The Advantages of an Early Morning Blood Test Draw … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Advantages of an Early Morning Blood Test Draw ...

What’s Up?

A visit to chiropractor TJ McKeon in town on Thursday afternoon had my shoulder feeling well enough for a swim on FRI. I’ve been getting down to the lake most mornings and will spend SAT and SUN packing for Finland. I did finish my micro-adjust session on Friday, learned a ton, worked on the tutorial, and made one very interesting discovery. I fly JFK > Helsinki mid-morning on Monday.

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.

Please Don’t Forget …

As always–and folks have been doing a really great job for a long time now–please remember to use our B&H links for your major and minor 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.

This image was created 7 miles from my home on State Road 60 on the morning of April 18, 2017 with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 230mm) and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/8 in Av mode. WB: 7900K.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 0.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Spot/Rear Button AF on the stand of trees on the left; release and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial.

Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #1: Pine trees at dawn on foggy morning

The Advantages of an Early Morning Blood Test Draw …

There are some really neat farm fields (aka cow pastures) on the way from my home in Indian Lake Estates to town, Lake Wales, FL (and back). And many of the fields are studded with attractive stands of pine trees. Oftentimes, there is some really neat ground fog but until ten days ago, these elements had never come together perfectly. I had blood drawn at 6:30am at the Quest Lab in town and headed home looking for a good spot. I found the location above just as the sun was peeking through the fog. I went to work at first with the tripod-mounted 100-400 II/1.4X III?5D IV combo. I like this one, the widest that I made, because the small tree on the right was just clear of the bushes …

This image was also created 7 miles from my home on State Road 60 on the morning of April 18, 2017, this one with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/14 in Manual mode. WB: 6500K.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 5.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Surround/Rear Button AF on the trunk of the tree: release and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial.

Image #2: Pine tree at dawn on foggy morning

To The Big Lens …

As the sun got higher it got clear of the smaller tree on the right but I did not have enough focal length with the 1-4II so I crossed back over Highway 60 and grabbed the big gun with the TC still on the 5D IV. It was perfect once I move well to the west.

Your favorite? Which of today’s featured images is your favorite? Please let us know why?


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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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The 2017 BIRDS AS ART Palouse Instructional Photo-Tour
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 my friend Denise Ippolito, 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.

To Sign Up

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.

Travel Insurance Services offers a variety of plans and options. Included with the Elite Option or available as an upgrade to the Basic & Plus Options. You can also purchase Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons for your canceling to include things such as sudden work or family obligation and even a simple change of mind. You can learn more here: Travel Insurance Services. Do note that many plans require that you purchase your travel insurance within 14 days of our cashing your deposit check. Whenever purchasing travel insurance be sure to read the fine print carefully even when dealing with reputable firms like TSI.

Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.


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17 comments to The Advantages of an Early Morning Blood Test Draw …

  • avatar Stu

    I add my praise of both images and preference for the horizontal image with the tree in front of the sun, deeper color of the sky and different sizes of the trees.
    Best wishes for an excellent trip.

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Both are beautiful and worth getting up early for!
    Love the dark hedges at the bottom of image 1; then a layer of fogginess, then the stellar orange sky with streaks of yellow sunlight coming thru the clouds. It’s dead-on perfect the way the pine tree is aligned with the rising sun! I can imagine lots of bird calls and chatter too!

    Image #2 has multiple layers of variations of dark and light orange/yellow light. I like the detail of the flowers and shrubs to the right and left of the tree trunk.
    Both photos are definite keepers and worth of framing.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Image #1 is my favourite, when I first saw it I said Wow, that’s beautiful. The second is nice but didn’t have the same impact on me.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Different strokes for different folks. I like them both. Thanks for commenting.

      with love, artie

  • I think I love both images equally.

    Awesome colors and composition thank you for sharing them.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thank you Krishna. I think that they are both pretty good 🙂

      with love, artie

  • avatar Carol Nichols

    I absolutely love the top image. It is a gorgeous landscape photo. To me it contains many more interesting and beautiful areas than the bottom image.

  • avatar James Saxon

    I like the vertical image, #2, with the layering of the colors, the fog, trees and the simplicity of the image. Both are really nice and I would be proud of either but that second image “rocks”.

  • avatar John Patton

    I like the first one because it evokes fond memories of early mornings spent in Big Cypress. Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Jack D Waller

    Goes to show what a long lens can do with landscape. Really pleasing!


  • I hate early morning blood tests. But at least they mean you don’t miss the most important part of the day

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I love em because I love reality. And as a diabetic, the reality is that I gotta get up early 🙂 Which I love to do anyway 🙂

      with love, artie