The Army Corps of Engineers Cranes. Lots of of new Used Gear listings. And Nikon & Canon AF Tip for Tight Action « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Army Corps of Engineers Cranes. Lots of of new Used Gear listings. And Nikon & Canon AF Tip for Tight Action

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Here is the blog problem short story. Thanks to Rick Tuley and his son we learned the some large DNS servers were no longer routing traffic to three of my websites, most importantly the blog. Cloudflare (1.1.1.1) and Quad9 (9.9.9.9) had dropped my sites and sent return messages stating that the server could no longer be found. Best of all they knew why: the domain for the name servers had lapsed. Once we investigated that things got strange. The domain was bird-photographers.net. While I do own birdphotographers.net I had no idea where the extra hyphen had come from. After many hours on the phone with Network Solutions and many hours of online chatting with URL Jet on Saturday, we were assigned two new name servers. But when we tried to change from the old name servers to the new name servers it stated that the new ones were not valid. After another few hours chatting with URL Jet on Sunday the guy who had been helping us on Saturday asked, “Did you register the two new name servers with Network Solutions? I said, “Huh?” Then I gave him my Network Solutions log-in info and password and he registered them. At 8:30pm on Sunday was I successfully able to load the two new name servers. I would be remiss in not mentioning that James Shadle’s son Blake worked hand in hand with us all weekend long and was finally able to load the new name servers onto the Bird Photographers.Net domain dashboard at Domain/Dotster.com which hosts BPN.

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We were told from the get-go that once the new name servers were in place it would take two to 72 hours for them to propagate, to be recognized by the large DNS servers. The screen capture above is from From whatsmyDNS.Net at 6:53am on Wednesday. The strange thing to me is that both the locations and the green checks and the red X-s change every few minutes. A location that shows a green check mark one minute might show a red-X the next. I was told that this is normal due to fluctuation in the propagation. But that does not make sense to me. How can a DNS server recognize a new name server and then un-recognize it? The proof will be in the pudding tonight (Wednesday, May 23, 2018) at 8:40pm, the 72 hour mark. In an ideal world all locations should show green check marks at that time …

The good news is that nearly all the folks who had not been able to access the blog are now able to.

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This Just In: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Available!

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR is a difficult lens to find. Most folks have to wait months to purchase. If you would like to save a few bucks, please contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) immediately and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order.

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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.

Nikon 600mm f/4 G IF-ED VR & TC-E14II

Todd Meyer is offering a used Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR lens in excellent condition for the BAA record low price of $5595. The sale includes a LensCoat, a Wimberley low foot, the rear lens caps, the travel case, both hoods, a TC-E14 II, and insured shipping via UPS Ground. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Todd via e-mail.

The 600 f/4 lenses are ideal for those who do birds and wildlife. The newer lighter version, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens (designated by “E” rather than “G” after the f/4) weighs 8.4 pounds but costs $12,296.95. Thus, Todd’s lens is a great buy for someone young and relatively strong who would like to save either a large chunk of money. artie

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Jim Keener is offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body in excellent condition for the great low price of $1149.00. The sale includes the front body cap, the charger, the original battery, and insured ground shipping via to continental US addresses only. The package will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Jim via e-mail or by phone at 310-741-7435 (9am-9pm Mountain time).Carl via e-mail.

I owned and used this superb, full frame, 22mp digital body for several years. It was always my first choice for scenic, Urbex (urban exploration), and flower photography until I fell in love for a while with the 5DS R (for a lot more money!). Then I switched to the 5D IV body. In addition, I loved my 5D III body for birds with my big lenses and both TCs. I used mine to create many dozens of high quality images. Then I switched to Nikon. Jim’s body can be yours for a bargain price. artie

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Jim Keener is also offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens in like-new condition for the BAA record low price of $1099.00. The sale includes a RRS Arca-Swiss plate, the soft lens case, the front and rear lens caps, the tripod collar, the hood, the original box, and insured ground shipping via to continental US addresses only. The package will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Jim via e-mail or by phone at 310-741-7435 (9am-9pm Mountain time).Carl via e-mail.

The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is an amazingly versatile lens; I made a zillion great images with it when I was using Canon. It works well with both the 1.4X III and the 2X III TCs, even with the 7D II! It is easily hand holdable. It is great for tame birds, landscapes, urbex, indoor stuff likes concerts and recitals, and just about anything you want to photograph. A new 70-200 II currently sells for $1,949 so you can save a cool $850 by buying Jim’s lens at a great low price. artie

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Larry Padgett is offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body in excellent condition for the $1224.00 The sale includes the front body cap, the charger, the strap, original battery, everything else that came in the box, and insured ground shipping via to continental US addresses only. The package will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Larry via e-mail or by phone at 1-520.444.9818 Pacific time).

I owned and used this superb, full frame, 22mp digital body for several years. It was always my first choice for scenic, Urbex (urban exploration), and flower photography until I fell in love for a while with the 5DS R (for a lot more money!). Then I switched to the 5D IV body. In addition, I loved my 5D III body for birds with my big lenses and both TCs. I used mine to create many dozens of high quality images. Then I switched to Nikon. Jim’s body can be yours for a bargain price. artie

Canon 24-105mm L IS Lens

Charlie Curry is offering a Canon 24-105mm L IS lens in near-mint condition for the great low price of $424.00. The sale includes the front and rear caps, the lens hood, and insured ground shipping via major courier to continental US addresses only. Your lens will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Charlie via e-mail or by phone at 1-407-448-7797 (Eastern time).

When I shot Canon, I rarely made a trip or headed out to the beach without my 24-105 in my Xtra-hand vest. Whenever I’d leave this amazingly versatile B-roll lens behind, I’d wind up regretting it. I use it for bird-scapes, photographer-scapes, landscapes, mini-macro scenes that included bird feathers, dead birds, and nests with eggs (the latter only when and if the nest can be photographed without jeopardizing it), and just about anything else that catches my eye. While I am nowhere near as good as Denise Ippolito is with this lens, I have made lots of good and saleable images with mine, the old version. artie

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

Charlie Curry is also offering a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens in mint condition for a BAA record-low $795.00. The sale includes the front and back lens covers, the soft case, the EW-88 lens hood, and insured ground shipping via major courier to continental US addresses only.

Please contact Charlie via e-mail or by phone at 1-407-448-7797 (Eastern 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 Charlie’s s lens and save $1205.00 on the cost of a new Series III model. artie

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Patrick Sparkman saved $350 on a recent purchase!



Booking.Com

Several folks on the DeSoto IPT used the Booking.Com link below, got great rates, and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


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.

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This image was created on May 18, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens (at 90mm) and the Nikon D850. ISO 400. Matrix metering at about -1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/200 sec. at f/10. AUTO1 WB at 7:50am on a cloudy morning.

A single AF point about one up and three to the right of the center AF point was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was right on the two eggs. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5.

Image #1: Two eggs in new Sandhill Crane nest

The Discovery

I discovered this nest on my first walk down by the lake in several weeks. I was walking out on the pier with the 200-500 and the D5. The pier is the longest fresh water pier in the state of Florida. Anyhoo, when I saw a crane sitting on a nest on a tiny grassy peninsula right along the shore I realized instantly that it was the same pair that had lost a floating nest right offshore of the same location during the big storm on the Sunday of the DeSoto IPT. It is likely that when I found the nest it was only a few days old as it was flimsy at best.

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This image was created on May 19, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 800. Matrix metering +2/3 stop; 1/640 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. SUNNY WB at 10:23am on a cloudy day.

3D tracking//Shutter Button/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system selected and AF point on the back of the crane’s head roughly on the same plane as its eye.

Phase detection AF Fine-tune value: +4.

Image #2: Sandhill Crane gathering nesting material

Hard at Work

For the next two mornings the two adults worked furiously at shoring up the nest with reeds, roots, mud, and rotting grasses. As their motions were relatively fast when I was working tight I went with 3D tracking AF in hopes of getting a few sharp ones in a very difficult situation. With Canon I would have likely gone to Center Large Zone.

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This image was created on May 21, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens (at 125mm) and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/400 sec. at f/5.6. AUTO1 WB at 8:30am on a rainy morning.

A single AF point two up from the center AF point was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was right on the crane’s face. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5.

Image #3: Sandhill Crane on the shored up nest

Army Corps of Engineers Cranes

Compare the size and bulk of the nest in Image 3 with the size and bulk of the nest in image #1. Those cranes were very busy. I am hoping against hope that the nest hatches before I head to Toronto and Finland and Norway on the 28th.

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6 comments to The Army Corps of Engineers Cranes. Lots of of new Used Gear listings. And Nikon & Canon AF Tip for Tight Action

  • avatar Brian Dillon

    Just a thought about your DNS changing every few minutes. They are almost certainly using a load balancer in front of multiple DNS servers. Its a common way to make sure that a site can sustain heavy traffic. So behind DNS1, there are 3 servers. If all 3 are not up to date, each time you come back to check, it may hit a different server, causing it to appear as though the same server is losing the info.

  • Wish you capture the chicks going out and swimming on the first day. Would be good fun and a learning experience for me to compare my images of Sarus Crane with that of Sandhill. The incubation period for Sarus is an average of 31 Days (between 26 & 36 Days). Would think it is the same, more or less, for other Crane Species too. The only shot I do not have of a Sarus Crane is when it is mating.

  • Hey Arthur, Looks like you were out in the rain. I love images of birds in rain/snow. The third image is my favorite love the drenched bird. Good luck on getting those chicks before your trip.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Thanks for the explanation and the good images. Mark Harrington: The Lofoten Islands are a group of islands that are famous for several reasons, including seminal studies of cod fisheries. They are beautiful–apparently like everything else in Norway–and are on my bucket list too.

  • avatar Mark Harrington

    Hi Artie. Are you going to Lofoten Island in Norway? It is on my bucket list. I’m not sure if it is a single island or a group of islands. Have a great trip.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      No. We are going to the Verlanger peninsula, for Ruffs in breeding plumage …

      with love, artie