It’s All Greek to Me « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

It's All Greek to Me

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This image of a Great White Pelican was created on the Lake Kerkini, Greece IPT with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens , the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the now discontinued EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X). ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/8 in Manual Mode.

Central sensor/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the very front of the bird’s breast 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’s All Greek to Me

From Wikipedia here.

That’s Greek to me or It’s (all) Greek to me is an idiom/dead metaphor in English, expressing that something is not understandable. (A dead metaphor is a metaphor which has lost the original imagery of its meaning owing to extensive, repetitive popular usage.)

Origin

It may have been a direct translation of a similar phrase in Latin: “Graecum est; non legitur” (“it is Greek, [therefore] it cannot be read”). This phrase was increasingly used by monk scribes in the Middle Ages, as knowledge of the Greek alphabet and language was dwindling among those who were copying manuscripts in monastic libraries.

The 70-200 II and the 2X III TC

There is no shortage of internet experts who will tell you that it is stupid to pair the 2X III TC with any 70-200 f/2.8 lens. “Focus is too slow. The images cannot be sharp.” I beg to differ. This combo is razor sharp in the right hands. And I have used this rig with success for flight photography. With pro-sumer camera bodies initial focus acquisition will be a bit slower than with pro bodies; pre-focusing manually will alleviate this problem.

Thanks as always to buddy Patrick Sparkman for opening my eyes to this great combo.

The “Artie to Do” File

While deleting about 150gb of image files from my laptop in preparation for the upcoming sold out Galapagos Photo Cruise I added a few images to the very large “Artie to Do” file. That’s when I came upon the two very fine but previously overlooked images here.

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This image of a Dalmatian was created with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens , the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (hand held at 150mm), and the now discontinued EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X). ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/5.6 in Av Mode.

Central sensor/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the bird’s upper back just to the left of the bird’s head active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Lake Kerkini

In March 2011 I visited Lake Kerkini, Greece. It was a phenomenal trip. The Dalmatian Pelicans with their shaggy tops were the main target species. We only saw a single Great White Pelican on our last morning; it was in spectacular breeding plumage. I need to do that IPT again one of these years…. Thanks to good friend Yannis Arvanitis for his help with that trip, especially his choice of restaurant! Please e-mail me if you would be seriously interested in joining us for the IPT.

Your Favorite?

Let us know which of the two images here is your favorite. And why.

Photographic Society of Chattanooga Seminar

Scroll down here for details on the Saturday seminar that Denise Ippolito and yours truly are doing in Chattanooga on October 12, 2013 and the follow-up Old Car City In-the-Field Workshop. Blog folks who sign up for both are invited to join us at a secret Urbex location in Atlanta on Friday morning October 11. Feel free to e-mail me for details after you are registered for both.

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Snow Goose 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.

A $500 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. 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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Images copyright 2012: Denise Ippoltio & Arthur Morris. Card design by Denise Ippolito. Click on the image to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

Holland 2014 7 1/2-Day/8-Night: A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART/Tulips & A Touch of Holland IPT. April 17-April 24, 2014 :$4995 Limit: 12 photographers/Openings 9

This trip needs 8 registrants to run so please do not purchase your plane tickets until you hear from us; right now we need 5 more folks.

Join Denise Ippolito, Flower Queen and the author of “Bloomin’ Ideas,” BPN Photo Gear Moderator, former Nikon shooter, and technical expert Peter Kes, and Arthur Morris, Canon Explorer of Light and one of the planet’s premier photographic educators for a great trip to Holland in mid-April 2014. Day 1 of the IPT will be April 17, 2014. We will have a short afternoon get-together and then our first photographic session at the justly-famed Keukenhof. Peter who is originally from Holland, will be our local guide/interpreter/driver. Most days we will return to the hotel for lunch, image sharing and a break. On Day 8, April 24, we will enjoy both morning and afternoon photography sessions.

The primary subjects will be tulips and orchids at Keukenhof and the spectacularly amazing tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulb fields around Lisse. In addition we will spend one full day in Amsterdam. There will be optional visits the Van Gogh Museum in the morning and the Anne Frank House in the afternoon; there will be plenty of time for street photography as well. And some great food. On another day we will have a wonderful early dinner at Kinderdijk and then head out with our gear to photograph the windmills and possibly some birds for those who bring their longs lenses. We will spend an afternoon in the lovely Dutch town of Edam where we will do some street photography and enjoy a superb dinner. All lodging, ground transportation, entry fees, and meals (from dinner on Day 1 through dinner on Day 8) are included.

For those who will be bringing a big lens we will likely have an optional bird photography afternoon or two or possibly three. The big attraction should be gorgeous Purple Herons in flight at a breeding marsh. We would be photographing them from the roadside. And we might be able to find a few Great-crested Grebes at a location near Keukenhof.

Click here for complete details and some previously unpublished images. And/or click here and see item one for lots more tulip photos and complete trip details.

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Images courtesy of and copyright 2012: Bill Mueller. Card design by Denise Ippolito.

Old Car City Creative Photography In-the-Field HDR Workshop: Sunday, October 13, 2013/ 9am till 1pm.

White, Georgia: $250 plus a $15 entrance fee donation (cash only on the day of the event) that will go to charity. Limit: 16 photographers.

On October 13, 2013, Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure will be conducting an In-the-Field HDR Workshop at Old Car City in White, Georgia. Old Car City is about an hour north of Atlanta, GA and an hour south of Chattanooga, TN where they will, as noted above, be doing a full day seminar for the Photographic Society of Chattanooga on Saturday, October 12th. Click here for complete details.

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5 comments to It’s All Greek to Me

  • avatar Ron Fullelove

    Both are very nice shots, nice light and nice composition.
    But I like the first shot the most, because of the reflection, the detail in the bird and the eye contact.

  • avatar Sanjeev

    I like the first image, the magnificent bill, the reflection make this image. I have the 70-200 f/4 IS lens Artie, it’s a superb, light weight and sharp lens. I also have the 100-400 apart from my latest acquisition, the 500II. I just bought a 5DIII cam. Would u recommend selling the 70-200 f/4 IS and 100-400 and instead get the 70-200 II with both TCs?
    Regards
    Sanjeev

  • I love the reflection/colors/simplicity of the white pelican- so elegant!

  • avatar David Policansky

    Too tough to choose between those two absolutely wonderful images, so different from each other.