The Eyes Have It « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Eyes Have It

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This image was created with the hand held Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 490mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/500 sec. at f/9 in Av mode+.

One sensor to the left of the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on the nose of the iguana 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 Eyes Have It

This is one of my favorite images from the Galapagos trip. I got right down in the sand with the 200-400 on Hood Island to create this eye level image of a Marine Iguana. As always, the more you want it the more you will get it. I asked Juan if it would be OK to remain at Punta Suarez near the landing site with two other eager clients for an additional 30 minutes or so. He got the bulk of the group onto the pangas and headed back to the Samba and then came back for us.

Anything Fishy?

Do you see anything Photoshop fishy about the image above? Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version before commenting.

Image Questions

Why +1 1/3 stops of plus compensation?
With the active AF sensor on the tip of the reptile’s nose, why are the eyes sharp?

All answers in tomorrow’s blog post.

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Coastal Carolina Camera Club Meeting: A Bird Photographer’s Story

I will be presenting ” A Bird Photographer’s Story” on Tuesday, October 8, 2103 from 7:00-9:00pm for the Coastal Carolina Camera Club. This event, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall, Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M H Rourk Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470, is being sponsored by Canon USA/Explorers of Light and will be free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Huntington Beach State Park In-the-Field Workshop: Tuesday, October 8, 2013: $250

In conjunction with the program above, I will be conducting an In-the-Field Workshop at Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC from 7-11am.

Bird photography enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of Morris’ expertise in a hands-on, in-the-field workshop at one of the most popular locations for viewing birds, Huntington Beach State Park. Class size is limited to 12 so that everyone will receive lots of personal attention. In the workshop, you will learn: how to get the right exposure every time with digital, how to get closer to your subjects without scaring them, how to choose the best perspective, flight photography tips and techniques, gear handling and tripod tips and techniques, and how to see, understand, and use the light effectively.

Register now by calling Jim at the office at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.

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2 comments to The Eyes Have It

  • avatar Richard Curtin

    I can’t notice any definite fishyness but wonder if some blur was used on the background.

  • The only ‘fishy’ thing I notice is the dust spot near the green triangle on the upper right side.

    q: why add +1 1/3 exposure compensation?
    a: because the sand averages lighter than middle exposure so you need to add light to expose the iguana.

    q: why are the eyes sharp if the AF sensor was on the tip of the nose?
    a: as subject distance increases so does depth of field