Fort DeSoto Early Winter IPT. And RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge #2. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Fort DeSoto Early Winter IPT. And RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge #2.

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I woke early on Saturday and drove over to Lakeland to meet up with friends Lee Sommie and Noel Heustis at the Circle B Bar Preserve. Though it is less than an hour from my home I had never been there. The place is pretty nice and though there were not a lot of birds I will return; the place definitely has potential.

After yakking in the parking lot for too long, I was home by 11:30am and finally got into the pool for an easy 3/4 mile swim at about 4pm. The pool has warmed up nicely to 84 degrees, up from last weeks low of 78. My plan is to stay up late on Saturday evening to watch UFC 217 on Pay Per View. On Sunday I get back to exercising ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recent Fort DeSoto Images

From bottom left clockwise back to center: Great Egret, blasting sunrise highlights; Black Skimmer, winter plumage in pre-dawn light; Roseate Spoonbill foraging; Brown Pelican, juvenile landing; hybrid heron X egret; American Oystercatcher feeding; Royal Tern, worn juvenile; Great Blue Heron from below.

Fort DeSoto Early Winter IPT. 3 1/2 days: $1599

Saturday DEC 2 (afternoon session) through the full day on Tuesday DEC 5, 2017. Meet and Greet Introduction on SAT DEC 2, 2017

With no water in Estero Lagoon, Corkscrew Swamp and Anhinga Trail total busts for many years, and Ding Darling NWR managed into oblivion, Fort DeSoto has emerged as the premier bird photography location in the state. Join me in early winter to escape the cold weather and photograph lots of tame terns, gulls, herons, egrets (including Reddish Egret), shorebirds (including and especially Marbled Godwit), Osprey, and Brown Pelican. Long-billed Curlew, Wood Stork, and Roseate Spoonbill all range somewhere between likely and possible.

Learn to get the right exposure every time, to approach free and wild (and often tame!) birds, and to design a pleasing image. And learn the location of my new Fort DeSoto hotspot along with my favorite sunset location (sky conditions permitting). To register call Jim or Jen at the office at 863-692-0906 or shoot me an e-mail.

DeSoto IPT Details

This IPT will include four 3 hour afternoon sessions, three 3 1/2 hour morning sessions, three lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. Dinners are on your own so that we can get some sleep.

Because of the narrow time frame, your $499 non-refundable deposit can be paid not by credit card. Call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906 to register. Your balance must be paid by check once you sign up. The balance check (made out to “BIRDS AS ART) should me mailed to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your balance check. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

Canon lens rentals are available on a limited basis: 600 II, 500 II, 400 DO II, and 200-400 f/4 with Internal TC.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took less than an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections willing.

Booking.Com

Booking.Com came through for me twice again recently with both the DeSoto Fall IPT and next July’s UK Puffins, Gannets, and Bempton Pre-trip room reservations. And all the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.



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.

DPP4-godwit-RAW

This image was created on the Saturday morning, October 28 Fort DeSoto In-the-Field Instructional Session with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 390mm) and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AWB in sunny but very slightly overcast conditions.

One AF point above and three to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was placed on the side of the bird’s breast (as shown by the illuminated red AF point in the DPP 4 screen capture above).

This is the un-adjusted RAW file for Marbled Godwit in gentle surf

The RAW File

Note that with the histogram pushed all the way to the right that the RAW file looks washed out. That is exactly what you should be striving for. If your RAW file looks good on the rear LCD or good on you monitor it is under-exposed. You will have lost valuable data, the the image quality will suffer, and your image will exhibit lots of noise. By properly exposing to the right you will have the largest possible RAW fie, superior image quality, and low noise levels.

RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge #2

Click here to download the full-sized large RAW (CR.2) file. Convert the image as you please, optimize it as you please, created and sharpen at 1200 pixel wide JPEG, and shoot it to me via e-mail. The RAW conversion and image optimization here should be relatively straightforward. The goal is to produce a high quality image file that features just the right amount of contrast and rich colors that reflect the early morning light.

Note: I am not looking for anything creative or out-of the box here, just looking for some good solid basic work. I will share my version here along with the best of those submitted.

More Cheap Weekend Fort DeSoto In-the-Field Instruction

Sign up for the full day Saturday 11 NOV and the Friday afternoon session (4:30pm till sunset) on 10 NOV is free!

Saturday, November 11, 2017: Morning session — 6:45am for 3 1/2 hours: $149. Add lunch, image review, and Photoshop session: $249 (total).

Saturday, November 11, 2017: Afternoon session — 4:30pm for 3 hours: $99.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, both sessions including lunch: $329. Sign up for the full day Saturday and enjoy a Friday afternoon session for free.

Sunday, November 12, 2017: Morning session — 6:45am for 3 1/2 hours: $149.

Learn to get the right exposure every time, to approach free and wild (and often tame!) birds, and to design a pleasing image. And learn the location of my new Fort DeSoto hotspot along with my favorite sunset location (sky conditions permitting). To register call Jim or Jen at the office at 863-692-0906 or shoot me an e-mail.

Canon lens rentals are available on a limited basis: 600 II, 500 II, 400 DO II, and 200-400 f/4 with Internal TC.

Cheap but great instruction.

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4 comments to Fort DeSoto Early Winter IPT. And RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge #2.

  • Ok, that makes sense. Thanks Artie. I shot an American Coot over the weekend… was careful not to burn the whites on the bill, but was left with bringing up the dark feathers. DPP worked like a charm and made a nice conversion. Lightroom didnโ€™t do as well.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      YAW. I have a head shot of a coot from San Diego where the bill needed two 100% Linear Burns! Usual is one 20% opacity Linear Burn. In any case, the image rocked!

      LR???

      with love, a

  • Hi Artie,
    When striving to achieve a washed-out look on the raw file, how do you handle the white/very light areas of the bird? Seems like itโ€™s easy to blow them out. On a bird with both dark feathers and light feathers (or bill), which is a higher priority for correct exposure?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Bryan, I will admit that this is a bit lighter than I usually go. Most of the time I like just a bit of room between the rightmost data and the highlight axis. That said, if there are no blinkies recovering highlight detail is not a problem. No matter what, you cannot burn the WHITEs ๐Ÿ™‚

      with love, artie

      ps: making this one look great was a piece of cake for me ….

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