August 21st, 2014

Who Did What Right?

The Streak Continues: 264

This blog was published at about 5:30am from my Mom’s home at Holbrook, Long Island, NY. It took me about 2 hours to assemble this post which makes 264 consecutive days with a brand new blog post. I am in NY for a week of visiting my elderly (gonna be 92 soon) Mom, my younger sister Arna, my younger daughter Alissa and her wonderful family, and doing some late summer bird photography.

As always, I would appreciate your using the BIRDS AS ART B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases, using our Amazon logo-link for all of your household purchases, and visiting the BAA Online Store for your tripod, tripod head, LensCoat, miscellaneous, accessories, and eGuide purchases as well.

The 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

There are now just 2 slots left on the 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT; if you are seriously interested in joining us on this truly wonderful trip it would be best not to tarry…. Scroll down here for complete details. artie and denise

Nickerson Beach Update

From Greg Gulbransen: Lots of skimmers feeding chicks out front in the open at Nickerson. Lots of photo ops. Next week will be perfect. For info on my 2-DAY IPT next Monday and Tuesday scroll down here. Call 1-863-692-0906 and ask Jim about the very late registration discount.

2015 Palouse IPT #2

The first 2015 Palouse IPT is sold out with a long waiting list. There are now just 4 slots left on the Palouse IPT #2. Scroll down in this blog post for complete details.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. You can see the additional listings here. Immediately below is today’s featured listing.

Used Canon EF 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 L IS Lens

Bruce Boswell is offering a used Canon EF 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 L IS lens in very good condition for $999 plus insured shipping via UPS Ground to US Continental addresses only. The tripod and zoom rings have a few minor blemishes. The sale includes: the original case, the front and rear caps, the lens hood, and the lens manual. Your gear will be shipped only after your check clears.

Please contact Bruce via e-mail or by phone at (309) 451-1506 or (309) 530-8493 (cell) (Central).

The 100-400 is a versatile intermediate telephoto zoom lens with 1,000+ uses. It makes a great starter lens especially for folks who do general nature and wildlife in addition to birds. I’ve sold 100s of images made with a 1-4 and denise loved hers for many years forsaking it only recently for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. Bruce’s 100-400 is priced to sell.

Your Help Is Needed

Sales for the first half of August, 2014 via our BIRDS AS ART B&H affiliate links have been microscopically abysmal at best. If you need to purchase some new camera gear, please remember to use either our B&H logo link below or one of the product-specific links in the blog or the Bulletins. All should feel free to write me via e-mail


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This image was created at 11:04am on a very cloudy day on last July’s Nickerson Beach IPT with the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens , the Canon Extender EF 2X III (at 140mm), and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop as framed: 1/250 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual Mode. Color Temperature 9100K; what was I thinking? But with RAW capture it was easy to cool down the image with the Color Temperature slider in DPP 4.0.

Central Sensor Surround/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on Dave’s neck and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

What Mr. Dave Did Right

Above is multiple IPT veteran Dave Klein on last July’s Nickerson Beach IPT, the one that I co-led with Denise Ippolito. What did Dave do right? Lot’s. First, he selected a nice clean section of beach. Though you can’t see it in this image he approached the birds lowly and slowly. Just like we taught him. And though the bird’s were very tame, he went off by himself and found a cooperative family. That made it much less likely that the birds would be flushed. And most importantly, he got down low. Though you can’t see his left hand and arm, he is properly supporting his Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens 80-400 VR II with his left hand well out on the lens barrel.

What artie Did Right

What did I do right? Lots. I made sure that I had the right exposure and set that manually. That is very important because if I had been in an automatic mode the white of the breaking waves would have fooled the meter. I focused on Dave and recomposed. After pressing the rear button to set the focus I concentrated on standing stock still so as not to throw off the focus. I chose a perspective that put Dave on one side of the frame with three of the oystercatchers on the opposite side of the frame. This yielded perfect compositional balance. What made this image the best of the series? I timed the breaking wave to mirror the four birds while the green part of the wave served to set Dave off nicely. As you have come to learn here, stuff like that does not happen by accident. As Sam Abell (check spelling) said in his keynote address at NECCC, “See the situation, compose the shot, and then wait. “ Though he was a documentary photographer his advice is often spot-on for nature photographers as well.

Image Questions

Why is the arrangement of the birds slightly less than perfect?

Is there anything else about the image that bothers you?


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Dave created this image on the Nickerson Beach IPT that I co-led with Denise Ippolito in a similar situation with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens (hand held at 125mm/Digital Zoom: 1.5X = 187mm) and the Nikon D600 (now replaced by the Nikon D610 ). ISO 1000. Matrix metering +2/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/8 in Av mode. AWB.

American Oystercatcher family foraging. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014 Dave Klein

My Comments on Dave’s Image

The three birds here are perfectly juxtaposed and the image is sharp and well exposed. With a relatively short focal length, f/8 was more than enough to cover the entire family. I like the foam left over from a breaking wave and I love the soft reflections. The image is beautifully framed/cropped with more room in front of the lead bird than behind the last bird. This image was created in soft light on the late afternoon (5:21pm) of July 17, 2014. Yikes! I almost forgot: three very good head angles.

The Nikon D810 Digital Camera Body

The Nikon D810 DSLR has been hard to keep in stock since its recent release. B&H just received a large shipment of the camera that is reputed to create the highest quality images of any dSLR on the planet….

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Nickerson Beach Short-notice Weekday Beach-nesting Birds IPT: 2-Full Days/August 25-26, 2014: $749*. Leader: Arthur Morris

Call 1-863-692-0906 and ask Jim about the very late registration discount.

Join me on Long Island, NY soon to photograph Black Skimmers with chicks and young of all sizes, adult and juvenile Common Terns, and American Oystercatchers with grown young. The skimmers will be the stars of the show. Mid- to late August is prime time for photographing young skimmers. Chances are great to witness Great Black-backed Gull predation. The will also be chances to photograph a variety of shorebird species including large flocks of southbound migrant Sanderlings. Car-pooling is recommended; if we opt to return to the beach before 5pm there is a $30/vehicle parking fee that is not included so it is best to share that expense. Parking in the morning is free.

Call Jim or Jen weekdays at 863-692-0906 with a credit card in hand to register and to pay in full. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and then shoot us a scanned copy via email or bring a hard copy with you to the workshop.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail or on my cell at 863-221-2372; please leave a message if I do not pick up.

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August 20th, 2014

Eagle City Referendum...

The Streak Continues: 263

This blog was published at about 5:30am from my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL. It took me about 2 hours to assemble; this one makes 263 consecutive days with a brand new blog post. I fly from Orlando to Islip for a week of visiting my elderly (gonna be 92 soon) Mom, my younger sister Arna, and doing some late summer bird photography.

As always, I would appreciate your using the BIRDS AS ART B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases, using our Amazon logo-link for all of your household purchases, and visiting the BAA Online Store for your tripod, tripod head, LensCoat, miscellaneous, accessories, and eGuide purchases as well.

The 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

There are now just 2 slots left on the 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT; if you are seriously interested in joining us on this truly wonderful trip it would be best not to tarry…. Scroll down here for complete details. artie and denise

Nickerson Beach Update

From Greg Gulbransen: Lots of skimmers feeding chicks out front in the open at Nickerson. Lots of photo ops. Next week will be perfect. For info on my 2-DAY trip click here and scroll down to near the bottom. artie Ask Jim about the very late registration discount.

2015 Palouse IPT #2

The first 2015 Palouse IPT is sold out with a long waiting list. There are now just 4 slots left on the Palouse IPT #2. Scroll down in this blog post for complete details.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. You can see the additional listings here. Immediately below is today’s featured item, a new listing.

Used Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Walt Anderson is offering a used Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body in near-mint condition for $2899.00. The sale includes an extra battery the original box, and all cables and manuals. The seller will pay insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Your new gear will be shipped after your check clears. Payment may also be made via credit card plus a 2% fee.

Please contact Walt via e-mail or by phone at 847-438-3587 (office) or 847-721-8319 (cell) (Central Daylight Time). Walt, a long time friend, is the inventor of the Better Beamer Flash Extender, the very first BAA mail order item. When it comes to taking care of his gear, Walt is fastidious.

The 1D IV is a 1.3 crop factor camera body that was my workhorse camera body for about 4 years not so long ago. I owned four of them in total. It is Denise Ippolito’s camera body of choice for birds and wildlife. They were selling used just a few months ago for more than $4,000 so Walt’s 1D IV is priced to sell quickly.

Your Help Is Needed

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Incoming Bald Eagle/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Eagle City Referendum

Today I present ten spectacular Bald Eagle images created by Jim Neiger, BAA Posse member. All were created at Haines, AK. I ask each of you to list your three favorites and rate them in order with 3 being the strongest image, 2 your second favorite, and 1 the next strongest. Feel free to let us know why you made your choices. Place the strongest image at the top of your list, and so on down the line. Tips: click on each image to see a larger version; cut and paste the titles of your three favorites.

Like this:

3: Bald Eagle top shot
2: Bald Eagle mountain background
1: Bald Eagle top shot

Remember, the strongest images gets the 3 points and should be placed at the top of the list. Please do not let the list above influence your choices as they were selected arbitrarily.

At some point I will share the results of the referendum :), rank all ten images, and share my thoughts with you here.

Again, all of these images were created by Jim Neiger. Comments praising me for my great eagle photographs will be deleted. :) Yeah, you gotta actually read what I write….


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Bald Eagle top shot/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Jim Neiger Flight School Photography/2014 Alaska Bald Eagle Workshop, Haines, Alaska

Flight School Photography introduces a newly developed workshop to take place at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska. Each fall, hundreds of Bald Eagles gather along the Chilkat river to feed on spawned out salmon that are accessible due to the open running water. A natural phenomenon in the area warms the water in the river and prevents it from freezing. More than three thousand Bald Eagles congregate here each fall to feed on the Salmon in the shallow open water streams flowing thru the river valley. Towering snow covered mountains surround the river valley providing magnificent backgrounds for our Bald Eagle images. The Eagles soar over the valley and swoop down to attack each other as they battle for their share of the Salmon from the river. We will have front row seats for this spectacular show. If you like Bald Eagles in action and gorgeous scenery, this is a workshop that should not be missed. While our focus will be on photographing the Bald Eagles, we will also have opportunities to photograph the magnificent scenery and other wildlife. Possibilities include bear, moose, and other species of birds.


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Bald Eagle talons out/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Learn Hand Held/Long Lens Flight Photography

The workshop, conducted by expert bird photographer, Jim Neiger, will take place in early November of 2014. Jim has perfected unique techniques for photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses, hand held. The focus of the workshops will be to learn Jim’s hand held, long lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in action. Jim is known for his consistent production of amazing flight images and images of the most desirable subjects. His Flight School Photography Workshops are a must for any serious nature photographer. The workshop will last 6-days and include a four hour classroom session and 5 days of photography in the field. The workshops will be limited to six participants so that everyone may receive personalized instruction in the field.


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Bald Eagle vertical banking top shot/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Workshop Dates

Workshop AK-2: November 2nd – November 7th, 2014


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Bald Eagle mountain background/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (afternoon/evening ): Arrive in Juneau, Alaska which is the base location for the classroom portion of the workshop. There will be a four hour classroom session from 2:00pm to 6:00pm in the hotel meeting room. The classroom instruction will focus on using hand held techniques for photographing birds in flight to prepare participants for the subsequent photography sessions.

Days 2: Morning ferry ride to Haines, Alaska where we will check in to our hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the small town and getting ready for the in the field portion of the workshop.

Days 3-5: In the field photography sessions in the Bald Eagle Preserve.

Day 6: We will spend the day photographing in the preserve followed by an evening ferry ride back to Juneau.

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Bald Eagle carrying natural salmon carcass/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

More Info

For more info or questions on this workshop please contact Jim Neiger of Flight School Photography by phone at 407-247-5200 or by e-mail. Jim will be happy to provide you with any additional information.


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Bald Eagle saying “uncle!”/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Learn More Here

Learn more here.

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Bald Eagle top shot/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Flight School Photography Website

Be sure to visit the Flight School Photography website. Jim offers both scheduled and personalized pontoon boat trips and land-based instruction at various locations around central Florida.

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Bald Eagle vertical bank shot/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Jim Neiger’s Haines, AK Photo Gallery

You can enjoy a gallery of Jim’s spectacular Haine’s Bald Eagle images here.

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Bald Eagles squabbling/Image copyright 2013: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

Be Sure to Vote

Join the fun by voting and see how your choices stack up against the rest of the boys and girls including me :).

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Flight Plan

I can say without a doubt that after spending more than two months (part time) a while back editing Jim Neiger’s great e-Guide, Flight Plan, that my flight photography improved by leaps and bounds whether I am working off a tripod or hand holding. His explanation of the bumping the focus technique finally sunk in. Learning to use this technique regularly is a huge help for any all types of flight photography. In addition, I recently implemented two of Jim’s AF recommendations; again, the quality of my flight images increased as did my percentage of keepers. You gotta love that.

You can learn more about Flight Plan here or order a copy by clicking here.

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August 19th, 2014

More Learning On a Variety Of Subjects...

The Streak Continues: 262

This blog was published just after 5:00am from my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL. It took me less than 2 hours to complete; this one makes 262 consecutive days with a brand new blog post. As always, I would appreciate your using the BIRDS AS ART B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases, using our Amazon logo-link for all of your household purchases, and visiting the BAA Online Store for your tripod, tripod head, LensCoat, miscellaneous, accessories, and eGuide purchases as well.

The 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

There are now just 2 slots left on the 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT; if you are seriously interested in joining us on this truly wonderful trip it would be best not to tarry…. Scroll down here for complete details. artie and denise

Nickerson Beach Update

From Greg Gulbransen: Lots of skimmers feeding chicks out front in the open at Nickerson. Lots of photo ops. Next week will be perfect. For info on my 2-DAY trip click here and scroll down to near the bottom. artie

2015 Palouse IPT #2

The first 2015 Palouse IPT is sold out with a long waiting list. There are now just 4 slots left on the Palouse IPT #2. Scroll down in this blog post for complete details.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. You can see the additional listings here. Immediately below is today’s featured item, a new listing.

Used Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Walt Anderson is offering a used Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body in near-mint condition for $2899.00. The sale includes an extra battery the original box, and all cables and manuals. The seller will pay insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Your new gear will be shipped after your check clears. Payment may also be made via credit card plus a 2% fee.

Please contact Walt via e-mail or by phone at 847-438-3587 (office) or 847-721-8319 (cell) (Central Daylight Time). Walt, a long time friend, is the inventor of the Better Beamer Flash Extender, the very first BAA mail order item. When it comes to taking care of his gear, Walt is fastidious.

The 1D IV is a 1.3 crop factor camera body that was my workhorse camera body for about 4 years not so long ago. I owned four of them in total. It is Denise Ippolito’s camera body of choice for birds and wildlife. They were selling used just a few months ago for more than $4,000 so Walt’s 1D IV is priced to sell quickly.

Your Help Is Needed

Sales for the first half of August, 2014 via our BIRDS AS ART B&H affiliate links have been microscopically abysmal at best. If you need to purchase some new camera gear, please remember to use either our B&H logo link below or one of the product-specific links in the blog or the Bulletins. All should feel free to write me via e-mail

More Learning On a Variety Of Subjects…


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This image was created on the UK Puffins and Gannets IPT with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 280mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/400 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode.

Thanks again to Jean-luc Vaillant for letting me borrow his 2-4 for the day.

Central sensor/AI Servo-Surround/Rear Focus AF on the upper left corner of the sea stack and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Lots of Thinking Went Into the Creation of this Image…

In the “Lots of Thinking Went Into the Creation of this Image…” blog post here, I asked, with regards to the image above:

1-Why is the landing murre sharp at a shutter speed of “only” 1/400 sec.? Most folks recommend a shutter speed of at least 1/400 sec. for birds in flight….

2-Why was I not worried at all about depth-of-field?

Here is how I think my way through situations similar to #1: the farther a flapping subject is from you, the slower the shutter speed you can get away with. At about 200 feet, 1/400 sec. was plenty enough shutter speed to render the murre relatively sharp. I routinely work with shutter speeds as slow at 1/500 sec. for flight photography of single birds at relatively close range.

Interestingly enough, the converse of this principle is useful when creating pleasing blurs: the closer the subject the greater the degree of blurring. With large birds flying by at relatively close distances intermediate shutter speeds like 1/125 and even 1/20 sec. can produce some surreal results. Learn more in A Guide to Pleasing Blurs, a popular eBook by Denise Ippolito and yours truly.

Distance to subject is also the answer to #2. At 200 feet with a focal length of 280mm with a full frame camera and an aperture of f/5.6 the total depth-of-field is 53.5 ft, 23.2 feet in front of the subject, 30.2 feet behind the subject. Compare that with the same specs at the minimum focusing distance of the lens: 7 feet. Now the total depth-of-field is 0.06 ft divided 50/50 in front of and behind the subject. .06 feet is 0.72 inches, less than 3/4 of a single inch…. If you would like to learn more about depth-of-field bookmark this link: DOF Master.

Wrong For So Long… And Confused

In the Wrong For So Long… And Confused blog post here, not to worry; I have not forsaken you. I am still confused and have been in touch with some very smart folks but I am still unsure as to what the facts are. When I find out and am no longer confused y’all will be the first to know. Thanks to the many who left thoughtful and intelligent comments.

Before and After Blonde

In Before and After Blonde I asked about the only negative in the image of the tiny blonde Least Tern chick. Both Rose and Naveena hit the nail on the head by noting that the tiny baby bird’s head was turned slightly away from me. I could have saved myself by moving a yard to my left….


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This three-frame Art Vivid HDR image was created on last June’s Palouse scouting trip with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (at 200mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops +/- two stops around the base exposure of 1/60 sec. at f/22 in Av mode. Color temperature 4500K. Live View and 2-second timer.

Central Sensor/Surround/AI Servo-Rear Focus AF on the near-corner of the blue roof and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Learning to Think and See Like a Pro/The Fourth of a Series Revelations/More Questions Than Answers…

In the Learning to Think and See Like a Pro/The Fourth of a Series Revelations/More Questions Than Answers… blog post here, I asked lots of questions. Here I will address each of them.

1-Why did I move so far to the left?

I moved well to the left to line up the right-hand point of the roof with the distant hill.

2-Why did I raise my tripod as high as possible?

I adjusted the tripod to be as tall as possible and worked from the crest of the two lane highway (that fortunately was not very busy) so that the point of the roof would not intersect with the hill.

3-What is the greatest strength of this composition?

The greatest strength of this image design is the placement of the right hand point of the roof so that it was framed by the green grass or crop on the distant hill.


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This three-frame Art Vivid HDR image was created on last June’s Palouse scouting trip with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (at 95mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop +/- two stops around the base exposure of 1/40 sec. at f/32 in Av mode. Color temperature 4500K. Live View and 2-second timer.

Central Sensor/Surround/AI Servo-Rear Focus AF on the nearest corner of the blue roof and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Image #2 Questions

1-Why is Image #1 much stronger than Image #2?

By far the stronger of the first two images is #2 because I did a much better job of filling the frame with what interested me, the barn and the distant hill. In image #2 the uninteresting even boring foreground dominates the frame.

2-Did I move my tripod at all after I created Image #1?

No.

3-How do you know?

Because the juxtaposition of the point of the rood and the distant hill is identical.


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This three-frame Art Vivid HDR image was created on last June’s Palouse scouting trip with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (at 400mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops +/- two stops around the base exposure of 1/250 sec. at f/11 in Av mode. Color temperature 4500K. Live View and 2-second timer.

Central Sensor/Surround/AI Servo-Rear Focus AF on the curve lower left near the rule-of-thirds position and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #4

Image #4

Image #3 (not seen here) was the really tight view. Image #4 above is a somewhat wider view. Image #3 offers the greatest detail in both the green vegetation and the plowed dirt field while Image #4 features much of the same plus a thin green strip in the lower right.

While I like both I prefer Image #4 (above) because it includes that thin sliver of green in the lower right corner.

HDR Art Vivid Question

Why were all of the HDR Art Vivid images in this series created at Color Temperature 4500K?

I worked at K4500 to take the sting out of the yellows and greens. With AWB in nice light those colors would be both over-saturated and garish.


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Image #6 was created from Image #5 (immediately above) in Photoshop CS-6. Keep reading to learn how.

Image #6

Image #6 was Created in Photoshop from Image #5 using Filter/Blur/Motion Blur and then adjusting the Distance slider to about 75. Though I created more than a dozen pleasing blurs of the area in Image 5, the Photoshop-created version was my favorite by far.

Favorites?

Between images #5 and #6 I preferred #6 but only by 500 light years as it much better reflects the soft feel of the fields and the dirt and the soft light.

Of the six images my faves were #1, #4, and #6.


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Please note that there are two Palouse IPTs scheduled; the first one is sold out. We hope that you can join us on the 2nd one. Images and Card design by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

The Palouse A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)/Eastern Washington State. June 5-9, 2015/5 Full Days: $1699/Limit 12 photographers/Openings 3; this trip is a go.

Rolling farmlands provide a magical patchwork of textures and colors, especially when viewed from the top of Steptoe Butte where we will likely enjoy spectacular sunrises and possibly a nice sunset or two. We will photograph grand landscapes and mini-scenics of the rolling hills and farm fields. We will take you to some really neat old abandoned barns and farmhouses in idyllic settings. There is no better way to improve your compositional and image design skills and to develop your creativity than to join us for this trip. Two great leaders: Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris. Photoshop and image sharing sessions when we have the time and energy…. We get up early and stay out late and the days are long.

After 6 days of back-breaking scouting work in early June 2014 we found all of the iconic locations and, in addition, lots of spectacular new old barns and breath-taking landforms and views. We will teach you what makes one situation prime and another seemingly similar one a waste of your time.

What’s included: In-the-field instruction, guidance, lessons, and inspiration, our newfound but very extensive knowledge of the area, all lunches, motel lobby breakfasts, and Photoshop and image sharing sessions when possible.

You will learn and hone both basic and advanced compositional and image design skills. You will learn to get the right exposure every time. You will learn to develop your creative eye. You will learn the basics of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. You will learn a variety of in-camera creative techniques; Canon 5D Mark III bodies are a plus. And most importantly you will learn to see the situation and to create a variety of top-notch images. Do see both of our blogs for lots more on that in the coming weeks. You will learn how the quality and direction of light combine to determine the success of your images. And–please don’t gasp–we will be working quite a bit with sidelight when creating landscapes. Lastly, we will be touching on infrared photography.

A non-refundable $699 deposit is due now. The balance will be due on January 29, 2015. With the unpredictable nature of the photography business, I have not said this often lately, but it seems quite likely that this one will fill up very quickly. Please let me know via e-mail that you will be joining us. Then you can either call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 during business hours or send us a check; the latter is preferred.

Please send your deposit check made out to “Arthur Morris” to us at Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. You can also contact denise via e-mail here

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