A trip on the Skimmer at Cape May

Discussion in 'Birds' started by EdMac, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. I met up with Janet Zinn and her husband this past Sunday at Cape May NJ. We all took a boat trip on a pontoon boat called the Skimmer. This is a bird watching boat that cruises the back bays of Cape May. We used our 80-400 mm VR lenses on our D100s. Taking pictures on a bouncing boat with a long lens can be a challenge. Also, I used my Coolpix 5200 to take some pictures of the trip.

    Comments welcome as always.

    --Ed--

    This first set of pictures is with the Coolpix.

    The Captain briefing us prior to departure.

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    A barge being towed out to Delaware Bay for the evenings fireworks display.

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    An Osprey nest out in the bay. Taken with the D100

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    A Cormorant on a piling. I did a lot of cleanup on this picture.

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    A Skimmer fishing. This was a bit too far away.

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    A mother Laughing Gull with 2 chicks. This was taken using auto ISO. it was 1/250 sec shutter priority f5.6 at ISO 560.

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    Finally a picture of sunset using the Coolpix. The weather was delightful, but it would have been better if we had more light.

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  2. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  3. Sounds like you shared a wonderful day!!!! From the looks of it, you had a great time Ed. Thanks for sharing!! Where are those pics of Janet?? LOL
     
  4. Pictures of Janet

    Hi,
    I had to take an oath before we went to the boat lol. :D :D

    --Ed--
     
  5. Nice work Ed! it sure was a tough set of circumstances, between the light (lack of) and the bouncing boat. I don't think any of my osprey shots came out as well as yours. I still have to process what I have, maybe I'll post a few later.

    And thanks for abiding by the oath ;-) Some of us hate being on that other side of the camera!
     
  6. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Nice series Ed. Looks like an enjoyable trip. I certainly enjoyed the pics and narrative. :wink:
     
  7. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Good shots Ed,

    Must've been very challenging to shooot from a rocking undulating boat! btw, I was wondering if any of those in the pics were Janet. Guess not.
     
  8. Thanks Janet, I am looking forward to your post. The oath was not a problem. I know what you look like, and the others will have to keep guessing lol. :lol:
     
  9. Nice Series

    Hi Frank,

    Yes, it was a very enjoyable trip. The 80-400 VR did a good job, but I was yearning for my 300 f2.8. The problem was that there was no way that I was going to be able to use a tripod on that rocking boat. I had my 70-200 VR along, but it was not enough to reach the birds. Thanks for your comments.
    :D
     
  10. Re: Good shots Ed,

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your comments. Using the long lens on a moving boat is a challenge.
    As far as Janet's picture, I respect her wishes to not have it published on the Internet. :D
     
  11. drueter

    drueter

    963
    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Nice shots, Ed! You did well considering the low light conditions. Looks like a fun trip!
     
  12. Fun Trip

    Hi Don,

    Thank you for your comments. It was a fun trip, and I am planning to do it again in the fall. :D
     
  13. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    What ??? No photos of Janet "No bird is too small to photograph" Zinn ???

    Dang. We wuz robbed.
     
  14. Finally a picture of Janet

    Well here it is. After all of the clamoring. Janet said that I could publish this one picture that I took of her. Here she is arriving at the boat dock. :D :wink:

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  15. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Aha!! Janet has been sandbagging on us. Even from this distance we can see that she is a very attractive female of the Homo sapiens species. 8)
     
  16. Janet's Picture

    Hi Frank,

    Janet just likes to be on the other end of the lens. :D I think there are a lot of us that feel that way lol. It is always a pleasure to go on a shoot with her and Alan.
     
  17. a nice series Ed. look like it was a great trip. Love the shots and narrative.
     
  18. Nice Picture

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the nice comments. It was a fun trip, but too late in the afternon.
     
  19. CraigH.

    CraigH.

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    Feb 1, 2005
    Northen NJ
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    Yah,
    she did the same acouple years ago on the other forum. From what I could see, she does not have any reason to be shy.
    I like lady who can handle a long lens. :twisted: :lol:
     
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