Rock or Beach? Aging Young Belcher’s Gulls « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Rock or Beach? Aging Young Belcher's Gulls

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It is Thursday morning and I am still feeling quite excellent. I spent two hours in a jet-lag induced zombie-like state on Wednesday afternoon but slept pretty well last night.

Gatorland Mini IPT

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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

The Streak: 476!

Today’s blog post marks a totally insane, irrational, illogical, preposterous, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 476 days in a row with a new educational blog post. As always–and folks have been doing a really great for a long time now–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. And please remember also 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 of course appreciate your business.

Selling Your Used Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

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, and the original 400mm IS DO lens have been dropping steadily. Even the prices on the new 600 II and the 200-400 with Internal Extender have been plummeting. You can see all current listings by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the right side of the yellow-orange menu bar above.

Recent Successful Used Gear Sales

Activity continues to be hot!

  • Brian Patteson sold his Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto lens in near-mint condition for $4099 in early February.
  • IPT veteran Dick Evans sold his NIKKOR AF-S 70-200 f2.8G ED VRII Lens in like-new condition to a local camera store and kindly sent me a check for the 2 1/2% of the original listed price.
  • Steve Traudt is sold a Canon 500mm f4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens in excellent condition for $3550 in mid-February, 2017.
  • James P. Nelson sold his Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens in excellent condition for $899 i early February 2017.
  • Dow Morris sold his Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens in like-new condition for $579 a few days after it was listed in early February 2017.
  • James P. Nelson sold his Canon EF 100-400 zoom 1:4.5 โ€“ 5.6 L IS telephoto lens in excellent plus condition for a very low $549 in early February.
  • Robert Blanke sold his Canon EOS 7D Mark II body in like-new condition for $949.00 in early February 2017 just two days after it was listed
  • Robert Blanke sold his Canon EOS-1D X body with the Canon GPS receiver in like-new condition for $2499.00 within hours of it being listed.
  • James P. Nelson sold his Canon EF 500 f/4L IS USM Super telephoto lens with lots of extras in like-new condition for $4,499 in mid-January 2017.
  • Gene Scarborough sold a Canon accessory package for $250 in late January.
  • Robert Blanke sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III body in like-new condition with only 4258 shutter actuations for $1449.00 in late-January before it was even listed!.
  • Wayne Roth sold his Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G EDII VR lens in like-new condition for $3,500.00 in Late January, 2017, two weeks after it was listed.

New Listings

Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

Mike Pace is offering a Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS lens in very good condition for $4699 CAD ($3,513.91 USD). Canadian sale only. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, the lens hood, the lens strap, the front lens cover, a LensCoat digital camo front cover, and a digital camo LensCoat. The lens under went a Canon clean and check in mid-February. The rear lens mount was replaced. The sale includes insured ground shipping via major courier to Canadian addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Mike via e-mail.

The old five is a fairly lightweight super-telephoto lens that work well with both TCs. It is fast and sharp. I used mine as my workhorse lens (along with the old 600mm f/4) for almost ten years to photograph birds all over the world. Both have been replaced by their version II counterparts. The 500 f/4s have long been the worldโ€™s most popular super-telephotos for wildlife and sports. artie

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Zoom Lens

Mike Pace is offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II in excellent plus condition for $1,949 CAD ($1456.68 USD). Canadian sale only. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the tough fabric lens case, the lens hood, the lens strap, the front lens cap, the original product box, a winter LensCoat, and insured ground shipping via major courier to Canadian addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Mike via e-mail.

The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is amazingly versatile. I still own one and have made zillions of great images with it. It works well with both the 1.4X III and the 2X III TCs, even with the 7D II! It is easily hand holdable. It is great for tame birds, landscapes, urbex, indoor stuff likes concerts and recitals, and just about anything you want to photograph. artie

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This image was created near Lima, Peru with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens and my favorite bird photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/3200 sec. at f/4.5 in Manual mode. AWB.

Two AF points up from the center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Shutter Button AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the side of the bird’s neck right on the same plane as the bird’s eye. Click on the image to see a larger version.

FocusTune/LensAlign Micro Adjustment: +7.

Image #1: Young Belcher’s Gull

Rock or Beach?

After photographing lots of adult and young Belcher’s Gulls on the beach and in the gentle surf I was glad to see the bird in Image #1 perched on a decent rock. This is often an ideal situation as rather than having the background proximal to the subject it is a long way off and will be pleasingly blurred even if you stop down a bit. I like the image and I like the calling pose.

But take a close look at Image #2 and let us know which of today’s two featured images you like best. And most importantly, why you made your choice …

Belcher's-Gull-immature_W5A7480-Lima,-Peru

This image was also created near Lima, Peru with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and my favorite bird photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/400 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual mode. AWB.

Two AF points up from the center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Shutter Button AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the back of the bird’s neck where it meets the upper back, again right on the same plane as the bird’s eye. Click on the image to see a larger version.

FocusTune/LensAlign Micro Adjustment: -1.

Image #2: Young Belcher’s Gull

Age?

I have been peering at these two images for quite sometime trying to age each bird more specifically. My first thought was that the bird in Image #2 was younger by some margin than the bird in Image #1. But there are what looks like a few grey feathers coming in on the back of the bird in Image #2 that would indicate that it is the older of the two …

If anyone can shed some light on this issue please do so. Only extremely knowledgeable gull experts need apply. Both were photographed near Lima, Peru on 29 NOV.


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Why Different?

Announcing the 2017 BIRDS AS ART Palouse Instructional Photo-Tour

In what ways will the 2017 BIRDS AS ART Palouse Instructional Photo-Tour be different from the most other Palouse workshops?

There are so many great locations that a seven-day IPT (as opposed to the typical three- or five-day workshops) will give the group time to visit (and revisit) many of the best spots while allowing you to maximize your air travel dollars. In addition, it will allow us to enjoy a slightly more relaxed pace.

You will be assured of being in the right location for the given weather and sky conditions.

You will learn and hone both basic and advanced compositional and image design skills.

You will learn to design powerful, graphic images.

You will visit all of the iconic locations and a few spectacular ones that are much less frequently visited.

You will learn long lens landscape techniques.

You will learn to master any exposure situation in one minute or less.

You will learn the fine points of Canon in-camera (5D Mark III, 5DS R, and 7D II) HDR techniques.

You will learn to create this look in Photoshop from a single image while winding up with a higher quality image file.

You will be able to share a variety of my exotic Canon lenses including the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens and the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, aka the “circle lens.”

You will learn to use your longest focal lengths to create rolling field and Urbex abstracts.

You will learn when and how to use a variety of neutral density filters to create pleasing blurs of the Palouse’s gorgeous rolling farmlands.

As always, you will learn to see like a pro. You will learn what makes one situation prime and another seemingly similar one a waste of your time.

You will learn to see the situation and to create a variety of top-notch images.

You will learn to use super-wide lenses both for big skies and building interiors.

You will learn when, why, and how to use infrared capture; if you do not own an infrared body, you will get to borrow mine.

You will learn to use both backlight and side-light to create powerful and dramatic landscape images.

You will learn to create the very popular detailed, slightly grungy, slightly over-saturated look in Photoshop.


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June 8-14, 2017. Seven full days of photography. Meet and greet at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 7: $2,499. Limit 10/Openings: 7.

Rolling farmlands provide a magical patchwork of textures and colors, especially when viewed from the top of Steptoe Butte where we will enjoy spectacular sunrises and at least one nice sunset. We will photograph grand landscapes and mini-scenics of the rolling hills and farm fields. I will bring you to more than a few 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 me for this trip. 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.

Over the past three years, with the help of a friend, we found all the iconic locations and, in addition, lots of spectacular new old barns and breath-taking landforms and vistas. What’s included: In-the-field instruction, guidance, lessons, and inspiration, my extensive knowledge of the area, all lunches, motel lobby grab and go breakfasts, and Photoshop and image sharing sessions. As above, there will be a meet and greet at 7:30pm on the evening before the workshop begins.

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Your non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot. Please let me know via e-mail that you will be joining this IPT. Then you can either call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 during business hours to arrange for the payment of your deposit; if by check, please make out to “BIRDS AS ART” 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 me via e-mail: artie.

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5 comments to Rock or Beach? Aging Young Belcher’s Gulls

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Great images; I prefer #1. I love the bird’s feet. And of course the open mouth. As for age, all I know for sure is that both birds are younger than I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    #1 is my favorite. I like–
    The bird standing out more from the background where #2’s bill and some feathers blend into the background.
    behavior more than a static bird
    seeing the bird’s feet
    the yellows being stronger than in #2

  • avatar Bob Allen

    While both birds look great, I prefer #1. Behavior is always a plus, and I like to see a bird’s feet (in most images). In #2, light falling on the upper bill & base makes it hard to differentiate between it and the background. Exposure is a bit too much. #1 exposure & bg are better to me.

  • avatar Stu

    I prefer the first image. It is more dynamic. Also, I like the plumage. The plain background is effective, although I appreciate images in which environment gives context.

  • avatar Neil Hickman

    I prefer the more delicate finer markings and colours in Image 2. Oh – and the perfect (?) pose.