Head Angle Ramifications and a Huge Revelatory Eye Brightness Question … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Head Angle Ramifications and a Huge Revelatory Eye Brightness Question ...

Pre-Stuff

I accidentally hit Publish on this post while working on it on Sunday afternoon. I did take it down almost immediateley but some folks got the notice … All can enjoy it now. 🙂

Stuff

I did not sleep too well on Saturday night while enjoying some sharp pain as the surgical site heals. I was feeling noticeably better on Sunday morning so I laid off the pain pills but succumbed and took two at 2pm. The pain from hernia surgery might best be described as being stuck in the groin by a very sharp knife, that followed by a whack or two in the same general area with a large hammer. The good news is that I removed the clear plastic bandage on Sunday afternoon and the incision looks good with no redness or swelling and the steri-strips in place. All in all, things are going well as I have no pain at all when I am sitting still.

Thanks for all the rain gear advice; I will be exploring and shopping soon.

If you would like advance info on a near-mint 5D IV and some neat Canon lenses including a 100-400II, please shoot me an e-mail.

The Streak

Today makes two hundred sixty-seven days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one several hours to prepare. 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.

Rain Gear Help Needed

If you have rain gear (top and bottom) that you love, that is rugged, that is not rubberized, and that actually keeps your butt dry even when sitting in a puddle, please do share. And please be specific. A link is fine.

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 will have lots of time to rest for the next week and will be catching 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, some 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.

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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.

Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF ED Lens

Massive Price Drop of $845.00!

Multiple IPT veteran Sam Hogue who was on the last Japan IPT is offering a used Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF ED lens in excellent condition for the BAA record low price by far of $1850 (was $2695). The sale includes a LensCoat, a RRS mounting plate, the front cover, the rear cap, the original felt lined, padded lens bag, and insured shipping via UPS Priority. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Sam via e-mail­­­.

This versatile lens is now priced to sell instantly. 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.

Head Angle Ramifications and a Huge Revelatory Eye Brightness Question …

In the Picking a Keeper/5001 Versus 5013 blog post here, I posted four questions; they follow here along with my comments:

  • 1-What is the single thing about image 5001 that is much better than in image 5013?
  • Everyone nailed #1 by mentioning the more dynamic pose with the wide open bill.

  • 2-What is the single thing about image 5013 that is much better than in image 5001?
  • With #2 most folks mentioned the perfect head angle in 5013. Some mentioned the brighter eye. So I must ask:

    Why was the eye so much brighter in 5013 than in 5001? (There are actually two reasons, but one of them should be revelatory for most folks …)

  • 3-Which image would you choose to optimize?
  • It was almost unanimous for 5013. But there were a few additional things about 5013 that were better than in 5001. Some were mentioned in the comments on the original blog post and I mention some below.

  • 4-What is the best anything goes plan for optimizing 5001?

Mitch Haimov figured out what I would do when he wrote:

Hey, Artie. I mostly agree with others’ responses to your questions. But, since you said “anything goes,” I think you would transplant the eye from 5013 to 5001.

And that is exactly what I did. But doing it right involved some fancy stepping in Photoshop. Scroll down for details.

Brandt's-Cormorant-yawning-_DSC5001--La-Jolla,-CA

This image was created on the 2nd San Diego IPT on the morning of January 31 at La Jolla, CA with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:20am on a clear day.

One to the left and one up from the center Group (grp)/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The upper AF point in the array was just below and forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image for a larger version.

Brandt’s Cormorant, gular panting with wide yawn

5001

This is the straight up version of 5001. Compare it with the straight up version of 5013 below.

Brandt's-Cormorant-gular-panting-_DSC5013--La-Jolla,-CA

This image was created on the 2nd San Diego IPT on the morning of January 31 at La Jolla, CA with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:20am on a clear day.

One to the left and one up from the center Group (grp)/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The upper AF point in the array was just below and forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image for a larger version.

Brandt’s Cormorant, gular panting with wide yawn

5013

This is the straight up version of 5013. Compare it with the straight up version of 5001 above. In addition to the eye being brighter, the blues of the gular pouch are brighter …

What do you think caused the blues in the gular pouch of 5013 to be brighter than the blues in the gular pouch in 5001?

Brandt's-Cormorant-yawning-eye-replaced--_DSC5001--La-Jolla,-CA

This image was created on the 2nd San Diego IPT on the morning of January 31 at La Jolla, CA with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:20am on a clear day.

One to the left and one up from the center Group (grp)/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The upper AF point in the array was just below and forward of the bird’s eye. Click on the image for a larger version.

Brandt’s Cormorant, gular panting with wide yawn, the optimized version

The Best of Both Worlds

It is easy to do a sloppy job with any eye transplant, especially with this one. I painted a Quick Mask of the bright eye in 5013 and moved it (V) roughly into place onto 5001. Then, working large, I reduced the opacity of the new eye layer to 50%. This allowed me to center the two pupils. But, the size and shape and orientation of the new eye was all wrong. I hit Command T and squashed the eye a bit by moving one of the middle love handles down a bit. I made it a bit smaller by holding down the Shift key and moving one of the corner love handles in. And then I re-oriented it by working with the double-arrow outside the Transform box. Then I hit Enter but I was still not done. I added a Regular Layer Mask and erased all of the surrounding eye skin so that only the iris and the pupil remained. It never hurts to pay attention to all the small details.

Next I selected the gular pouch with the Quick Selection Tool (W), increased the BLUE saturation 30%, and then added 30 points of MAGENTA to the BLUEs in Selective Color. I am quit happy with the results.

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5 comments to Head Angle Ramifications and a Huge Revelatory Eye Brightness Question …

  • Used Nikon long lens pricing question from above. Having used Nikon and Canon over the last 20yrs I found it much easier to find used Canon 500 and 600 lenses all over the place. Nikon, not so much, simply supply and demand Art. Maybe things have changed recently but finding good Canon long lenses was always much easier.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Rob,

      With all due respect, you reasoning does not make sense. Simple supply and demand would indicate that Nikon prices would be high if demand were high. But demand is very low and Nikon folks simply do not want to price the lenses to sell. For example, I have had a new-in-the-box Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR Lens listed for $7,999 since November 2015. With zero interest. Strangely enough B&H offered $4,000 for that lens in 8+ condition and subsequently offered the same $4,000 for the brand new copy. So I must ask, where is the demand? There is simply not a lot of demand for lenses that weigh 12+ pounds …

      with love, artie

  • avatar Warren H

    Why was the eye so much brighter in 5013 than in 5001?

    Head Angle! Get the angle right and the light from behind you (where it should be) will light up the eye!

  • avatar kevin Hice

    Glad to hear your doing better Artie. We all want to get better quickly,I am very impatient as well. The eye looks great. As for the brightness of the gular patch in the bird with the yawn the light is shining through making it lighter.You are so right little details in a photo can make a big difference.Would you use the color slider to add some color to the patch?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      The light was from the front not the rear … That said I am not sure that you might not be right. What do you mean by the light was shining through it? Why might that be true in 5013 but not in 5001???

      I described in the text how I boosted the color.

      with love, artie