If This Does Not Put a Smile On Your Face, I Give Up « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

If This Does Not Put a Smile On Your Face, I Give Up

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Thanks to the kindness of Leon Shapiro, Patrick & Robin Sparkman, new blog regular Kerry Morris (a girl Kerry btw) and I spent several mid-morning hours creating spectacular sea- and wave-scapes from the sunroom of his 9th floor apartment right on the La Jolla coast, just north of Children’s Cove. Techniques and images coming soon. In the meantime thanks a huge stack to Leon who met me on Wednesday, hired me for a private morning on Thursday, and soon thereafter gave me the keys to his mega-luxurious dwelling.

The Streak

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Waved Albatross from Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART on Vimeo.

If This Does Not Put a Smile On Your Face, I Give Up

Waved Albatross Courtship Dance Video

Click the Play arrow to view a truly amazing video.

To create this video at Punta Suarez, Hood Island, (Espanola), the Galapaogs, I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at an average focal length of about 105mm) and the amazing Canon EOS 7D Mark II. ISO 200. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop at 1/50 sec. in Tv Mode

To view the video full screen click on the expanding arrows symbol between the HD and the vimeo on the Play bar.

Thanks Patrick!

Huge thanks also to Patrick Sparkman for the great editing job in Final Cut Pro X. Once again Patrick amazed me with his technical knowledge and expertise. Thanks bro’.

Join Me on the AUG 2017 Galapagos Photo-Cruise

Guaranteed Waved Albatross!


Do consider joining me for this once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos archipelago. There simply is no finer Galapagos photography trip. Learn why above.

An Amazing Value…

Do know that there are one week Galapagos trips for $8500! Thus, my trip represents a tremendous value; why go all that way and miss half of the great photographic locations?

The Logistics

August 6, 2017: We arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador a day early to ensure that we do not miss the boat in case of a travel delay.

August 7, 2017: There will be an introductory Galapagos Photography session and a hands on exposure session at our hotel.

August 8, 2017: We fly to the archipelago and board the Samba. Heck, on the 2015 trip some people made great images at the dock in Baltra while our luggage was being loaded!

August 22, 2017: We disembark late morning and fly back to Guayaquil midday; most will overnight there (included).

Most will fly home on the early morning of August 23 unless they are staying on or going elsewhere (or catching a red-eye flight on the evening of the 22nd).

$12,499 includes just about everything: all transfers, guide and park fees, all food on the boat, transfers and ground transportation, your flights to the archipelago, and three nights (double occupancy) in a top notch hotel in Guayaquil. If you are good to go, a non-refundable deposit of $5,000 per person is due immediately. The second payment of $4,000 is not due until 11/1/16. The final payment of $3449 per person will be due on 2/1/17. A $200 discount will be applied to each of the balances for couples or friends who register at the same time.

Purchasing travel insurance within 2 weeks of our cashing your deposit check is strongly recommended. On two fairly recent cruises a total of 5 folks were forced to cancel less than one week prior to the trip. My family and I use Travel Insurance Services and strongly recommend that you do the same.

Not included: your round trip airfare from your home to and from Guayaquil, beverages on the boat, phone calls, your meals in Guayaquil, personal items, and a $600/person cash tip for the crew and the guideโ€”this works out to roughly $40/day to be shared by the 7 folks who will be waiting on us hand and foot every day for two weeks. The service is so wonderful that many folks choose to tip extra.

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16 comments to If This Does Not Put a Smile On Your Face, I Give Up

  • avatar Colin Oatley


  • avatar Warren H

    That is great!

    Did you use an external mic to record sounds? It’s hard to believe the internal mic can pick up that much sound, but I haven’t tried it yet!

  • avatar Kathleen Graff

    Really, really, loved it! Beautiful birds and wonderfully expressive.

  • avatar Jackie Milburn

    Fantastic foreplay!

    More than I smile…I had to laugh with some soft tears of joy. Interested to see what you captured in stills. The one that flew in…did it land on someone?? I heard a shriek.

    Cool birds…almost like a fencing match…what a treat!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love, Jackie

  • avatar David Peake

    Hi Artie.
    They seem to have a language all their own, with poses, positions and punctuation to communicate their feelings.
    Do birds have feelings?
    They remind me of a couple of awkward teenagers. Without the achne.
    I hope an enduring love is the result.

  • avatar Kim Barley

    Thew two birds doing their dance was just so amusing and good. I showed the short video to my two year old great grandson and he just flipped out at the two birds doing their dance. Thank you for some humor!

  • avatar Michelle T

    Enjoyable, for sure. I like the bowing parts. Heard the cameras clicking, so hope to see some stills from this behavior.

  • avatar Ted Willcox


  • avatar Wtlloyd

    Really enjoyed that, thanks!

  • avatar Joe Randle

    Great footage Artie… I love you sharing your outdoor life… It is refreshing to see our magnificent creation…

  • avatar Ruth Schueler

    They’ve got style!

  • avatar Holly

    Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the little scream when the one Albatross came flying in.

    I also love hearing the camera shutters clicking in the background.

    While you were capturing this with video, where you also using
    one of your backups to capture stills?

    Thanks for showing this, it is so cool!


  • avatar Gary Axten

    That was fantastic, I especially like the open mouth pose. ๐Ÿ˜€