April 24th, 2014

Using Flash: First Impressions Can Be Deceiving...

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Join me at Gatorland for a ton of learning. If you want to learn to use your flash, you will not want to miss this one. Click on the composite image to enjoy a larger version. Click on the composite to enjoy the larger size.

The Gatorland Short Notice Saturday Full-Day In-the-Field Workshop

Saturday May 3, 2014. 7:15am till 10:15am & 4:00pm till dusk. Lunch, image review, and Photoshop session included. Limit 6. A very small group is again likely: $399.

The cost of your Gatorland Photographer’s Pass is not included.

Chicks in nests likely. Breeding plumage Cattle and Snowy Egrets. And tons more. You will learn to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. A big part of the above is that you will learn how and why you must work in Manual mode 90% of the time at Gatorland.

At lunch we will review my images, take a look at five of your best images from the morning session (for those who opt to bring their laptops), and process a few of my images in Photoshop after converting them in DPP. That followed by Instructor Nap Time.

Payment in full via credit card is due upon registering. Please call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 to register.

The Streak Continues: 146

I will publish this post just after 6:00am Amsterdam time, just after midnight on the east coast. We enjoyed another great morning at Keukenhof–the place is amazing, and then enjoyed a touch of Holland on our afternoon visit to Delft. Not to mention one of the best meals that any of us had ever enjoyed.

This post marks 146 straight days with a new blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links why quit now? To show your appreciation for my efforts here, we do ask that you use our the B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I used, 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 we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.

This blog post took about 1 1/2 hours to create. Enjoy!


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This backlit Cattle Egret head portrait was created with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/400 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. Color Temperature: AWB.

Quasi flash as main light with the Better Beamer at +1/3 stop in ETTL with High Speed Sync, the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with the Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for faster re-charging times. Mongoose Integrated Flash Arm with the Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3.

Central sensor (by necessity) Expand/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the base of the bird’s bill was active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.


Image #1: Over-flashed…

Flashing the Dark Side

Image #1 is a JPEG that accurately represents the original RAW image capture. I set the flash to +1/3 stop to light what was in effect the shaded side of the bird’s face. The image definitely looks flashed and perhaps over-flashed. Perhaps -1/3 stop on the flash would have been a better choice.


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This backlit Cattle Egret head portrait was created with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/400 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. Color Temperature: AWB.

The flash did not fire as it did not have enough time to re-cycle even with the Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack

Central sensor (by necessity) Expand/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the base of the bird’s bill was active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.


Image #2: Flash Did Not Fire

Flash Did Not Fire

The image immediately above was taken just an instant after the opening image. Again, this is a JPEG that accurately represents the original RAW image capture. As the flash did not fire the bird’s face appears dark. Had I been fast enough to add some light–not possible by the way, that would have left the rim light well over-exposed…. One the surface here it seems that the first image, the over-flashed image, would sure be your first choice. Or not?


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Image #3: The Optimized Version of Image #1

The Optimized Version of Image #1

Image #3 is the optimized version of Image #1. Please compare this image carefully with Image #4 below.


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Image #4: The Optimized Version of Image #2

The Optimized Version of Image #2

Image #4 is the optimized version of Image #2. Please compare this image carefully with Image #3 immediately above.

The Questions

Question 1: Which image features the strongest post, Image #3 or Image #4? Why?

Question 2: Which image has the smoothest white tones on the bird’s face, Image #3 or Image #4?

Question 2: Overall, which optimized image is stronger, Image #3 or Image #4? Why?

Using Flash: First Impressions Can Be Deceiving…

It is important to realize that when you are comparing similar images created with and without flash that you must compare the optimized images rather than the original captures….

BTW

There is a tall viewing tower at Gatorland that overlooks the large gator moat. Climbing the tower with your gear can offer some good and different photographic opportunities. If you are working from the swamp boardwalk and have the tower in your background, it will, 9 times out of 10, ruin an image. In the images here, the shaded tower provided the perfect black background for these strongly backlit Cattle Egret images. Joining any IPT will teach you to recognize the good situations that everyone else walks right by….

Another Used 400 DO For Sale

I will be offering a very well taken care of 400 DO lens for sale when I get back. If you are interested, please shoot me an e-mail. The lens is currently owned by Peter Kes.


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All of the images created at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

From top left clockwise to center: Snowy Egret pair in breeding plumage, breeding plumage Cattle Egret with fill flash, large Great Egret chicks in the nest, killer breeding plumage Snowy Egret displaying, flash-as-main light Great Egret chick happy to see mom, Little Blue Heron chicks, Cattle Egret breeding plumage head portrait, flash flight Wood Stork with nesting material, Great Egret landing at the nest, large Snowy Egret chicks.

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Short-Notice IPT. 3-FULL DAYS. Early entry/Late stay. May 5-7, 2014. Meet and greet at 8pm on Sunday May 4: $1299. Two Great Leaders: Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito

This trip needs four to run.

Breeding herons, egrets, and Wood Storks. Eggs and chicks in the nest. Some fledged young possible. Breeding behaviors including displaying and copulations. Flight and flash flight. Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Tricolored Heron, Wood Stork. Early May rocks at the Farm as the weather is usually gorgeous and there should be lots of both small and large chicks in the nest. And you avoid the possibly oppressive heat of June and July.

Includes in-the-field instruction, early entry, late stay, $5/person late-stay gratuity, informal, small group Photoshop and image review sessions. Three lunches.

Not included: your lodging, your St. Augustine Alligator Farm photographer’s pass ($79.95 for the year); we will be more than glad to pre-order your pass for you. Please let us know when you register.

What you will learn:

How to see the good situations.
How to best avoid the clutter of a rookery by choosing the very best perspective.
How to properly evaluate the histogram and come up with the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure
How to see and understand the light.
How to to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system.
Why you must work in Manual mode 95% of the time when photographing at a rookery and how to do it.
How to evaluate and process your images.
Via intensive instruction how to use fill flash flash as main light, and Manual flash.
Flash flight techniques including the necessary use of high speed sync.
And tons more.

Please call Jim or Jen at 863-692-0906 to hold your spot with your non-refundable $299 credit card deposit and then put your check in the mail along with your signed registration form; you can find the form here.

Suitable airports: Jacksonville (JAX), Daytona Beach (DAB), Orlando MCO).

We look forward to seeing you in the nation’s oldest city for three days of fun and learning.

Support the BAA Blog. Support the BAA Bulletins: Shop B&H here!

We want and need to keep providing you with the latest free information, photography and Photoshop lessons, and all manner of related information. Show your appreciation by making your purchases immediately after clicking on any of our B&H or Amazon Affiliate links in this blog post. Remember, B&H ain’t just photography!

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Typos

In all blog posts and Bulletins, feel free to e-mail or to leave a comment regarding any typos, wrong words, misspellings, omissions, or grammatical errors. Just be right. :)

April 23rd, 2014

Round and Round...

The Streak Continues: 145

I published this post just after 7:00am Amsterdam time, about 1:00am on the east coast. We enjoyed another great morning at Keukenhof–the place is amazing, and then enjoyed a touch of Holland on our afternoon visit to Delft. Not to mention one of the best meals that any of us had ever enjoyed.

This post marks 145 straight days with a new blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links why quit now? To show your appreciation for my efforts here, we do ask that you use our the B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I used, 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 we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.

This blog post took exactly 1 hour to create. Enjoy!


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This image was created on the thankfully cloudy afternoon of April 21 at Kinderdijk, Holland with the Gitzo GT1542T Tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 150mm), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 50. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops as framed: 1/8 sec. at f/13 in Av Mode. Color temperature: AWB.

Central sensor only Rear Focus AF on the small red star and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Round and Round…

The obvious choice when photographing a working windmill, that is, one with the blades rotating, is to play with blurs. It took lots of experimenting to come up with some workable techniques. The image above is a straight subject motion blur.

Thankfully Cloudy

Why thankfully cloudy? Two reasons. The main one: the windmill in this photograph was on the west side of a canal. Had it been sunny, the windmill would have been strongly backlit. At best, those difficult conditions would have required a totally different photographic approach. I am pretty sure that I would not even have tried…. In addition, working in low light makes creating pleasing blurs easier and makes for wider apertures at a given shutter speed thus resulting in fewer dust spots….


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This image was also created on the thankfully cloudy afternoon of April 21 at Kinderdijk, Holland with the Gitzo GT1542T Tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 150mm), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 50. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops as framed: 1/13 sec. at f/9 in Av Mode. Color temperature: AWB.

Central sensor only Rear Focus AF on the small red star 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 Question

Put on your thinking caps and let me know how you think that I created the image above.

Your Favorite?

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of the two images here that you like best, and why.

A Guide to Pleasing Blurs

If you would like to learn more about creating pleasing blurs, check out “A Guide to Pleasing Blurs” by Denise Ippolito and yours truly. Illustrated with 144 different, exciting, inspiring, and artistic images the guide covers the basics of creating pleasingly blurred images, the factors that influence the degree of blurring, the use of filters in creating pleasing blurs, and a great variety of both in-the-field and Photoshop techniques that can be used to create the pleasingly blurred, out-of-the box images that do so well in major photographic compositions.

Canon Gear for Sale

Doug Bolt’s 400 DO sold yesterday. Doug is still offering a used EOS-5D Mark II in very good to excellent condition for $1199. There is a shallow scratch on the body and a faint smudge on the top LCD. The sale includes a RRS L-plate, a vertical grip, and the original box and all the stuff that came in it. The seller will pay shipping to US addresses only. This one is a great body for flowers and landscapes. Mine saved me on a Southern Oceans cruise when I trashed two EOS-1D Mark IV bodies in a rainstorm; it was a great back-up camera body. The item will ship only when the check clears.

Please contact Doug for additional info and/or a link to photos via e-mail or try him by phone at home: at 301-937-3112 or on his cell at 301-537-8073.

Another Used 400 DO For Sale

I will be offering a very well taken care of 400 DO lens for sale when I get back. If you are interested, please shoot me an e-mail. The lens is currently owned by Peter Kes.


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All of the images created at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

From top left clockwise to center: Snowy Egret pair in breeding plumage, breeding plumage Cattle Egret with fill flash, large Great Egret chicks in the nest, killer breeding plumage Snowy Egret displaying, flash-as-main light Great Egret chick happy to see mom, Little Blue Heron chicks, Cattle Egret breeding plumage head portrait, flash flight Wood Stork with nesting material, Great Egret landing at the nest, large Snowy Egret chicks.

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Short-Notice IPT. 3-FULL DAYS. Early entry/Late stay. May 5-7, 2014. Meet and greet at 8pm on Sunday May 4: $1299. Two Great Leaders: Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito

This trip needs four to run.

Breeding herons, egrets, and Wood Storks. Eggs and chicks in the nest. Some fledged young possible. Breeding behaviors including displaying and copulations. Flight and flash flight. Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Tricolored Heron, Wood Stork. Early May rocks at the Farm as the weather is usually gorgeous and there should be lots of both small and large chicks in the nest. And you avoid the possibly oppressive heat of June and July.

Includes in-the-field instruction, early entry, late stay, $5/person late-stay gratuity, informal, small group Photoshop and image review sessions. Three lunches.

Not included: your lodging, your St. Augustine Alligator Farm photographer’s pass ($79.95 for the year); we will be more than glad to pre-order your pass for you. Please let us know when you register.

What you will learn:

How to see the good situations.
How to best avoid the clutter of a rookery by choosing the very best perspective.
How to properly evaluate the histogram and come up with the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure
How to see and understand the light.
How to to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system.
Why you must work in Manual mode 95% of the time when photographing at a rookery and how to do it.
How to evaluate and process your images.
Via intensive instruction how to use fill flash flash as main light, and Manual flash.
Flash flight techniques including the necessary use of high speed sync.
And tons more.

Please call Jim or Jen at 863-692-0906 to hold your spot with your non-refundable $299 credit card deposit and then put your check in the mail along with your signed registration form; you can find the form here.

Suitable airports: Jacksonville (JAX), Daytona Beach (DAB), Orlando MCO).

We look forward to seeing you in the nation’s oldest city for three days of fun and learning.

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Join me at Gatorland for a ton of learning. If you want to learn to use your flash, you will not want to miss this one. Click on the composite image to enjoy a larger version. Click on the composite to enjoy the larger size.

The Gatorland Short Notice Saturday Full-Day In-the-Field Workshop

Saturday May 3, 2014. 7:15am till 10:15am & 4:00pm till dusk. Lunch, image review, and Photoshop session included. Limit 6. A very small group is again likely: $399.

The cost of your Gatorland Photographer’s Pass is not included.

Chicks in nests likely. Breeding plumage Cattle and Snowy Egrets. And tons more. You will learn to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. A big part of the above is that you will learn how and why you must work in Manual mode 90% of the time at Gatorland.

At lunch we will review my images, take a look at five of your best images from the morning session (for those who opt to bring their laptops), and process a few of my images in Photoshop after converting them in DPP. That followed by Instructor Nap Time. Last Saturday all 3 folks had a great time and learned a ton.

Payment in full via credit card is due upon registering. Please call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 to register.

Support the BAA Blog. Support the BAA Bulletins: Shop B&H here!

We want and need to keep providing you with the latest free information, photography and Photoshop lessons, and all manner of related information. Show your appreciation by making your purchases immediately after clicking on any of our B&H or Amazon Affiliate links in this blog post. Remember, B&H ain’t just photography!

….. …..

Typos

In all blog posts and Bulletins, feel free to e-mail or to leave a comment regarding any typos, wrong words, misspellings, omissions, or grammatical errors. Just be right. :)

April 22nd, 2014

One of My Very Favorite Wading Bird Species...

The Streak Continues: 144

I published this post at 6:00am Amsterdam time; that is noon on the east coast. We enjoyed a great morning at Keukenhof and then had too much fun photographing the windmills and Great Crested Grebes at Kinderdijk.

This post marks 144 straight days with a new blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links why quit now? To show your appreciation for my efforts here, we do ask that you use our the B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I used, 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 we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.

This blog post took 2 hours to put together. Enjoy!


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This Cattle Egret image was created with the then-equivalents of the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod and the Mongoose M3.6 head. I used the Canon 500mm f/4L IS (now replaced by the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the 1.4X III TC now replaced by the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS 1Ds Mark II now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/160 sec. at f/7.1 in Av mode. Color temperature: AWB.

Fill flash with Better Beamer at -2 stops in ETTL with an older Canon Speedlight now replaced by the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with the Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for faster re-charging times. Mongoose Integrated Flash Arm with the Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3.

One-Shot AF on the bird’s eye and re-compose. Click on the image to see a larger version.


Image #1: Looking Up

One of My Very Favorite Wading Bird Species

One of my very favorite wading bird species is Cattle Egret. They are handsome even in their winter or non-breeding garb but when they are decked out in full breeding plumage they are a sight to be seen with their rich buff crests and all that magenta, cherry red, and yellow on or around their faces and those bright pink legs and feet. St. Augustine Alligator Farm in early May is prime time for photographing this species which usually begins nesting much later than Snowy and Great Egrets and the Tricolored Herons. There is a good chance that the Snowy Egrets will have chick in the nest. The Great Egrets will have both large and fledged chicks.

Image Question

What is the single-most distracting element in this image?


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This Cattle Egret image was also created with the then-equivalents of the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod and the Mongoose M3.6 head. Again, I used the Canon 500mm f/4L IS (now replaced by the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the 1.4X III TC now replaced by the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS 1D s Mark II now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop in very low light as framed: 1/80 sec. at f/5.6 in Av mode. Color temperature: AWB.

One-Shot AF on the bird’s eye and re-compose. Click on the image to see a larger version.


Image #2: Handsome Vertical

Relatively Distant Backgrounds

As we saw at Keukenhof this morning using a longer lens with a teleconverter and searching for tulips with relatively distant backgrounds, from 2 to ten feet or so behind an individual flower is a great way to isolate your subjects against clean backgrounds. And that is just what I did here. Though it has been a very years since I visited St. Augustine, one of the things that I always liked about it was that there were always a lot more isolated perches there than at Gatorland….


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This Cattle Egret flash flight image was created with the hand held Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens and the EOS 1Ds Mark II now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/160 sec. at f/7.1 in Av mode. Color temperature: AWB.

Quasi High Speed Synch flash as main light with Better Beamer at +1/3 stop in ETTL with an older Canon Speedlight now replaced by the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with the Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for faster re-charging times. Mongoose Integrated Flash Arm with the Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3.

Central sensor AI Servo AF active at the moment of exposure. Click on the image to see a larger version.


Image #3: White Sky Flight

White Sky Flight

I love using flash on white sky days or at dusk for flight photography. When you get a good one it can look like a studio shot. Join us on the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and learn how to create images like this, and to avoid the clutter of rookeries….

Your Favorite?

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of today’s 3 images you like best. And be sure to let us know why.

Canon Gear for Sale

Doug Bolt is offering a used Canon 400mm f/4L IS DO lens in very good to excellent condition for $4599. The sale includes the lens trunk and lens cover; the seller will pay shipping to US addresses only. This one should sell in minutes to someone looking for a lightweight super-telephoto. The item will ship only when the check clears.

Please contact Doug for additional info and/or a link to photos via e-mail or try him by phone at home: at 301-937-3112 or on his cell at 301-537-8073.

Doug is also offering a used EOS-5D Mark II in very good to excellent condition for $1199. There is a shallow scratch on the body and a faint smudge on the top LCD. The sale includes a RRS L-plate, a vertical grip, and the original box and all the stuff that came in it. The seller will pay shipping to US addresses only. This one is a great body for flowers and landscapes. Mine saved me on a Southern Oceans cruise when I trashed two EOS-1D Mark IV bodies in a rainstorm; it was a great back-up camera body. The item will ship only when the check clears.

Again, please contact Doug for additional info and/or a link to photos via e-mail or try him by phone at home: at 301-937-3112 or on his cell at 301-537-8073.


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All of the images created at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

From top left clockwise to center: Snowy Egret pair in breeding plumage, breeding plumage Cattle Egret with fill flash, large Great Egret chicks in the nest, killer breeding plumage Snowy Egret displaying, flash-as-main light Great Egret chick happy to see mom, Little Blue Heron chicks, Cattle Egret breeding plumage head portrait, flash flight Wood Stork with nesting material, Great Egret landing at the nest, large Snowy Egret chicks.

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Short-Notice IPT. 3-FULL DAYS. Early entry/Late stay. May 5-7, 2014. Meet and greet at 8pm on Sunday May 4: $1299. Two Great Leaders: Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito

This trip needs four to run.

Breeding herons, egrets, and Wood Storks. Eggs and chicks in the nest. Some fledged young possible. Breeding behaviors including displaying and copulations. Flight and flash flight. Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Tricolored Heron, Wood Stork. Early May rocks at the Farm as the weather is usually gorgeous and there should be lots of both small and large chicks in the nest. And you avoid the possibly oppressive heat of June and July.

Includes in-the-field instruction, early entry, late stay, $5/person late-stay gratuity, informal, small group Photoshop and image review sessions. Three lunches.

Not included: your lodging, your St. Augustine Alligator Farm photographer’s pass ($79.95 for the year); we will be more than glad to pre-order your pass for you. Please let us know when you register.

What you will learn:

How to see the good situations.
How to best avoid the clutter of a rookery by choosing the very best perspective.
How to properly evaluate the histogram and come up with the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure
How to see and understand the light.
How to to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system.
Why you must work in Manual mode 95% of the time when photographing at a rookery and how to do it.
How to evaluate and process your images.
Via intensive instruction how to use fill flash flash as main light, and Manual flash.
Flash flight techniques including the necessary use of high speed sync.
And tons more.

Please call Jim or Jen at 863-692-0906 to hold your spot with your non-refundable $299 credit card deposit and then put your check in the mail along with your signed registration form; you can find the form here.

Suitable airports: Jacksonville (JAX), Daytona Beach (DAB), Orlando MCO).

We look forward to seeing you in the nation’s oldest city for three days of fun and learning.

gatorland-card

Join me at Gatorland for a ton of learning. If you want to learn to use your flash, you will not want to miss this one. Click on the composite image to enjoy a larger version. Click on the composite to enjoy the larger size.

The Gatorland Short Notice Saturday Full-Day In-the-Field Workshop

Saturday May 3, 2014. 7:15am till 10:15am & 4:00pm till dusk. Lunch, image review, and Photoshop session included. Limit 6. A very small group is again likely: $399.

The cost of your Gatorland Photographer’s Pass is not included.

Chicks in nests likely. Breeding plumage Cattle and Snowy Egrets. And tons more. You will learn to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. A big part of the above is that you will learn how and why you must work in Manual mode 90% of the time at Gatorland.

At lunch we will review my images, take a look at five of your best images from the morning session (for those who opt to bring their laptops), and process a few of my images in Photoshop after converting them in DPP. That followed by Instructor Nap Time. Last Saturday all 3 folks had a great time and learned a ton.

Payment in full via credit card is due upon registering. Please call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 to register.

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