Struck It Rich! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Struck It Rich!

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On Thursday we met BAA friend Dan Logen for a morning of scouting and photography. We met on Steptoe Butte and photographed for just a bit. After that Dan led the way….

This blog post, the 141st in a row, took about 1 hour to prepare. It was published just after midnight on Friday.


This 3-frame in-camera HDR Art Vivid image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering – 1/3 stops (+/- 3 stops) around a base exposure of 1/10 sec. at f/8. AWB. Live View with 2-second timer.

Center AF (Manual selection)/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF on the grille and re-compose. as framed was active at the moment of exposure (as is always best when hand holding). Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

50 Year old 5hp Kiddie Car

Struck It Rich!

Dan brought us to several old barns. As denise and I approached an open barn door at one of them, we both gasped. Parked right in front of us was the cutest kiddy car you have ever seen with a vibrant paint job that almost glowed. We ran back to the car for our tripods and rigs. Neesie went for her 24-105, I for my 70-200, both with our 5D Mark IIIs.

As I was working at 1/10 second on a tripod, I suggested to Dan the he might consider working on a tripod> He said, “I’m OK; I use Nikon gear.”

We learned later that the car had been built more than 50 years ago and on a good day, could make 15mph. Dann kindly shared several more miracles with us. We headed over to Moscow, ID in the afternoon to visit another old friend and do a bit more scouting. Our meet and greet with the first Palouse group was at 7:30 Thursday evening.

Bosque IPTs Heating Up

Interest and registrations and for both Bosque IPTs have been picking up greatly over the past two weeks. Click on the IPT tab on the too bar and scroll down for details.

Used Photography Gear for Sale

There has been lots of action on the Used Photography Gear page here. Stuff has been flying off the virtual shelves here almost every day; the following items have sold within the past week:

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens sold for $4999 by Jacques Bouvier on May 20, 2015.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II sold by Carl Zanoni for $1649 on May 19, 2015.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM sold by Owen Peller for $799 on 5/19/15.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV sold by Gerald Barrack for $1599 in May, 2015.
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Digital Camera Body (with battery grip) sold for $579 by Barbara Garmon on May 23, 2015.
In addition, a sale is pending on Barbara Garmon’s old 100-400.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the original 400mm IS DO lens have been dropping steadily.

Brand New Listings: these four should sell almost instantly!

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Pat Lillich is offering a used Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens in near-mint condition (with only some minor wear on the hood knob) for a ridiculously low $9500: serial number 9000000194, new in July 2012. The lens sells new right now for $11,499 at B&H. The sale includes all original packaging and accessories, a RealTree LensCoat,the front cap, a black LensCoat TravelCoat, and a 4th Generation Design low foot. Recently sent to CPS for a Clean and Check and unused since. Has the letter “P” in silver paint on the base of the lens foot. Will hand deliver within 150 miles of San Jose, CA for an in person cash sale. Otherwise buyer pays insured FedEx shipping. The lens of course will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Alan Lillich via e-mail or by phone at 408-348-7479 (Pacific time).

I own and use this amazing lens often. It is, simply put, the premier super-telephoto lens for bird, wildlife, and nature photography currently in production. It blows the Nikon 600 f/4 away with regards to both weight and sharpness. Many of the young guns hand hold it routinely often with the 1.4X III. Patrick Sparkman hand holds it often with the 2X III TC. Did I mention that the 4-stop IS system is so good as to be hard to believe.? You can own this great lens and save just a shade under $2,000 right now! BTW, both Pat and Alan take very good care of their gear.

Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO USM Lens

Stephan R. Leimberg is offering a used Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO USM Lens in excellent condition for $3699–another BAA lowest-price-ever for this item. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the leather front hood, the original case, and insured shipping via UPS Ground. Please contact Steve via e-mail or phone at 904-491-0474 (eastern time). Please e-mail for photos. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

I used this lens for several years with great success, especially for birds in flight and when working from various type of water craft. Gannets in Love was created with the 400 DO. You can that one and 13 other killer images that I made with my 400 DO here. The title of that blog post is “The Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO Lens: Fourteen Images that Prove that the Internet Experts are Idiots.”

Canon 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Clemens Vanderwerf is offering a Canon 500mm/f4L IS II USM lens in near-mint excellent plus condition for $7,999.The lens was only used once during a trip to South Georgia in October 2012. The sale includes the LensCoat that has been on it since day one, an off-brand replacement foot, the fabric front cover, the rear lens cap, the lens strap, the warranty certificate, the lens booklet, the original box with everything that came in it, and insured UPS ground shipping to the lower 48 states. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

This lens is super sharp and light. There is not a single scratch, ding, or chip anywhere on the paint.

Please contact Clemens via e-mail or phone at 954 608 8704 (eastern time).

I owned this lens and loved it and with the reach advantage of the 7D Mark II I am thinking hard about selling my 600 II and getting the new five….


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5 comments to Struck It Rich!

  • Dang, only two comments so far on this?

    This is pretty sweet. This really pops out to me.
    Besides the colors, I love the repeating rectangles/squares
    between the car and the background.

    It’s amazing how much these cars go for. Any idea if this
    was motorized at all or the maker?


    • avatar David Peake

      Hi Doug,
      It says the car is 5 hp in the notes so maybe it’s motorised. Imagine that.
      15 mph and no air bags.
      The repeating rectangles are good . Probably the shadows were very deep needing that three stops over from base exposure.
      I think Artie didn’t mean hand holding and tripod mounted for the same image. Typo alert!
      Kind regards
      David Peake.

  • avatar byron prinzmetal

    Does anyone know the difference between in camera hdr processing (e.g. 7d2) and say lightroom and ps processing.

    • avatar Tim Lumley

      Since no one has commented I’ll give this a shot. The biggest difference for me is that the Canon’s in-camera HDRs output a jpeg file, even if your camera is set to RAW. If you are good enough to get everything right for a three image blend in camera that may be fine. I have learned that I am not that good. If you send three RAW images to Lightroom you get a RAW composite, although it is an Adobe .dng format, and not a .cr2. The other major difference is that the camera HDR has a few auto enhancing presets, such as “Art Vivid” which was used on the car image. As far as I know Lightroom puts out more of a straight pass-through for DIY enhancing. I would guess that there are, or soon will be, some auto-enhancing plugins for Lightroom HDRs. There are also a lot of standalone HDR programs with all sorts of auto-enhancing filters. The ones that I have seen output tif files.


  • avatar David Peake

    Hi Artie ,
    So tempting to initiate a discussion on the comment ” I’m ok , I use nikon gear.”
    I have a very good friend who also uses nikon gear and yep, he’s ” ok ” too!
    Not gonna go there.
    Really love what the mk 3 can do in HDR mode.
    I’m looking forward to seeing some beautiful spring landscapes from topside.
    Right now we have late autumnal colours and early winter frosts, misty sunrises and lots of beautiful predawn colour.
    I plan to get out in the morning to catch some early light
    Saturday and a long weekend for us in NZ. Monday is queens birthday public holiday.
    If you own a business you will likely work as usual.
    If you work for someone , you get a paid day off.
    Go figure.
    Kind regards
    David Peake.