RBGU Tight Preening Head Shots … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

RBGU Tight Preening Head Shots ...

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I had lots of action with the foraging Cattle Egrets and the almost alway present Black Vultures down by the lake in the morning. And there was another dime-a-dozen spectacular sunset on Saturday afternoon. Several times I had a great silhouette almost lined up perfectly when the bird flew. πŸ™‚ The pool was up to 75 degree so I went back to my slow, 3/4 mile swim.

I did lots of work on the 5D Mark IV User’s Guide and am almost finished. Yesterday I inserted and captioned all of the images within the text. I need to finalize the internal reference page numbers, add a gallery, and add a cheat sheet — the latter a first for a BAA User’s Guide. Here is the best news: those who have used a BAA B&H affiliate link to purchase a 5D Mark IV (or other items totaling $3200 or more) are invited to send us a copy of their B&H receipt via e-mail and received a free copy of the guide. If you would like to review the document before it is published, please send your receipt now. This offer is valid for future purchases.

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Today makes one hundred forty-two days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 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.

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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. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.


This image was created on the late afternoon of Tuesday, November 17 at Heckscher State Park, Long Island, NY with the BLUBB-supported Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite gull head shot camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 stops as framed: 1/250 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AWB in cloudy conditions very late in the day.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -5.

One AF point to the left and one row up from the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the lower left corner of the bird’s eye. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy the larger version.

Image #1: Ring-billed Gull, preening neck

The Situation

When it rains, there is a decent-sized puddle in one corner of the Field 7 lot at Heckscher State Park, at least in the summer and fall. It attracts good numbers of shorebirds and gulls looking for a drink, a bath, or a place to rest. As it is an active bathing beach in the summer and there is lots of traffic, many of the birds are quite tame. On my November visit to Long Island, I worked from car using it as a very effective blind. (You can learn more about this technique in the original The Art of Bird Photography.) I keep an extra BLUBB in my younger daughter’s garage.

This image of the same bird was created on the late afternoon of Tuesday, November 17 at Heckscher State Park, Long Island, NY with the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite gull head shot camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 stops as framed: 1/250 sec. at f/10 in Manual mode. AWB in cloudy conditions.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -5.

One AF point to the left and one row up from the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the bird’s forehead in front of and just below the eye. Click on the image to enjoy the larger version.

Image #2: Ring-billed Gull, preening neck

Your Call

Today’s two featured images were made 13 seconds apart. Though similar, they are distinctly different. One follows my stringent head angle guidelines. One does not. Please leave a comment comparing the two images. Let us know the strengths and weakness of each. Feel free to comment on the mood of each image. And let us know which of the two is your favorite. If you would delete either or both of these images, please let us know why.

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12 comments to RBGU Tight Preening Head Shots …

  • avatar RICK BROWN

    Thanks for the wondeful shots & good advice. I was a Minolta guy for years and then I went to Nikon. I have 3 film & 2 digital bodies. I just lately have decided to give Canon a try. Years ago in the film era I almost bought an A-1. What would you suggest for a used cheap starter for me? Digital I mean, although if I ever find an A-1 I might get it just to see what I missed.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Rick, Smart man. (Only kidding :)) There is one 7D Mark II right now on the Used Gear page. Then add a used 100-400, the old one (let me know if you would like me to find you one), or the new 100-400mm II. I may have an A-1 in the closet — do you want me to check and see …

      with love, artie

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. I will comment here before reading others’ comments. I love both images and would have an extremely hard time picking one over the other. I love the way the tip of the bill shows through the feathers in #2 and I love the pose in image #1, but again both are terrific. Perfect exposure, composition, subject matter, and background. Now I’ll go read the comments.2222

    • avatar David Policansky

      OK, now I’ve read the comments (sorry about the random “2222” in mine above). I wouldn’t change anything I wrote above.

  • avatar byron prinzmetal

    I like number two best as the eye to me shows more emotion. The eye in the first image kind of sticks me in the face…almost too perfect. bp

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I hear you. I hate when my images are too perfect πŸ™‚

      with love, artie

      ps: Image #2 surely conveys a certain mood …

  • avatar frank sheets

    Image # 1 for sure. I probably would not even do any post on #2, it just doesn’t “grab” me like 1. Probably would eventually get rid of #2 (I still have trouble throwing marginal stuff away, thinking someday I will go back and find so something I like above image). As Jake said, head angle and fully exposed eye makes the image work for me.

    Nice offer from you on the 5DIV users guide. I’ll go look for my reciept.

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    #2 for me because it is unique in seeing the delicate feathers over the bird’s bill. Am I right that the reason a slight head turn makes a perfect head angle is that it keeps eye and bill tip both in focus? Here in each photo the eye and bill tip are in the same plane so both are in focus. Therefore I think #2 is a perfect head angle as well. #2 just has more behavioral impact for me. (I would like to either take out or blur a lot, that small shadow behind the bird on the lower left.)

  • avatar Bobby

    That’s great news on the 5D Mark IV User guide Artie, I’ll get my receipt in order.

    • avatar Bobby

      By the way Artie, the 7D was my first Dslr. Getting your 7D User’s Guide really helped me in that initial learning curve, really helping to get to know my camera in a useful and inspiring way as a bird photographer.
      I just bought a 5D Mark IV using your B&H affiliate not to long ago “and Loving it!”, (it’s the least I could do for the years of learning from the Grandfather of Bird Photography) I look forward to getting the Guide. Thank you.

  • avatar Jake

    Hi Artie. I much prefer image #1 to image #2 because of the head angle. The head angle in image #1 really opens up the bird’s eye and face allowing us to see it better than is possible in image #2. However I do prefer the feathers around the beak in image #2, in image #2 the beak is hidden amongst more feathers. I like image #1 as a portrait but did you consider cropping image #1 slightly to eliminate some of the negative space in the right and top of the frame? But looking at the amount of space at the top of the frame, you probably wouldn’t want to remove very much, I don’t know.
    Jake

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Jake. I am not seeing any negative space at all at the top of Image #1 …

      with love, artie