The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part II of Many: Loren Waxman. And Canon Whips Nikon! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part II of Many: Loren Waxman. And Canon Whips Nikon!

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On Monday Amy and I flew to Toronto. We meet up with Anita North tomorrow for our red-eye flight to Helsinki, Finland with a brief stop at Reykjavik, Iceland, arriving around midday. Then we fly to Ivalo, Finland to pick up our rental SUV. We overnight at Ivalo, go food shopping, and then drive north to the Verlanger Peninsula in search of breeding plumage Ruffs. Again …

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #1: Green Iguana, Iguana Park, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

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The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher

Arthur Morris — May 29, 2018. Indian Lake Estates, FL

I first met Loren Waxman Portland architect/real estate developer on the 2017 San Diego IPT, the scene of the lost rental car keys fiasco. Though we had just met Loren stuck with me through that frantic episode. When the smoke cleared, Loren had one simple request: please help me become a better bird photographer. Over the past 18 months he has — as you can see by the splendid collection of his images here today — worked very hard to become just that. He subsequently joined me on the 2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT, the August 2017 Galapagos Photo-Cruise of a Lifetime, and the 2018 Fort DeSoto Spring IPT. He was a guest at my home for a few days this past April and will be joining us on the Falklands Land-based IPT at the end of this year.

All recent Galapagos IPTs have begun with an introductory practice session at the wonderful iguana park in Guayaquil. If you would like to join us in the Galapagos on my last IPT to this famed iconic location, please get in touch via e-mail.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #2: Frigatebird feeding chick, North Seymour Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

Loving 840mm

A quick glance at Loren’s images here reveal that like me, he is in love with his 600mm/1.4XTC/high mega-pixel, full frame camera body. I am not sure if I ever took my 600 to the Galapagos … That tells you that Loren is young and strong and dedicated.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens with the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 140mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #3: Galapagos Penguin swimming next to panga (zodiac), Punta Espinosa, Galapagos, Ecuador
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

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Quick Thinking and Quick Reflexes …

Photographing Galapagos Penguins in the water is a tricky proposition; they are fast swimmers and you never know where they will pop up. To create the very special image above Loren had his 1-4 pointed down at more than a 45 degree angle.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #4: Sandhill Crane chick running excitedly, Indian Lake Estates, FL
Image courtesy of and copyright 2018: Loren Waxman

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Canon Whips Nikon!

I was standing right to Loren’s left when he made this image with his Canon great. I was pretty sure that I had created a good image or two as the colt ran right at us. None of mine where sharp. My excuse? I had the TC-E14 on my 600. The true story: fast reflexes will triumph over operator error six ways to Sunday.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #5: Hooded Merganser, sleeping drake at Reed College Canyon, Portland, OR.
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

Master the 2X TC

By practicing with a 2X TC on an f/4 super-telephoto lens, most folks can become more than competent and learn to create sharp images at relatively slow shutter speeds.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #6: Acorn Woodpecker at granary tree
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

Habitat Rocks

Here Loren stayed well back from these tame birds in order to create a killer image showing the granary tree. The woodpeckers drill a hole for each acorn that they wish to save.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #7: Clapper Rail bathing, Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

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Understanding Bird Behavior

On the DeSoto IPT I had to leave early on Wednesday morning to meet Dr. Howard who would repair my inguinal hernia that Thursday. I gave Loren a tip on a Clapper Rail I had seen briefly on Tuesday morning. He followed through and absolutely killed it.

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This image was created by Loren Waxman. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Image #8: Anhinga, breeding plumage male, Circle Bar B Ranch, Lakeland, FL
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Loren Waxman

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Circle Bar B Ranch

I have been to this location only once and did not do very well. Loren visited when he was in Florida this spring and did quite well.

Loren and Square Crops …

Not sure why, but Loren loves the square and near-square — I call them boxy — crops. It might be because he spends a lot of time on Instagram …

Thanks to Loren

Thanks to Loren for allowing me to share his images with you here today for his incredible always pleasant manner and smile, for always paying attention ,and for his friendship.

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17 comments to The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part II of Many: Loren Waxman. And Canon Whips Nikon!

  • avatar Neil Hickman

    All are lovely images. Really appreciate you sharing them. The comments above have sent me scampering to a series of perfect reflections I have. Concerning ratios: I have a 27 inch iMac and also a UHD TV. Both are 16:9 ratio. When I compose in this ratio and “nail it” I almost need seat belts on my lounge chair when I view the images on the TV. It really does make a difference when you shoot in the ratio that allows you to see it full frame on large screen.

    • I’m with you on 16×9. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the time that my images are viewed, it’s on a screen and not printed and framed. Filling up a 27″ iMac monitor with a well-composed image is tough to beat. Also, unfortunately, most people view my work on a phone and most phones are 16×9 so there is another point in favor of 16×9. Still, when I went to Washington to see the Natures Best Photography gallery the fact that virtually all of the winners were 3×2/2×3 motivated me to get better at composing in 3×2 and seeing Artie’s use of mostly that ratio is another motivator. Artie is teaching when he doesn’t even realize he is! 🙂 One day I might make an image that’s worth submitting. I’m my worst critic so maybe not. In the meantime, I’m having a great time trying.

  • Thanks Artie for the GREAT feature on your blog!!! Much appreciated!!! I’m grateful for your friendship and thankful to you every time I take a good picture (still 1/1000). I curse you for the other 999. I didn’t anticipate that picking up a camera would lead me to meet SO many great people. Thanks Paul, Tony, Jim, Anita, Noel & Frank for all the kind words! My favorite crop is 2×3. I like the backgrounds as much as the subjects. I’m working hard to improve my backgrounds. Unfortunately, Instagram has led me to using boxy crops. While they expand to 2×3 and 4×5, square crops with the subject large in the frame tends to be the most effective in catching attention amongst the 100’s of images people are looking at daily. Thanks again, Arthur, for giving me a gift to last a lifetime!!! xoxoxoxo Loren.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      The pleasure has been all mine Loren. See you in Santiago, Chile!

      with much love, artie

  • avatar frank sheets

    Paul, you definitely have a different perspective on things! I didn’t look further to see any of those things as you did. Yep, they are all there!

  • avatar Warren Robb

    Artie, you can declare success in fulfilling Loren’s San Diego request, he’s there. Kudos to Loren for giving himself the IPT exposure (pun intended) to learn and the work it takes to put it all into practice.

    My favorite is the frigatebirds because of the composition and behavior captured.

  • avatar Tony Z

    Loren, you’re a freak of nature, and i love you for it. You get more fantastic shots in a day than i do in a year.

    The above shots, i have to say the Anhinga is my favourite! Looks like he’s dancing. I have a preference for really interesting action/poses, or artistic shots, over otherwise perfect portraits. That said the merganser, frigatebirds, and crane are a very close second. If they were mine, i’d have the Anhinga and Merganser printed and on my wall already 🙂

    Just awesome, Loren.
    Cheers
    Tony

  • avatar paul reinstein

    Hi Artie, great pics all, Loren, as usual. I have to agree with Phil and Frank. The hooded merganser is amazing. you can hang that on the wall in any of three directions; one of course is as shot, a hooded merganser, but you can also hang it with the right side up and it looks like an owl, or the right side up and it looks like an alien. In fact, its a great shot to give to a teenager, because he can simply start with the left side up (alien) and as he matures, he can simply rotate it counterclockwise (to reality, and then to modern art). I love the background colors too (lots of color). second has to be the dancing colt. Ah, to be young again. it oozes that youthful energy and joie de vivre, a pleasant feeling to have hanging around. great job loren (who has secretly been shooting for decades but only admits to shooting for about 3 years), and to artie, for stepping up his game.

  • All are beautiful images. I like frigatebird feeding chicks.

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing them with us.

  • Nice images from Loren. It’s very hard to choose a single favorite from a photography point of view but I love hooded Merganser so I guess I’ll choose that one.

    I’m glad you brought up the point about square crops. I’ve been curious for a while about what aspect ratio is “correct”. Personally, I tend to choose the aspect ratio based on what works best for composition. I used to crop to a non-standard ratio that worked best. It’s difficult to get a frame in a non standard ratio so more recently I’ve been trying to use whatever standard ratio (2×3, 1×1, 4×5, 5×7 16×9) that comes closest to making the composition good. I’ve noticed that you nearly always use 2×3. While visiting the Smithsonian and the Nature’s Best Gallery, I noticed that most of the images there were also 2×3. Cropping to 1×1 for Instagram used to be required but these days you can use whatever ratio you like there. The thumbnail though will be cropped to 1×1. If you don’t mind, I’d love to hear your thoughts on aspect ratio.

    Thank you, Artie!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Phil, Thanks for your thoughtful comments and question. I have a liking for 3X2 and 2X3 — 100% personal preference of course — but I too will crop to any proportion that makes sense to my eye.

      with love, artie

  • avatar frank sheets

    Hi Artie, Nice stuff Loren! Though to choose a favorite, however it would have the be Merganser for me. The light is amazing and I like the bird back in the frame showing off the surroundings. The soft foreground and background add a bunch. Compared to the others, this one creates a mood I like. “Tranquil” would be the word that describes it. Second best, the Colt. Thanks for sharing these!

    Frank

  • avatar Noel Heustis

    Loren – You know I love that Clapper Rail shot. I was with him, and I can tell you we were both thrilled to see such an amazing bird! I have to say my favorite of the bunch is the Anhinga from Circle B. While it is easy to find subjects there, it is not easy to find subjects with perfect backgrounds. I love the neck and head position; the beautiful breeding plumage; and the perfect, clean green background.

    The running, jumping excited chick is great, and I love the iguana shot. Sorry – tough to keep comments to just one shot. Loren you have done well my friend.

  • avatar Jim Spilman

    Loren: Clapper Rail bathing….stunningly real— right down to the drops of water….so, I guess it is time for a 600 for my 5d IV.