Cloudy Dark on Texel: 600II/2XIII/1D X « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Cloudy Dark on Texel: 600II/2XIII/1D X

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This Pied Avocet image was created on our first day at Texel, Holland with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops off the grey sky: 1/400 sec. at f/9 in Manual Mode.

Central sensor (by necessity) Expand/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the bird’s eye and recompose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Cloudy Dark on Texel: 600II/2XIII/1D X

The Avocet Colony

We were delighted to find a small colony of Pied Avocets breeding on a shell bar right by the road at Wagejot. We spent a good part of the morning there. The image above was made after the day brightened considerably. I spent most of the morning at ISO 1600. The days are long and time is short.

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This Black-headed Gull image was also created on our first day at Texel, Holland with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +2/1/3 stops off the grey sky: 1/1250 sec. at f/9 in Manual Mode.

Central sensor (by necessity) Expand/AI Servo/Rear Focus active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The Black-headed Gull Colonies

There are many Black-headed Gull colonies on Texel including several at Wagejot. We spent a lot of time working at a small overflow colony fairly near to the road. Below is the original image from which the optimized file above was created.

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Black-headed Gull Image Optimization

First I used techniques from APTATS II to move the bird up in the frame. I still needed to work carefully to eliminate the ground where it merged with the bird’s splayed tail; to do that, I used Denise Ippolito’s non-destructive cloning on a layer. I did lots of work on the eye, the head, and the face. I ran a layer of NIK Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast on the underwings and then lightened them with a Curves on a layer adjustment. All of course as described in detail in Digital Basics, a PDF that is sent via e-mail. Digital Basics includes my complete digital workflow, dozens of great Photoshop tips, all of my time-saving Keyboard Shortcuts, and Quick Masking and Layer Masking basics.

1200mm Flight Photography

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All images courtesy of and copyright 2012: Denise Ippolito. Click for a larger version.

A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Swan Island Dahlia Farm Instructional Photo-Tour, September 11-15, 2013: 5 FULL DAYS: $1649

Join Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby, Oregon (just south of Portland) for a great learning and photography experience. Swan Island features more than 40 acres with over 350 varieties of dahlias in a plethora of colors, shapes and sizes, making it one of the largest growers in the United States.

Daily Photo Schedule

We will enjoy four morning (7:00am till 10:30am) and five afternoon (3:30pm till 6pm) photography sessions. While we will do most of our photography at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm, we will also visit the Portland Rose Garden and/or the Portland Japanese Garden on this IPT. The in-the-field instruction will include seeing the situation, the use of selective focus, creative use of depth of field, histogram and exposure guidance, designing creative images, choosing your background, isolating your subject, lens options, and the use of reflectors and diffusers. Our field sessions will include challenging photography assignments geared to make you think creatively. Both personalized and small group instruction will be provided. All times are tentative and subject to change based on the weather and on local conditions.

Seminar Morning: Friday, September 13: 8:30am till 12:30pm

Denise will begin by presenting her “Bloomin’ Ideas” program, an overview of the in-the-field and post-processing techniques that she has used and developed over the past few years to create her signature look. Artie will follow with a Photoshop session that will be geared towards all levels. He’ll be sharing some of his favorite techniques and tips while working on images from the first two days of the IPT. Denise will conclude the seminar portion of the IPT with a Photoshop demo; she will share her creative workflow using a variety of Photoshop filters and effects. The entire morning is designed to give you a peek into the minds of two very skilled and creative folks.

The group will have lunch together daily. All are invited to bring their laptops for image sharing. We hope that you can join us for an intense five days of learning and some of the best flower photography to be had in North America.

Deposit Info and Cancellation Policies:

A $449 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. Your balance is due 4 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.

Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check (made out to “Arthur Morris.”) You can also leave your deposit with a credit card by calling the office at 863-692-0906. We will be short-handed in the office until January 21 so please leave a message and we will call you back. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail

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5 comments to Cloudy Dark on Texel: 600II/2XIII/1D X

  • avatar Gary Axten

    Lovely images as ever. Are you forsaking fill-flash now with the higher iso available from the newer cameras?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are observant Gary. I have been using it less and less lately for several reasons. I did not even bring flash to Holland. With the cords, batteries, brackets, the Better Beamer, etc., it adds a lot to you luggage. And most of the components may malfunction or become lost. NIK Color Efex Pro put me over the edge as far as using flash….

  • avatar Charles Scheffold

    Oops black-headed gull, sorry!

  • avatar Melvin Grey

    The optimisation of the BLACK-HEADED GULL, Larus ridibundus, is a great piece of work, Artie.
    Great pose, and I can just hear that scream!

  • avatar Charles Scheffold

    The processed image of the laughing gull looks great – nice job!