Another Boring, Perfect Image Lacking both Drama and Creativity … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Another Boring, Perfect Image Lacking both Drama and Creativity ...

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The thing about the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch is that yesterday’s hotspot is today’s too-flooded impoundment. The folks in charge move water around faster than I have ever seen. I am really excited with the results of my physical therapy …

I woke at 3:15am on Tuesday, finished editing all of my Phoenix photos, did my exercises, and then enjoyed a nice photo session. I left the Water Ranch just after 10:00am. I fly to San Diego on Friday afternoon.

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Today makes one hundred sixty-three days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about an hour to prepare including the time spent optimizing the image. 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 and my continuing insanity willing.

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Free 1.4X II Add-on: JAN 9, 2018.

Hisham A. is offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark III in very good condition (in perfect working order) for the BAA record low price of $999. The sale includes a 1.4X II teleconverter, an extra Watson battery, the front lens cap, and all the stuff that came in the box as well as insured ground shipping to US addresses via major courier. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made. Photos are available upon request.

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I used my 5D Mark III to produce high quality image files for all of my landscape, flower, and Urbex photography. And I used it often for bird photography with my f/4 super-telephoto lenses with both the 1.4X and the 2X TCs. As long as you have firmware version 1.2.1 or higher you will have AF at f/8 with the center AF point (along with the four assist points). artie

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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 questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

DPP-LBD-VERT

This image was created at the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch, in Phoenix, AZ on the very still morning of Sunday, January 7. I used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 800. Evaluative metering about +2/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:47am on a cloudy morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -5.

Four rows up and two to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the side of the bird’s neck just below and slightly behind the bird’s eye.

DPP 4 Screen Capture

Th DPP 4 Screen Capture

So why did I pick an AF point that placed the bird on the wrong side of the frame looking out? The bird had been preening its back with its long bill; when it paused and posed so I pushed the shutter button knowing that moving the bird back in the frame using techniques from APTATS II would be a piece of cake.

Long-billed-Dowitcher-_J1I6620--Gilbert-Water-Ranch,-Phoenix,-AZ

This is the optimized version of today’s featured image. It was made at the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch with the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 800. Evaluative metering about +2/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:47am on a cloudy morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -5.

Four rows up and two to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the side of the bird’s neck just below and slightly behind the bird’s eye.

Long-billed Dowitcher, first winter plumage posing

Another Boring, Perfect Image Lacking both Drama and Creativity …

There’s no drama here. There was no creativity involved; heck, I put the bird on the wrong side of the frame. What could be more boring than a bird just standing in the water?

Would You Be Proud of this Image?

Would you be proud to have created this image? Why or why not?

More on Coming Soon

February 2018 Spoonbill Boat IPT: FEB 23-25, 2018/2 1/2 days with three morning spoonbill sessions on the boat.
Two Fort DeSoto IPTs (April and May, 2018).
Three Gatorland IPTs (March, April, and May, 2018 — including early entry and late stay — tentative).
Three Sandhill Crane chicks and colts Master Classes at Indian Lake Estates (March).

The Master Classes will likely be announced soon. They will be small groups — strictly limited to four photographers — with the first folks who register staying at my home and the others staying at a chain motel in Lake Wales. Live, think, and breathe photography from Friday afternoon through lunch on Monday morning; all meals included. We will enjoy three morning photography sessions with the main subjects being tame Sandhill Cranes almost surely with chicks or colts. Also vultures and Cattle Egrets and more. Limpkins possible. There will be three afternoon photo sessions with hopefully glorious sunsets like the ones you have been seeing on the blog recently. I will micro-adjust one of your lenses during a group instructional session and all will be welcome to practice what they have learned during the breaks using my lighting gear. We will sit together around my dining room table and pick everyone’s keepers, enjoy guided Photoshop sessions, and, on Monday before lunch, folks can make a single large print of their favorite image.

Folks who would like advance notice on any of the above are welcome to shoot me an e-mail. Right now there are two folks signed up for the spoonbill IPT with just four openings left. If you would like to join us, please do not tarry.

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18 comments to Another Boring, Perfect Image Lacking both Drama and Creativity …

  • avatar Anthony Ardito

    I’d be proud. The entire bird is in focus, it’s illuminated perfectly, it has some pop (almost like flash was used…look at the legs), and there’s a nice reflection.

    Then…the “behind the scenes” reasons I’d be proud: (i.e. the reasons that viewers of the picture would have no idea about). 1) It’s at 1200mm!!, 2) It was framed wrong and fixed perfectly in post.

  • Hey Arthur, A bird in dirty water would be more boring than this. This is not boring. Nice reflection and light on the bird.

  • avatar Neil Hickman

    To frame it perfectly with a third behind the tail and two thirds in front of the bill you would have needed a few more focusing points to the left of the one used – which is spot on. Recognising an easy fix in post is a valuable lesson. TA!

  • avatar Jake Levin

    I love portraits! It’s simple but pleasing to look at. I’d be happy with that shot, especially since it’s a bird we don’t get here.

  • avatar James Saxon

    I like the image with the reflection. Why not flip the canvas in PS to have the bird facing the other way?

  • avatar Jake

    Hi Artie, a stunning image. I would most definitely be proud of this image despite the lack of action. It is a beautiful portrait; a perfect pose and lighting, the reflection is just the icing on the cake.
    Jake

  • avatar PhilA

    For a bird person, you nailed it. Maybe a lightning bolt for the rest of the folks for interest.

  • avatar Wayne Lea

    Hi Artie. I think it’s a great portrait and helpful for identification. Would you please keep putting the identity of the birds in your posts, it seems like the last couple have not identified the bird species. Thanks and keep up the great posts. Glad your therapy is working!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Wayne, That was a cut and paste brain typo; it has been repaired. Please e-mail me a link to any post where I have neglected to name the species.

      thanks with love, artie

  • avatar David Policansky

    Yes, i’d be delighted to have made this lovely image.

  • What an image Guru! So, nicely done.

  • Hi Artie

    As you probably no that am a a professional Wildlife Photographer myself , but I turn my images into canvas prints greetings cards etc to sell to the retail sector , I think that your image would sell here in the UK, you are a perfectionist Artie and in my book you are the top jockey.

    Kel
    UK

  • avatar Jack D Waller

    I get bored … we all do. As a bird lover, I’m ever so thankful we have hundreds upon hundreds of species we can photograph. No given area of the world has all of them so we can always be on the lookout for something different than our distant neighbor routinely sees. I envy those living in Florida! OTOH my Pileated woodpeckers visit daily and that’s a thrill others may wish for.

    Jack

  • avatar Joe Randle

    Good morning Artie…
    I would be proud to hang this photo on my wall… you said it “perfectly”… Another Boring, “Perfect Image” Lacking both Drama and Creativity … It’s OK…

    Enjoy your day’s Blessings…
    Joe

  • avatar Maggi Fuller

    Boring? To some maybe….. I think it is beautiful, but would probably crop a bit off the top!

  • avatar Jack D Waller

    I would be proud and am proud of many similar images but I’m a nature lover. For the image to have significant broader appeal it needs something more like some nice multi-shades tree reflections in the waters, perhaps some hint of action, maybe a fish smiling at it or whatever. That’s if you want to garner the attention of today’s “have access to it all” generation. Boring will be defined by the various general viewers saying “ho-hum” not by your fan-base. (:>)

    Then again, do we care about appealing to that group of folk who would find a walk in the Falkland islands boring and have their fingers on their smart phone, assuming there is WiFi!

    Jack

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Jack. Not me on the latter 🙂

      with love, artie

      ps: more of my thoughts on this one and the Canvasback image soon 🙂

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