Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
May 21st, 2018

Need Your Help. Just Fledged Osprey in Flight. So What Makes a Good Flight Image? If you are not able to open this blog post via the link, please try again in five minutes. If you are still unable to open it, please contact us via e-mail to samandmayasgrandpa@att.net. Most of the problems that have plagued the blog for the past two weeks have been solved. Details soon.

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Once I am confident that all who receive their blog notices can access the blog I will share the details of the many Catch-22 rabbit holes that we encountered …

On Saturday it was cloudy bright, perfect for finishing my long lens AF Fine-tuning outdoors with the lights. It has been raining since then. On Sunday I finished up AF Fine-tuning my new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens (purchased just for the gannet boat trips!) and my versatile Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. I have been hand holding the latter to photograph the wonderful Sandhill Crane nest that I discovered only four days ago. I have nick-named the pair the “Army Corps of Engineers cranes” for the work they have done fortifying their nest with two eggs. Lots of photos soon.

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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 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. Patrick Sparkman saved $350 on a recent purchase!



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Several folks on the DeSoto IPT used the Booking.Com link below, got great rates, and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


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.

Osprey-fresh-juvenile-in-flight-_DSC1274-Indian-Lake-Estates,-FL

This image was created on May 17, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the blazingly fast autofocus king, the Nikon D5 with Dual XQD Slots. ISO 800. Matrix metering plus about 1 2/3 stops off the sky: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3. AUTO1 WB at 9:37am on a cloudy morning.

One down and one to the right of the center Group (grp) AF point/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. As originally framed, the left-most of the four AF points was right on the bird’s face. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +3.

Recently fledged young Osprey returning to nest

A Walk By the Lake

For my first visit to the lake in the past few weeks, I decided to head down without the 600. I took the 200-500 with the D5. I tend to go with the D5 over one of my two D850 bodies in pure flight situations (though I am not sure that this is the best tack …) There were a zillion Ospreys flying around but good situations were scarce. I made about 40 images and all but one or two were razor sharp on the bird’s eye or eyes. Yet I kept only this one …

So What Makes a Good Flight Image?

Many folk think that any sharp flight image is a good image. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, if an image is not at least acceptably sharp it will wind up in the trash on the first edit. Here are the additional factors that determine the success of a given flight image:

  • 1-Wing position. Wings fully up or fully down are ideal. Flat wing positions only work if a bird is angling toward you or is directly overhead, the latter ideal if the bird is soaring.
  • 2-The orientation of the bird to the imaging sensor. If a bird is flying even slightly away from you most flight images will be failures (unless you get a nice look-back head angle).
  • 3-The quality of the light. Making a great flight image when the sun is out at full strength is extremely difficult due to shadows. Your best chance in those conditions is to try to capture a wings fully up pose with the bird slightly angling toward you in flight.
  • 4- Head angle. Many otherwise perfect flight images are ruined because the bird’s head is turned away …
  • 5-On rare occasion, skilled folks may be able to capture sharp images featuring unusual and/or dramatic poses: top shots, bank shots, birds turning in flight, or birds diving. Even more rare are interactions between two birds in flight.

If I left anything out, feel free to leave a comment.

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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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May 19th, 2018

Blackened Sidelighting! And Micro-adjusting (Canon) and AF Fine-Tune (Nikon) Tips and Tidbits

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I am still feeling great and still thinking about packing for my big 7-week trip to Europe at the end of the month. I went down to the lake and was thrilled to find a gorgeous Sandhill Crane nest with two eggs right next to the shore. I am hoping against hope that it will hatch before I head out of town on the 28th. Please remember that you can help support my efforts here on the blog simply by clicking on the Amazon logo-link on the right for even the smallest purchases; make it a habit! And do understand that it works just fine with your Amazon Prime account.

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 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. Patrick Sparkman saved $350 on a recent purchase!



Booking.Com

Several folks on the DeSoto IPT used the Booking.Com link below, got great rates, and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


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.

Great-Egret-sidelit-flight-_DSC7359--Fort-DeSoto-Park,-FL

This image was created on the DeSoto IPT on April 18, 2018. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering minus about 1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3. AUTO1 WB at 7:20am on a clear morning.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The array was centered on the bird’s face.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +4.

Great Egret, sidelit flight

Blacked Sidelight!

The morning began with silhouettes of the dancing Reddish Egret (see the Always in a Hurry blog post here). After I trekked back through the mud to the spit there was not a whole lot going on. As we were deciding whether or not to make a wiggle I spotted a Great Egret flying right at us. Even though it was 90 degrees off sun angle I figgered what the hay, acquired focus easily, and ripped off 12 frames. Once they made it to my Macbook Pro, I was glad to see that every frame was razor sharp on the eye. I wound up keeping five from the series. You gotta love Group AF.

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Nikon AF Fine-tune Excel Spreadsheet

Keep an Excel Spreadsheet!

Whether you are shooting Canon or Nikon it is imperative that you keep a record of your hard-earned results (as above). Here are a few words of explanation on the spreadsheet above:

  • Five dots indicate that I have opted not to test a combination because it is unlikely that I will be using it.
  • Blank boxes indicate tests that I need to get completed before the big trip.
  • AFT indicates that I went with the results of the Automatic Fine-tune test.
  • AFC indicates that I ran an Automatic Fine-tune test and then fine-tune those results with a FocusTune AFC test.
  • All D850 tests were done using the Focus Peaking Fine-tune techniques.
  • The two highlighted boxed marked r-chk indicate that I want to re-run the Focus Peaking test as I did them outdoors (with the lights) and it was a bit breezy. I am fully confident that I am within a point or two from the perfect value at most.

Nikon users can learn to do Automatic Fine-tuning and D850 Focus Peaking Fine-tuning in the The Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide. Canon Users and Nikon folks who want to learn to run FocusTune AutoFocus Consistency (AFC) tests will need The LensAlign/FocusTune Micro-Adjusting Tutorial e-Guide. Everyone will need the LensAlign Mark II hardware. Those who wish to purchase only the LensAlign Mark II unit can do so by clicking here. I strongly recommend that almost everyone purchase the LensAlign MK II with FocusTune so that they can learn to run the FocusTune AutoFocus Consistency (AFC) tests. Folks who own and use only D850 bodies do not need to purchase FocusTune as the results with Focus Peaking AF Fine-tune are quite accurate.

Micro-adjusting and AF Fine-Tune Tips and Tidbits

Recently I had one of my two Nikon D850 bodies replaced due to the recurrence of the AF problem that I wrote about a few weeks ago where the AF point that I set with d-9 or d-25 kept moving up and down when I tried to focus (when working in vertical format). So I have been doing lots of AF Fine-tuning and still have lots more to do to get ready for the arctic Norway trip.

With Canon zoom lenses you micro-adjust at the long end <em>and at the short end and the system interpolates with in-between focal lengths. With Nikon zoom lenses you can only AF Fine-tune at a single focal length. Since I do bird photography I always Fine-tune at the long end, 500mm for the 200-500 VR and 400mm for the 80-400 VR. Advantage Canon. Note however the when working at the shorter focal lengths you generally gain some depth-of-field.

Canon camera bodies recognize each individual lens and more importantly, each individual teleconverter, by serial number. For serious photographers who regularly travel with a backup 1.4X teleconverter, for example, this is a Godsend. The Nikon bodies cannot identify individual teleconverters. This creates a real problem if you main 1.4X TC fails on a trip … Advantage Canon.

The Nikon D-5 along with the D-850 and the D-500 offer an Automatic AF Fine-tune feature. It is much faster than doing a micro-adjustments with Canon gear. As I was doing lots of AF Fine-tuning when I first got my Nikon stuff, I quickly learned to do the Automatic AF Fine-tuning. Out of curiosity I began doing AFC (Auto-focus Consistency) tests (see two of those below) in FocusTune. And while the Automatic Fine-tuning is fast I discovered that the AFC testing was more accurate. Today I run a complete Automatic Fine-Tune test on a new combination and then — using my results as a starting point — run an AFC test or two to fine-tune the results. I have found in nearly all cases that the Nikon Automatic Fine-tune value is 2-4 units off. This workflow is still much faster than having to do a complete micro-adjustment from scratch. Advantage: Nikon.

Though the D850 offers the Automatic AF Fine-tune feature I strongly advise folks against using it. Why? The D850 has an amazing Focus Peaking feature. Patrick Sparkman devised a way to use Focus Peaking to quickly come up with an accurate Fine-tune value. One I have set up the LensAlign Mark II and my gear set up correctly, it generally takes only a minute or two to come up with an accurate Fine-tune value. And best of all, when I run an AFC test to confirm, the results are almost always identical and never more than a single unit apart, in other words, negligible. The huge advantage here goes to Nikon.

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FocusTune AFC Test

Confirming Fine-tune Values with an AFC Test

I have — though not very often — had instances where the Automatic Fine-tune feature yielded totally erratic results. I started the a test with the D5 and the 200-500 VR at 500mm; the first seven values were -6, -2, +11, +13, -7, +13, and +11. So I made a wild assed guess and tried an AFC test at +7 and noted that I needed to bring the focus forward a bit more. I ran the next one at +3 and as you can see above, the results above were dead-solid perfect.

Note that the relatively tiny grey circles (shot deviation) at the bottom of the AFC graph indicate tight AF clusters, consistently accurate autofocus. The poorer your technique the larger these circles will be. Note also that the circles will generally be larger as you go to longer effective focal lengths.

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Another FocusTune AFC Test

Confirming Fine-tune Values with an AFC Test

The results with an Automatic Fine-tune run with the 200-500 and my “second” TC-E14 came up with a fairly consistent +13. I ran an AFC test at +13 and as noted above, I was not surprised when the graph showed some back focus. So I ran a second AFC test at +9 and again was thrilled with the near-perfect results.

Again, Nikon users can learn to do Automatic Fine-tuning and D850 Focus Peaking Fine-tuning in the The Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide. Canon Users and Nikon folks who want to learn to run FocusTune AutoFocus Consistency (AFC) tests will need The LensAlign/FocusTune Micro-Adjusting Tutorial e-Guide. Everyone will need the LensAlign Mark II hardware. Those who wish to purchase only the LensAlign Mark II unit can do so by clicking here. I strongly recommend that almost everyone purchase the LensAlign MK II with FocusTune so that they can learn to run the FocusTune AutoFocus Consistency (AFC) tests. Folks who own and use only D850 bodies do not need to purchase FocusTune as the results with Focus Peaking AF Fine-tune are quite accurate.

Questions Welcome

Any and all questions dealing with micro-adjusting and AF fine-tuning are of course more than welcome.

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

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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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May 17th, 2018

Landing Vulture Flight Plan and Image Optimization

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I am feeling great and thinking about packing for my big 7-week trip to Europe at the end of the month. Please remember that you can help support my efforts here on the blog simply by clicking on the Amazon logo-link on the right for even the smallest purchases; make it a habit!

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 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. Patrick Sparkman saved $350 on a recent purchase!



Booking.Com

Several folks on the DeSoto IPT used the Booking.Com link below, got great rates, and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


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-Vulture-landing-_DSC8788-Gatorland,-Kissimmee,-FL

This image was created on April 28 on the the Gatorland IPT. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 500. Matrix metering about +2/3 stops off the sky: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3. SUNNY WB at 5:56 PM on a clear afternoon.

Center Group (grp) AF point/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The array was centered on the base of the bird’s near-wing as originally framed.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +4.

Black Vulture on final approach

The Situation

There were lots of vultures flying into roost from our left to our right. The problem was one large tree to our left and a tall zip line tower to our right. The trick was to acquire AF with the bird in front of the large tree and make an image or two when the bird was in the clear space before the tower … Though I succeeded in this case the bird was too far forward in the frame … See below for the original image capture.

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The original image capture

Note the zip line wire below the bird.

The Image Optimization

Convert in ACR making sure to eliminate the vignetting using the sliders under the fx (effects) tab. Working in the un-framed view crop from below and the left while expanding canvas right. Dust spot. Eliminate the small branch on the right with a Quick Mask. Fill in the new canvas using John Haedo Content Aware Fill. Eliminate the zip line with Content Aware Fill. Make a careful selection of the bird using the Quick Selection Tool (W) and the plus and minus Lasso Tool (L) to fine tune the difficult spots. Feather and save the selection as bird. Put the selection on its own layer and apply a layer of my 30/30 NIK Color Efex Pro recipe. After merging that layer I loaded the selection and applied some NeatImage noise reduction to the bird alone (y = 55) and lots (y = 95) to the rest of the image using the advanced techniques detailed in The Professional Post Processing Guide by Arash Hazeghi and yours truly.

Lastly I smoothed the BKGR by applying a Layer of 60 pixel Gaussian Blur and painting it in after setting up a Hide-All (Inverse or Black) Layer Mask making sure to stay well away from the bird.

DBII-cover

The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II).

You can order your copy from the BAA Online Store here, by sending a Paypal for $40 here, or by calling Jim or Jennifer weekdays at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.

The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II)

Everything mentioned above and tons more is covered in detail in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. Learn more and check out the free excerpt in the blog post here. While the new e-Guide reflects my Macbook Pro/Photo Mechanic/DPP 4/Photoshop workflow, folks using a PC and/or BreezeBrowser will also benefit greatly by studying the material on DB II. Do note that you will find the RGB Curves Adjustment Color Balancing tutorial only in the new e-guide. Note: folks working on a PC and/or those who do not want to miss anything Photoshop may wish to purchase the original Digital Basics along with DB II while saving $15 by clicking here to buy the DB Bundle.

The two most recent and many of the older MP4 Photoshop Tutorial videos releases go hand and hand with the information in DB II):

  • The Wingtip Repairs MP4 Video here.
  • The MP4 Crow Cleanup Video here.

Folks who learn well by following along rather than by reading can check out the complete collection of MP 4 Photoshop Tutorial Videos by clicking here.

Though I have become more proficient converting my Nikon RAW (NEF) files in Adobe Camera Raw, I continue to optimize my Canon images in DPP 4. You can learn how and why I converted (and still convert) nearly all of my Canon digital RAW files in DPP 4 in the DPP 4 RAW Conversion Guide here. And, yes, I still have many Canon images to work on. 🙂 The RAW conversions for all three of today’s featured images was straightforward once I entered my camera/ISO specific recipes (as detailed in the DPP 4 RAW Conversion Guide). You can learn advanced Quick Masking and advanced Layer Masking techniques in APTATS I & II. You can save $15 by purchasing the pair. Folks can learn sophisticated sharpening and (NeatImage) Noise Reduction techniques in the The Professional Post Processing Guide by Arash Hazeghi and yours truly.

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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