson Beach/East Pond JBWR composite

Nickerson Beach/East Pond at Jamaica Bay (JBWR) In-the Field Workshops



I am taking the Auto Train north on 31 July and will happily spend all of August on Long Island. I head south on 31 August and should be back home on 1 September (barring anything unforeseen). I am offering In-the-Field sessions at both Nickerson Beach and the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested, please get in touch viae-mailor text me at 863-221-2372.

Whether you are a local or would like to fly in for several days of instruction — a sort of private, or small group. — at worst, IPT, LMK viae-mailso that we can work on a schedule that could possibly include both Nickerson and Jamaica Bay.

The First DeSoto IPT

If you are interested in the first DeSoto IPT, 3 1/2 Days, Tuesday 27 September through the morning session on Friday 30 September 2022, know that I just reserved a three-bedroom AirBnB in Gulfport. Share it for four nights with many multiple IPT veteran Monte Brown and me and save a ton on lodging: $83.69/night/person for a whole home. AirBnB photos available upon request. If interested, shoot me ane-mail.


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BIRDS AS ART Image Optimization Service (BAA IOS)

Send a PayPal for $62.00 tobirdsasart@verizon.net或者拨打863-692-0906打电话给吉姆,用信用卡支付62美元。Pick one of your best images and upload the raw file using a large file sending service like Hightail or DropBox and then send me the link viae-mail.我会下载并保存你的原始文件,评估曝光和清晰度,并在Adobe Camera raw中转换原始文件后优化图像,就像它是我自己的一样。最重要的是,我会把整个过程录下来,并把视频链接发给你下载、保存和学习。

Induro GIT 304L Price Drop

Amazingly, we have two, brand-new-in-the-box Induro GIT 304L tripods in stock. They are $699.00 each (were $799.00) and the price now includes the insured ground shipping to the lower 48 states. Weekday phone orders only: 863-692-0906. Order yoursherewhile they last.

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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and onBPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions viae-mail.If you are desperate, you can try me on my cell at 863-221-2372. Please leave a message and shoot me a text if I do not pick up.

This image was created on 4 August 2022 at Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Beach, Long Island, New York. I used the hand heldSony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lenswith theSony FE 1.4x Teleconverter(at 840mm) with The One, theSony a1 Mirrorless Camera.Shutter Priority +1.3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/9 (wide open). AUTO ISO set ISO 800. Exposure determined via Zebras with Exposure Compensation on the Thumb Wheel. AWB at 6:01:54am on a sunny morning about seven minutes after the time of sunrise.

Tracking: Spot S/AF-C with Bird Eye/Face Detection enabled performed perfectly.

Image #1: Black Skimmer in quasi fire-in-the-mist conditionsimage

Quasi Fire-in-the-Mist Conditions

If you know where to be, these quasi fire-in-the-mist conditions exist every clear morning. You do, however, need to know exactly where to be. Most folks including other professional tour leaders, fail to take advantage of these spectacular conditions.

For many of the sessions I have been going light carrying just the 200-600 G lens. Note that for Image #1 I added the 1.4X TC and risked a rather low shutter speed: 1/250 sec. at 840mm handheld is pushing things.

这张图创建于2022年8月5日。在尼克森海滩公园,丽都海滩卡塔尔世界杯亚洲预选赛,纽约长岛。Seated on damp sand, I used the lowered, no-longer available (except from BAA) Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedPanning Ground Pod-supportedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lenswith theSony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera..Shutter Priority +2.3 stops: 1/60 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open). AUTO ISO set ISO 1250. Exposure determined via Zebras with Exposure Compensation on the Thumb Wheel. AWB at 5:52:56am about 3 minutes before the time of sunrise on a partly cloudy morning.


Image #2: Black Skimmer in flight against the brightly colored pre-dawn sky

Partly Cloudy Often Equals Sunrise Color

I make sure to be in position at least 15 minutes before sunrise when the forecast is calling for partly cloudy. Why? Though there are no guarantees, light clouds on the eastern horizon often offer brilliant and vibrant sunrise colors. There was a fifteen minute clear window below the clouds on Friday morning and they created a varying array of colors as the day progressed.


这张照片也是在2022年8月5日拍摄的。在尼克森海滩公园,丽都海滩卡塔尔世界杯亚洲预选赛,纽约长岛。Again, seated on damp sand, I used the flattened, no-longer available (except from BAA) Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedPanning Ground Pod-supportedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lenswith theSony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera..Shutter Priority +2.3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open). AUTO ISO set ISO 800. Exposure determined via Zebras with Exposure Compensation on the Thumb Wheel. AWB at 6:38:54am as the sunrise colors had begun to fade on a partly cloudy morning.

Tracking: Spot S/AF-C with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed perfectly. Click on the image to enjoy the high-res version.

Image #3: Black Skimmers against pink sky

Why the Flattened Tripod?



Unsolicited via e-mail from Pete Myers

I just spent 4 days in the field in a graduate course in bird photography taught by Artie Morris at Fort DeSoto. After almost 50 years of experience pointing cameras at birds from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, New Zealand and beyond, I thought I was good enough. But what I learned from Artie in just four days has taken me to a whole new level. As he aptly puts it, “birds as art,” not simply bird photography. One of those 4 days was the most satisfying I’d ever experienced, anywhere. The IPT left me euphoric about what I’d learned, and frighteningly committed to recreating my portfolio with the techniques and insights he taught me.

Via e-mail from Jim Miller

I can’t stop thinking about how much fun the DeSoto Fall IPT was, and how much I learned. There were so many things that suddenly made perfect sense after I had been confused for so long. Thank you very much for the wonderful trip, and for being a great teacher. As I worked through the raw files last week, I realized what a fantastic lens the 600 GM is. Thanks for the rental! Maybe someday I will be able to afford one. Some images for critique are attached.


Via e-mail from Lee Sommie

I want to thank you for making the Fall 2017 Ft. DeSoto IPT such a fun and educational experience for me. I truly did not want the adventure to end. I now look through the viewfinder with an artist’s mindset. And the real bonus was making new friends with fellow students. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife photography. I had a great time with you and look forward to more adventures on future IPTs.

Followed by this one

BTW. I downloaded Photo Mechanic and started using it in my workflow. Since I like using Lightroom for my adjustments, I found a way to incorporate Photo Mechanic and Lightroom together. Lightroom was driving me crazy with how slow it is to import and preview photos. I was impressed with how fast you could preview photos and start editing your photos on the DeSoto Fall IPT. Life is too short to wait for applications to import and preview photos and Photo Mechanic solves that problem.

Via e-mail from Muhammad Arif

I had a great time at Fort DeSoto. Thank you for all the instruction, for your help and pointers; my photography has already improved tremendously, and I’ve never made such good bird photos before. I wish I could’ve joined you on Monday and Tuesday morning as well, but work got in the way. It was also nice meeting the folks on the IPT. Thanks again for everything and I hope to join you at a future IPT sometime again.



Clockwise from upper left to center: Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Caspian Tern, Great Egret, Sandwich Tern with fish, Willet, Black-bellied Plover threat display, Snowy Egret, 2-year old Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron.

The Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tours

Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #1

3 1/2 Days: Tuesday 27 September through the morning session on Friday 30 September 2022. $1899.00 includes three working lunches. Limit six photographers/Openings five.

Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #2


Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #3


德索托堡位于佛罗里达州圣彼得堡的南部,是秋季候鸟和燕鸥的圣地。那年冬天,它们与数百只白鹭、苍鹭、夜鹭和海鸥一起生活在这个t形半岛上。如果运气好的话,我们应该能拍到佛罗里达最受欢迎的水鸟物种之一:大理石雕鹬。黑腹Plover和Willet很容易,美国蛎鹬几乎是有保证的。大白鹭、雪鹭、大蓝鹭、三色鹭和白鹮也很容易找到,我们几乎肯定会找到一两只温顺的黄冠夜鹭。我们会做一些褐鹈鹕飞行摄影。此外,皇家、三明治、福斯特和凯斯宾燕鸥可能也会为我们提供一些很好的飞行机会。虽然不能保证,但玫瑰spoate spobill和Wood Stork可能是预期的。我们会密切注意一到两场雷暴过后的雀形目沉降物。

On this IPT, all will learn the basics and fine points of digital exposure. Nikon and Canon folks will learn to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and SONY folks will learn to use Zebras so that they can be sure of making excellent exposuresbefore pressing the shutter button.每个人都将学习如何接近自由和野生的鸟类,而不打扰他们,了解和预测鸟类的行为,识别许多种类的滨鸟,发现良好的情况,选择最佳的视角,看到和理解光,并通过掌握相机的自动对焦系统设计令人愉快的图像。最重要的是,你一定会学会评估风和天空条件,并了解它们如何影响鸟类摄影。你将学习如何以及为什么在手动模式下工作(即使你害怕它)。最好的消息是,你将能够把你学到的一切带回家,这样无论何时何地你都会成为一个更好的摄影师。

There will be a Photoshop/image review session during or after lunch (included) each full day. That will be followed by Instructor Nap Time.

这些ipt只需要一个注册者就可以运行(尽管这并非不可能发生)。最好的机场是坦帕(Tampa)。一旦您注册,您将收到一封电子邮件与湾港AirBnB信息。If you register soon and would like to share an AirBnB with me, shoot me ane-mail. Other possibilities including taking a cab to and from the airport to our AirBnB and riding with me. This saves you both gas and the cost of a rental car.

A $600 deposit is due when you sign up and is payable by credit card. Balances must be paid by check two months before the trip. Your deposit is non-refundable unless the IPT sells out with six folks, soplease check your plans carefully before committing.You can register by calling Jim or Jennifer during weekday business hours at 863-692-0906 with a credit card in hand, or by sending a check as follows: make the check out to: BIRDS AS ART and send it via US mail here: BIRDS AS ART, PO BOX 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with detailed instructions, clothing, and gear advice. Please shoot me ane-mailif you plan to register or if you have any questions.


Clockwise from upper left to center: Long-billed Curlew, juvenile Tricolored Heron, Marbled Godwits, Great Blue Heron, juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Stork, smiling Sea Scallop, Ruddy Turnstone scavenging needlefish, Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette at my secret spot, and southbound migrant tern flock blur.


Obviously, folks attending an IPT will be out in the field early and stay late to take advantage of the sweetest light and sunrise and sunset colors (when possible). The good news is that the days are relatively short in early fall. I really love it when I am leaving the beach on a sunny morning after a great session just as a carful or two of well-rested photographers are arriving. The length of cloudy morning sessions will often be extended. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.


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7 comments to Sleep-deprived at Nickerson Beach for Good Reason

  • avatar James Saxon

    3、1、2。3 .由于构图和色调柔和。我喜欢图像中柔和的光线和颜色。2的颜色很好,但是鸟的翅膀对我来说太模糊了。

  • avatar Jeff Walters

    1) beauty light with orange & pink
    3) bird on the left makes the picture, almost comical looking
    2) the blurred shot, in this instance not one to catch & please my eye


  • avatar Jordan Cait

    1,2,3 is the order I would rank them in
    1 – As mentioned previously, very nice light.
    2 – Not sure why the wings look the way they do but it is distracting.
    3 – Only one of the birds is in focus.


    1. Nickerson often reveals nature at it rawest, most basic level.
    s/b …its rawest…

    s/b their young.

  • 3,1,2 3 Expression, 1 great light, and I’m not a fan of 2 as it looks like a bad Photoshop try.

  • avatar David Policansky

    按照你展示的顺序。图1到目前为止因为壮观的光线,鸟的姿势,方形的框架。图2:漂亮的构图,锐利的头部和身体,模糊的翅膀。图3对我没有任何帮助。But congratulations, you won first and second prize!

  • avatar Maggi Fuller