Too Much Fun « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Too Much Fun

What’s Up?

I had way, way too much fun on Saturday afternoon photographing by myself at Gatorland in an absolute downpour for more than an hour. I used my Wimberley V-2 head with the umbrella clamp rig and a big golf umbrella. More on that to follow. After the rain things got even better. Pat and Stokes cannot make it this afternoon (Saturday, June 3). If you live nearby and own an umbrella and a flash (on-camera flash if fine) and would like to join me for a meet-up session this afternoon, please shoot me an e-mail before lunch and we can arrange to meet. Details below.

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.

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These four images were created on Friday afternoon with the Wimberley/Induro GIT 304L mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, and either the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III or the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the blazingly fast and rugged Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISOs between 800 and 1600. Shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/160 sec. Daylight WB (should have been AWB.)

All with AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF. With the wind, the umbrella, the slow shutter speeds, and my tripod slipping around on the wet boardwalk, making sharp images was a big challenge.

Clockwise from the upper left: adult Cattle Egret, fledgling Great Egret, large Cattle Egret chick, and an almost-fledged Tricolored Heron.

June 3-4, 2017 Schedule

  • Saturday afternoon till closing (late stay): $99.
  • Sunday June 4 Meet-up Morning, (early entry): 7:30 till 10am: $90.

I hope that you can join me.

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4 comments to Too Much Fun

  • Love them all Arthur, especially the Tricolored Heron. I had tons of fun photographing Tricolored Herons on Cayman Brac in February.

  • avatar Guido Bee

    Nice shots. Great light even if the conditions were a challenge, the results look good.

    Eagles are back (only 5-6) yesterday at Seabeck Wa, which is on Hood Canal. At some point last year there were reports of 40.
    Bright light with some clouds, making exposure difficult, between white heads trying to get themselves blown out and keeping some detail in the shaded wings. May be going back today. Old manual focus 600 mm is tough for BIF. If I can get one or two good shots in a day I am happy with that. Lots of good company out there. It’s not the Bosque, crowd-wise, but lots of serious shooters having an opportunity to get the eagles and some great blue herons.
    Fun on this coast, too.

  • avatar Matthew Binns

    Clockwise from the upper left, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Tricolored Heron?