This Could Be You! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

This Could Be You!

This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS zoom lens (at 100mm) and the EOS-5D Mark II (now replaced by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body). ISO 200. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/200 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. With 10-second timer. πŸ™‚

Central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on the gentleman in the tan vest and recompose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

This Could Be You!

Why is everyone above smiling? They just completed a great 3-DAY BIRDS AS ART/A Creative Adventure Instructional Photo-Tour at Nickerson Beach.

The artie and denise show

Below are several opportunities to learn from two great photographic instructors. Arthur Morris, the grizzled veteran with a demanding teaching style. Denise Ippolito, with a kinder, gentler teaching style. Yet neither will rest until you fully understand the concept at hand. Both are blessed with an amazing ability to see the image in the field and to teach you to do the same. Both lead by example. Both can teach you how to design a pleasing image. Both are highly skilled Photoshop instructors. Artie’s image optimization skills are driven by a desire for speed and quality, Denise’s by creativity and innovation. Each is driven by an inner desire to share everything they know about nature photography. And be it birds or flowers they will always put you on some great subjects.

This Snow Monkey image, Three of a Kind, was one of the most popular ever published on the blog so I am republishing it here for all to enjoy. It was created with the tripod-mounted Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens, 1.4X III TC, and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/60 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode.

Click here to learn what others thought of this image. Click on the image above to enlarge it.

Japan in Winter FEB 12-26/27, 2014. Snow Monkey, Red-crowned Crane, Stellers and White-tailed Sea Eagles, and Whooper Swan: $12,999. Limit: 7/Openings: 1

This previously unannounced trip is a nearly sold out from the BAA Friends List. We have assembled a great group of 6 very happy campers and have room for one more. Three great leaders: Arthur Morris, Denise Ippolito, and multiple BBC and Nature’s Best honoree Paul Mckenzie,

Included: all lodging including Tokyo hotel, all breakfasts and dinners, ground transport and transfers, four eagle boat trips (ice conditions permitting), all entrance fees, and in-country flights. Not included: international flights, alcoholic beverages, lunches, bottled water, and snacks.

Seriously interested Happy Campers are invited to e-mail for the complete itinerary.

This image of an adult American Oystercatcher dining on a surf clam was created at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X ). ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/800 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode.

Central sensor (by necessity) on the bird’s neck/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.

With the long effective focal length being seated behind my lowered tripod made it seem as if I were right on the ground. Click here to learn about the optimization and image clean-up for the photo above.

Short Notice, Dirt Cheap, In-the-Field Nickerson Beach Photographic Instruction with Arthur Morris. May 14 (am/pm) & 15 (am), 2013. (Yes, that is soon.) 6-9:30 am/4-7:30pm. This one is priced so low that you need to e-mail for the rates. Limit 4/session.

Payment in full due immediately. If you would like to join me please get in touch via e-mail or call me at 863-692-0906. Breeding American Oystercatcher and Piping Plover (small chicks possible). Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls, Sanderling, and other shorebird species. Early-arriving Least and Common Terns, and breeding plumage Lesser Black-backed Gull likely. Courtship and mating behaviors; flight. Learn digital exposure and creative image design.

This image 3-frame Art Vivid HDR image was created in Edam, Holland with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (hand held at 70mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body). ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops; the base exposure was 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

Central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on street photographer and recompose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Both denise and artie are skilled street photographers. The principles in street photography and in nature and wildlife photography are pretty much the same. The street photographer in the photo above is Steve Leimberg who along with wife Jo-Ann joined denise and me for both legs of the Holland trip. We had lots of fun in the streets of Edam. Next year’s Holland trip will include two street photography sessions in addition to the tulips. Details will be announced soon.

New York City–On Location with Denise Ippolito & Arthur Morris May 25 – 26, 2013, 2-day Workshop-$495

Join Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris for a two-day creative workshop in the Big Apple. This exciting adventure through the streets of NYC will begin with an informal get-together at our hotel on the evening of May 24th. This will give us all a chance to get to know each other before we hit the streets in the morning for our first exciting photo shoot. We will explore China Town, Little Italy, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station (tripod permit included) and much more during our two days together. The emphasis will be on street photography, seeing and capturing dynamic images, and expanding your creativity using a variety of in-camera techniques including HDR and Multiple Exposure.

Please contact me via e-mail for complete details and the itinerary.

Sandhill Crane composite, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM. Click on the image for a larger version.

BOSQUE del APACHE 2013 IPT: β€œThe Complete Bosque Experience.” NOV 26-DEC 2, 2013. 7-FULL DAYS: $3399. Co-leader: Denise Ippolito. Introductory Slide program: 6:30 pm on 11/25. Limit: 12.

Tens of thousand of Snow Geese, 10,000 Sandhill Cranes, ducks including point-blank American Wigeon and Wood Duck, amazing sunrises, sunsets, and blast-offs. Live, eat, and breathe photography with one of (if not the) world’s premier photographic educators at one of his very favorite locations on the planet. Top-notch Photoshop instruction. This will make 19 consecutive Novembers at Bosque for me. Nobody knows the place better than I do. Join us to learn to think like a pro, to recognize situations and to anticipate them based on the weather, especially the sky conditions, the light, and the wind direction. Every time we make a move we will let you know why. When you head home applying what you learned will prove to be invaluable. Includes all lunches and the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. I hope that you can join me for what will be an unparalleled learning experience.

Click here for registration info and the complete IPT schedule. Scroll down for complete Bosque IPT info.

Next Year In Holland

Despite a 100-year record cold spring with very few tulip fields in bloom this trip has been a spectacular success. The colors and variety of tulips at Keukenhof simply stun the mind and the senses. Denise and I are planning our Holland trip for next year: the Keukenhof Creative Tulip Photography IPT with a Touch of Holland. If you are a Happy Camper who is interested in joining Denise and me next spring, please shoot me an e-mail. Details will be announced soon.


For more on this great camera check out “It Ain’t Just Birds; Why I Love My EOS-5D Mark III.” To learn how I set up my 5D Mark III for in-camera HDR check out the 5D Mark III User’s Guide. Learn more about this great camera in “A Dozen Fun and Funky Reasons.”


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9 comments to This Could Be You!

  • avatar Jim Tripltt

    Try Sunday Afternoons for sun protection caps and hats at

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Jim. Close but I do not think any cigars… I will take a picture or two of my nearly defunct hat and post them….

  • I remember this group and this day, in fact I use this image on my workshop page πŸ™‚

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Me too. Do you remember that at least one photographer not on our trip (call him a fan if you would) made his way into the group picture? a

  • avatar Tim Hurley

    I know your skull is sensitive after all the years in the sun, but what in the heck are you wearing, LOL!
    After a long search I found a floppy heat with the neck shade that I saw you wearing at Anhinga trail, it s the best.
    Fun un protection and the front brim folds up when I’m behind the camera.
    Just reading your blog, I feel smarter.
    By the way, please keep up the used equipment section of the blog, I bought an almost new 600 f/4 and a pristine TSE24.
    Thanks and peace,
    Tim Hurley

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Tim,

      I take sun protection seriously. I am wearing the unfortunately discontinued Sun Protection Hood as a do-rag. Please share the link for the floppy brimmed sun hat that you found with us here. Mine is in shreds…. artie

  • avatar Jim Kranick

    Since you are doing an IPT at Nickerson things up there must have survived Sandy. Good to hear.
    My wife worked at the Town of Hempstead Dept. of Conservation & Waterways down in Point Lookout (Loop Pkwy, left at the traffic light, left at the next corner)a few decades ago when we lived in Baldwin Harbor. But I find I prefer the birds down here in Florida. Got to make another trip back up there with my new digital equipment.
    Have a good time.

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    We should have some fun. Probably about 150-175 over the decades…. Maybe less. See you soon! artie

  • Can’t wait for July and my first visit to New York!

    Any ideas how many IPT’s you’ve done all these years? I “think” when I attended my first IPT in 2006 you said you had done hundreds.