Elegance Defined… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Elegance Defined...

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When we first approached our chosen morning spot we were dismayed to see dozens of other cars and lots of photographers where there had been nobody but us for three straight mornings. Other tour leaders and small photo groups often follow me around or see us when they are scouting. As we got closer though I was thrilled to see that though they were close to where we had been they actually had their group (or groups–there were about 30 photographers in all) in the wrong spot. They had trees and bushes cluttering the ridge line and half of the folks had a large, and I mean very large tree, between them and the color atop the ridge. Man, you gotta love it.

Yes, BIRDS AS ART IPTs are expensive. You do, however, get what you pay for. We enjoyed our best morning blast-off of our two-week stay. I will share an image made on our last morning with you here soon.

Thanks a stack to blog subscriber and multiple IPT veteran David Policansky and wife Sheila who treated Denise Ippolito and me to an amazingly wonderful dinner at Scalo Northern Italian Grill on Central Avenue in SE Albuquerque. Right now I gotta hit the sack as I have a 3am wake up call for my 6:05am flight.


This image was created on the afternoon of Day 3 of the second 2015 Bosque IPT with the Induro tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 in Av mode. Color temperature: 8000K.

Center AF point (Manual selection)/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF and re-compose. This optimized image is a relatively small crop: 108.2 mbs out of the original 144mb size of the converted TIF file. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Sandhill Crane sunset silhouette

Elegance Defined…

So much of photography is bring ready for the moment, the magic, the just right pose. I was standing next to Warren (not Wayne!) Hatch who set the record for most-years-between-IPTs with his attendance on Bosque #2. His first IPT had been Cape May in the spring of 1994 just after Elaine’s death. When I saw the bird strike this elegant pose I said to him, “That’s it!” And showed him the image on the rear LCD. What makes images like this special? Hard to define but you know them when you see them.

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6 comments to Elegance Defined…

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    What makes this image special, it’s the X factor again. When viewing this image I find myself waiting for the bird to make it’s next move.

  • avatar David Peake

    They always seem to pose so nice for you. This thought did cross my mind when I looked at this beautiful image.
    Then I remembered that when preparation meets opportunity, the luckiest people are always the ones who put in the most work and try the hardest.

  • avatar Warren H

    I love this image. Again, this takes photography to the level of true art. There are a lot of great photographs, but this is special!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Is Denise’s web site down?

    I’ve tried getting to it the past two mornings and all I’m
    getting is a white screen…no error messages or anything.