Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
January 17th, 2019

Please Do Not Try This at Home Without Parental Supervision ... A New White Balance Tool/(Color) Temperature Tip. And another Canon Used Gear Fire-sale.

What’s Up

I spent Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday catching up on the NFL playoffs on TIVO. And doing three loads of laundry.

A Feel-Good Story

I have always been a Charles Barkley fan. Perhaps because like me he is not afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind. Younger daughter Alissa sent me a link to a wonderful feel-good story, My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley. You can access it here.

Amazon

If like me you purchase lots of household stuff from Amazon every month, please consider getting in the habit of clicking on the logo link above the Help Support the Blog feature below or the Amazon logo link on the right side of each blog post. Doing so is a great way to help support my efforts here on the blog. This post took three hours to prepare. Thanks with love, artie

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If …

If you missed Sunday’s My two very favorite images from the Falkland Land-based IPT: Scrambled Egg for Dinner and Yawning Albatross blog post here, please visit and let me know which of the two images is your favorite.

Very Interesting …

If you missed Rob Stambaugh’s comments and links regarding the very fine points of locking focus and recomposing, see his Comment in the Most Common Rear Button Focus/Focus Lock Technique Errors blog post here.

IPT Updates

I still need three or four folks for the Galapagos trip and two more for the Spoonbill IPT. If you would like to explore the possibilities, please get in touch via e-mail. For the Galapagos trip, no reasonable offer will be turned down.

  • 2019 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) SUN JAN 20, 2019 thru and including the morning session on THURS JAN 24: 4 1/2 days: $2099. (Limit: 10/Openings: 4) Introductory Meet and Greet at 7:00pm on the evening before the IPT begins: SAT DEC 19, 2019.
  • The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 2.
  • The New, Expanded 2019 UK Puffins, Gannets, & Red Kites IPT. Thursday June 27 (from EDI) through Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (on the ground; fly home on Wednesday July 10.): $9,999. Limit 10 photographers/Openings: 9. This trip needs four to run. Co-leader: Peter Kes.
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. July 23 to August 6, 2019 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,499. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 4.


BIRDS AS ART

BIRDS AS ART is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on most everything dSLR are dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

My Listing

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens (with a great and necessary extra)

Having quickly and completely fallen in love with my much more expensive Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens, I am offering my Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens in pretty close to near-mint condition for only 1299.00. The sale includes the original product box and everything that came in it, the crappy original tripod collar, the RRS Collar Foot Package for Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens (a $250 plus the shipping) value, and insured ground shipping via UPS.

Please contact me via e-mail or on my cell at 863-221-2372 (before next Wednesday, 19 DEC).

This is the lens that hooked me on Nikon and its great AF system. It is sharp and versatile and though AF is a bit sluggish away from the center AF point with a teleconverter, I made some great images with the TC-E14. As the lens sells new right now for $1,396.95 you can save you a cool $346.95 by grabbing my almost like-new lens today. artie

Another Canon Fire-Sale

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

John M Wright is offering a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens in excellent to near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $6,950.00. Photos will be provided on request. The sale includes a 4th Generation Designs CRX-5L replacement foot, the original foot and screws, the tough front lens tough cover, the rear cap, the lens trunk, the lens strap, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

The 500mm f/4 super telephoto lenses have long been the world’s most popular for birds,nature, wildlife, and sports for many decades. Canon’s Series II version is light, fast, super-sharp, and produces amazing images with both the 1.4X and 2X III TCs. The 500 II is relatively small, easily hand holdable for some folks, and is much easier travel with, focuses closer than, and costs a lot less than the 600 II. Lastly, and you might find this amazing, the magnification for the 500 II is the same as it is for the 600 II: .15X. How is that possible? Magnification is calculated at the minimum focusing distance of the lens — 12.14 feet (3.7 meters) for the 500 II and 14.77 feet (4.5 meters) for the 600 II. Simply put, the 500 II focuses more than two feet closer than the 600 II. The seller for the last one that sold here had five calls the first day; the first four folks quibbled on price. The fifth one jumped right on it … Please do not tarry if you are seriously interested in Brian’s lens as it too should sell almost instantly. Or not 🙂 As the 500 II goes for $8999 new you will be getting a pretty much new lens while saving an incredible $2049.00! I loved my 500 II 🙂 artie

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens in near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of 1,299.00. The sale includes a Kirk LP-61 replacement foot, the original foot, the the front and rear lens caps, the original tough fabric case, the product box, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

Y’all know how much I loved and now miss the sharpness and close focusing of this amazingly versatile lens. artie

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L Lens

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens in excellent condition for the BAA record-low price of $599.00. The sale includes the original lens foot, original front and rear cap, original soft case; and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

I put my old “toy lens” on the map back in the days of film. It is still a great flight photography lens and would make a great starter lens for anyone just starting out in nature photography. artie

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens in near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $499.00. The sale includes the front and rear lens caps, the soft pouch, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

The lightweight 16-35 f/4 is the Canon landscape photographer’s dream wide angle lens. artie

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens

John M Wright is also offering a Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS lens in near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $488.00. The sale includes the front and rear caps, the soft pouch, and insured UPS ground shipping the within USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

If you are a landscape photographer looking to save weight this is the lens you are looking for. It sells new at B&H for $899.00. artie

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS Lens

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lens in near mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $488.00. The sale includes the front and rear caps, the soft pouch, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

I love this lightweight intermediate telephoto lens for photographing tame birds in flight at close range. I always had one on the gannet boat trips. It is also great for landscapes and Urbex photography. artie

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV dSLR

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR body in near-mint condition with 28,567 shutter actuations for $1999.00. The sale includes the original box, the front cap, one battery and the charger, the strap, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

The 5D IV is my all-time favorite Canon dSLR. I used two as my workhorse bodies while my 1DX and my 1DX II largely sat on a shelf in the garage … artie

Canon EOS 5D Mark III dSLR

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR body in excellent condition with 54,914 shutter actuations for the BAA record-low price of $949.00. The sale includes the front cap, one battery and charger, the strap, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

I owned and used this superb, full frame, 22mp digital body for several years. It was always my first choice for scenic, Urbex (urban exploration), and flower photography until I fell in love for a while with the 5DS R (for a lot more money!). Then I switched to the 5D IV body. In addition, I loved my 5D III body for birds with my big lenses and both TCs. I used mine to create many dozens of high quality images. Then I switched to Nikon. John’s body can be yours for a bargain price. artie

Canon EOS 7D Mark II dSLR

John M Wright is also offering a Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR body in excellent plus condition with 17,778 shutter actuations for $799.00. The sale includes the front cap, one battery and charger, the strap, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

Both Patrick Sparkman and I used and loved the 7D Mark II until we both committed to using full frame Canon bodies. We both made some truly great images with it. Two of my three 2016 Nature’s Best honored entries were created with the 7D II, one still, and one video. One thing is for sure: the 7D Mark II is the greatest value ever in a digital camera body. With a new one going for $1,099.95 you can save more than $300 by grabbing John’s camera body now … Not convinced? Do a search for “Cadieux” in the little white box at the top right of each blog post … Dan’s images, all made with the 7D Mark II, will amaze you.artie

Canon Canon Extender (teleconverter) EF 1.4X III

John M Wright is also offering a Canon Extender (teleconverter) EF 1.4X III in near-mint condition for $265.00. The sale includes the original front and rear caps, the soft pouch, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

Regular readers know that when I shot Canon I relied extensively on both Series III teleconverters and always traveled with back-ups. artie

Canon Canon Extender (teleconverter) EF 2X III

John M Wright is also offering a Canon Extender (teleconverter) EF 2X III in near-mint condition for $265.00. The sale includes the original front and rear caps, the soft pouch, and insured UPS ground shipping within the USA. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John via e-mail

Regular readers know that when I shot Canon I relied extensively on both Series III teleconverters and always traveled with back-ups. artie

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve currently has several D850s in stock along with a Nikon 600mm f/4 VR. He is taking pre-orders for the new Nikon 500 P and the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera body.


Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

Black-browed-Albatross-tight-flight-_MAI7582-The-Neck,-Saunders-Island,-Falklands

This image was created on December 23, 2018 at The Neck on Saunders Island, The Falklands. I used the hand Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 1250. Matrix metering plus about 1 1/3rd stops off the sky: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3 NATURAL AUTO WB at 4:30pm on a cloudy afternoon.

Nikon Focus Peaking fine-tune value: +3. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Continuous (C in Nikon/AI Servo with Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. As seen in the Nikon Capture NX-D screen capture below the array was centered squarely on the bird’s (perfectly sharp) right eye; I could not have done any better than this.

Black-browed Albatross in straight and level tight flight

Please Do Not Try This at Home Without Parental Supervision …

As you can see below, the image above represents the full frame capture. I tried to make images like this a thousand times with my Canon gear but rarely succeeded, almost always winding up with images of birds coming right at me that were sharp on the feet … Even with Nikon, these are difficult shots to pull off because as the bird gets closer and closer to you its speed relative to your position seems to increase making it difficult to properly frame the image. But with my confidence in D850 and D5 autofocus, I am now in a position to at least try and to succeed well more than once in a while.

BBRALB-tight-flight-capture-NX-D

The Nikon Capture NX-D screen capture for Black-browed Albatross in straight and level flight

The Nikon Capture NX-D Screen Capture

I use Nikon Capture NX-D only to see the AF points and to determine the AF Fine-tune value. I view my images and pick my keepers in Month/Day/Year folders in Photo Mechanic and do all of my post-processing in Photoshop CC. Do note the grey background and the perfect histogram along with the perfectly positioned Group AF array. (Note: you can learn more about Photo Mechanic here.)

Free-to-All BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II) Update

A New White Balance Tool/(Color) Temperature Tip

Please note: there are no updates for the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II). You do not, therefore, need to e-mail to enjoy this free-to-all tip. I mention Digital Basics II only to show folks the type of great tips and clear, easy to understand language in this e-Guide. To learn more about or purchase DB II click here.

When you open a RAW file in Adobe Camera RAW, note the As Shot (Color) Temperature and then hit the keyboard shortcut I or click on the White Balance Tool. You will find the White Balance Tool eyedropper icon in the upper left of the ACR window just to the right of the Zoom Tool and the Hand Tool icons. Then click on the spot that you eyeball as the brightest WHITEs in the image. If you are unsure as to the location of the brightest WHITEs, you can hold down the ALT key while moving the Whites slider to the right until all white speckles appear on the black screen. Then return the Whites slider to zero. Either way, left click on the brightest WHITEs in the image and note the change in the look of the image. Note also the new (Color) Temperature value. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the best color temperature will be somewhere between the As Shot color temperature and the new color temperature that appears once you have clicked on the brightest WHITEs with the White Balance Tool eyedropper. Once you have noted the two color temperatures you can simply move the Temperature slider between those two values and determine which one is best for a give image. On rare occasion, the two values will be identical. In that case your image will be perfectly color balanced.

As you click on the brightest WHITEs with the White Balance Tool eyedropper, get in the habit of noting the RGB values. After you click the RGB values will show either a perfect WHITE such as 245, 245, 245 of a very close to perfect WHITE such as 243, 243, 244. Whatever the RGB values show you are always free to adjust the Temperature slider to taste. Images made in the golden light of early morning or late afternoon rarely look best with perfectly balanced RGB numbers for the brightest WHITEs. With today’s featured image made on a cloudy day, a single click made the whole image a lot warmer and a lot more accurate. The As Shot Temperature was 4750K. After the click the Custom was 5600 with the RGB values on the top of the head reading R=250, G=250,B= 250. To learn what to do next to make your images look as good as possible, see the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II).

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January 15th, 2019

The Best Flight Photography Sky Conditions ... The Nikon 500 PF. Unsharp Flight Images with Nikon (gasp!)

What’s Up

I spent most of Sunday cooped up in my hotel room at the Santiago airport catching up in the Avian forum at BPN. The flight was scheduled to leave until 11:30pm but was delayed 30 minutes. I did not sleep much or comfortably on that red-eye flight … I had several hours to make my connection to Orlando and Jim picked me up at about 10:15am. After a stop in Publix, I was back to my home in ILE by 12:15. It felt good to be home. Did I mention that I fly to San Diego for the IPT this Friday? Yikes!

If …

If you missed Sunday’s My two very favorite images from the Falkland Land-based IPT: Scrambled Egg for Dinner and Yawning Albatross blog post here, please visit and let me know which of the two images is your favorite.

Very Interesting …

If you would like to read an interesting discussion that I had with my friend, BPN Avian moderator Isaac Grant, about the Nikon 80-400 VR check out panes 11, 15, and 18 in the BPN Avian post here.

IPT Updates

If you are interested in learning about the last-second San Diego late registration discount, please get in touch immediately via e-mail. I still need three or four folks for the Galapagos trip. If you would like to explore the possibilities, please get in touch via e-mail. No reasonable offer will be turned down.

  • 2019 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) SUN JAN 20, 2019 thru and including the morning session on THURS JAN 24: 4 1/2 days: $2099. (Limit: 10/Openings: 4) Introductory Meet and Greet at 7:00pm on the evening before the IPT begins: SAT DEC 19, 2019.
  • The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 2.
  • The New, Expanded 2019 UK Puffins, Gannets, & Red Kites IPT. Thursday June 27 (from EDI) through Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (on the ground; fly home on Wednesday July 10.): $9,999. Limit 10 photographers/Openings: 9. This trip needs four to run. Co-leader: Peter Kes.
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. July 23 to August 6, 2019 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,499. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 4.


BIRDS AS ART

BIRDS AS ART is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve currently has several D850s in stock along with a Nikon 600mm f/4 VR. He is taking pre-orders for the new Nikon 500 P and the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera body.


Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

Blue-eyed-(King)-Cormorant-braking-to-land--_MAI5946-Sea-Lion-Island,-The-Falklands

This image was created on December 29, 2018 on Bleaker Island, The Falklands. I used the hand Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 1000. Matrix metering plus about 1 1/3rd stops off the sky: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3 NATURAL AUTO WB at 4:44pm on a fortunately cloudy afternoon.

Nikon Focus Peaking fine-tune value: +3. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Continuous (C in Nikon/AI Servo with Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The array was centered just to our left of the bird’s head; that is about as good as I can do. The image is perfectly sharp on the eye.

Image #1: Imperial (King or Blue-eyed) Shag (or Cormorant) braking to land

Are You Loving Sun for Flight Photography?

There a 8,000 pairs of this species nesting in a single large colony just four minutes by truck from the lodge on Bleaker Island. Afternoons with the wind out of the west always provide non-stop flight photography action — shoot till your neck muscles ache and you can no longer raise your lens. After the introductory briefing, everyone in the group was really anticipating some excellent flight photography. On our first afternoon, the skies were pretty much clear and the wind was only about 20 degrees from lining up precisely with the sun. On the surface, conditions seemed ideal. But they were not. With a bird flying directly at us and the sun from over our right shoulders, the right side of the bird’s face was always in shadow. Evening out the exposure in these situations is always a challenge and creating a satisfactory master file is often impossible. Working with the 500 PF and the D5 I had a zillion super-sharp images but kept only a very few. Most or all of those will never be processed.

On our second afternoon, we enjoyed cloudy-bright conditions. We needed higher ISOs than we did the previous day, but the light was simply not strong enough to cause any shadows on the bird’s faces. I am not sure why I went to the D850 that afternoon but I was surely happy with the results. I kept dozens and dozens of very sharp on the eyes images. What a pleasure it is to hit Command Z in Photo Mechanic to enlarge each flight image and see that crisp purple eye ring.

The Lesson

Cloudy-bright conditions are often far better for flight photography than full sun …

Blue-eyed-(King)-Cormorant-(Shag)-_MAI5714-Sea-Lion-Island,-The-Falklands

This image was created also on December 29, 2018 on Bleaker Island, The Falklands and again I used the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering plus about 1 stop off the sky: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 NATURAL AUTO WB at 4:10pm on a fortunately cloudy afternoon.

Nikon Focus Peaking fine-tune value: +3. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

One up from center Group (grp)/Continuous (C in Nikon/AI Servo with Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The array was centered on the base of the bid’s neck, again about as good as I can do. The image was perfectly sharp on the eye.

Image #2: Imperial (King or Blue-eyed) Shag (or Cormorant) incoming display pose

The Incoming Display Pose

I have seen the incoming display pose in more than a few bird families including the cormorants (as seen in Image #2), terns, skimmers, and gannets. I am 100% positive that when the birds land with their wings swept back (and often with their tails pulled forward) that they are displaying to their mates. That even though some gannet researchers told me that I was wrong …

The Bird With at Least Six Names

The bird pictured in both of today’s featured images may go by any of the following common names: Imperial Cormorant, Imperial Shag, King Cormorant, King Shag, Blue-eyed Cormorant, or Blue-eyed Shag (all possibly Phalacrocorax atriceps). While you are at it you can throw in Antarctic Shag (Leucocarbo bransfieldensis) and South Georgia Shag (Leucocarbo georgianus). I think that the correct name for the species you are looking at is often determined by which side of the bed a given research or ornithologist got out of the bed on or what they had for breakfast. The species (???) mentioned here are often lumped and or split. They all pretty much look the same.

The 500 PF

The hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens is by far the best lens for photographing birds in flight that I have ever used. As noted previously I used it a ton in the Falklands, sometimes with the D5 for flight, usually with the D850, and often with the TC-E14, the latter two for general bird and nature photography. Though I had the TC-E17 with me, I did not use it once on the trip.

Was every one of the thousands of cormorant flight images that I created razor sharp on the eye? No, of course not. Most of the time unsharpness is caused by either of these:

  • 1-Operator error. Either I failed to get AF tracking properly because of poor hand eye coordination and/or declining fine motor skills or I simply did not have the Group array on the bird’s face, neck, or upper breast. Note: Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements — usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers with the eyes.
  • 2-The bird was much too large in the frame. In these cases, the Nikon AF system often picks up a part of the bird that is not on the same plane as the face and the eye.

Getting a 500 PF. Or not.

Right now it is close to impossible to get your hands on a 500 PF as the demand is huge and the supply is miniscule. BAA blog subscriber Gloria Matyszyk was able to secure one as a present for her husband from Steve Elkins at Bedford Camera. She originally made contact with him through the blog as detailed in most blog posts in the Money Saving Reminder feature (see above).

She wrote via e-mail:

I did receive the Nikon 500mm PF from Bedford just after Christmas for my hubby Dick Caldwell. We both loved it so much that we ordered another one for me! And yes, once again I entered the BIRDSASART coupon code on my online order. Thanks for putting me in touch with Bedford Camera. And welcome home in a few days! Gloria

Your chances of getting a 500 PF are greatly increased if you are an NPS member; if you are, please e-mail me for more info on getting yourself a 500 PF. If not, please order yours asap either through Bedford or by using my B&H affiliate link:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens

Hooptie-card-2017-images

From left to to right clockwise back to the center: Brown Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill downstroke, Brown Pelican sunrise silhouette, Double-crested Cormorant pre-dawn blur, Roseate Spoonbill flapping after bath, Brown Pelican taking flight, Roseate Spoonbill taking flight, Reddish Egret white morph breeding plumage in flight, and Reddish Egret dark morph breeding plumage in flight.

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks on the February 2018 trip.

You can click on each card to enjoy a larger version.

2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 1.

3 1/2 days on the boat including four morning photo sessions and three afternoon sessions via customized pontoon boat.

Price per day Reduced from the 2018 rates! Please e-mail for details on IPT veteran and couples’ discounts. Pro-rated options may be available …

We will be leaving the dock very early for the morning sessions (weather permitting) in hopes of photographing the pre-dawn American Crow and White Ibis blast-offs. All sessions are planned for the Alafia Banks Roseate Spoonbill Rookery. We might consider other options in the unlikely event of horrific weather. There will be lots of opportunities for flight photography of several species including and especially Roseate Spoonbill. Also likely for flight photography are nesting Brown Pelican, both morphs of Reddish Egret, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, White and Glossy Ibises, and Double Crested Cormorant. We should have some good chances with birds carrying nesting material. This IPT includes all boat and guide fees, in the field instruction, chest waders (feel free to bring your own of course to assure a perfect fit), and three working lunches on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the most part we will be standing in mid-calf to knee high water behind our tripods. We help you get in and out of the boat with your gear. This is likely not the best trip for folks with mobility or balance problems. Note however that some folks opt to stay on the boat to photograph. They usually have lots of chances for flight photography of spoonbills and other species but are almost always pretty far away from the spoonbills that land.

spoonbill-card

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks

The Timing and Tides are Perfect!

I recently saw a similar trip advertised two months too late for breeding plumage spoonbills … The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT represents an incredible opportunity to photograph Florida’s most wanted species. I do hope that you can join us. There will be a meet and greet at 7:00pm sharp on the evening of Friday February 15, 2019. All of the images on the card were made on the Hooptie Duex during the last two weeks of February, prime time for the spoonies in mega-breeding plumage. Many folks have written expressing interest so please do not tarry.

Please e-mail to hold your spot. Then you may either secure your spot by calling Jim or Jennifer at the office at 863-692-0906 and leaving the $500 deposit on credit card or sending your check for payment in full to us as follows with the check made out to:

BIRDS AS ART and sent here via US mail:

BIRDS AS ART
PO BOX 7245
Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855

If you call to leave your deposit you will be asked to mail your check for the balance no later than December 15, 2018.


hooptie-card-shadle-aa

Images courtesy of our guide; copyright 2017 Captain James Shadle (aka Froggie). All of the images here were created at Alafia Banks. Card creation and design by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

Everybody Loves Spoonbills!

Roseate Spoonbill is one of if not the most sought after avian photographic subjects in Florida. They are generally hard to find and somewhat difficult to approach. They are relatively easy to find at Alafia Banks—heck, you can’t miss seeing them, but even there they can on some days be somewhat difficult to approach. On some days we may be able to get ridiculously close to them. The huge incentive to get out to Alafia Banks in mid-February is the chance to photograph this species at the height of its spectacular breeding plumage…. with long telephoto lenses. A 500 or 600 with a 1.4X TC is perfect for this trip.

Mornings to Alafia Banks for spoonbills and Brown Pelicans (with lots of flight photography often with the birds likely carrying nesting material), Double-crested Cormorants, ibises (both Glossy and White) in breeding plumage. Some of the White Ibises may be sporting their spectacular, distended, red, naked (un-feathered) throat pouches—typically larger in the females. In addition we may get to photograph egrets including Great and Reddish, both in full breeding plumage, shorebirds, and more. There will be lots of flight photography opportunities. Afternoon trips will most likely be back to Alafia Banks for the spoonbills with an option to visit a more sheltered inland rookery location for a variety of nesting birds. In the event of horrific weather artie will either take the group to Fort DeSoto or will conduct an extensive image review/Photoshop session. This IPT includes lunches on the full days with small group image sharing and review and some over-the-shoulder Photoshop instruction.

Help Support the Blog

Please help support my efforts here on the blog by remembering to click on the logo link above each time that you shop Amazon. That would be greatly appreciated. There is no problem using your Prime account; just click on the link and log into your Prime account. With love, artie

If In Doubt …

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Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

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.

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, and for everything else in the new store, 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 those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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Typos

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January 13th, 2019

Made it back to Santiago, Chile. And my two very favorite images from the Falkland Land-based IPT: Scrambled Egg for Dinner and Yawning Albatross

What’s Up?

I and the three three-week IPT participants Anita North, Loren Waxman, and Eugen Dolan — all IPT veterans, flew from Stanley in the Falklands back to Santiago, Chile on the afternoon of Saturday January 12. Loren was flying straight through to LA on a Saturday night red-eye and then continuing on to his home in Bend Oregon. That is one long trip. Anita is flying to Toronto on Sunday morning — she should be at the gate as I type. Eugen is hanging out in Santiago for a few days for some R&R before
heading home. I grab a red-eye to Miami at 11:30pm Sunday night (yuck!) should be in Orlando a bit after 10am on Monday and then home at about lunch time. I fly on Friday to San Diego for the IPT that begins on Sunday. You gotta love it, and I do.

The four two-week folks, multiple IPT veterans Donna Bourdon and Bev Still, IPT veteran and super-helpful Tony Zielinski, and first-timer Steve Rentmeesters flew back to Stanley from Bleaker on Friday, January 4. Their FIGAS flight was delayed and thus their trip to the Murrell Farm Rockhopper colony was postponed from that Friday afternoon until Saturday morning. They left the hotel at 5:30am and were transferred to Mont Pleasant Airport for the flight to Santiago. Their persistence was rewarded with great chances on the (lost) Northern (Mosley’s) Rockhopper that continues to visit. More than 99% of Northern Rockhoppers breed on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the south Atlantic Ocean. You can learn more about this species in the WikipediA account here.

As expected, and as you will see here today and in the coming weeks, the trip was a wonderful success. Everyone including me went home beyond thrilled and beyond exhausted. What was not to love? The birds were beautiful and tame, the settings wild and unspoiled, and overall the weather (including the wind!) was great. We did have a very few wind against sun sessions but always found some worthwhile situations to photograph as the penguins are not affected very much by the wind direction. The food was great — even though we prepared all of the meals on Saunders (six nights at The Neck, four at Rookery Cabin) ourselves. And best of all for me, the group got along great.

As expected, I used my 500 PF and my 80-400 VR to create well more then 95% of the images that I created; and more than 90% of those images were created hand held. I used the 600mm f/4 VR only rarely …

Note: this blog post took about three hours to prepare.

Do Check Out …

Do check out the insightful comments and my replies at the bottom of the Most Common Rear Button Focus/Focus Lock Technique Errors blog post here.

IPT Updates

If you are interested in learning about the last-second San Diego late registration discount, please get in touch immediately via e-mail. I still need three or four folks for the Galapagos trip. If you would like to explore the possibilities, please get in touch via e-mail. No reasonable offer will be turned down.

  • 2019 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) SUN JAN 20, 2019 thru and including the morning session on THURS JAN 24: 4 1/2 days: $2099. (Limit: 10/Openings: 4) Introductory Meet and Greet at 7:00pm on the evening before the IPT begins: SAT DEC 19, 2019.
  • The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 2.
  • The New, Expanded 2019 UK Puffins, Gannets, & Red Kites IPT. Thursday June 27 (from EDI) through Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (on the ground; fly home on Wednesday July 10.): $9,999. Limit 10 photographers/Openings: 9. This trip needs four to run. Co-leader: Peter Kes.
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. July 23 to August 6, 2019 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,499. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 4.


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Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve currently has several D850s in stock along with a Nikon 600mm f/4 VR. He is taking pre-orders for the new Nikon 500 P and the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera body.


Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

Kelp-Gull-dropping-rockhopper-egg-_MAI0983-The-Neck,-Saunders-Island,-Falklands

This image was created on Christmas Day 2018 at The Neck on Saunders Island. I used the hand Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 400. The exposure was set for incoming rockhopper penguins at 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3 NATURAL AUTO WB at 6:44pm on a relatively sunny day.

Nikon Focus Peaking fine-tune value: +3. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Continuous (C in Nikon/AI Servo with Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. Though the upper AF point in the array was on the side of the gull’s breast (my bad) as originally framed, the image was sharp on the eye.

Kelp Gull dropping rockhopper penguin egg

Image #1: Kelp Gull Dropping Rockhopper Penguin Egg/Scrambled Egg for Dinner

Sometimes the stars line up perfectly in your favor. When I saw this gull flying toward me holding something in its bill, I was immediately transported back to the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge watching Herring Gulls drop quahog clams onto the trail to smash them. I recognized the behavior, raised the camera excitedly, framed and acquired focus, and fired off two quick frames. When I reviewed the fist image and saw that the egg was perfectly placed in the frame just above the distant hillside, I could barely keep from jumping up and down with joy.

The smashed egg was consumed almost instantly by the Kelp Gull and some marauding Dolphin Gulls.

Black-browed-Albatross-calling-canvas-expanded-_BUP0430--The-Rookery,-Saunders-Island,-The-Falklands

This image was created on January 6, 2019 at Rookery Cabin on Saunders Island. I used the hand Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens (at 260mm) and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 500. Matrix metering at zero: 1/1600 sec. at f/8. NATURAL AUTO WB at 7:56pm on a clear day.

Nikon Focus Peaking fine-tune value: +5. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Continuous (C in Nikon/AI Servo with Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The array was centered on the spot where the upper and lower mandible met. I added a sliver of canvas after leveling this image with the Ruler Tool as detailed in Digital Basics II.

Image #2: Black-browed Albatross yawning in golden light

Black-browed Albatross Yawning in Golden Light

At the extensive albatross colony at Rookery Cabin — it stretches for five miles along the rugged coast — it is a bit easier to work on sun angle against distant blue water backgrounds in the late afternoon than it is in the early mornings. But with some effort, it can be done at either time. Here, with the sun just a bit above the distant hill to the north, I needed to nestle way down in the rocks with my right shoulder pressed tightly against the ground in order to keep my shadow off the subject’s head. As a result, I was holding my rig at an awkward angle. In situations like this, you must rely on the in-viewfinder level to keep the camera relatively square to the world. It is ludicrous that with Nikon bodies you cannot set the in-viewfinder level to appear whenever the camera body is on. If you turn the camera off, you need to press the button to enable this feature. With Canon you simply set it once and forget it. I will be sharing other Nikon system problems that especially affect nature photographers with you here in future blog posts.

Anyhoo (as my late-Dad used to say often), I created several nice head portraits in the golden late afternoon with killer-blue South Atlantic backgrounds. I cursed as the bird started a big yawn while its head was turned away from me. But I stuck with it while zooming out a bit and was rewarded when the bird continued its yawn while turning toward me and squaring its head to the plane of the sensor.

Your Favorite?

Which of my two favorites is your favorite? Please be sure to let us know why you made your choice.

Hooptie-card-2017-images

From left to to right clockwise back to the center: Brown Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill downstroke, Brown Pelican sunrise silhouette, Double-crested Cormorant pre-dawn blur, Roseate Spoonbill flapping after bath, Brown Pelican taking flight, Roseate Spoonbill taking flight, Reddish Egret white morph breeding plumage in flight, and Reddish Egret dark morph breeding plumage in flight.

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks on the February 2018 trip.

You can click on each card to enjoy a larger version.

2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 1.

3 1/2 days on the boat including four morning photo sessions and three afternoon sessions via customized pontoon boat.

Price per day Reduced from the 2018 rates! Please e-mail for details on IPT veteran and couples’ discounts. Pro-rated options may be available …

We will be leaving the dock very early for the morning sessions (weather permitting) in hopes of photographing the pre-dawn American Crow and White Ibis blast-offs. All sessions are planned for the Alafia Banks Roseate Spoonbill Rookery. We might consider other options in the unlikely event of horrific weather. There will be lots of opportunities for flight photography of several species including and especially Roseate Spoonbill. Also likely for flight photography are nesting Brown Pelican, both morphs of Reddish Egret, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, White and Glossy Ibises, and Double Crested Cormorant. We should have some good chances with birds carrying nesting material. This IPT includes all boat and guide fees, in the field instruction, chest waders (feel free to bring your own of course to assure a perfect fit), and three working lunches on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the most part we will be standing in mid-calf to knee high water behind our tripods. We help you get in and out of the boat with your gear. This is likely not the best trip for folks with mobility or balance problems. Note however that some folks opt to stay on the boat to photograph. They usually have lots of chances for flight photography of spoonbills and other species but are almost always pretty far away from the spoonbills that land.

spoonbill-card

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks

The Timing and Tides are Perfect!

I recently saw a similar trip advertised two months too late for breeding plumage spoonbills … The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT represents an incredible opportunity to photograph Florida’s most wanted species. I do hope that you can join us. There will be a meet and greet at 7:00pm sharp on the evening of Friday February 15, 2019. All of the images on the card were made on the Hooptie Duex during the last two weeks of February, prime time for the spoonies in mega-breeding plumage. Many folks have written expressing interest so please do not tarry.

Please e-mail to hold your spot. Then you may either secure your spot by calling Jim or Jennifer at the office at 863-692-0906 and leaving the $500 deposit on credit card or sending your check for payment in full to us as follows with the check made out to:

BIRDS AS ART and sent here via US mail:

BIRDS AS ART
PO BOX 7245
Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855

If you call to leave your deposit you will be asked to mail your check for the balance no later than December 15, 2018.


hooptie-card-shadle-aa

Images courtesy of our guide; copyright 2017 Captain James Shadle (aka Froggie). All of the images here were created at Alafia Banks. Card creation and design by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

Everybody Loves Spoonbills!

Roseate Spoonbill is one of if not the most sought after avian photographic subjects in Florida. They are generally hard to find and somewhat difficult to approach. They are relatively easy to find at Alafia Banks—heck, you can’t miss seeing them, but even there they can on some days be somewhat difficult to approach. On some days we may be able to get ridiculously close to them. The huge incentive to get out to Alafia Banks in mid-February is the chance to photograph this species at the height of its spectacular breeding plumage…. with long telephoto lenses. A 500 or 600 with a 1.4X TC is perfect for this trip.

Mornings to Alafia Banks for spoonbills and Brown Pelicans (with lots of flight photography often with the birds likely carrying nesting material), Double-crested Cormorants, ibises (both Glossy and White) in breeding plumage. Some of the White Ibises may be sporting their spectacular, distended, red, naked (un-feathered) throat pouches—typically larger in the females. In addition we may get to photograph egrets including Great and Reddish, both in full breeding plumage, shorebirds, and more. There will be lots of flight photography opportunities. Afternoon trips will most likely be back to Alafia Banks for the spoonbills with an option to visit a more sheltered inland rookery location for a variety of nesting birds. In the event of horrific weather artie will either take the group to Fort DeSoto or will conduct an extensive image review/Photoshop session. This IPT includes lunches on the full days with small group image sharing and review and some over-the-shoulder Photoshop instruction.

Help Support the Blog

Please help support my efforts here on the blog by remembering to click on the logo link above each time that you shop Amazon. That would be greatly appreciated. There is no problem using your Prime account; just click on the link and log into your Prime account. With love, artie

If In Doubt …

If in doubt about using the BAA B&H affiliate link correctly, you can always start your search by clicking here. Please note that the tracking is invisible. Web orders only. Please, however, remember to shoot me your receipt via e-mail.





Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

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.

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, and for everything else in the new store, 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 those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

Facebook

Be sure to like and follow BAA on Facebook by clicking on the logo link upper right. Tanks a stack.

Typos

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