Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade Reddish Egret Revelations… And Why Stand? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade Reddish Egret Revelations... And Why Stand?

What’ Up?

I am putting the finishing touches on this blog post on the late afternoon of Friday June 3. The first IPT group is great and we had a wonderful, wonderful day that started with a very early sunrise.

The Streak

Today’s blog post marks an insane 211 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

Breezebrowser Update

From Chris Breeze of Breeeze Systems via e-mail:

The next release of BreezeBrowser Pro will add support for Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 80D and Canon EOS 1300D (aka Rebel T6) with raw conversion and focus point overlay display for each body. I’m hoping to release this version later this month.

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Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, the original 400mm IS DO lens, and most recently, the 200-400 with Internal Extender, have been dropping steadily. You can see all current listings by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the yellow-orange tab on the left side of the lower menu bar above.

  • The sale of Les Greenberg’s Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens in mint condition for $4499 is pending.
  • National Geographic photographer Tim Laman sold his Canon EOS-1DC in good-plus condition for $2100 in early June.
  • Moody McCall sold his Canon 100-400L IS USA lens in excellent condition for $599 in early June and the sale of his 300mm f/2.8L IS II is pending.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L USM Lens

Bud Friesen is offering an oldie but goodie, plus extras: a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L USM lens (the non-IS version) plus a set of the older 1.4X and 2X TCs (with the pouches for each extender) for $1799. The lens is easily in excellent plus condition, probably closer to near mint. The sale includes the Canon drop-in polarizer, the leather lens cap, the rear cap, the lens trunk, the original box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to US addresses. The glass is perfect. This lens is not longer serviced by Canon USA but if you did run into a problem (unlikely as that is), you would likely be able to have it fixed in a non-Canon repair shop. These items were all purchased in July 1994 for a trip to Alaska. They have been used very little since. Photos are available. Your items will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Bud via e-mail or by phone at 1-269-468-5583 evenings (Central time).

This package represents an exceptional value for a photographer with a low budget as the original 300mm f/2.8L is an exceptionally sharp lens that does well with the older TCs. artie


This image was created at Fort DeSoto on Saturday past by Joel Eade with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering at zero in Av mode: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3. Daylight WB.

Center AF point/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF as originally framed was active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #1: Reddish Egret fishing dance. Image courtesy of and copyright 2016, Dr. Joel Eade

Dr. Morris/Joel Eade Revelations…

Will the real doctor please stand up

In the Dueling Reddish Egret Images: Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade blog post here, folks were asked to figure out which image I created and which image the real doctor, student Joel Eade (say “eed,” one syllable) created.

As you can see, it was Joel who created Image #1, above. A fine image indeed.


This image–obviously of the same bird–was also created at Fort DeSoto on Saturday past with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. Daylight WB.

Manual selection/AI Servo Large Zone/Shutter button AF as originally framed was active at the moment of exposure. Though the image selected two AF points below and to the right of the center AF point the image was sharp as can be on the bird’s eye. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2: Reddish Egret dancing. Image copyright 2016: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Consensus

There was no consensus as the first few folks to comment correctly connected me with Image #2 but then several folks stated their clear preference for Image #1. Everyone did a good job of noting the strong and weak points of each image.

For my taste, on my laptop, Joel’s fine image could have been processed a bit lighter and a bit less saturated. Do note that several folks preferred that look. Despite the incredible AF systems of both the 1D X and the 1D X II we each had several unsharp images in our series. Dancing Reddish Egrets
are very challenging subject for AF; in an ideal world, Automatic Selection AI Servo AF would work exactly as it was designed to and focus on the nearest part of the subject, in this case, the bird’s face or head. If only…

Yeah, I wish that the bird’s head in my image did not merge with the bird’s right wing; I had that one but it was not sharp… And yes, the left wing in Joel’s image is more evenly lit than the left wing is in my photo. But I do prefer the more angled position of the right wing in my image.

So What–If Anything–Does This Exercise Prove?

This was surely a lot of fun, and while it does not prove a whole lot, it does illustrate one very important point: digital photography is so easy as compared to film photography that students who are well prepared and well practiced can easily create images that are as good as those of a top professional. It was quite evident from the moment I met Dr. Eade that he had come well-prepared as he was very familiar with many of the concepts that we cover here on the blog most every day.

In addition, these two images reinforce another point that I have been making here often recently: owning the latest greatest lens or camera body does not guarantee you anything. Everyone needs to learn to make the best images possible with the gear that they have in their hands.

Why Stand (In This Situation?)

Both Joel and I were standing when we created our respective images. Why not sit to effectively move the background farther from the subject when photographing a dancing Reddish Egret on a sunny morning?

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14 comments to Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade Reddish Egret Revelations… And Why Stand?

  • avatar Den Bagwell

    Nice Images.

    Why Stand? I suspect that sitting might introduce the sky into the image, therefore, creating a background that is not as pleasing.

  • avatar David Peake

    Standing for greater mobility.
    Dancing bird probably needs you to move quickly to stay on angle etc.

  • avatar Jackie Milburn

    Artie, Got to this post after the fact….Both images are beautiful…Image#1 is very pleasing, the saturation is what most people desire where Image#2 Is fun and whimsical, the saturation is what I would expect a bright sunny morning on a beach in florida to be.

    To late to answer the standing part…that’s the option I would have picked….

    From what Joel said…it has to be an awesome experience to watch you work…So glad Joel shared his experience…I need to focus (concentrate) more, sometimes you only get that one chance for a great shot….

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Great shots from you both!
    Amazing comments Artie. This is why you have so many people following your blog.
    Since the bird is active and moving around a lot, I might prefer to stand so that I would be able to move around as well.

    BTW this week we have a Glossy Ibis in LA and everyone is rushing to see it. I went one day before work and only 2 birders were there, both with cameras, one with a 7D Mk II. We struck up a conversation and I asked if they knew of you and your blog. They had heard of you but were not aware of your Blog. Both were happy to learn how generously you share information, answer questions from anyone, sell great used gear & products that you use, and challenge us to learn on the BAA Blog!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Bingo on the why not sit :). Tanks for your kinds words and for spreading the word.

      later and love and see you at Nickerson. a

  • avatar Frank Sheets

    Hi Artie,

    I am trying to visualize what would have happened to the feet if you were sitting. As you get lower, it would seem to me that you would not be looking down through the water as much and you would not have the same view of the feet, Considering you dance with you feet, the image may not have had the same impact. Also, at a lower angel, the background may possibly have shown the horizon. I like the evenness of the water background as compared to having the horizon intersect the subject.

    Thanks again for your ongoing posts. Look forward to it every morning and say high to Denise for Laurie and I.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Good point but not the reason we were standing. We did not even see the feet until we saw the images on the laptops… Thanks for your kind words.

      later and love, artie

  • avatar Bill Dix

    A sitting posture might have given both images greater sense of intimacy with the bird; but it would have lost that great view of the lower legs and feet in the water, which for me is the best part of both images.

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    Would sitting have introduced a busy background of land based plants etc.?

  • avatar Joel Eade

    All I can say is this: Anyone who has not been around Artie taking pictures is missing an incredible experience. As he shoots he is verbalizing his thoughts on light, shadow, exposure, composition, the wind, anticipating bird behavior and all the other elements that come together for a good image. It is truly amazing. I had a fabulous time shooting with him and would recommend it with five stars to anyone. We also enjoyed a couple of outstanding meals! One the best days ever. If you are like me and find it difficult to break away for an extended time for an IPT do yourself a big favor and schedule a private day with Artie. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Hi Artie,

    Assuming that you were standing next to each other (I missed the first blog post about these two shots), it seems there is more than 1/3 stop between the two photos. Does the 1dxII shoot a little brighter than the original 1dx?, or is that from post processing?

    Oh, never mind. Just re-read the bit about his processing. I prefer the darker image.

    Thanks for all this!!