Me Bad!

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Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-50D. ISO 250. Evaluative Metering +2/3 stop: 1/1000 sec. at f/5. Be sure to click on each image to see a larger version.

Wow, I was beyond swamped last week getting ready for my trip to San Diego and getting things in order at the home office or–to put it more accurately, the office home.  I will be adding two rooms on the western end of the house: an exercise room and a 3rd bedroom that will serve as a storage area for prints and product.  We have slowly outgrown the house so there is no choice but to enlarge it. I apologize for having been away for so long.

I did a program and a live demo on Saturday and on Sunday at Photo Expo West in Del Mar, my appearance sponsored generously by Canon USA/Explorers of Light.  All of the programs were well received.  I did get out each morning and created the image above on Saturday in LaJolla.

Three Marbled Godwits flew in and landed in front of me while I was photographing a Western Gull at close range with the 800 and the 1.4X II TC,  head portraits actually.  The godwits were feeding on a limestone shelf about three feet high.  There was a narrow gap between that shelf and another almost adjacent one.   My hiking boots, the ones that I will be using at Bosque in the afternoon, were protected from the salt water with my NEOS so I simply walked into the narrow gap to get right on sun angle.  Then I either kneeled or sat if there was a convenient rock available to get right down to the bird’s level.   A big wave splashed over the top of the NEOS on my left foot and another soaked my butt while I was sitting.  If I had had only the 800 lens with me I would have had to move way back and up the sloping beach;  even if I had kneeled behind my lowered tripod I would have still been well above the birds and the resulting images would not have been anywhere as pleasing or intimate as this one.    The background is the Pacific Ocean.

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Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with a 1.4X II TC and the EOS 1D MIII. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/14 set manually.

This gull was sitting peacefully on a rock.   While standing behind my tripod the background was a mix of yellowish sandstone and breaking waves.  To attain the Pacific-blue background that I wanted, I lowered the tripod so that the lens was about 2 feet off the ground.  I was hoping that the bird would yawn but that was to no avail.

As you can see, the tripod-mounted 800 f/56. and the handheld 400 DO complement each other beautifully.

Yikes; I should have mentioned that BAA Bulletin #305 can be found online by following this link:  http://www.birdsasart.com/2009/11/13/birds-as-art-bulletin-305.

Bulletin #305

Here are the featured items:

  • COMMON SENSE PHOTOGRAPHIC ETHICS
  • ON-THE-ROAD AGAIN
  • TRIPOD HEAD HELP AND INFO
  • PHOTO EXPO WEST APPEARANCE/NOV 15/16
  • ALBUQUERQUE APPEARANCE/DEC 1
  • LONG ISLAND APPEARANCE/DEC 8
  • ROBERT O’TOOLE’S APTATS II/Pre-Publication Discount Offer
  • CANON 600 IS FOR SALE
  • SAN DIEGO ITP
  • POSSE NEWS/ROBERT AMORUSO
  • IPT UPDATES

Item 1 is particularly interesting.

I will be back soon.  And I head to Bosque on Thursday November 19th.

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