May 26th, 2016

A Lightweight Hand Holdable 150-600 Zoom Lens for Under $1,000? It Can't Be...

What’s Up

I am thisclose to finishing my 2015 taxes. I will have them on the way to Chip Jackson tomorrow for sure. I enjoyed another wonderful 30 lap swim (22 laps is a half mile). My ice bath was very chilly. Not sure why but I have lost a solid five pounds in the last ten days. I tried to gain some weight today 🙂

If you are interested in the 2017 Japan in Winter trip see yesterday’s blog post; and please e-mail for couples or repeat customer discount information.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks an insane 202 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 600mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 2500: 1/1600 at f/6.3.

Image #1: American Oystercatcher double overhead wingstretch
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Jim Robellard and His Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens…

I like to do a critiquing session on Day 2 of most IPTs with folks sharing some of their images from the trip. This helps me to learn if someone needs extra help in the field. When I saw Jim’s images I was most impressed and quite a bit curious: “Just what is that lens that you have been hand holding?”

Turns out that it was the Sport version of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for Canon EF. The images were quite sharp. Jim loved having a relatively light zoom lens that could offer him 600mm of reach. And with the amazing high ISO performance of the 1DX II the lenses relatively slow maximum aperture of f/6.3 is not much of a hindrance.

Thanks a stack to Jim for allowing me to share this collection with you. It is quite an impressive group of images by any standard.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 450mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 2000: 1/1600 at f/6.3.

Image #2: Black Skimmer skimming
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Black Skimmer skimming

I do not quite remember where I was when this skimmer flew at us but I was on a tripod with the 600 II and a TC so I had no chance to get on the bird. As I say here often, when you are hand holding a shorter focal length lens you will be able to get on unexpected flight and action much more easily than if you were working with a big lens on a tripod.

Better News?

After seeing Jim’s images I learned that the Sigma 150-600 is not only available as a Nikon-mount version (the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon F) but that they make a lighter inexpensive version in each mount for folks on a budget ( the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F.) And the lighter weight Contemporary versions are just as sharp as the Sport versions. What times these are: you can get a sharp, lightweight hand holdable zoom lens that gives you 600mm of reach for under $1000. Amazing.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 600mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 2500: 1/1600 at f/8.

Image #3: Dunlin feeding
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Way to Go Jim!

Jim Robellard is a quiet man. But he is always paying attention. All the exposures for today’s featured images were spot-on and with the Dunlin image, he got down low. Being so close to the subject, he knew to go for a bit of extra depth-of-field. Getting the bird with an invertebrate tidbit in its bill was a nice bonus for doing everything right.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 400mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 400: 1/1250 at f/9.

Image #4: Squabbling White Ibises
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Stand Up!

One afternoon I had the whole group having a ball photographing a cooperative White Ibis catching fiddler crabs right in front of us. In addition, there were some nice shorebirds around including a few Dunlin, a Willet, and some Short-billed Dowitchers. When the ibis took flight, nobody was distraught as we had been photographing it for quite some time. I looked across the tidal pool that we were working and learned why the ibis had flown: it was involved in a knock-down drag-out battle with another White Ibis. Everyone started photographing. “No” I screamed, “stand up!” Everyone stood up and kept firing and quickly realized that by standing we had eliminated the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from our photos. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful bridge, but not one that I want as a background for a battling ibises image…


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 600mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 800: 1/4000 at f/8.

Image #5: Sandwich Tern with baitfish in bill
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard


A Big Crop

This was a big crop from the original but Jim sent it along to show the neat behavior; Machine-gun Mike Hankes alerted the whole group to the fact that it was possible to create images of the terns emerging from the water after they had dived by focusing on the splash. It was easier said than done but here Jim pulled off somewhat of a miracle by making a nice image of the tern with not one but two baitfish in its beak.

I ran some extra NeatImage to clean up the noise caused by the large crop. Noise is increased with a big crop at the same time as image quality is degraded a bit; here you can note some posterization of the background (upper right) along with a few funky color shifts.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 600mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 800: 1/1250 at f/7.1.

Image #6: Marbled Godwit
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Marbled Godwit

Here Jim used his new gear to create a stunning portrait of one of my all-time favorite shorebirds. Note throughout the collection that Jim did not hesitate to go to the higher 1DX Mark II ISOs when he needed them, especially with his beautiful oystercatcher image.

The 1D X Mark II

If what you read or today or what you have read on the blog over the past few weeks inspires you to purchase a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera Premium Kit with 64GB Card and Reader please use the active link or click on the logo-link above. Doing so will be greatly appreciated. Many who used our link right off the bat already have their 1DX Mark IIs.


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This image was created on the recently concluded Fort DeSoto IPT by multiple IPT veteran Jim Robellard with the hand held Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF (at 600mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the Premium Kit: 64GB Card and Reader.

ISO 400: 1/1000 at f/8.

Image #6: White morph Reddish Egret wing-raised feeding strategy
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Jim Robellard

Silhouette Education

I spent lots of time on the IPT showing folks how to create some nice silhouettes both at sunrise and sunset. I think that I was asleep at the switch when Jim made this lovely image.

Image Questions

#1: Why does a Reddish Egret raise its wings and hold them over its head?

#2: Which of Jim’s wonderful images do you think is the strongest? Please let us know why you made your choice.

#3: In which image is the subject to sensor plane (the back of the camera) slightly less than ideal?

Please Remember to use our Affiliate Links 🙂

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 we are 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 we, 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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May 25th, 2016

100-400II/5DS R Flight: 2X3 or Pano Crop? Your Call

What’s Up

I am just about finished with my 2015 taxes awaiting a only return e-mail from my accountant on a wages question. I enjoyed my longest swim in many months and am heading for an ice bath in a very few minutes.

If you are interested in the 2017 Japan in Winter trip please scroll down for details on this amazing experience. Please e-mail for couples or repeat customer discount information.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks an insane 201 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

Selling Your Used 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. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, the original 400mm IS DO lens, and most recently, the 200-400 with Internal Extender, have been dropping steadily. You can see all current listings by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the yellow-orange tab on the left side of the lower menu bar above.

Recent Sales

  • Robert Doster sold his used Canon EOS 7D body in excellent condition for $419 in early April.
  • Sandra Calderbank sold her Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera body in mint condition for $1599 in mid-April in one day.
  • Jim Keener sold a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens in mint condition for $999 in early May.
  • IPT veteran Bill Wingfield sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III in excellent condition for $1498 in late April.
  • IPT veteran Carolyn Peterson sold her Canon EOS 5D Mark III in excellent condition for $1,549 in early May.
  • KW McCulloch sold his used Canon 5DMark III for $1499 in mid-May before it was even listed.
  • Paul Roscoe sold his Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II lens in mint condition for $9450 in mid-May.
  • The sale of Les Greenberg’s Canon EOS Canon 5D Mark III is pending.

New Listings

Canon EF 100-400 USM IS USM Lens (the old 1-4)

Janet Horton is offering her used Canon EF 100-400 USM IS USA lens in excellent condition for $629. The lens hood shows small signs of use, but otherwise the lens is unmarked and in perfect working order. The sale includes the Canon LZ1324 Lens case with strap, the Canon ET-83C Lens Hood, the rear cap, and insured ground shipping via major carrier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made. Please contact Janet by e-mail or by phone at 425-313-3060 (Pacific time).

I owned and used the original 100-400 with great success for close to a decade and made many memorable and sale-able images with it. artie

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Long-ago IPT veteran Charles Sleicher is offering his Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens in very good plus condition for $3750. The sale includes a RRS plate, the 52mm drop-in Canon polarizer, the original leather front lens cover, the lens trunk, the original product box, and insured ground shipping to US addresses only. The lens has a few small spots where the paint has worn off, but is otherwise excellent; the glass is mint and the lens functions perfectly. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Charles via e-mail or by phone at 206-254-1576 (Pacific time).

I owned and used this lens for well more than a decade before upgrading to the 500 II. Lenses of this versatile focal length have long been the world’s most popular super-telephoto lenses. artie


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This photo, today’s featured image, was created on the eagle boat at Rausu on the 2015 Japan in Winter IPT with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2 stops off the gray sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Shutter Button AF with the selected AF point squarely on the top of the eagle’s back was active at the moment of exposure. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #1: Steller’s Sea-eagle taking flight

The Great Wall of Japan Part II

In the “The Great Wall of Japan” blog post here, I described a can’t miss birds in flight situation. This is another of the many keepers that I made that morning. Staller’s Sea-Eagle and Red-crowned Crane are my two favorite Japan in Winter species. Soon I will be sharing some more images of each with you here. Along with more new lessons.


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This is a pano crop of today’s featured image. With the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2 stops off the gray sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Shutter Button AF with the selected AF point squarely on the top of the eagle’s back (as originally framed) was active at the moment of exposure. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2 Pano crop of Steller’s Sea-eagle taking flight

2X3 or Pano Crop? Your Call

Which do you prefer, the 2X3 version or the pano crop? Help keep the blog interactive by letting us know which you like better and why.


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Consider joining me in Japan in February, 2017, for the world’s best Japan in Winter workshop. Click on the card to enjoy the spectacular larger version.

Japan In Winter IPT. February 9-24, 2017: $11,499 (was $13,999)/double occupancy. Limit 9/Openings: 5.

Price Reduced $2,500 on 3-8-16!

All lodging including the Tokyo hotel on 9 FEB, all breakfasts & dinners, ground transport and transfers including bus to the monkey park hotel, and all entrance fees and in-country flights are included. Not included: international flights, some lunches–a few are on the run, and alcoholic beverages.

Please e-mail for couple and IPT repeat customer discount information.

This trip is one day longer than the great 2014 trip to allow for more flexibility, more time with the cranes, and most importantly, more time for landscape photography. Hokkaido is gorgeous. You will enjoy tons of pre-trip planning and gear advice, in-the-field instruction and guidance, at-the-lodge Photoshop and image review sessions in addition to short introductory slide programs for each of the amazing locations. Skilled photographer Paul McKenzie handles the logistics and we enjoy the services of Japan’s best wildlife photography guide whom I affectionately call “Hokkaido Bear.” His network of local contacts and his knowledge of the weather, the area, and the birds is unparalleled and enables him to have us in the best location every day.


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Amazing subjects. Beautiful settings. Nonstop action and unlimited opportunities. Join me.

The Logistics

Arrive Tokyo: 9 FEB 2017 the latest. 8 FEB is safer and gives you a day to get acclimated to the time change. Your hotel room for the night of the 9th is covered.

Bus Travel to Monkey Park Hotel: 10 FEB: A 1/2 DAY of monkey photography is likely depending on our travel time… This traditional hotel is first class all the way. Our stay includes three ten course Japanese dinners; these sumptuous meals will astound you and delight your taste buds. There are many traditional hot springs mineral baths (onsens) on site in this 150 year old hotel.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 11.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 12.

13 FEB: Full travel day to Hokkaido/arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon. The lodge is wonderful. All the rooms at the lodge have beds. Bring your warm pajamas. A local onsen (hot springs bath and tubs) is available for $5 each day before dinner–when you are cold, it is the best thing since sliced bread. The home-cooked Japanese styles meals at the lodge are to die for. What’s the best news? Only a small stand of woods separates us from the very best crane sanctuary. During one big snowstorm we were the only photo group to be able to get to Tsurui Ito; we had the whole place to ourselves in perfect conditions for crane photography!

FEB 14-23: Red-crowned Crane, raptors in flight, Whooper Swans, and scenic photography. Ural Owl possible. An overnight trip to Rausu for Steller’s Sea Eagle and White-tailed Eagle photography on the tourists boats is 100% dependent on the weather, road, and sea ice conditions. Only our trip offers complete flexibility in this area. It has saved us on more than once occasion. The cost of 2 eagle-boat trips is included. If the group would like to do more than two boat trips and we all agree, there will be an additional charge for the extra trip or trips. No matter the sea ice conditions, we will do two eagle boat trips (as long as we can make the drive to Rausu; it snows a lot up there). We have never been shut out.In 2016 there was no sea ice but our guide arranged for two amazingly productive boat trips.

Lodging notes: bring your long johns for sleeping in the lodge. At the Snow Monkey Park, and in Rausu, the hotel the rooms are Japanese-style. You sleep on comfortable mats on the floor. Wi-fi is available every day of the trip.

FEB 24. Fly back to Tokyo for transfer to your airport if you are flying home that night, or, to your hotel if you are overnighting. If you need to overnight, the cost of that room is on you.


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Life is short. Hop on the merry-go-round.

To Sign Up

To save your spot, please send your $5,000 non-refundable deposit check made out to “Birds as Art” to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. I do hope that you can join me for this trip of a lifetime. Do e-mail with any questions or give me a buzz at 863-692-0906.

Purchasing travel insurance within 2 weeks of our cashing your deposit check is strongly recommended. On two fairly recent Galapagos cruises a total of 5 folks were forced to cancel less than one week prior to the trip. My family and I use Travel Insurance Services and strongly recommend that you do the same.

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

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are 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 we, 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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May 24th, 2016

Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store. Airing Old BAA Online Store Dirty Laundry. And finally, extensive photos of the notorious Pribs pants!

What’s Up

I got lots done on Monday but am not quite sure exactly what I did. Had a great swim and am planning on another ice bath. As has been usual lately, I started and finished this blog post. It took close to four hours in all…


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks an insane 200 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.


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The new BIRDS AS ART Online Store

Click here to check out the new store.

Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store

For far too long the BAA Online Store has been an embarrassment. While it has been partially functional, and many BAA friends have made thousands of purchases in the old store, an equal number of folks have been rightfully turned off and fled. Shipping has been the huge problem from day one: overseas folks would purchase a $40 CD and be billed for $87 postage… Folks who e-mail Jim their concerns were issued a timely refund of the overcharges. The old store was designed to offer US Mail as a legitimate shipping choice. That never came to be. When folks entered their address they were often baffled when the state abbreviation came up as OT. Many folks e-mailed expressing their consternation and we responded to each letting them know of the glitch in the system. And the “This Site is Not Safe” warnings will be a thing of the past. (We always kept our security certificates updated, but getting the system to consistently recognize that was simply beyond us.)

Thanks to good friend Chris Klapheke of Outdoor Photo Gear who kindly recommended a pre-packaged store from BigCommerce.Com. Thanks to the hard work of my righthand man, Jim Litzenberg, and the folks at BigCommerce.Com, the new and long overdue BIRDS AS ART Online Store is now open. All can access it here, or always, by clicking on the New BAA Online Store! tab on the left side of the lower yellow-orange Menu Bar (on most browsers). It should be just to the left of the hugely popular Used Photo Gear tab (again, on most browsers).

Loyal patrons of the old store will appreciate the ease of ordering from the new store and the deadly accurate shipping choices and function. Though you can checkout as a guest, we urge everyone to take minute to register. Doing so will allow for faster checkout and in addition, you will be able to track the status of your order. And your next visit will be that much easier.

Once you get to Checkout, be sure that “Register an account” is checked. All, including patrons of the old BAA store, will need to register (just once). Please type carefully, check your data carefully before hitting OK, and make a note of your password. If you have a question or need our help, simply click on “Contact Us.”

Big time thanks to the many who have patronized the old BAA Online Store despite the problems. All should really enjoy the new version.

Please note that it will not be too long until BAA store links in old blog posts and Bulletins will not work. We hope to have a page in place soon that will direct folks to the new store but not to the identical product page. You will need to surf around a bit.


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artie (on the left in his Pribs pants) and Lou Newman at Lou’s recent photo exhibit opening in Sarasota, FL. The two baby Great Egrets in the nest image that you see on the wall in the image above was one of my very favorites from among Lou’s new exhibit images.

Photo courtesy of and copyright 2016: Kristen Herhold, Community Editor of the Sarasota Observer

The Pribs Pants

Wildlife artist Ramiel (Ram) Papsish painted my dungarees for me in 2001 after my second visit to St. Paul Island where I believe he was working as a tour guide. I ran into him on Facebook a few weeks back and decided to wear the pants to Lou Newman’s opening. They proved to be a big hit. I also learned that Ram is headed back out there this summer!

I think that I first saw some of Ram’s artwork on a poster or two on St. Paul. I was blown away by how beautifully he captured each bird as if in life. I remember thinking, “This guy really knows these birds.” Many artists paint this or that species but the shapes and proportions often do not add up to the living thing. Ram nailed every bird he painted. At some point, I realized that he had painted the filthy, dirty, ragged, threadbare jeans that he wore around the island every day with the birds of the Pribilofs. We struck a barter deal: some prints for a pair of painted Pribs pants.

I’ve worn them only a very few times but plan to change that as time is getting short :). Yeah, I know, 70 is young but I am thinking that it will be the first birthday ever to get my attention… The pants can be washed inside out in cold water I think, with a gentle detergent. Enjoy each of the pants legs below.


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Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Right leg front

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Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Left leg front

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Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Right leg back

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Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Left leg back

Pribilofs Pants Questions

Which is your favorite pants leg? (Be sure to note front or back) Which is your favorite bird? How many birds can you identify as to species? Go ahead, name them if you like.

Grammatical Question

I did some surfing to see if I could learn if “pants legs” needs an apostrophe somewhere. But came up empty. If you know for sure, please share.

Please Remember to use our Affiliate Links 🙂

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 we are 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 we, 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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