Three Simple Questions About the Gecko Footprints Image « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Three Simple Questions About the Gecko Footprints Image

What’s Up?

Huge thanks to the many who sent good wishes to me and my family on our recent loss both on the blog and via e-mail and Skype. I am flying back to Long Island late on Saturday to attend my Mom’s memorial service on Sunday afternoon. She will be buried alongside my Dad in San Diego some time next week.

If you would like to join my at Gatorland (see below for details) please try me on my cell phone on Friday: 863-221-2372. Please leave a message if no answer.

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: 21!

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, 21 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.

Desperately Seeking …

I am desperately seeking at least one photographer for the full day at Gatorland on Saturday. It is an amazing value. A single full day with private or practically private instruction with yours truly that includes two (2) three hour photo sessions as well as a long working lunch that includes image review and Photoshop sessions for only $275. There is nobody signed up yet for the full day on Saturday. One each of the previous two Saturdays I have had only a single student. Read on for the complete details.

Gatorland In-the Field Instructional Meet-Up Sessions

Join me in Kissimmee, FL next weekend to photograph Great (with chicks in the nest) and Snowy Egrets in breeding plumage, Cattle Egret and Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage, Wood Stork, American Alligator (captive), and more. We should get to make lots of head portraits of all the bird species and to photograph them building nests, displaying, copulating, and flying. Learn to see, find, and make the shot in cluttered settings. Learn exposure and how to handle WHITEs. Learn fill flash and flash as main light techniques. All of the birds are free and wild.

Next Saturday’s Gatorland Schedule

Saturday April 8, morning (early entry): 7:30 till 10:30am: $100. Lunch and Image Review: $75. Saturday afternoon till closing (late stay): $100.

Catching Up On Wednesday’s Questions …

In response to why +1 with the ETTL flash, Guido Bee wrote in part “I wonder if the 1/400 sec. would invoke something like the high speed synch provisions of some other flash systems and make it beneficial to be adding the plus 1 to the flash.” I replied, “You are right on when you mention High Speed Synch. That reduces the flash output so I dialed the flash up to compensate for the loss of flash power and render the bird white.

The Better Beamer Question

Though many tried stating no Better Beamer to keep the BKGR dark or to prevent over-flashing the subject at close range, nobody came up with the #1 reason. Why no Better Beamer? To come up with the answer you need to look carefully at the situation … You can see this blog post here along with all of the comments and my responses.

This image was created with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 200mm) and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +2 stops as framed: 1/60 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. AWB.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: +2.

Center Large Zone/AI Servo/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system activated a single AF point that was three AF points down and one to the right of the center AF point.

What is it?

Three Simple Questions About Gecko Footprints …

#1: What is it?

#2: Do you like it?

#3: Either way, what do you like or dislike about the image?


Images and card copyright Arthur Morris/BEARS AS ART 🙂

2017 Bear Boat Coastal Brown Bear Cubs IPTs: July 18-24, 2017 from Kodiak, AK: 5 FULL & 2 Half DAYS: $6699. Happy campers only! Maximum 8/Openings 3.

Join me in spectacular Katmai National Park, AK for six days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears. Mid-July is prime time for making images of small, football-sized cubs. The cubs, and these dates, are so popular that I had to reserve them three years in advance to secure them. There are lots of bears each year in June, but the mothers only rarely risk bringing their tiny cubs out in the open in fear of predation by rival bears. In addition to making portraits of both adults and cubs, we hope to photograph frolicking and squabbling youngsters and tender nursing scenes. At this time of year, the bears are either grazing in luxuriant grass or clamming. There will also be some two- and three-year old cubs to add to the fun. And we will get to photograph it all.

We will live on our tour operator’s luxurious new boat. At 78 feet long its 24 foot beam makes it quite spacious as well. And the food is great. We will likely spend most of our time at famed Geographic Harbor as that is where the bears are generally concentrated in summer. On the odd chance that we do need to relocate to another location we can do so quickly and easily without having to venture into any potentially rough seas. We land via a 25 foot skiff that has lots of room for as much gear as we can carry.

Aside from the bears we should get to photograph Horned and Tufted Puffin and should get nice stuff on Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Harbor Seal, and Steller’s Sea Lion as well. A variety of tundra-nesting shorebirds including Western Sandpiper and both yellowlegs are also possible. Halibut fishing (license required/not included) is optional.

It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of July 17 to avoid missing the float planes to the boat on the morning of July 18. Again, with air travel in Alaska (or anywhere else for that matter) subject to possible delays, being on Kodiak on July 16 is a much better plan.

Barring any delays, we will get to photograph bears on our first afternoon and then again every day for the next five days after that, all weather permitting of course. On our last morning on the boat, July 24, those who would like to enjoy one last photo session will have the opportunity to do so. The group will return to Kodiak via float plane from late morning through midday. Most folks will then fly to Anchorage and to continue on red-eye flights to their home cities.

What’s included? 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. National Park and guide fees. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. An insight into the mind of a top professional nature photographer; I will constantly let you know what I am thinking, what I am doing, and why I am doing it. Small group image review, image sharing, and informal Photoshop instruction on the boat.

What’s not included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). Your lodging and meals on Kodiak. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat and then back to Kodiak as above. The cost of a round trip last year was $550. The suggested crew tip of $200.

Have you ever walked with the bears?

Is this an expensive trip? Yes, of course. But with 5 full and two half days, a wealth of great subjects, and the fact that you will be walking with the bears just yards away (or less….), it will be one of the great natural history experiences of your life. Most folks who take part in a Bear Boat IPT wind up coming back for more.

A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only made out to “BIRDS AS ART” is required to hold your spot. Please click here to read our cancellation policies. Then please print, read, and sign the necessary paperwork here and send it to us by mail to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.

Your deposit is due when you sign up. That leaves a balance of $4699. The next payment of $2699 will be due on September 15, 2016. The final payment of $2000 is due on February 15, 2017. I hope that you can join me for what will be a wondrously exciting trip.

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11 comments to Three Simple Questions About the Gecko Footprints Image

  • avatar Jackie Milburn

    I Like it. It took a clever eye to capture what looks like to me as two paths coming together.

  • avatar Loren Charif


    I didn’t see the post about your mom’s passing. I’m sorry for your loss of that sweet lady.

  • avatar Jim Amato

    Arthur, You and tour Family are in our prayers and thoughts. We are sorry to learn of your Mother’s transition.

  • avatar Bob Allen

    Kerry beat me to the solution!

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    I like this image!
    Yes, it looks like Gecko footprints.

    These are tendrils from the vine commonly called “Boston Ivy” (Parthenocissus tricuspidata).
    It attaches to walls and block fences by these ‘suction cups’ also known as ‘holdfasts’.
    The leaves get beautiful bright red color in fall then drop off – its deciduous. It is difficult to impossible to remove these ‘holdfasts’ once they’re attached to a wall.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Bingo. I had my eye on that pattern for the whole nine days at The School for the Work.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Bobby Perkins

    Perhaps because you where facing the sun and didn’t want to cook your flash is why you went without the beamer.
    So sorry for the loss of your Mother, but my what a full life she was blessed with, 94 Wow! Hope you have a long blessed life as well Artie.

    • avatar Bobby Perkins

      or maybe at that close of range you just didn’t need that narrow of a beam and wanted more of a spread.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Don’t burn the flash is the right answer at the wrong blog post 🙂


      ps: how is the Alligator Farm?

  • avatar Holly

    I am sorry to hear about your mother’s passing.

  • avatar Ruth Schueler

    Sorry, Artie, I did not read about your mother’s passing. It is always hard to loose a parent, but I am certain you have plenty of good memories which make you smile…