Facing Away: Why Did I Make An Image If I Knew It In The Field? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Facing Away: Why Did I Make An Image If I Knew It In The Field?

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I went down to the lake to visit my Opossum Road Kill Cafe. The Black Vultures did a nice job on the carcass. It took a while to get into position but I did get some nice images with the tripod mounted 200-500 and the D5. Photo soon. I spent most of the rest of the day packing for my short trip to Phoenix. Jim drove me up to an airport hotel after dinner so that he did not have to wake at 2am tomorrow. My flight is at 6:20am. I connect in Dallas

There are lots of new Sale Pendings on the Used Gear Page here as the action continues to be hot and heavy.

When It Rains It Pours

I was pretty sure by 4pm on Monday afternoon that I have an inguinal hernia on my right side. I had one on my left side that was surgically repaired with a web about ten or fifteen years ago. Between the time I discovered the hernia until I had the surgery I did Africa, the Bear Boat, and a Galapagos trip. The year was 2006 I think.

Oh yeah, the shoulder still hurts too. πŸ™‚

The Streak

Today makes two hundred forty-seven days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about an hour to prepare including the time spent on the image optimizations. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to try to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity 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 questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

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This image was created on morning of Thursday, January 12 at the Gilbert Water Ranch in Phoenix, AZ. 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 1.4X III, and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 1000 (via ISO Safety Shift). Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops in Tv mode: 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6. K 7500 at 7:43am in quasi-fire-in-the-mist conditions.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: +3.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/shutter button AF as originally framed; the selected AF point Click here to see the last version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see the spectacular larger version.

Canada Goose flapping

What I See …

When I look at the optimized image above I see a goose facing us and flapping with the bird’s apparently larger right wing closest to us and the bird’s apparently smaller left wing farthest from us. I see the bird angled about 45 degrees toward us. It seems that we are looking at the underside of each wing. Appearances can be deceiving.

Another Optical Illusion?

From the recent Potpourri blog post here:

Is the goose in today’s featured image facing toward us or away?

Two out of three folks who commented on the blog, on my two Facebook pages, and on the NANPA Facebook page, thought that the bird was 100% facing away. About one out of three folks who commented on the blog, on my two Facebook pages, and on the NANPA Facebook page, thought that the bird was 100% facing toward us. Most were adamant as to how they knew they were right.

Scroll down to see the foolproof answer.

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This image was created on morning of Thursday, January 12 at the Gilbert Water Ranch in Phoenix, AZ. 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 1.4X III, and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 1000 (via ISO Safety Shift). Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops in Tv mode: 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6. K 7500 at 7:43am in quasi-fire-in-the-mist conditions.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: +3.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/shutter button AF as originally framed; the selected AF point Click here to see the last version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see the spectacular larger version.

Canada Goose flapping

Facing Away for Sure!

Once you see the much lighter original image, you know that the big goose was in fact facing away and flapping.

Why Did I Make An Image If I Knew In The Field that the Bird Was Facing Away?

Over the past 15 years I have learned that if you are shooting digital in quasi-silhouette situations that it often pays to make some action images in hopes of catching just the right pose for an optical illusion. Some of you may remember the Brown Booby facing optical illusion blog post here. It was exactly the same situation. The bird was facing away. I used a Levels adjustment to create a pure black silhouetted bird. Many were absolutely positive that the bird was facing me and posted their proof. Then I posted a lightened version here and the truth was told.

Similarly, I have had a crane flying away from me into a gorgeous sky at sunset and made an image where everyone would bet their life on the fact that the bird was flying toward me. So if you know that the possibility of creating a neat action optical illusion at sunrise (like the Brown Booby image) or at sunset (like today’s flapping Canada Goose), take a shot. Heck, it’s digital. And with the 1DX II or the D5 and their blazing frame rates your chances are increased.

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10 comments to Facing Away: Why Did I Make An Image If I Knew It In The Field?

  • avatar Roger Botting

    Good luck with the hernia. I had one done a few years ago. It laid me bad!
    The surgery for prostate cancer and for suspected kidney cancer were nowhere as debilitating or slow to recover. But all is well now.
    Chin up, that is how you see birds flying

  • Hey Arthur, A swing and a miss on this one. But i still learned something. Take it easy out there.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks John. I am heading to Gilbert with the 600 in the morning πŸ™‚

      with love, artie

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. In the brown booby silhouette, you provided enough information about the wind, the light, and the topography so that I was able to figure out that the bird had to be facing away. In this goose image, there is no other information to help decide. In both cases, it was impossible for me to be certain which way the bird was facing just from looking at the image, and I even said in my comment on the goose that I wouldn’t be surprised if I was wrong.

    I agree with your general point that it’s better to make the image and then delete it later than to decide prematurely that the image isn’t worth making.

    When I had an inguinal hernia repaired 15 years ago or so it was done laparoscopically and the surgeon repaired two others at the same time. I hope that your self-diagnosis is wrong and that you just strained a muscle, and that if it’s right you get treated well and soon.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks David, Not wrong πŸ™‚ Cough and it hurts in just the right spot. No big deal compared to the shoulder .. I will know a lot more about the shoulder by Monday afternoon … MRI tomorrow.

      with love, Dr. Morris

      • avatar David Policansky

        Artie: Good luck and take care. It’s OK to rest for a while if you need to.

        with love, Dr. Fish

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    I didn’t send in a comment but thought the bird was facing away because it’s legs would have been placed one behind the other if facing forward–an awkward position.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Even going by the legs your brain can get fooled the exact same way …

      with love, artie

  • avatar Jake

    Amazing! I could have sworn the bird was facing towards the camera!
    Jake

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Me too! I am not sure if it is an optical illusion or a poptical collusion!

      with love, artie