Blog Post With No Words: What are the unspoken lessons? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Blog Post With No Words: What are the unspoken lessons?

What’s Up?

I met Dr. Parsons today. He feels that I am a good candidate for green light laser prostate surgery. I see him again on Friday morning for an ultrasound. If all goes smoothly my surgery will be done on Thursday afternoon, March 24.

There are at least 25 lessons in today’s blog post. If you learned something or figured something out, please leave a comment to share with the gang.


This image was created on March 14, 2016, a cloudy morning at La Jolla, CA. I used the the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/250 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. Cloudy WB.

Brown Pelican stitched pano


A + B = C


Artie and friends. Image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Bryan Holliday


Yours truly on the cliffs at La Jolla. iPhone 6s cell phone image courtesy of and copyright 2016: Bryan Holliday

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21 comments to Blog Post With No Words: What are the unspoken lessons?

  • avatar Jim Amato

    Arthur, Hope all goes well with the Laser surgery. With your skill with researching, especially within the photography realm, apply same to the surgery. You have my prayers and thoughts.
    Jim Amato

  • avatar Deirdre Sheerr-Gross

    You are such a wonderful character… and teacher… Thank you, Artie.
    Health & happiness on Friday, I’ll be thinking of you. Deirdre

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Postponed till next Thursday, I hope, but your good wishes are greatly appreciated.

      later and love, a

  • avatar Den Bagwell

    Cool post Artie! Here are my thoughts and observations:

    1. Wear sun protection, especially when cloudy.
    2. Bring a change of clothes…lying in bird droppings.
    3. Left hand off of the zoom ring.
    4. Camera on same plane as subject.
    5. Don’t change anything when recomposing for pano.
    6. Getting down low to improve image background.
    7. Stabilizing the camera by anchoring elbows and pulling into your face.
    8. Removed bracket from lens.
    9. Guessing that you metered off the water, then added 2/3 stop…since stationary subject and no chance of changing background.
    10. Shot at 1/250 sec. instead of 1/400 sec. (focal length rule).
    11. Filled the frames to minimize and/or eliminate cropping.
    12. Left hand extended forward for additional stabilization.
    13. Set WB to match the conditions.
    14. Individual shots composed with finished pano in mind.
    15. Clean top edge.
    16. Keep camera level when shooting from angled surface.
    17. Stopped down to f/8 to maintain front to back focus on the subject.
    18. Choose the Pelican with the more colorful plumage and location.
    19. It looks like you decided on the head shot as the body shot would have framed the cliff and water in the background.
    20. Not sure, but it looks like you’re looking through the viewfinder with your left eye…by design.

    That’s all I have.

    Good Times!

  • avatar Glen Graham

    “Photographer that lies down with birds gets pooped!”

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Down and dirty to get the best background. Left hand under the lens for the best support.

  • avatar Sarah Mayhew

    Wishing you the best with your surgery!

  • Back button focus for the stationary subject.


  • Most important lesson: Do that which makes you a child again.

  • Lesson 1: Get camera parallel to plane of interest.

    Lesson 2: Two shots for a panorama file; pretty good alignment but beak image is slightly higher in the frame than the head image.

  • avatar Henry

    Good Luck with the surgery!

  • avatar Jim Brown

    The first thing I noticed was the lens shade upside down. If the little door opened you might as well leave it off . Hooray for everything else. 🙂

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Artie, I agree with Roger, Doug, Richard and Kim.
    before you leave the house, be dressed and prepared for any situation and be willing and able to get dirty to get the shot you want. Preparation is key!
    assess the situation and decide what shot you’re going for: make it happen.
    do the in camera settings before you get on the ground.
    Most important:
    follow your passion and do what you love.
    get the best health care and advice possible.
    don’t be afraid to try new things in life, health and photography!
    …..Artie, best of luck with the laser surgery. Thank you for all the knowledge you share with us and your amazing images!

  • Probably not what you’re after, but today’s post is a great reminder that good health and a passion for what you do are the quintessential elements for high quality of life.

    I hope the surgery is a breeze and you’re back rolling on the beach in no time!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and fantastic images here daily.

  • Would add previsualization. Knowing you wanted a pano and taking separate shots to stitch. Rather than cropping a wider shot.

  • It’s hard to tell, but it looks like your using the ground
    for stability, along with your left hand position under
    the lens, tight to your body.


  • avatar Roger Burnard