This mega-high key image was first inspired by a Todd Gustafson Cheetah image that he intentionally over-exposed four stops on a bright sunny day. All that you saw against the over-exposed background were the eyes, the bright pink gums,. and the yellowed teeth–everything in shadow. When I shared a Laysan Albatross image of the same ilk at the introductory Midway slide program everyone loved it. Then Paul Mckenzie suggested that the same approach might work well with a White Tern on a bright sunny day. So I tried it.
This image was created with the Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens, a 25mm Extension Tube, the 1.4X III TC, and the
The original image was intentionally over-exposed at creation and lightened further during conversion. I did lots of bill clean-up as the bird’s beak was a mess.
Note: if you put the extension tube in front of the TC as I did here you will be able to focus closer than if the TC were mounted in front of the tube. You will however need to focus manually. These situations are discussed in detail in ABP II (916 pages on CD only).
Knowing that I had to get up early, I was asleep on Monday evening by 9pm. Still a bit jet-lagged from the Midway trip, I woke wide awake at 10pm, my body thinking that it had had a nice nap. I read for 90 minutes and then slept fitfully for a few hours, finally getting up for good at 2:50 am completely awake…. Jim had his alarm set for 4:45 am and we both were in the car right on schedule at 5:15am Tuesday morning and headed north. Jim drove and I finished editing the Midway To Transfer folder. I created about 5,000 images on the trip. After my daily first edits that was down to about 1500. After additional culling I began this morning with 994 images. Right now I am down to 426 keepers. I will do one more edit before moving the folder onto the main computer.
We arrived at the Orlando Surgery Center a few minutes before 7am. After the required paperwork was filled out I was called in, changed into hospital gown, head net, and sock-slippers. An IV line was inserted and I spoke to a nurse and to the anesthesiologist, and then Hand surgeon George White stopped in for a chat. I was wheeled into the OR where they put a tourniquet on my left arm and started the dream sleep drip. I awoke in what seemed like minutes to learn that everything had gone just fine. The rather simple A-1 pulley surgery to repair the trigger finger–middle flinger left hand–was a 20-minute success. Left hand bandaged and left arm in a sling to keep it elevated we headed home, stopping at CVS to fill a pain-killer prescription that it seems I will not need. I have felt great all day and am–at 8:02 pm, just starting to get feeling back in the middle finger, numb all day from the local anesthetic. I gotta say that it feels great. I have been icing the hand off and on and making a fist many times each hour as instructed.
Cards, flowers, and sympathy are not required. 🙂
Tomorrow afternoon I drive up to the 9th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest in St. Augustine (scheduled for April 27-May 1, 2011). Click here for details. It is not too late to attend and there are a slew of great presenters and field trips. My field trips are all sold out. 🙂
Below is a list of the gear mentioned in today’s post and some other stuff that I use regularly to keep my sensors clean. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.
Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon EF 1.4X III TC. This new TC is designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
25mm Extension Tube. This vaulable accessory allows for closer focusing.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
Double Bubble Leve.l You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am on a tripod and not using flash.
Delkin Sensor Scope. This cool, indispensable device allows you to see sensor dust so that you know where to clean.
Lens Pen Combo Kit. The answer to your sensor cleaning problems. Use the small pen on your sensor, the larger one on your lenses and teleconverters.
Giotto’s Super Rocket Blower. Don’t waste your time with smaller versions; you need to power of this large blower to clean your sensor successfully.
Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card. These high capacity cards are fast and dependable.
I pack my 800 and tons of other gear in my ThinkTank Airport SecurityTM V2.0 rolling bag for all of my air travel and recommend the slightly smaller Airport InternationalTM V2.0 for most folks. These high capacity bags are well constructed and protect my gear when I have to gate check it on short-hops and puddle jumpers. Each will protect your gear just as well. By clicking on either link or the logo below, you will receive a free gear bag with each order over $50.