Barnegat Jetty ~ Workshop News & Conditions

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Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Harlequin Duck, drake ~ Barnegat Jetty NJ, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera ,
Canon 500mm lens replaced by the Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens, Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod, Mongoose 4th Generation M-3.6 Action Head w/the Integrated Low Mount Arm & Integrated Flash Arm, 1/800sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800

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This past weekend Arthur Morris and I had our Barnegat Jetty Workshop in Barnegat Light NJ. Since Hurricane Sandy lots of folks have written me (thank you all very much) giving me updates on the conditions at the jetty . This was the first time I have been able to get out there this winter. During the workshop the weather conditions were tough, we had lots of wind with gusts up to 50 mph at times. At high tide the water was coming over the jetty much more so than usual. In fact this is the first time that I was crashed by a wave while photographing. My opening image of a Sanderling on the beach was created as the sand grains were saltated by the wind causing almost white out condition at times when photographing low to the ground. The second image is a Harlequin Duck, drake posing on the rocks. The bird is a touch tight in the frame but I couldn’t back up or I would have fallen off the jetty so I settled for tight in the frame :). The image directly below that is a young female Long-tailed duck. I really liked the water on its back. Below that image is a Northern Gannet, my first keeper at the jetty! The Dunlin image below that breaks my usual compositional rule- I would normally want the extra canvas on the other side of the frame but the flow of the image seemed so much nicer this way- any thoughts? The last image was created by using a slow shutter speed, I liked the way it cuts into the frame from the corners.


Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Long-tailed Duck, Barnegat Jetty NJ, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera ,
Canon 500mm lens replaced by the Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens +1.4 ex., Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod, Mongoose 4th Generation M-3.6 Action Head w/the Integrated Low Mount Arm & Integrated Flash Arm, 1/1250sec. at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Lots of variety at the jetty. We saw Harlequin Ducks, Long-tailed Ducks, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Red-breasted Mergansar, Common Eider, Razorbills, Northern Gannet, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Double-crested Cormorant, Herring and Great-black Backed Gulls, Ipswich Savannah Sparrow, Coopers Hawk (on the jetty!), Harbor Seal.



Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Northern Gannet, Barnegat Jetty, NJ, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera ,
Canon 500mm lens replaced by the Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens +1.4 ex., Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod, Mongoose 4th Generation M-3.6 Action Head w/the Integrated Low Mount Arm & Integrated Flash Arm, 1/1600sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800



Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Dunlin preening, Barnegat Jetty, NJ, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera ,
Canon 500mm lens replaced by the Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens +1.4 ex., Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod, Mongoose 4th Generation M-3.6 Action Head w/the Integrated Low Mount Arm & Integrated Flash Arm, 1/1600sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800



Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera ,
Canon 500mm lens replaced by the Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens +1.4 ex., Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod, Mongoose 4th Generation M-3.6 Action Head w/the Integrated Low Mount Arm & Integrated Flash Arm, 1/6sec. at f/18, ISO 200

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13 Responses

  1. I like the Dunlin image the way it is Denise. I usually follow that composition element in my images, where the wind is coming from or where the subject is going is where I leave the extra canvas.
    Merry Christmas,
    V

  2. Dennis Bishop says:

    These are great. My reaction to the dunlin image is that I like the extra canvas on the left, but I’d want the dunlin, itself, facing the other direction and just a bit farther from the edge (but only if it were facing the other way). Whether it’s natural or because it’s become my custom, my eyes usually start in the upper left and travel clockwise. With the dunlin facing the other way, there’d a nice smooth negative space to guide them down the right side and back to the left.

  3. denise says:

    Vinnie, If you go be safe out there!

    Andrew, thanks so much!

    Dennis, I usually prefer the additional canvas on the side that the subject is looking into-but this guy is doing a slight look back that interferes with the usual flow (in my head of course :) ) My eye usually starts at the point of interest in an image so the left/right thing never bothers me. Maybe I need to re-work it and take a better look, thanks for the feedback-much appreciated.

  4. Chad says:

    Looks like tough conditions, you did a wonderful job with those winds blowing you guys around. Noelle and I will be heading down there today just after lunch, hoping for the best. Merry Christmas

    Chad Caswell.

  5. denise says:

    Hey Chad, Thanks, I haven’t see you guys in awhile. Let me know how you do! Merry Christmas to you both!

  6. Rob Melone says:

    Hi Denise, I was thinking of you when I heard the forecast for the workshop. With the jetty sitting lower in the water post Sandy and the high wind, you did extremely well! All of your images are wonderful and what a treat to get a flyby of the gannet at the jetty. Perhaps this was a positive affect of the strong wind? I love the way the dunlin has its eye fixed on your camera lens. Sorry you got crashed by a wave. I think tide and wind direction are going to play a much more important role at the jetty from now on. And if the conditions don’t look favorable, I think I’m going to do the North Shore Drive instead. I wish you only good things in 2013!

  7. denise says:

    Hi Rob,
    It was a tough weekend with the winds and tides, however we were rewarded with a great selection of birds. I am looking forward to getting back there on a mild day :) Thank you for the kind wishes and all the best to you too!

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