Exposing to the Washed Out Right … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

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The Streak

Today makes two hundred sixty-eight days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took several hours to prepare including the time spent on the all-new San Diego IPT card. 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.

Thanks to the Patient

With the injured shoulder, the recently concluded DeSoto IPT, and the hernia surgery, I have gotten more than a bit behind on e-mails, especially some Used Gear Sales business. Many thanks for your patience. I’ve had lots of time to rest lately and am almost caught up.

Dark-siders: Please Do Not Take This Personally

I have been saying this for a while: after many years in the business of brokering used gear sales, one pattern that I have seen is that most Nikon folks think that their stuff is worth a lot more than it actually is. That especially with the potential sales of the older 600mm lenses, most of which weigh in the 12-14 pound range. If you can shed any light as to why this might be the case, I’d love to hear from you.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

New Listings

Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (the old five) plus LensCoat

Allen Dale is offering a Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens (the original version) in very good to excellent condition for the BAA record-low price of $3399.00. The sales includes the lens trunk, the front leather cover, the rear lens cap, a Camo LensCoat®, and insured ground shipping via major courier. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Allen via e-mail or by phone at 956.961.4140 (Central time.)

The 500mm f/4 lenses have been the world’s most popular telephoto lenses for birds, nature, wildlife, and sports for many decades. I owned and used and loved my “old five” for many years. If you don’t have the cash for the 500 II and can handle the additional 1 1/2 pounds, then this is your best super-telephoto option. Most everyone can produce sharp images with this lens and a 1.4X TC. Folks with good to excellent sharpness techniques can do the same with a 2X TC. With the new 500 II selling for $8,999 you can save a neat $5600 by grabbing Allen’s copy of the “old five” right now. artie

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

David Ramirez is offering a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM in excellent plus condition for the BAA record low price of $796.00. The only sign of wear is where the lens hood (included) mounts to the front of the lens. The lens was cleaned and checked by CPS in 2016. The sale includes front and rear lens caps, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to US addresses only. Photos available on request. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact David via e-mail or by phone at 1-541-892-3726 (Pacific Time).

The 16-35 II is a superb landscape lens that can be used on occasion to create some stunning bird-scapes as well. The practically identical version III of this lens sells for $1999 new; purchase David’s s lens and save $1204.00 on the cost of a new Series III model. artie

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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers 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.

HEGU-ACR-streak

This image was created on the 1st San Diego IPT on the morning of January 18, 2018 at La Jolla, CA 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 437mmm — and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/250 sec. at f/8. AWB at at 8:11am on a slightly overcast morning.

Center Large Zone/AI Servo AF(Continuous with Nikon)/Shutter Button/ (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the gull’s forehead just above and slightly forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Heermann’s Gull, adult wing stretch/with the ACR defaults settings

Exposing to the Washed Out Right …

Above are the ACR default settings for today’s featured; note the RGB values for the brightest WHITEs on the top of the bird’s head: 252, 252, 253. I usually like to keep my WHITEs in the mid-240s with Nikon but in soft light I am fine going a bit higher. Note also that white feathers in soft light rarely if ever show any detail. Take a look also at the left side of the histogram, the side where the dark tones live. There is no data at all on the left side of the histogram. That tells us that we have done an excellent job of exposing to the right so that the image looks washed out and faded on the back of he camera (as is proper). It is also telling us that our dark tones are too light. Scroll down to see what happens on the left side of the histogram once we set the black point.

HEGUL-ACR-after

This image was created on the 1st San Diego IPT on the morning of January 14, 2018 at La Jolla, CA 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 437mmm — and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 1250. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/8. AWB at 10:20am on a foggy, overcast morning at 7:56am.

One AF point up and one to the left of the center AF point/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the gull’s forehead just above and slightly forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Heermann’s Gull, adult wing stretch/with my ACR adjustments

The ACR Settings for Today’s Featured Image

Here I moved the Black slider to left while holding down the Alt key until some splotches began to appear. Then I backed off just a bit (to -43) while still holding down the Alt key. When the splotches disappeared I knew that I had a good value for the Black point. If you click on the screen capture above to enlarge it, you can clearly see that the dark tones go much farther to the left side of the histogram than they did with the default settings. Note that I increased the contrast in the image without touching the Contrast slider …

I no longer move the Clarity slider to +20 by rote. Instead, I move the slider to the right slowly to taste. I usually wind up between +5 and +10. In this screen capture you get a better look at the the distracting streak.

Heerman's-Gull,-soft-light-wing-stretch-_J1I0081--La-Jolla,-CA

This image was created on the 1st San Diego IPT on the morning of January 14, 2018 at La Jolla, CA 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 437mmm — and the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. ISO 1250. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/8. AWB at 10:20am on a foggy, overcast morning at 7:56am.

One AF point up and one to the left of the center AF point/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the gull’s forehead just above and slightly forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Heermann’s Gull, adult wing stretch/Optimized

The Optimized Image

Most of the important work here was done during the RAW conversion. I did execute a 3X2 crop from the right and above to tighten things up. A flopped Quick Mask refined by a Regular Layer Mask was used to to cover the distracting streak. Then I put the whole thing on a layer, ran a 65-pixel Gaussian Blur on that, added an Inverse (Black or Hide-all) Mask, and painted in the blur where needed to smooth out the background. I reduced the MAGENTA saturation to eliminate the slight color cast in the grey feathers and lightened the iris just a bit to finish things off.

I love the soft light and all the angles in this image. Heermann’s Gulls are quite beautiful and are common in San Diego in January.

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The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II)

Your guessed it, everything mentioned above and tons more is covered in detail in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. Learn more and check out the free excerpt in the blog post here. While the new e-Guide reflects my Macbook Pro/Photo Mechanic/DPP 4/Photoshop workflow, folks using a PC and/or BreezeBrowser will also benefit greatly by studying the material on DB II. Do note that you will find the RGB Curves Adjustment Color Balancing tutorial only in the new e-guide. Note: folks working on a PC and/or those who do not want to miss anything Photoshop may wish to purchase the original Digital Basics along with DB II while saving $15 by clicking here to buy the DB Bundle.

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4 comments to Exposing to the Washed Out Right …

  • avatar Don M.

    Hi Artie,

    I have used the Browning Hell’s Canyon packable rain jacket in many conditions including rain and am very pleased. It’s quiet and comfortable. Pants are also available.

    Keep healing!

    Don M.

  • avatar Wayne

    Regarding rain gear, Frog Toggs work great and I would highly recommend them. They are light, flexible, readily available, and not real expensive. They are used by most fishermen and come in a wide variety.

  • avatar Adam

    Artie, glad you are feeling better. Were there any blinkies on the camera histogram? Also, I’ve found new love for the Canon 100-400 IS ii with the 1.4x iii TC as long as I am relatively close to the subject (with distance, the IQ breaks down quickly as compared to the 400 DO IS ii or 300 2.8 IS ii). With its great MFD, compact size, and IS, if I ever get to Galapagos, it may be my go to lens! Thanks for all you do.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Adam. Me too, but I needed to take a pain pill when I got up from my nap.

      With distance you might be hand-holding that is spoiling the sharpness … Or not. Yes, I will miss my 100-400 II on my next Galapagos trip. You need to get yourself on my trip as it is the best in the world.

      with love, artie

      ps: No blinkies with this image but with Nikon I push most of the stuff even further to the right …