Happy Bird Day Lesson « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Happy Bird Day Lesson

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This image was created with the Canon 500mm f/4L IS, the 1.4X II TC, and the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering +1/3 stop: 1/800 sec. at f/6.3 in Av mode. From my SUV with the lens supported by a BLUBB.

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Happy Bird Day

All of use at BAA would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving Day filled with fun, football, photography, and yes, turkey. I am sending out love, strength, and energy to all.

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This image was created with the Canon 500mm f/4L IS, the 1.4X II TC, and the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering -1/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. From my SUV with the lens supported by a BLUBB.

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Happy Bird Day Lesson

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This image was created with the Canon 500mm f/4L IS, the 2X II TC, and the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering at zero: 1/400 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. From my SUV with the lens supported by a BLUBB.

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Happy Bird Day Lesson

When you have a cooperative subject, get closer when you can and use your teleconverters to create a variety of images.

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This image was created with the Canon 500mm f/4L IS, the 2X II TC, and the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering -1/3 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. From my SUV with the lens supported by a BLUBB.

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Which Do You Like Best?

Of the four Wild Turkey images, let us know which you like best, and why?

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15 comments to Happy Bird Day Lesson

  • avatar Tom

    I like the closeup ones. I see bird photography all the time but have not seen many closeups of turkeys. They really look more interesting than I would have thought.

  • Image #1, Art. #3 & #4 are wonderful portraits that I’d love to have hanging on my wall if I’d shot them (and actually wouldn’t mind having on my wall period…) #2 is good with the beard showing. But I like #1 the best because it is the Turkey in his element. Subject with a little bit of context wins the day for me.

  • avatar Mary Stamper

    #2 – I like the way the lighting emphasizes the head and that bizarre looking piece of flesh that flops over the beak.

    Head is too dark in the 3rd one.

  • #3 is my fave. I like the detail, the glint in the eye, and that he is looking at the camera. Hope your Turkey-Day was great!

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    i love the first image. You must have been down low to give the viewer the P.O.V. of the subject. The bg is beautiful. The row of flowers really add to the image. The suject is well placed. Sharp as a tack. You have to enlarge it to appreciate it!!

  • Hi Artie,

    Somewhat related to some comments here, but more so the discussion with the Turkey Vulture last month and the question of ethics and what is “art,” the most recent Yale Alumni Magazine has an interesting article entitled, “The Bird-Filled World of Richard Prum: How an Ornithologist Discovered New Kinds of Color, Proved T-Rex Had Feathers, and Answered the Question, ‘What is Art?'”

    The link is http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/

  • avatar Jan Weld

    I like the first and last images. Nicely placed: #1 showing the natural surroundings; #2 showing great detail.

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks all for your good wishes. We had a great day both photographically and food wise :). artie

  • Love the first and the last image. The last because I like tight headshots and the first for the wider view showing the field. Nice that you found a cooperative one. I have tons of Turkeys around my home, but they are quite quick to run into the forest. The last would make a lovely Fract 🙂

    Thanks Andrew. This was a rare tape job for me…. artie

  • avatar Dennis Pritchett

    What’s that thing hanging over your beak? “What beak?”

  • Artie, As you know, I rarely respond to your posts, although I read them regularly. My reasoning for not responding is exemplified by this one. To be specific, I do not view your work, which I very much respect and appreciate, from the perspective of which image is best or which ones are better than which other ones. Rather, I prefer appreciating each for what it has to offer. For example, I like the environmental aspect of the first one. In other words, how the Wild turkey is placed in its habitat, especially the row of pale flowers/seed heads to the bird’s right. In the second image, I like the detail throughout the image, and the bird’s chest feathers including those growing out of its chest. I also like the use of positive and negative space in this image. In the third image, I like the fact that you were able to shoot/crop this vertical image with the subject centered and have it work so well. In the final image, I like the face and neck detail, and the nice use of complementary colors between the subject (containing significant reds) and the background (largely green). Hope this makes sense, and have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Thanks Mike! I agree 100%. And so did Jerry below. Maybe one day folks will figure out that I pretty much like very image that I post here :). One of these years I will throw in a clunker. Hope that you and yours had a great Thanksgiving Day. BTW, it has been great. artie

  • avatar Richard Curtin

    I would say turkey #2. Head position, diagonals of the neck and beard, and how well it shows the beautiful feather iridescence. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • avatar Jerry

    Happy Thanksgiving Day to you too! I actually like the second photo from the top best. It shows the “long beard” and good facial detail. The 2 real close up photos are nice too. Heck I even like the first photo with the wildflowers. Thanks for sharing the turkey photos on Thanksgiving. BTW, is that an Osceola tom?

    I believe that the turkeys by my home are all of the Osceola race. artie

  • avatar Al Meeker

    Very nice images. Believe I will hang on to 500mm, although I did update to 2XIII TC. Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving.

  • avatar Jon

    As I expected nothing less than fantastic, terrific details and colours. I like the idea of getting in close too. I appreciate the limitations of web sized images but these really do look top notch, I really do wonder sometimes if these new generation lenses are necessary. I suppose they are necessary for Canon for sales purposes but for people already with lenses like this producing results like that, I don’t see how things can get appreciably better. Things like convenience such as weight are handy but image stabilisation increased to 4 stops doesn’t impress me too much,hey if the subject isn’t still then your stabiliser won’t slow it down!
    terrific images Artie – I don’t suppose he ended up in the pot did he?

    Thanks Jon. They are top notch :). Lighter weight and even sharper than sharp are wonderful and 4-stop IS is amazing…. I agree though that it is more important to learn to make great images with the gear that you have than it is to have the latest, greatest gear. That’s why we offer so much great educational stuff :). artie