Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cobia Season 2019 is upon us! Here are some of our fav JBOTV Cobia Shows!

We love Cobia and it is one of the prized fish here on the Chesapeake Bay. Below are some of the Cobia features we have produced and if you are looking for a charter, just contact the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek. Tight lines and good fishin!

Regulations 2019
Regulation 4 VAC 20-510-10 et seq.
Minimum Size Limit: 40 IN.
Possession Limit: 1 per person, 3 Per Vessel; whichever is more restrictive
Season: June 1 through Sept 30
Capture Citation: 55 Lbs
Release Citation: 50 IN.
State Record: 109 lbs, 2006, Joseph F. Berberich, II
Recreational cobia regulations are as follows: 40-inch, total length, minimum size limit; 1-fish daily possession limit or 3-fish-daily vessel limit, whichever is more restrictive; only one fish per vessel per day may be greater than 50 inches in total length; an open season of June 1 through September 30; and gaffing is now allowed to land a cobia while fishing recreationally. All anglers, captains, and guides fishing for cobia must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Commission and report all harvest and cobia fishing activity

Friday, May 17, 2019

Black Drum Bonanza 2019 fishing barrier islands on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with Captain Sam Sellard

New Show!! BLACK DRUM fishing seaside on the Eastern Shore Jim Baugh Outdoors TV Feature, also includes Blessings of the Fleet from Cape Charles and a great Drum Recipe. Many thanks to our fishing host Sam and Jean Sellard and mate Joe! These folks know their stuff!
Come fish with us book your slips and accommodations at the Oyster Farm in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Best fishing, dining and boating in the world! Also, C-pier is now open at the Oyster Farm so get ready for your bucket of steamed seafood, your favorite beverage and live music!

For Jim Baugh Outdoors Archives and all our latest shows and special features join us on our JBOTV YouTube Channel at

Also coming up in June the premier of the 2019 short film feature produced by JBOTV “The Milky Way Galaxy, Our Home” Premiers at the Experimental Film Virginia Festival in Cape Charles June 29th. Get tickets from the Lemon Tree Gallery. More info at

Godspeed! Jim Baugh

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Milky Way Madness 2019! Updated 6/10/19 /Milky Way Over Cedar Island

"Milky Way Galaxy, Our Home"
Short film to be released June 29,2019
Experimental Film Virginia Festival

Filmed at 4 dark sky locations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia
Produced by JBOTV, Mermaid Bay Media Productions LLC and Mermaid Bay AIR

 Jim Baugh Outdoors TV special short film project 2019 titled “The Milky Way Galaxy, Our Home” is proud to announce the film has been selected to premier at the Reel & Raw Film Screening presented by Experimental Film Virginia on June 29th at 7:30 pm in Cape Charles Virginia. Tickets are available at the Lemon Tree Gallery (757) 331-GEAR. After the film festival, JBOTV will release the film worldwide on the Jim Baugh Outdoors TV You Tube Channel as well as social... media. This short film features four dark sky locations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Each shooting location we carefully selected from satellite maps and was researched to enable the best camera view of the Milky Way path from solar midnight to astronomical twilight. Over 8000 RAW images were captured to create a total of 4 Milky Way Time-lapse. Aerial film was also produced of the selected locations and was produced by Mermaid Bay AIR. Hope to see yall at the theater on the 29th! Get tickets early this is a sell out every year at the festival. More updates soon.


From March through June Jim Baugh Outdoors is celebrating the Milky Way Season with Milky Way Madness! During the new moon of each month our cameras will be tracking the Milky Way Galaxy through the night sky.

Photo Info:
Lights/Cannon SL2, Tonika 11 to 16 Lens F2.8 Exposure 15 sec. ISO 1600.
Darks/15 sec exposure ISO 1600

Software Apps on Galaxy S10e:
Stellarium, Star Walk 2, Sky Map, Luna, and My Radar.

Post Processing Stills:
Premier CC, Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, DaVinci Resolve.

Post Production Time lapse and Audio:
Premier CC, Adobe Audition, Yamaha KX 88, Roland JV1080 Synth with Vintage Synth Expansion and M-Track.

On figuring shutter speed and ISO:
The correct shutter speed for this camera (crop 1.61) with the Tonika comes to 17.71. Now the sl2 lets you choose either 15 and 20 seconds, and up to 30 seconds and has a bulb mode. Cameras are different but usually between 20 and 30 second exposure you will experience some star trails and other distortion based on ISO. So the goal was to get a good exposure at 15 seconds. I tried it both at 15 & 20 and the 15 worked perfect and no star trails.

I also experimented with ISO settings trying to get it as low as possible to avoid distortion, 1600 was the sweet spot. The images were pretty clean. After lightroom and in photoshop, although I took the four pictures used in immediate succession, they still had to be re cropped in photoshop while stacking the images. So if you are stacking images, don’t forget to re crop each image. I do it manually and do not use the auto correct feature. In layers, just lower the opacity between images so you can easily line up the images.

Image stacking is a good way to reduce noise and increase dynamic range. It also is a fantastic way to further tweak your look by continuing to adjust levels and chroma on each layer.
Trying to keep a lower shutter speed (15 as apposed to 30) and lower ISO will help your overall image. Also letting as much light on the sensor by using a low F stop is a biggie as well. Additionally in camera settings I set the long exposure noise reduction to off.

Post Processing

Here is generally my workflow, however it will change up somewhat depending on how many exposures are taken and a few other factors. But basically once the RAW images are loaded on our non linear editor we first go through and pre edit the images. Choose various foregrounds we shot, and then pick the best and cleanest sequence of shots. In the field I will shoot anywhere from 40 to 500 RAW images during a Milky Way Shoot. For time Lapse I use a intervalometer set to 15 sec exposure and 5 sec interval. Once shooting is done, Photoshop is next.

Import the selected files into Photoshop as a stack. Usually we will have 8 to 16 RAW images. I include in the stack dark calibration slates. Once all imported then converted to a smart object. Sometimes auto align but usually will do it manually. Once done, save and import as a PSD into lightroom.

Once in lightroom, this is where bulk of the exposure adjustment will occur. I will not go to crazy on bringing up the exposure, it is a night shot and it (to me) looks better to have the image still maintain a night shot but with the Milky Way Visible.

I use a LOT of custom brushes on the galactic center and the outlying areas of the star cluster to mainly continue to expose the Milky Way without effecting the rest of the image. These settings area extremely slight/small.

Once finished in Lightroom the image is exported back into Photoshop for final adjustments. This is where we will composite the foreground shot. A lot of times I will light paint the foreground image in the field and it is at this stage where the two final images are composited. ( I never substitute an image from another location, the foreground image is takin in sequence just after the bulk of the shots are done) Also at this point is where the final balance of exposure contrast, saturation, etc, take place. However at this point, the adjustments are very minor. Once done, the mast is saved in full res, then FHD copies are made for distribution online.

Image stacking is a common practice in astrophotography, and it does truly increase the signal to noise ratio. Anytime in the field I think we are getting a really good shot, I will always test the shots and then fire off 8 exposures to make sure I can get a clean stack in Photoshop.

Few other tips:
* Reduce brightness on your LCD (If your camera has one) and use a solid tripod set low to the ground and make sure once in position everything is locked down tight.
* Use your phone as a remote trigger and or set your camera for at least a 2 second delayed timer.
* Pre scout your location for light pollution using dark sky finder or any other available night sky pollution map.
* Take a good working flashlight.
* Familiarize yourself with the stars/constellations around the Milky Way so you will know where to set the camera up.
* Take several test shots to adjust camera settings and also to tweak the camera position.
* Use any smartphone night sky map app and have with you to help locate the Milky Way. Also make sure your smartphone has a full charge.
* During the season, use bug repellent. I also spray a rag with deet and set it close to the camera to keep flies off the lens.
* Don't trespass. A lot of state and federal parks have sunrise to sunset hours. This does not work filming the Milky Way. If you find a good spot and it is on private land, always ask permission and let them know when you plan to photograph.


Jim Baugh

President JBOTV

Mermaid Bay Productions LLC

Mermaid Bay AIR
Cedar Island
Wachapreague VA

Milky Way over Cedar Island, Eastern Shore Virginia.
WOW! Fantastic shoot just north of Wachapreague, this was our last shoot for our Milky Way film to debut at the film festival in cape Charles June 29th. These are just a couple of sample stills from the shoot. I think so far we have captured maybe 12,000 RAW images complied into 4 time lapse segments. All 4 locations are on the Eastern Shore. This was only the second clear night in about four months of shooting. Incredible location with hardly any light pollution at all, basically none.

This shoot went extremely well and we had very clear skies plus a nice 10 to 15mph wind so the bugs were not bad at all plus very low humidity. I had prepped the lens with heat packs just in case, but there was no condensation at all. Total exposures was around 2000, iso 1600, 15 sec exposure, 20 sec interval. I burned through two batteries on the SL2, actually had more jucie in the second battery but had filmed for some 6 hours so had 35 seconds of finished timelapse which is more than I needed.

If you plan on coming to Wachapreague and need accommodations we stayed at the artist apartment above the Current Reflections Art Gallery located right in Wachapreague, this is only minutes away from our dark sky site where we filmed, here is the web site go check them out. Awesome place with two rooms, full kitchen, living room, bath, great place to stay either while doing photography, fishing, or even bird watching!
Facebook link for Current Reflections Lodging

Milky Way over Cedar Island Wachapreague  Eastern Shore of Virginia


Red Bank

WOW! This overnight shoot was certainly our best weather wise as well as our best dark sky site. The south east rise of the Milky Way was over the pitch black Atlantic ocean and had clean visibility through most of the night. The light pollution you see in the lower right is Virginia Beach (approx. 50 mi away) and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  I had picked out this location several months ago and have been anxiously waiting for the right opportunity to film it. The location is called Red Banks on the sea side of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Although the skies were super clear, the big fear I had was dew. The relative humidity was I think 93% and the temp was gong to be around 56, so I knew I was headed for possible problems. So this was the first night I pulled out all the stops, in an effort to film all night without ANY condensation on the lens. The good news is because of these things we did to prep the camera, although we had dew almost immediately on everything early in the evening including tripods, chairs, etc, not one drop of moisture was on our lens. It amazed me! Here is what we did and without taking these measures, we would have never been able to film and we ran the camera from around 11pm until 4am the next morning with not a drop of dew. Here is what we did.
1 Climatize:
I took the camera and put it in it’s camera bag and set it outside for 4 hours. Once on location, I put the camera bag outside near the tripod this was around 7pm, filming would start around 11. At about 10pm I took the camera out of the bag and velcrowed 4 heating paks (hand warmers) that I had attached to a sock with rubber bands, this was wrapped tightly around the lens. I also used gaffers tape prior to lock down both the focus ring on infinity and zoom so the settings could not be accidentally knocked out of wack. This works very well. Once the heat packs were on the camera went back into the bag and again set outside next to the tripod.
2 Heat Packs:
The hand warmer heat packs are the disposable ones you can find anywhere. I attach then to a sock which adds more insulation to the lens and camera. The four heat packs kept the camera completely dry while everything else, and I mean everything, was covered in dew.
3 Battery operated fan:
I bought a battery operated fan from amazon for 13 bucks that would run all night off AA batteries. This fan was mounted close the lens and pointed directly at it. This did 2 things, kept the millions of bugs off the lens and moving air across the glass continually will greatly reduce the chance of condensation.
Combating the bugs!
This is a biggie. Here on the Eastern Shore the flies when they bite (and they do non stop) will actually draw blood. These insects not only make it impossible to film, but they can play havoc on your lens. I thought about experimenting with a couple of things and all I can say is I only got bit once all night. Never had flies around me for the most part, and no flying insects ever touched my lens. Here is what I did.
1 Clothes:
Cover your body with clothes, I wore sweat pants, hoodie, socks, etc. Then spray anything exposed with your fav bug spray. Next, spray your clothes.
2 Deet Rag:
Get a rag and place it on your tripod and spray it liberally with your bug spray. Get it good and soaking and leave it on your tripod.
3 Off Clip On Battery Operated Mosquito Device:
This is something I was looking for, not sure it would work, but it seemed to help. I mounted it under the tripod to cover the small area I was filming. The fan kept running all night and never ran out of power. This is an ideal set up if you are sitting still like filming timelapse.
Between doing all these things, I had zero issues with bugs in one of the worst buggy areas I have ever been. I will continue to use this when ever doing overnight timelapse. The fan we mounted pointed at the lens also helped.
The camera I used is our SL2 with Tonika 11-16 lens. This evening we shot close to 2000 RAW and Jpeg images. I did have to swap out a battery once during the overnight shoot, but that was it. I also used our intervalometer set to 15 sec exposure with a 20 sec interval and set to continuous. The intervalometer was totally soaked starting early in the evening but worked fine all night.
At this point we have only one more location to film before we complete our Milky Way Madness 2019 short film of locations featured from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We have been editing as we go along filming and the project is turning out very nice. I was mostly worried we may not ever get a chance with the weather to produce a very clean and complete Milky Way time lapse. However fortunately, we did accomplish this last night.



Cape Charles
Success! JBOTV filmed last night from 11 to 5 this am in Cape Charles. We had a lot of moving clouds but was able to shoot around 400 RAW exposures for a time lapse to be in our upcoming Milky Way film featuring Eastern Shore locations. Here is the finished image. From here we film north up the Shore through July. New moon is coming up this weekend so as long as it is a clear night good time to do a little star gazing. Will be reporting on our drum show as soon as it is finished hopefully over the weekend. Tight Lines, Cheers. JB

Filming Notes for this shoot:

Since our last time lapse was plagued by dew, on this shoot again we were set up only a few feet from the water of the Chesapeake Bay with changing temps as the night cooled. Before leaving for the shoot we climatized the camera outside for five hours and before heading out, wrapped 3 warming packs around the lens and secured them with Velcro straps. Prior to this we also anchored down both infinity and aperture with gaffing tape. Once again on location tested out iso and shutter speed and captured several foreground shots. Once on location plans changed a little due to some street lights that were on timers so our location changed for the time lapse by about 70 feet. Once ready to time lapse, we again used an intervalometer set to 15 sec exposure, 20 second interval with a 10 second drive mode to start. I also took a battery fan for the lens but it was not necessary due to a pretty good 10 to 15ph wind all night long.

Although we did experience some dew on the tripods and our clothes, the lens was 100% clean of any moisture. The heat packs worked extremely well and lasted from around midnight to 5am. The entire shoot of the Milky Way passing.

Mermaid Bay
First clear night in quite a while and the moon set before midnight, sooo, set up time lapse cameras between 2 and 4 am to catch the Milky Way. This was shot at Mermaid Bay on the Shore. The next shoot in May will be quite further north on the sea side, much less light pollution. We did catch some meteors in the time lapse, very nice night. This image was a 4 exposure stack out of 300 RAW images. 15 sec exposure, 1600 ISO F 2.8. Foreground light painted at 200 ISO 15 sec exposure. Next shoot is May 4th on the next new moon. Cheers.

We are on new moon eve however the overnight weather forecast has given us almost no window to film astrophotography. Early this am there was a small window of only partial clouds. So, at 3 am this morning we had our cameras set up at two new fairly dark sky locations on the Eastern Shore, Oyster and Townsend. Both locations had partial clouds however it made for some pretty cool images. We will shoot again on the next new moon in May 2019. In September we will produce a short film featuring all the Milky Ways we filmed both in photo and time lapse. Cheers. Below is Oyster and Townsend this morning.

Oyster Virginia

Photo Info:
Because of the clouds in Oyster we did not take but a few exposures. The final image here is taken from only one exposure, no stacking.
The image from Townsend was an 8 image stack taken from about 30 exposures. Included was calibration dark slate. Townsend is closer to the light pollution of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and we were butting up against twilight, however the image has a pretty good signal to noise ratio. All post processing was done RAW in Lightroom and Photoshop and downresed to these jpegs. JB

Tonight’s Milky Way over the Eastern Shore! Our first photo kicking off Milky Way Madness 2019. Had been trying to get in some shots of the Milky Way but the weather and moon have not been on our side for a few weeks.

Tonight we had a VERY narrow window from 3am to 4 am to catch the Milky Way. I checked two different weather services both reporting a clearing between fronts but only for a couple of hours and our Milky Way window was only from around 3:30 to 4:10am. This was also the only time we had a break in the clouds for days. The Milky Way rose high enough to film around 3:30, and twilight was starting around 4:30am, plus a front with lots of rain heading our way in a matter of a couple of hours. So... we really did have a very narrow window to get this shot.

I got to say, the weather folks called this one perfect. We did get that window of clearing, and just long enough for us to get the right shot.

The new moon will be this coming Friday and weather permitting we will film it again. Camera settings and technique: SL2 11to16 F 2.8 ISO1600 15 sec exposure 40 images captured RAW Edited in Lightroom and image stacked 4 exposures in Photoshop.
Picture taken 3:30am in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia approx. 5 miles north of Kiptopeke State Park. The pic below is the exact camera location during day light,


Below are the dates and time of the new moons during Milky Way Madness. This will be helpful to plan your trip to a low light pollution area to film some awesome night scapes. Here on the Eastern Shore we will be filming from Cape Charles to Assateague From March through August 2019.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

"March Sky" Eastern Shore Virginia and arrangement of Love on a real train / Tangerine Dream / Risky Business Film

Chesapeake Bay- Filmed March 4th 2019 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia lower Cape Charles for Jim baugh Outdoors TV by Mermaid Bay Air. The soundtrack is a piano arrangement by Jim Baugh of "Love on a real train" by Tangerine Dream from the film Risky Business. The Arranged track is not sequenced like the original music, everything is played live to multitrack. All total 20 tracks of audio were used in the recording.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mercy Creek at the C-Pier, Oyster Farm at Kings Creek Cape Charles Virginia

Jim Baugh Outdoors TV happened to catch Mercy Creek August 2018 performing at the C-Pier at the Oyster Farm Kings Creek, Cape Charles Virginia. Great crowd and ...the music was awesome. Catch live music, seafood and fun at the C-Pier May-Sept. 2019 every weekend. Also make your reservations now for all the festival dates. Cheers. JB

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New Show! Jim Baugh Outdoors TV Offshore Black Sea Bass Mid Atlantic Feature Feb 2, 2019

New Show! Offshore sea bass fishing has always bee a fav for Jim Baugh Outdoors TV and this recent sea bass trip is no exception. We all had an absolute blast and have been dining on sea bass now for 5 days. This was a special show where our underwater cameras captured a double sea bass hook up 150feet below the surface. We also had great weather for this show, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, and I also wrote two new soundtracks for this episode, “Sea Bass Boogie” & “Bayside Sunset”. We also had a great crew on this shoot, saw and fished with some awesome old friends and made new friends as well. The bite is really good! To use Frank White (The Southern Sportsman) old saying, “Do yourself a favor, and take a kid sea bass fishing”. Enjoy! Godspeed, JB

PS: Thanks Ed again for the handmade JBOTV 2019 plaque. We love it!

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