Extra Ticket for NYC Jersey Boys Sunday Matinee. Nickerson Beach In-the-Field Price Reductions. And SONY 100-400 Wrecked. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Extra Ticket for NYC Jersey Boys Sunday Matinee. Nickerson Beach In-the-Field Price Reductions. And SONY 100-400 Wrecked.

What’s Up?

It is Friday, August 9, 2019, and I am freshly showered and shaved and on the way back to Orlando Airport for my 1:55pm flight to Islip (ISP). It seems as if I just left there. I tried to get a swim in on Thursday afternoon but the thunder never stopped booming so I swam a half mile this morning.

Extra Ticket for NYC Jersey Boys Sunday Matinee

I have an extra center orchestra ticket for Jersey Boys — it will be my fourth time seeing it — for the Sunday matinee off-Broadway performance at New World Stages/Stage 1, 340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. I am looking for anyone who would like to see it, no charge, as my guest. My preference would be for a halfway decent-looking, personable, single female aged 50-73 but anyone who subscribes to the blog is welcome to get in touch. If you would like to join me — no strings attached — please get in touch asap via e-mail or leave a message on my cell phone at 863-221-2372. I rarely hear it ring.

There is lots of great stuff at Nickerson Beach in August

Click on the composite to see a larger version

Nickerson Beach In-the-Field Session

Prices reduced $100.00 on 7-19-2019

All are invited to join me for an In-the-Field photo session or two, or a full day, during the middle of August 2019, as below. We will get to photograph Black Skimmers in flight, dueling in mid-air, and on the beach. With luck, we might get some great stuff on chicks and fledged young as the timing is perfect. We have a good chance to photograph Common Tern and American Oystercatcher, both with fledged young. We should enjoy some good gull photography with herring, great black-backed, and even lesser black-backed. Gull predation of fledged young skimmers is likely. We may also have some good chances with several species of migrant shorebirds, especially Sanderling. It goes without saying that as always, you will learn a ton.

Please contact me via e-mail or by cell phone as above if you would like to join me.

Morning Sessions: pre-dawn (about 6am) till 9:30am: $300.00 (was 400.00)
Each session includes a working lunch/Photoshop/Workflow/Image review session. Limit 3.

Available: SAT 10 AUG, TUES 13 AUG, THURS 15 AUG.

Afternoon Sessions: 4:30pm until sunset (at about 8:10pm). Limit 3: $200.00 (was 300.00).

Available: TUES 13 AUG or THURS 15 AUG.

Full-Days: $500 (was 600.00). Limit 3.

Available: TUES 13 AUG or THURS 15 AUG.

B&H Event Space Program

I will be doing a B&H Event Space Program — Lessons From the Field BIRDS AS ART-Style — on Monday, August 12, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 PM eastern time. You can register to attend in person or to view the event live online by clicking here. Here is the location: the second floor of B&H NYC SuperStore at 420 9th Avenue, New York NY 10001. Those planning on attending should register asap as spaces are limited.

SONY 100-400 Wrecked

On low-light landings, I had been in the habit of boarding the zodiac with the SONY 100-400 GM/a7R iii rig on my shoulder via a Black Rapid Curve Breathe Strap and then removing the strap and placing the lens on the tripod. Early on our morning landing at Puerto Egas I was working some tame Marine Iguanas with the lens on the Flexshooter Pro head but had neglected to remove the strap. When I got up, the strap, which had been entangled with my left foot, yanked the tripod to the ground. As the rig fell only about 18 inches — I had been working low — I thought that everything would be A-OK. But when I zoomed in and out the lens would stick badly between 250 and 300mm. I will send the lens in for repair when I get back from Long Island. I am guessing that it will cost me about $700.00. You gotta love it.

Waved Albatross Courtship Video
Re-run by popular demand

Click on the play button above to view the Waved Albatross courtship video that was a highly honored in the 2016 Nature’s Best Photography/Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition. If you are interested in joining me in the Galapagos in October 2019, please get in touch via e-mail.

If In Doubt …

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To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

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14 comments to Extra Ticket for NYC Jersey Boys Sunday Matinee. Nickerson Beach In-the-Field Price Reductions. And SONY 100-400 Wrecked.

  • avatar Bonnie

    Was at your seminar yesterday at B&H and enjoyed it. It is the 3rd time I have been to one of your talks.

  • I am currently being covered by Excelsior via Liberty Mutual. I haven’t filed $20K of claims over the years but piece of mind means a lot to me and I take risks with my gear that I might not otherwise take.

  • avatar Paul Burdett

    Artie. That video is a killer…it would be so special to be able to witness that live. It’s samazing that they’d have the energy to do anything “romantic” after that!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Paul,

      LMK if you are interested in seeing it live in OCT 2020. I have had several Kiwis and Aussies on my Galapagos trips.

      with love, a

  • Thanks Artie, best Waved Albatross courtship video ever! Congrats as a Nature’s Best video highly honored, “Clonk!”

  • avatar Donnette Largay

    Larry, what company does that? I haven’t found a company that is All Inclusive

  • avatar Mike Ross

    Hi Artie,

    Misery loves company. I dropped my Sony 100-400 ~ 4 feet onto a wooden deck. The hood took most of the impact but the lens did not focus properly. I just got it back from Precision Camera. (They do Sony’s repair work.) $795 including shipping. They received the lens on July 9 and I got it back yesterday. They had to order parts but I think that is pretty good service and the lens is as good as new. Now I have two 100-400’s.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Mike. I should have mentioned that all the images after the drop were fine … Just the zoom is messed up. Wow, that is a long time for a repair. How did you start the repair process?

      with love, a

  • Larry – – hubby and I would love that insurance info. We have two of almost everything. Gloria

  • avatar Bob Allen

    Hey Larry. What company do you use for that insurance?

  • Hi Artie – Regarding your wrecked 100-400, for 40+ years I have been carrying all-risk, no deductible replacement/repair insurance on my cameras, spotting scope, and binocs. The cost has consistently been about $500/year for $40-60K worth of equipment using several different insurance carriers over the decades. I have only used it a few times (e.g., knocked over tripod killing $6500 camera, stolen spotting scope, …) but the coverage gives me great piece of mind (e.g., when kayaking with a $20K rig). The insurance covers any damage no matter how caused, or if equipment is stolen.

    • avatar David Policansky

      So, Larry Master, you’ve spent more than $20K on insurance over those more than 40 years. Do you think you got your money’s worth?

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