Not Really Pissed Off Woman Thrilled When Lost Images Materialize… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Not Really Pissed Off Woman Thrilled When Lost Images Materialize...


On Saturday I enjoyed an easy one mile swim and did most of my core exercises. Sunday was get-away and get to Newark Day. I actually slept until the alarm went off at 6am on Sunday morning. Most days at home I never set an alarm yet am almost always up and at ’em no later than 5:00am. While traveling and teaching I always set an alarm but rarely get to hear it go off as I am an early riser. I’d say that I sleep to the alarm less than 10 days each year…. I am putting the finishing touches on this blog post while online at Orlando Airport. Older daughter Jen dropped me off at MCO at 11:15am. This blog post, which took me about 1 1/2 hours in all to assemble, is the 171st in a row. It is scheduled to be published automatically at 5:00am eastern time just after we land in Edinburgh, Scotland to meet the boys and girls on the sold out UK Puffins and Gannets IPT.

However, I screwed that up big time. It is now being published at 2:55pm ET on Monday, June 29 from Seahouses, the UK….

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Todays items should sell quickly as well.

Two New Listings

Canon 300mm EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

IPT veteran Tom Blackman is offering a used Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens (s/n 29811) in mint condition for $3,175. The sale includes all of the original items such as the lens trunk (hard case), the front and rear lens caps, the documentation, and insured shipping via Fed-Ex Ground. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Tom via e-mail or by phone at 619.807.5615 PDT.

Though I never owned this lens I borrowed it often and was quite impressed with the sharpness with and without TCs and with the relatively light weight. It was long the favorite lens of the world’s top raptor photographers.

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens

IPT veteran Tom Blackman is also offering a used Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens, the “old five,” (s/n 27104) in excellent condition for $4,275. The sale includes all of the original stuff such as the leather front hood, the lens trunk (hard case) with keys, the front leather hood and the rear lens cap, the documentation, a RRS foot as well as the original foot, a LensCoat, and insured shipping via either UPS or Fed-Ex Ground. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Tom via e-mail or by phone at 619.807.5615 PDT.

I owned and depended on the “old five” for well more than a decade. At one time it was clearly the world’s most popular super-telephoto lens. Purchasing this lens will leave you with a lot more cash for travel as compared to purchasing a 500 II….


This image was created at Alafia Banks with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops as framed: 1/640 sec. at f/5.6. WB: Cloudy.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF on Donna’s face and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

IPT veteran Donna Bourdon with the 600 II, a 7D II, and the Mongoose M3.6. Lots more on tripods coming here soon….

Not Pissed Off Woman Thrilled When Lost Images Materialize

Donna Bourdon has been on more than a few IPTs over the past two years. Her work has improved continuously and she now does very well in club competitions. I created a series of images of her that we both loved on a cloudy morning on an Alafia Banks Hooptie Deux IPT this spring. When I went to send them to her they had simply vanished. I sent her several apologies via e-mail….

Yesterday while working on old image files the lost images appeared. I was thrilled. In the one posted here Donna looks pissed off, or at least as if she has an attitude problem. She is in fact a sweet and easy going happy camper. She is joining me on the Bear Boat IPT and then joining Denise and me in Japan, both with her friend and fellow bird enthusiast Bev.


San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects. With annual visits spanning more than three decades I have lot of experience there….

2015 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) JAN 8 thru the morning of JAN 12, 2016: $1899 (Limit: 10)

Meet and Greet at 7:00pm on the day before the IPT begins
Two great leaders: Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito

Join us in San Diego to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s and Double-crested Cormorants in breeding plumage with their amazing crests; breeding plumage Wood and Ring-necked Duck; other species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heerman’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seals (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lions likely; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the two IPT cards there are some nice landscape opportunities as well.

Did I mention that there are wealth of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter?

This IPT will include five 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, four 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, five lunches, after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions, and a thank you dinner. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility.

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Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings.


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11 comments to Not Really Pissed Off Woman Thrilled When Lost Images Materialize…

  • avatar Donna Bourdon

    How could I possibly be pissed off – spending a morning with Arthur Morris, shooting spoonbills without blinkies, in the middle of Tampa Bay?!
    I was merely contemplating my new “fashion forward” look- thinking about what purse might compliment it.

  • Hey Art great tip. I recently travelled from DC to NY with an Airport Intl and the Xtra vest. The attendent insisted that I gate check my bag (600, 100-400II, etc) so no way. I was saved by your tip and loaded the bag in the vest and the now empty think tank checked… Thanks a bunch!
    The Urban bag seems appealing, which version are you using/recommending?

    • Artie, sorry for the “Art” (blaming the autocorrect)

      • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

        Hey Christian, Now worries. “Art” works fine too. YAW on the travel tip. a

    • avatar Mal

      Christian, you loaded a 600mm into your vest? Tell me more about this tardis-like vest!

      Ok, seriously though, were they happy with the bag only containing the 600mm? I often wonder if that’s what I’d have to do with my 200-400.

      • Mal
        Though I have a Khumbu version of the vest that can, the Magnum version cannot hold the 600, so I was carrying the 600 with the strap on my shoulder. Bodies, smaller lenses and other accessories were put in the vest pockets. Note that the problem wasn’t the weight of the bag but the concern that it wouldn’t fit the overhead compartments.
        I wasn’t overly concerned for my lens as it is anyway protected with a lenscoat and during travel another thicker lenscoat pouch and lenscoat cap.
        I suppose that you could do the same with the 2-4 which is anyway smaller than the 600.

        • avatar Mal

          Thanks Christian, good to know. I have some Lenscoat protection on it already. I might look into the Lenscoat pouch for future travel.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    I think she looks more in thought, then pissed off.

  • LOL Artie! Donna looks well prepared. I’m curious – what brand are her waders? I’m having trouble finding a pair that sizes to shorter women. Do you have a link? As to her expression – I agree with David Policansky!


  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Donna’s expression says (to me) “Can we just get this over with and let me get back to making photographs?” How wonderful when things you thought you’ve lost show up again! Good for you. Typo: You wrote that Donna looks “as if she has and attitude problem.” Should be “an attitude problem.” I don’t know where that “d” keeps coming from; I find myself doing that way too often.

    I just spent a few hundred dollars at B+H through your link.