Got a Title? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Got a Title?


The last time that I asked for an image title the group as a whole pretty much came up empty. Put your thinking caps on and see what you can come up with for today’s unusually lovely and graceful featured image.

Tuesday morning was the worst of the trip so far. It was so windy when we got to the lighthouse cliffs that we decided to head back to the beach. After a short walk there I attempted to photograph a bird in flight but my D-850 would not fire. I decided that we should go back to the cliffs as things were not looking too good. On the drive back I tried to get the camera to work. At some point I was in the menu and I saw this: “no card in camera.” With Canon digital, if you have set the idiot proofing on your camera and press the shutter button it lights up in big letters “No CF card.” I am not sure why Nikon never figured that out …. Advantage Canon.

In any case, once I put the card in my pocket into the camera it worked just fine. I am not sure why but — unlike the last four mornings — we had very few good flight chances. That said we both got some killer flight images.

We went back to several of our favorite beach nests late in the afternoon and made a very few nice images.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred ninety-eight days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 45 minutes 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 and my continuing insanity willing.


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This image was created on the morning of February 12 on Cayman Brac with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 290mm) and the Nikon D850. ISO 400: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:44am on a sunny morning with just slight edge off the sun.

Center Group (grp)/Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Brown Booby in flight with wings raised looking at cliff


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Exposure Stuff

I learned very quickly when photographing the Brown Boobies in flight that I could always get the perfect exposure by creating a test image of the super-bright limestone on the promontory in the lower left corner. I work in Manual mode so all that I would do was adjust the shutter speed as the sun came in and out so that my test image showed some blinkies on the rocks (as seen by the red highlight alert splotches above in the Photo Mechanic screen capture). It did not matter if the sun was blasting bright or if a nice cloud covered the sun.

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This image was created on the morning of February 12 on Cayman Brac with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 290mm) and the Nikon D850. ISO 400: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:44am on a sunny morning with just slight edge off the sun.

Center Group (grp)/Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Brown Booby in flight with wings raised looking at cliff

Got a Title?

If you can think of neat, clever, or catchy title for this image, please leave a comment.

The Optimized Image

After converting the image in ACR that first thing that I did was level it. Then it was the usual stuff: fill in the big empty triangles using with John Heado Content Aware Fill, use a large flopped Quick Mask — refined by the addition of a Regular Layer Mask as per APTATS– to cover the limestone rock, Eye Doctor work, my NIK 40/40 recipe on the bird only, and a Contrast Mask on to quasi-sharpen the face.


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25 comments to Got a Title?

  • Hi Artie

    There seems to be no detail in the lower part of the Boobyies torso, its a difficult to get the exposure bang on with pied plumage, I find if I import the raw file via the program Bridge in Photoshop you can just the slider on the high lights and bring back some detail in the whites, am I teaching you all to suck eggs?

    Best wishes and love


  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    I’ve gotta soar!

  • avatar Jeff Friedhoffer

    This is my best side
    Camera Shy

  • avatar Ar

    Rabbit Ears! a/k/a old TV Antenna

  • avatar John Johnson

    Somebody say fish?

  • avatar Barrett Pierce

    Where is my Valentine?

  • avatar Rodney Flowers

    “Air Ballerina” as the pose reminded me of a ballerina with their arms stretched up and toes pointing down.

  • avatar Johann Mey

    “If I keep falling like this, I better guard my nuts”

  • avatar Warren Robb

    “YMCA” was the first title that popped into my head before seeing other comments. The second was “Yeah Boobies”.

  • avatar Jaap Coorens

    How about “Ascension”

  • avatar David Policansky

    “No, you booby! THIS is how to fly!”

    Lovely image. I also like YMCA.

    Probable typo: Photo Mechanic is “lightning fast,” not “lighting fast” (but somehow “lighting fast” makes a weird kind of sense).

  • avatar todd bendt

    How about “Winged Victory”.

  • avatar frank sheets

    I like “ymca” suggested by Randall. One of the things I am missing on your Nikon raw images is the showing of the active AF point that is available in DPP4. If Nikon or others have not developed this option in their software, advantage Canon. Safe travels Artie and happy Valentines day and still visit the blog daily, Canon or Nikon.

    PS: Having trouble daily opening the blog. For some reason my Mac can’t find the server initially. Sometimes several attempts are require to open the blog. May be my issue here, but just saying.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      AF points coming soon thanks to Nikon Veiw NX-i. All the flight images are center group (grp) so not much to look at 🙂

      The blog opens fine and quickly here on Cayman Brac …

      with love, artie

    • avatar Muhammad Arif

      I have the same issue. Sometimes, it will take several attempts to open the site. It happens on two different machines – one at work, one at home – both running Windows.

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    How about “If I were still using Canon this would have been out of focus”?

    with love, artie

  • All together now “YMCA”

  • avatar Joe Randle

    Good morning Artie,
    “No Card…?”

    Enjoy your time… Thanks for your daily posts…

    Happy Valentine Day…


  • avatar Mark Jordan

    How about “High Flyer”.

  • avatar Brian E. Small

    Hi Artie,

    I’m enjoying your posts from Cayman Brac. I’m just curious if you’re finding other subjects beyond Brown Booby to photograph? If so, what other bird species are you seeing?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Brian, There is not much else here. Maybe a few mockingbirds and an endemic parrot in a large and cluttered preserve.

      with love, artie