What Do You See? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

What Do You See?


Wednesday, June 14 was getaway day, the last day of the 2017 Palouse IPT. As pretty much the entire trip had been, it was a huge success. We left the hotel in the morning well later than we had been at 4:45am. We mopped up on several spots that we had missed. The clouds cleared quickly and we were back in the hotel before 9am. Packing ensued. I shipped two large boxes of photo stuff back to Indian Lake Estates and then took a short nap. Next was another great lunch at Paradise Creek Brewery. Then it was back to the hotel where I packed my two checked bags.

We headed north in increasingly overcast conditions, just what I had hoped for, and just what we needed. We re-visited the crooked school house, this time in perfect light provided by a giant softbox of a sky. We photographed it from up close and then again from the top of a nearby hill. Next we made a short stop to photograph the Bicentennial Barn and then to one of my very favorite new spots: two derelict barns in the woods. All of our afternoon stops were pretty much dependent on soft light; our blessings continued right up till the very end of the IPT.

The Streak

Just in case you have not been counting, today’s blog post makes 2 days in a row with a new educational blog post 🙂

2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT. Monday July 3 through Wednesday July 12, 2017: $5999 + $1499: Limit 10 photographers — Openings: 5). The (really cheap) two-day Gannet/Bass Rock Add-on is now part of the trip.

Please call 863-692-0906 for info on the substantial Late Registration Discount.

Here is some great info on the July 2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT: I have finalized the cottage and vehicle rental arrangements. We have room for several additional folks, at least for a couple and single. And I am in position, as noted above, to offer a rather substantial late registration discount. Please call us at 863-692-0906 or get in touch via e-mail. Click here and scroll down for additional details and the travel plans.

Used Photo Gear Kudos

From Tom Phillips via e-mail

Artie, Well, that was awesome for us all. Roger received the 300mm f/2.8L IS II today and is happy, and James bought the 1DX Mk II and the 400mm DO II within minutes of their being listed on that first Saturday! I know that you have a lot of readers and followers but your advice on pricing was right on. The items sold quickly while allowing me to get a good price, making the buyers happy, and helping you make some money too. I want to thank you very much artie! Thanks again Tom

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 in-camera Art Vivid image was created on the morning of Monday, 12 June on the 2017 Palouse IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +3 stops (Auto Dynamic Range) yielded a base exposure of 1/30 sec. at f/11 in Av mode. K4000.

With all of my in-camera JPEGs I use my still flower technique: 2-second time with Live View for mirror lock-up. I used rear focus and release with the Flexi-Zone single box on the big rust spot. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Important note: I use rear button focus for all of my landscape and Urbex photography.

Flaking paint on old white truck

What Do You See?

What do you see in the patterns caused by the flaking paint? Do you see the upside down ladybug? The long-tailed horse? The smiling lips? You are invited to leave a comment and let us know what you see. Please also let us know the approximate position of your find or finds in the frame.

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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