Geese along the tour loop road… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Geese along the tour loop road...

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Co-leader Denise Ippolito and I had the group in perfect position for a big white geese fly-in the extremely overcast conditions. After that there was tons of great teaching and not a lot of great photography except for a huge group of blackbirds that entertained us for 15 minutes. When I went back to the car to grab my 100-400II I missed the mother of all blackbird blast-offs; I had my back to the situation and thought that a truck had crashed or that a plane had landed on the tour loop road. Just another case of you snooze, you lose ๐Ÿ™‚

Bosque Current Conditions Update

I hope to have a short Bosque Current Conditions Update finished by next weekend. It will be sent free to all who have previously purchased the Bosque Site Guide and will also be available as a separate purchase.


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This image was created on Day 1 of the second 2015 Bosque IPT with the Induro tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 100. Evaluative metering -1/3 stop: 1/4 sec. at f/4 in Tv mode. AWB.

Center AF point (manual selection)/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF on the goose’s eye and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Geese along the tour loop road…

Late on Saturday afternoon the second IPT group was thrilled to see large numbers of geese blasting off at the north end of the tour loop road. We taught folks to work in Tv mode with Auto ISO (or ISO Safety Shift) as detailed in our various camera User’s Guides and to set the exposure compensation so that they wound up with properly exposed pleasing blurs. Most folks did great even though for many it was their first attempt.. On Sunday morning, there were some large groups of geese far back in the first field after the left turn. Time will tell as far as Sunday afternoon goes….


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Learn the secrets of creating contest winning images in our “A Guide to Pleasing Blurs.”

A Guide to Pleasing Blurs

In our A Guide to Pleasing Blurs by Denise Ippolito and yours truly, we discuss just about every technique ever used mankind to create pleasingly blurred image. Ninety-nine point nine percent of pleasing blurs are not happy accidents. You can learn pretty much everything that there is to know about creating them in this instructive, well written, easy to follow guide.


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Subject and focal lengths from upper left to right and then around to center.

Palouse Falls: 11mm; homemade kiddie race car: 105mm; barn siding pan blur: 798mm; Rolling fields diorama: 110mm; Crayola drums: 343 mm; Hay barn interior: 19mm; vintage gas station: 40mm; Dilapidated farm building: 13mm; Denise’s tree Infrared: 20mm.

Images and card design by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

The Palouse ~ A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)/Eastern Washington State. June 3-7, 2016/5 Full Days: $1699/Limit 12

The Palouse ~ A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)/Eastern Washington State. June 10-14, 2016/5 Full Days: $1699/Limit 12

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Images and card design by Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure.

The Palouse IPTs

Rolling farmlands provide a magical patchwork of textures and colors, especially when viewed from the top of Steptoe Butte where we will likely enjoy spectacular sunrises and possibly a nice sunset. We will photograph grand landscapes and mini-scenics of the rolling hills and farm fields. We will take you to some really neat old abandoned barns and farmhouses in idyllic settings. There is no better way to improve your compositional and image design skills and to develop your creativity than to join us for this trip. Two great leaders: Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris. Photoshop and image sharing sessions when we have the time and energy…. We get up early and stay out late and the days are long.

After 6 days of back-breaking scouting work in early June 2014 we found all of the iconic locations and, in addition, lots of spectacular new old barns and breath-taking landforms and views. On three additional scouting days in 2015 we discovered several more truly amazing locations. We will teach you what makes one situation prime and another seemingly similar one a waste of your time.

What’s included: In-the-field instruction, guidance, lessons, and inspiration, our newfound but very extensive knowledge of the area, all lunches, motel lobby grab and go breakfasts, and Photoshop and image sharing sessions when possible. There will be a meet and greet at 7:30pm on the evening before each workshop begins.

You will learn and hone both basic and advanced compositional and image design skills. You will learn to get the right exposure every time. You will learn to develop your creative eye. You will learn the basics of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. You will learn a variety of in-camera creative techniques. Most importantly you will learn to see the situation and to create a variety of top-notch images. Do see both of our blogs for lots more on that in the coming weeks. You will learn how the quality and direction of light combine to determine the success of your images. And–please don’t gasp–we will be working quite a bit with sidelight when creating landscapes. Lastly, we will be doing some infrared photography.

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A non-refundable $699 deposit is due now. The balance will be due on February 15, 2016. 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. Whether or not your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.

With the spectacular success that we enjoyed in 2015 it seems quite likely that this one will fill up very quickly. Please let me know via e-mail that you will be joining us. Then you can either call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 during business hours or send us a check to leave a deposit; the latter is preferred. If by check, please make out to “Arthur Morris” and mail it to: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail: artie or denise.

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3 comments to Geese along the tour loop road…

  • It has been another great year at Bosque del Apache, thanks to your great knowledge of this wonderful refuge ๐Ÿ™‚

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Many tanks for your kind words. We have done more than OK despite the slim pickings… a

  • avatar Josh

    Hey Artie:

    Thx again for all you do and this amazing blog! I’m waiting for my 5DS R to arrive from B&H and can’t wait to get it out there in the field. Was curious as to what you’re typically applying as far as pre raw conversion NR and and sharpening in DPP. I’m assuming most values will be in between what’s used for the 1DX and 7D Mark II.

    Regards,

    Josh