Happy Bird Day

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This image was created this morning with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus lens and the Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR . ISO 320 (via ISO safety shift). Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/25 sec. at f/5.6 in Tv mode. Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

It was great to have the IPT group in the right place at the right time and then have the birds do exactly what they were supposed to do exactly when they were supposed to do it. I had just finished saying, “We need a huge fly-in right over the ridge now” when we heard the roar of the distant flock…. I used the techniques for pre-dawn shooting that are described in detail in the hugely popular eBook, “A Guide to Pleasing Blurs” by Denise Ippolito and yours truly. I love the nearly upside down goose right by the rule of thirds position in the upper left portion of the frame.

Happy Bird Day

Denise Ippolito and I and Jen and Jim would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving 2012. My position is that if you are breathing and you own some nice camera gear that you have lots to be thankful for every day. Best advice: breath deeply and enjoy every moment.

The Bosque Site Guide

Great year or poor year, the priceless information in the Bosque Site Guide will help you learn to be in the right spot at the right time. I followed my own advice to a tee yesterday morning and had a small group of friends and early-arriving IPT folks in the right locations all morning. Why waste time driving around trying to figure out where to be on this wind or in these lighting conditions? As I have written before, heading to Bosque without the Bosque Site Guide on your laptop is downright foolish. Why? You simply do not know as much about Bosque as I do. :)

Learn about all of our Site and Set-up eGuides here.

The Bosque Site Guide Current Conditions Update

If you are at Bosque right now or are heading to the refuge in the next week or two and you own a copy of the Bosque Site Guide, you are invited to e-mail and request a copy of the Bosque Site Guide Current Conditions Update. You will receive a short e-mail describing other current strategies and letting you know exactly where to be in the pre-dawn. Please be sure to read the Important Notes below. :)

Important Notes

As I only have three short sessions under my belt this year so far, the Current Updates e-mail will not be sent until midday on Saturday November 24, 2012. This will give me time to figure out what is going on after 8am and in the afternoons. If you would like to receive this update, please cut and paste the words “Bosque Site Guide Current Conditions Update” into the subject line and be sure to include proof of purchase. The simplest thing to do is to include a screen capture of the first page of the guide. No updates will be sent unless you include some sort of proof of purchase. Please do not call or e-mail Jim as he knows nothing about this :).

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7 comments to Happy Bird Day

  • avatar John Haedo

    Artie, I’m more than happy to share my Content Aware Fill Photoshop tip with everyone. I’m proud you feel it’s worth mentioning. It’s a miniscule contribution compared to everything I learned at Bosque from you, Denise Ippolito, Mike Hanissian and Jim Heuple, as well as all the other stuff I learned from the other IPT participants themselves. The Bosque IPT was a terrific experience.
    I’m in Belize (San Pedro) right now with my wife and yesterday I got off one shot at what I believe was a Solitary Eagle (looks just like the drawing of a bird with that name in a guide about the birds of Belize we brought along). Among the many things I learned during the Bosque IPT was to be more disciplined and constantly mindful of my camera’s settings as shooting conditions change. I’m making much better exposures already as a result. I was able to capture a good exposure of the eagle before it quickly flew away because I didn’t let my excitement take control of my shutter finger before I quickly but thoughtfully made the adjustments to the camera settings appropriate for the shooting conditions.
    Stay well,
    john

  • avatar David policansky

    Thanks, Artie, and same tyou from Australia. Lots of wonderful birds here!

  • avatar Doris

    Fabulous, happy bird shot!

  • avatar Julian Mole

    Here’s wishing you a happy ‘Bird Day’ as well Arthur.

    Thank you for being an inspiration (and also a great teacher). :-)

  • Happy Thanksgiving Artie! That is a beautiful shot!

  • avatar Ron

    Art, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I promise to breath deeply and enjoy every moment. I always remember that old saying – don’t know who said it, but it is something like this – “Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life”.