Scenic, Wildlife, & B-roll Versatility « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Scenic, Wildlife, & B-roll Versatility


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This image was created at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile with the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 155mm), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body ISO 400. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/640 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode.

Two sensors below the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus/Suround AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Scenic Image Versatility

Wherever on the planet I am photographing I find the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens to be a perfect adjunct to whatever big lens I am using. It fits perfectly with the 500mm II/a>, the 600II, and with the 200-400 with Internal 1.4X TC.

The image above shows the three Paine Towers with Condor Nest on our right. The towers are one of the park’s two iconic formations. We stopped when we noticed a bit of golden light on the two left-hand towers. While wide angle lenses often work well for landscape photography (see here) I often go to an intermediate telephoto lens to achieve much tighter and often more dramatic and detail revealing framing. That the 70-200 is capable of creating professionally sharp images with either the 1.4X III or the 2X III TC makes this fast lens even more versatile.

The image above was created from one of the RAW files that went into creating an in-camera HDR Art Vivid JPEG; I went with the RAW for two reasons: the color in the Art Vivid JPEG was a bit over the top and hand holding in the high winds resulted in a fine black outlining of the peaks. I used both Color Efex Pro and Viveza to punch up the image while trying to avoid over-doing things. I am happy with the result.

You can learn everything that you need to know about creating in-camera HDRs and Multiple Exposures with your 5D III in our 5D Mark III User’s Guide. This great e-Guide also covers all menu items and Custom Function settings, details the great AF system, and includes my custom Case setting for photographing birds in flight and in action.


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This 3-frame in-camera Natural HDR image was also created at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 205mm), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops yielded a base exposure of 1/125 sec. at f/5.6 (+/- 2 stops) in Av mode.

Two sensors to the right of the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus/Surround AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

HDR and 10,000 K for Black and White

On a seemingly boring white sky morning I went in tight with the 70-200/1.4X TC combo to dramatize the shapes and textures of the rocks. To get as close as possible to a B&W and to eliminate the huge blue cast of the heavily overcast morning I set the color temperature to K 10,000. I use the Q button to the right of the rear LCD screen to make color temperature and many other changes quickly and easily. Again, as described in detail in our 5D Mark III User’s Guide. And again, I used both Color Efex Pro and Viveza to enhance the tones and textures of the rocks.

Here we have a good view of Los Cuernos, “The Horns,” the park’s other iconic rock formation. One of our two guides, Cristina Trugeda, let us know that the dark rock is sedimentary rock and that the lighter rock is granite. As the shutter speed for the lightest image here was 1/30 sec. being on a tripod was mandatory to prevent any outlining problems caused by misalignment. Note the fine high ISO performance of the 5D Mark III.


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This Guanaco image was created from an opened jeep window with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 280mm), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/4 in Av mode.

Three sensors up from the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus/Surround AF on the upper section of the animal’s neck active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Wildlife Versatility

My standard practice is to try to have the 70-200/1.4X TC combo available whenever I am afield. While searching for subjects by vehicle in Chile this rig rested on the floor. While tooling around in my own vehicle it sits on the passenger seat. And when I am walking down a beach it hangs most times over my right shoulder via a Black Rapid S-7 strap.

Note here that by working wide open at f/4 with ISO 800 that I had enough shutter speed (1/320 sec.) so that it was not necessary to go to ISO 1600. Both Denise and I wished that we had spent more time photographing the Guanacos that are actually a type of camel. Again Cristina educated us: the Guanacos are free and wild animals from which the domesticated Llama arose. In northern Chile the free and wild Vicuna gave rise to the domesticated Alpaca.


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This image of Denise Ippolito at work with her 600 II was created with the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (at 135mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/9 in Av Mode.

Image courtesy of and copyright 2013: Rodrigo Moraga.

Central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus/Surround AF on Denise’s upper back and re-compose. Click here if you missed the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

“B-roll Versatility”

At Torres del Paine our main focus was on birds, wildlife, and landscape photography. In the trade vernacular, anything else is B-roll stuff, images of non-target subjects that help to tell the story: people, buildings including lodges and hotels, food, vehicles, and just about anything that will help fill in the blanks. If you missed the Torrential Miracle blog post that detailed our heart-stopping experience with a beautiful family of Torrent Ducks, you can see it here. You can see Denise’s images from that memorable morning here along with a few others.

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Right now B&H is offering one of my very favorite lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, at the ridiculously low price of only $1899.00 The regular price is $2499.00. They are offering a limited quantity as follows: after clicking on one of the BAA affiliate links here proceed to checkout to receive the $2199.00 price. Follow that up with the mail-in-rebate $300.00. When the smoke clears you will own this great lens for only $1899. The rebate is good only for US purchasers. The $1899 is the lowest ever price anywhere. Get one today and earn a free contest entry.

Note: the rebate is good only for US purchasers.

I have this lens with me on every trip. I use it as above for scenics and habitat images. I use it to create bird scapes and images of groups of birds, for flight images of single birds with either TC and often with the 1.4X III TC for flocks in flight and for blast off blurs. It is a great travel and all purpose nature and wildlife lens. It is rare that I am in the field without having the 70-200 II on my shoulder via the Black Rapid S-7 strap.

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