Louie’s Life-changing IPT. Luis, You are killing yourself with food … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Louie's Life-changing IPT. Luis, You are killing yourself with food ...

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I have really been enjoying my swims each afternoon along with Florida’s gorgeous weather.

Being open to seemingly serendipitous encounters and following through on them can have some wonderful results. IPT participant Luis Alberto Grunauer is in the process of experiencing just that. You will surely find his story below interesting and possibly inspiring. Feel free to leave a comment for Luis. Also, let us know which of Luis’s images is your favorite. And why.

If you would like a copy of the Health Basics File, please get in touch via e-mail.

IPT Updates

$200 late registration discount on the Spoonbill Boat IPT! Scroll down for the details.

Unsolicited via e-mail from multiple IPT veteran Donna Bourdon

Thank you Artie for another amazing trip! The setting and the access to such spectacular wildlife was more than we could have hoped for. And you, yourself are remarkable. I am always touched by your selflessness in sharing your professional talent and knowledge. Not many working pros would be willing to share their intellectual property as you do. And the group experience was such fun. It was good to make new friends and enjoy food, fun and fellowship together! I hope to meet up with everyone again soon for another “over the top” adventure. with love, Donna

Unsolicited via e-mail from IPT veteran Eugen Dolan

Arthur, Thank you very much for your overwhelming infectious enthusiasm that helped get me up on some mornings. Also, your ability to express yourself- and explain in great detail why you like or may not like an image – was very helpful in allowing me to better analyze my images. Eugen

I have room for two folks on the spoonbill boat and still need three or four folks for the Galapagos trip. Please shoot me an e-mail to learn about late registration discounts for both the Spoonbill Boat and Galapagos trips.

  • The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 2. $200 late registration discount
  • The 2019 Fort DeSoto Spring IPT/THURS 18 APRIL through the morning session on SUNDAY APRIL 21, 2019: 3 1/2 DAYS: $1549. Limit 8/Openings: 4. Meet and greet at 7PM on the evening of WED 17 APRIL.
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  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. July 23 to August 6, 2019 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,499. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 4. Please e-mail to learn about the huge late registration discount for this trip.


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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens/with Extras!

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Multiple IPT veteran and good friend Paul Reinstein is offering a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM in excellent plus condition — it would be near-mint but for a few small paint chips on the bottom of the lens foot — for the BAA record-low price of $6,799.00. (was $7099.00). The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, the original tough front lens cover, the lens strap, the instruction manual, the original product box, a LensCoat,a LensCoat Hoodie that has been modified to make it easier to install over the LensCoat, and insured ground shipping via major courier to US addresses only. Photos are available upon request. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Paul e-mail or by phone or text message at 1-310-946-9031 (Pacific time zone).

The 500 f/4 super telephoto lenses have long been the world’s most popular for birds,nature, wildlife, and sports for many decades. Canon’s Series II version is light, fast, super-sharp, and produces amazing images with both the 1.4X and 2X III TCs. The 500 II is relatively small, easily hand holdable for some folks, and is much easier travel with, focuses closer than, and costs a lot less than the 600 II. Lastly, and you might find this amazing, the magnification for the 500 II is the same as it is for the 600 II: .15X. How is that possible? Magnification is calculated at the minimum focusing distance of the lens — 12.14 feet (3.7 meters) for the 500 II and 14.77 feet (4.5 meters) for the 600 II. Simply put, the 500 II focuses more than two feet closer than the 600 II. The seller for the last one that sold here had five calls the first day; the first four folks quibbled on price. The fifth one jumped right on it … Please do not tarry if you are seriously interested in Paul’s lens as it should sell almost instantly. Or not 🙂 As the 500 II goes for $8999 new you will be getting an almost new lens while saving $1900.00. I loved my 500 II 🙂 artie

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On February 25, 2019, I will be presenting “Lessons from the Field – BIRDS AS ART Style” for the Orlando Camera Club. They told me that they did not want to see beautiful images as they would rather learn. I told them that I would need to show them lots of beautiful images during the course of the lessons. 🙂 I will be working hard on this brand new program for the next three weeks. The program is scheduled for 6:15 – 8:00pm at the Marks Senior Center, 99 E Marks Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you learned about the program through the blog be sure to come up for a hug.

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Arthur Morris will present “Lessons from the Field – BIRDS AS ART Style”. This slide-illustrated lecture will feature hundred’s of Artie’s spectacular photographs. As he shares images from his favorite locations around the globe he will be telling us about the birds and other creatures that he photographs and about the equipment and techniques that he uses to create his images. Topics to be covered include getting close to free and wild birds, flight photography, getting the right exposure, and image design. A selection of books and CDs will be available.

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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.

This image was created on January 22, 2019 on an afternoon San Diego IPT photo session. I used the hand held i-Phone 8+.

Luis Alberto Grunauer at the beach at sunset

Scroll down to learn about Cliff Oliver’s The iPhone Photography e-Guide.

Luis “Louie” Alberto Grunauer

Luis’s first contact with BIRDS AS ART was in April 2018 when he wrote for info regarding the right Induro tripod for him and his Canon 800. Soon thereafter he expressed an interest in making this summer’s Galapagos Photo Cruise of a Lifetime. I am still working on him on that one. 🙂 In October he signed up for the San Diego IPT.

All of the e-mails below (including the somewhat personal ones and my commentary) are printed here with Luis’s permission and my sincere appreciation.

This image was created on January 20 on the first afternoon of the 2019 San Diego IPT. Luis used the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens with the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR. ISO 1250. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/800 sec. at f/8 in Av (Aperture Priority, A in Nikon) Mode.

Pacific Race Brown Pelican vertical head portrait with dark background
Image courtesy of and copyright 2019:
Luis Alberto Grunauer/Silvia’s Jovial Photography

Louie’s Canon 800

An 800 is a very long lens when working on the cliffs at La Jolla. For the image above, Luis moved back as far as he could but his technically perfect image is a bit too tight in the frame. Luis liked to work in both Av and Tv modes; I am still working on getting him to use the much more reliable Manual mode …

This image was created on the morning of January 21 on the 2019 San Diego IPT. Luis used the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens with the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR. ISO 100. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/7.1 in Av (Aperture Priority, A in Nikon) Mode.

Minus .7 stops EC was needed to keep from burning the light pink legs.

Black Oystercatcher sleeping on rock
Image courtesy of and copyright 2019:
Luis Alberto Grunauer/Silvia’s Jovial Photography

Luis’s Intermediate Zoom Lens

Intermediate telephoto zoom lenses are deadly on the pelicans with or with a 1.4X TC. Luis really concentrated on executing the principles that we were working on every day. In the image above the framing and the head and bill angle are dead-solid perfect with the pelican’s bill parallel to the back of the camera.

This image was created on the morning of January 20 on the 2019 San Diego IPT. Luis 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 560mm) and the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Av (Aperture Priority, A in Nikon) Mode.

Sub-adult Pacific race Brown Pelican preening
Image courtesy of and copyright 2019:
Luis Alberto Grunauer/Silvia’s Jovial Photography

Luis’s Thoughts (via e-mail) after the IPT


My first IPT experience with you was nothing short of an amazing and extraordinary experience; it will be with me for the rest of my life.

On just one IPT (San Diego – La Jolla) I learned so much more about bird photography than I learned in all the years I tried it on my own. I can’t thank you enough for your teachings, your professionalism, your wisdom, your relentless enthusiasm, and for helping us to get better and better in doing what we love. I loved those times that you came to my tripod and worked with me one-on-one to help me to get better sun angles, better compositions and framing, and the right camera settings (among others). And thanks for all the times you called my attention (busted me!) for either staying in just one spot without moving of for not listening! I loved every single second of it!

When you mentioned the words: “You will learn exposure, whether you like it or not” you were 1000% exactly right. After the San Diego IPT I not only learned exposure, but also learned the meaning of the words “You nailed it!” For all of you reading this message, if you are extremely serious about improving your bird and wildlife photography, if you want to take your photography to the next level and learn from the very best in the business, this is where you need to be: on an IPT as soon as possible!

Lastly, I can only wish I still have that magic energy and that endless will that keeps you going on strong when, if God allows me, I grow older. You are truly so blessed!

With lots of Love and sincere appreciation and already looking forward to my next IPT!


This image was created on the afternoon of January 22 on the 2019 San Diego IPT. Luis used the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens with the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR. ISO 400. Evaluative metering probably +2/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual (hooray!) Mode.

Whimbrel walking
Image courtesy of and copyright 2019:
Luis Alberto Grunauer/Silvia’s Jovial Photography

Luis, You are killing yourself with food …

The moment that I met Luis he seemed as if he were my long-lost little brother. I was very comfortable working with him as it was really obvious that he loved bird photography and that he loved life. He is affable and friendly. Near the end of the IPT I felt secure enough in our new friendship to say the following to him: Luis, you are a sweet wonderful man but you are killing yourself with food. I know because I went down that path for about 40 years. I am fine if you tell me to shut up and mind my own business but I think that I might be able to help you. May I send you my Health Basics File?

Luis was open to my suggestion and we talked about our mutual love of food especially sweets. And we talked about our mutual love of sports. I was not surprised to learn that Luis was a baseball catcher. I subsequently sent him the Health Basics File. During one of our lunches at Cafe Vahik Luis met Dr. Cliff Oliver, the man who inspired me to start eating well and taking care of myself about 25 years ago. Cliff remains a great friend. After reading the file that I sent, Luis decided to contact Cliff. Learn more about Cliff here.

Dear Doctor Oliver

Good evening Dr. Oliver,

My name is Luis Alberto Grunauer, Jr. I had the privilege of meeting you last week during lunch during Artie’s San Diego – La Jolla IPT. I was truly inspired by Artie’s experience 20+ years ago in which you saved his life by helping him to change many aspects of his life, particularly his eating habits. This has had a great impact on me, as I can relate to Artie because we both like food, in particular sweets.

I am a food addict, and have been all of my life. I just love the taste of food and eat many times out of pleasure. My weakness are sweets and tasty foods. What has helped in the past from not dying of obesity, diabetes, or a heart condition is that I was a very competitive athlete in my younger years and played competitive baseball and football. I was also a competitive bodybuilder. I spent lots of hours on the fields and at the gym. Although I always ate healthy, I never stopped eating after I quit playing sports. My weight ballooned from 185 lb. at 9% body fat to 245 lb. at 40% body fat, and then lowered to 210 lbs. I have never gotten below 210. I became pretty much sedentary, in part because of injuries to my knees, shoulders and neck. I did power walk and hiking, but had to stop due to injuries. I do not take any opioid pain killers and often use ice, massages and liniments to relieve pain, and occasionally take Tylenol or Naproxen.

At the suggestion of Artie, I recently picked up a book titled Pain Free by Pete Egoscue, and started doing some of the exercises in the book to address my chronic pains, and will continue to do that indefinitely.

If possible, I would like to meet with you to discuss my issues in detail. I will be in the La Jolla area during the next two weeks (weather permitting) and perhaps we can have lunch at the salad place where we met. If there is a consultation fee, please let me know.

Look forward meeting you again.

Sincerely, Luis

This image was created on the early morning of January 20 on the 2019 San Diego IPT. Luis used the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens with the blazingly fast Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR. ISO 6400. Evaluative metering + 2/3 stop: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6.

Pre-breeding Pacific race Brown Pelican flapping
Image courtesy of and copyright 2019:
Luis Alberto Grunauer/Silvia’s Jovial Photography

The Flapping Pelican

The image above is my favorite of the images that Luis sent for the post-IPT critique. To create it, he remembered my advice, “When unexpected action occurs, push the button. You just might get lucky and come up with something special.”

Life Goes On

Dear Artie,

Thank you for everything you have done for me! The IPT was more than a photography experience for me. It marked a turning point that have allowed me to make drastic changes in my life. I was truly inspired by your story and how you overcame sweet addiction and pain, and by IT participant Matt Feldkamp’s story about eliminating his sugar intake. Today is my 7th day without eating ANY sugars! Also, I have constrained myself to two servings of salads or veggies and a small serving of protein (salmon) at lunch and dinner. And I am drinking lots of water. I have felt the craving for sugar, but I am committed to curbing this craving.

Hopefully, I will meet with Dr. Oliver in the next two weeks.

Take care Art, and see you soon! Sincerely,Luis

Thanks Luis!

Thanks Luis for allowing me to share your images and story here, for your more than kind words, for your enthusiasm, and for your friendship. I wish you luck with improving your health and eating habits. Remember that it is important to think of this process as a new life. If you think of it as being on a diet you are doomed to fail. I fall off the wagon on occasion and thank you also for re-inspiring me to eat better. I am looking forward to seeing you again on the Fort DeSoto Spring PT and to eating some healthy meals at our table. with love, artie

ps: You can see some of Luis’s Los Angeles and travel images on his website here.

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From left to to right clockwise back to the center: Brown Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill downstroke, Brown Pelican sunrise silhouette, Double-crested Cormorant pre-dawn blur, Roseate Spoonbill flapping after bath, Brown Pelican taking flight, Roseate Spoonbill taking flight, Reddish Egret white morph breeding plumage in flight, and Reddish Egret dark morph breeding plumage in flight.

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks on the February 2018 trip.

You can click on each card to enjoy a larger version.

2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — FEB 16 thru 19, 2019: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Openings: 1.

3 1/2 days on the boat including four morning photo sessions and three afternoon sessions via customized pontoon boat.

Price per day Reduced from the 2018 rates! $200 late registration discount!

We will be leaving the dock very early for the morning sessions (weather permitting) in hopes of photographing the pre-dawn American Crow and White Ibis blast-offs. All sessions are planned for the Alafia Banks Roseate Spoonbill Rookery. We might consider other options in the unlikely event of horrific weather. There will be lots of opportunities for flight photography of several species including and especially Roseate Spoonbill. Also likely for flight photography are nesting Brown Pelican, both morphs of Reddish Egret, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, White and Glossy Ibises, and Double Crested Cormorant. We should have some good chances with birds carrying nesting material. This IPT includes all boat and guide fees, in the field instruction, chest waders (feel free to bring your own of course to assure a perfect fit), and three working lunches on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the most part we will be standing in mid-calf to knee high water behind our tripods. We help you get in and out of the boat with your gear. This is likely not the best trip for folks with mobility or balance problems. Note however that some folks opt to stay on the boat to photograph. They usually have lots of chances for flight photography of spoonbills and other species but are almost always pretty far away from the spoonbills that land.

All images on this card were created by me on the Hooptie Deux at Alafia Banks

The Timing and Tides are Perfect!

I recently saw a similar trip advertised two months too late for breeding plumage spoonbills … The 2019 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT represents an incredible opportunity to photograph Florida’s most wanted species. I do hope that you can join us. There will be a meet and greet at 7:00pm sharp on the evening of Friday February 15, 2019. All of the images on the card were made on the Hooptie Duex during the last two weeks of February, prime time for the spoonies in mega-breeding plumage. Many folks have written expressing interest so please do not tarry.

Please e-mail to hold your spot. Then you may either secure your spot by calling Jim or Jennifer at the office at 863-692-0906 and leaving the $500 deposit on credit card or sending your check for payment in full to us as follows with the check made out to:

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PO BOX 7245
Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855

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Images courtesy of our guide; copyright 2017 Captain James Shadle (aka Froggie). All of the images here were created at Alafia Banks. Card creation and design by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

Everybody Loves Spoonbills!

Roseate Spoonbill is one of if not the most sought after avian photographic subjects in Florida. They are generally hard to find and somewhat difficult to approach. They are relatively easy to find at Alafia Banks—heck, you can’t miss seeing them, but even there they can on some days be somewhat difficult to approach. On some days we may be able to get ridiculously close to them. The huge incentive to get out to Alafia Banks in mid-February is the chance to photograph this species at the height of its spectacular breeding plumage…. with long telephoto lenses. A 500 or 600 with a 1.4X TC is perfect for this trip.

Mornings to Alafia Banks for spoonbills and Brown Pelicans (with lots of flight photography often with the birds likely carrying nesting material), Double-crested Cormorants, ibises (both Glossy and White) in breeding plumage. Some of the White Ibises may be sporting their spectacular, distended, red, naked (un-feathered) throat pouches—typically larger in the females. In addition we may get to photograph egrets including Great and Reddish, both in full breeding plumage, shorebirds, and more. There will be lots of flight photography opportunities. Afternoon trips will most likely be back to Alafia Banks for the spoonbills with an option to visit a more sheltered inland rookery location for a variety of nesting birds. In the event of horrific weather artie will either take the group to Fort DeSoto or will conduct an extensive image review/Photoshop session. This IPT includes lunches on the full days with small group image sharing and review and some over-the-shoulder Photoshop instruction.

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16 comments to Louie’s Life-changing IPT. Luis, You are killing yourself with food …

  • First of all, I wanted to thank Artie for letting me share both my photos and my IPT experience with all of you; and to all of you for your wonderful comments.

    What you see in the photos is a true reflection of the teachings and wisdom of Arthur Morris.

    Because of my deep love for the animal kingdom, I tried bird and wild life photography since the time when the Canon 5D MK II was released. Early in 2018, when I made a serious commitment to take it to the next level. It all began with the purchase of A Canon 800mm super-telephoto lens and a few weeks later that was followed by an innocent email I sent to Artie inquiring about a tripod selection for that lens. As he suggested on his emails which followed, I joined his blog, watched all his videos on YouTube, took notes of his teachings on line, purchased his books and some equipment from the BAA store , used his store affiliate links, and closely followed his advice. I became fascinated about bird and wildlife photography and at the same time I became a student and a loyal follower of Artie.

    Now, my next steps for me was to learn how to “place that rapid flying bird in the camera’s frame…” and how to “come up with a decently exposed and properly focused photo”…

    I ultimately fulfilled my lifetime dream and attended my first IPT at San Diego – La Jolla in January of 2019, and it was a life changing experience for me, which I humbly had the privilege to share it with all of you.

    It was a life destiny that I needed to be in that San Diego IPT and meet my lost Big Brother Artie (he is more like a father and a mentor to me). In four and half days, I learned so much about bird photography, stuff that I could have never learned on my own in a lifetime. In short, that is my story…

    If you never been on an IPT before, please make your best effort to attend one and you will never forget nor regret the wonderful experience, as it was for me. I promise you that your photography will be elevated to the highest-level and you will gain hands on knowledge and experience from the Best in the Business!

    I do hope to see you all in a future IPT, so you can not only learn one-on-one from the Father of Bird Photography, but so I can have the privilege to shake your hand and thank you for your wonderful comments and encouragement.

    I know this gets kind of old, but Thanks again Artie… I could never thank you enough!

    With lots of Love and sincere Appreciation…

    Luis “Louie” Alberto Grunauer

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    I love all the shots.
    The sweet light in the Whimbrel shot – nice!
    The last shot is my absolute favorite.
    love tight shots. have never seen this perspective before.
    spectacular Luis!
    Artie – you do have a heart of gold!!!!

  • avatar Guido Bee

    Great images, Luis. I particularly like #’s 1, 4, and 5. Excellent in every way.
    All the best on the way to better health. Good on ya’, Artie, for helping Luis, and the rest of us on that search.
    Thanks, Artie, for the work on your blog. I’m still learning every day, and even after 50+ years of this, I have a lot more to explore in this great hobby.
    All the best, be well.

  • avatar Wayne

    Great story and images Luis! I see you were a catcher and I’m sure bad knees are part of your problem. I had them from basketball and it severely limited my activities leading to inactivity. If this is what’s hindering your walking and ability to be active get them replaced. I had both done and can hike in the mountains or whatever I want to do but run. You will never regret it and only wish you had done it sooner. Good luck with everything and for your story!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You were lucky Wayne, very. Try talking to my good friend John Bryant of South Africa who had one knee done and then six or seven more surgeries to try and get rid of a bad infection. It is best to avoid bone saws whenever you can. I am urging Louie to try some alternative stuff. And best of all, he is able to get out in the field and walk and carry big lenses. Complications are rare but when you are in the 1 or 2% thing can be very difficult at best.

      I am curious, had you had any arthroscopic surgeries before you had your knee replacements.

      with love, artie

      • avatar Wayne

        Hi Artie. I am glad his knees aren’t bad enough to keep him out of the field, mine were. I totally agree to avoid replacement whenever possible. I had no other knee surgeries before replacement. I did however, try stem cell treatments that were successful for awhile but my knees were to bad to repair, it did however prolong my replacements about a year. My replacements are extremely successful. I had a great surgeon and tortured myself in rehab to get back great mobility. My bottom line is when they get bad enough that they significantly affect your lifestyle get it done, I was glad I did. Keep up the great work.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Thanks for the follow-up. I am glad that your surgeries went well. One of my major goals in life is to be put in the box with both original knees and hips 🙂

          with love, artie

  • Luis & Artie, God Bless you guy’s. Mr. Morris I have your Birds as Art field guide, the original Birds as Art book (when you were shooting slide film) and your Shorebirds book. Getting to know you a little bit thru your blog and web site and reading all your kind words about your wife who passed far too young(I’m so sorry, but love how you remember her.), I’m beginning to feel like I’ve known you sometime and that we are becoming fast friends. Thanks the story with Luis melts my heart and rings a bell within myself. Please send me a copy of your Health Basics. Pray for my strength to take it to heart and absorb it into my life. Thanks

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for your kind words. Did you e-mail for the HBF?

      with love, artie

      ps: you can get to know me a lot better on an IPT 🙂

  • avatar Anthony Ardito

    Go Go Go Luis! Thanks Artie for sharing;)

  • avatar Dave Malone

    So are you back to Canon now??

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Dave, So I see that you did not bother to read the blog post 🙂 Try again.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Micheal Gotthelf

    Wonderful Images Luis, I especially love the last one! An inspiring story of someone who is open to change and accepts what life offers!

    Makes me think about when I first went with Artie, and how much impact he has had on my photographic life! Artie asked if anyone on our Eagle trip was inexperienced and I timidly raised my hand. Artie said Mike, you come with me. I can’t tell you how much I learned that first morning.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for your kind words Mike. I will see you soon again on the Spoonbill Boat IPT next week.

      with love, artie