Old Combo Still Effective: the 600 II and the 70-200 II. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Old Combo Still Effective: the 600 II and the 70-200 II.

Day 4, morning dry landing, Punta Albemarle, Isabela

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This image was with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens with the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 192mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/7.1 in Av mode.

Two sensors left of the central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF left bird’s neck active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.

Punta Albemarle

After the dry landing at Punta Albemarle we walked about ¼ mile for our first of what would be many chances with the world’s only flightless cormorant, the aptly named Flightless Cormorant. The last 100 yards over wet and somewhat slippery and sometimes jagged rocks were somewhat treacherous and several folks opted to stay behind to photograph marine iguanas and the beautiful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Though this was my eighth Galapagos photo-cruise this was a new location for me.

The courtship dance above is performed both on land and in the water; the latter is far more intricate and dramatic and is far more difficult to photograph well. It is rare that a photograph of a bird, much less two birds, succeeds, despite the fact that not a single eye is visible.

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This Flightless Cormorant head portrait was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens with the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 222mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/5 in Manual mode.

Two sensors to the right of the central sensor/AI Servo/Surround/Rear Focus AF squarely on the bird’s eye active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.

Head Portraits

When creating head portraits like the one above you either need to have the bird’s head parallel to the imaging sensor or use lots of depth of field. The latter will often bring up distracting background elements. With the bird’s head square to the back of the camera here I was fine stopping down only 1/3 stop to f/6.3.

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This image of a Sally Lightfoot Crab was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -1/3 stop: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

One sensor above and one to the right of the Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/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.

Changing AF Sensors

It takes a bit of study and lots of time and practice to be able to quickly change both the AF Area Selection modes and the active AF sensor on the fly, that is, while the subject is moving within the frame. Both our 1D X AF Guide and our 5D Mark III User’s Guide will point you in the right direction.

Your Favorite?

Take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of the three images here you like best. And be sure to let us know why.

Traveling

Please know that I will be traveling to and from Africa for the Tanzania Photo Safari with Todd Gustafson leaving today, August 1 and back in the office on August 21. I will have extremely limited and very slow at best internet access so please do not e-mail me until I get back. Jim will be in the office every weekday to help you with your mail order purchases and Jen will be here handling IPT registrations. The blog will continue to be active as I have prepared a dozen interesting, brand new educational posts in advance for you to enjoy during my absence.

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Expanding Your Creative Vision Nature Photography Seminar

Sept 30, 2013 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Canton, MA.

Sponsored by Mass Audubon/Museum of American Bird Art

Non-members: $89.00/Members: $79.00

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Spend an amazing day with Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito in a full day nature photography seminar. You know me. 🙂 Learn more about Denise on her website; be sure to visit her beautiful image galleries. If you live withing 3 hours of Boston and love photographing nature this experience is not to be missed. Artie will be doing a Tuesday night program for Mass Audubon. Both events will be in conjunction with the opening of a 35-image gallery exhibit of his work at the Museum of American Bird Art on Sunday, September 29, 2013. All details to follow.

Schedule:

9:00 to 10:45am: Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography BIRDS AS ARTStyle – Artie Morris
10:45 to 11:00am: break
11:00 to 12:00 noon: Blooming Ideas – Denise Ippolito
12:00 to 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00 to 2:00pm: Refining Your Photographic Vision: Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:00 to 2:30: Pro Gear Handling Tips – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:30 to 2:45: break
2:45 to 3:45: Creating Pleasing Blur – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito s
3:45 to 5pm: Image Critiquing. Registrants will be asked to submit no more than three 1400 (wide) or 1050 (tall) sharpened JPEGs via e-mail 2-4 weeks before the seminar. At least one image from each participant will be selected for review.

Shooters Gallery Photography Group Program

October 20, 2013. Salem, CT

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Artie Morris & Denise Ippolito
Date: Sunday – October 20, 2013: Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Salem Gardner Lake Firehouse Hall, 429 Old Colchester Road, Salem, CT 06420
Admission Fee: The Artie Morris presentation from 9:00am until 10:45am is free and open to the public courtesy of Canon U.S.A. The presentation by Artie and Denise from 11:00am until 4:00pm is $40.00 (Lunch & morning coffee included)

9:00 to 10:45 – “Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography… BIRDS AS ART Style” – Artie Morris (Sponsored by Canon U.S.A.)
10:45 TO 11:00: Break
11:00 to 12:00 – “Blooming Ideas” – Denise Ippolito
12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 to 2:00 – “Refining Your Photographic Vision” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:00 to 2:30 – “Pro Gear Handling Tips” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:45 to 4:00 – “Creating Pleasing Blurs” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito

Photographic Society of Chattanooga Seminar

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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. The Artie Morris presentation, “Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography… BIRDS AS ART Style” (9:00 – 10:45am) is free and open to the public courtesy of Canon U.S.A.

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

Bosque del Apache 2013 IPT: “The 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,” and Arthur Morris, Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus 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. 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. If we get lucky, 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.

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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7 comments to Old Combo Still Effective: the 600 II and the 70-200 II.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    I like the Sally Lightfoot Crab the best. The extraordinary colours of the Crab against the blackish gray rock is very dramatic. I also would like to add, all images are extremely sharp!!

  • Thanks Artie. Good luck in Africa. If you photograph a Martial Eagle please share the image here.

  • I’d have to pick the crab as my favorite for a number of reasons.

    1. I love the stance and how you can see all of the legs and those eyes.
    2. The colors are gorgeous.
    3. The background color really makes it pop.
    4. I love what I assume are the water droplets.

    Doug

  • I like the 1st best. Shows interesting behavior. But the other two are also great.

    Did you bring the 4/600 II and 4/200-400 and 2.8/70-200 II to Galapagos? How did you transport all that stuff incl. cameras. Here in Germany hand luggage is often 8kg and this is sometimes enforced or at least results in long discussions. It would be really bad if I had to check in one of the big lenses.

    Markus

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I got lucky on the Galapagos trip. Friends traveling light were with us and they kindly took an extra carry on for me. Today, however, I am flying to Dulles and then on to Tanzania with the 600 II, the 200-400, two brand new 1D X bodies, my 5D III, and two sets of TCs in my big Think Tank roller–see the Think Tank link on the side of the page for that. The 70-200 is in the rear pouch of my Xtrahand vest…. Wish me luck. Report to follow :).

  • I guess it depends on what you call ‘old’ 😉 Both are fantastic lenses and if I had to choose 2 lenses for bird photography without any budget constraints, I’d probably pick those 2.

    I like the crab best but the head portrait of the Cormorant is very nice as well! The 1st one shows nice behaviour.

    Laurent

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      For most bird photography, yes. But for the Galapagos, the Southern Ocean, Africa, and most wildlife, especially bears, the 200-400 rules.