The Thanksgiving Miracle ??? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Thanksgiving Miracle ???

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With the unsettled weather and tons of geese, Bosque has been great. The other day I was standing below the tour loop road at a barrier gate to a maintainece road. We had been there several times as it got us a bit out of the wind and a bit closer to the geese and cranes. We had seen a roadrunner on each ocassion; it was both bold and shy. It would practically walk between our tripod legs and then run like the dickens. I was photographing geese and cranes in flight with first-timer Dennis Carlson when suddenly the roadrunner darted into view at point blank range. I rotated the lens in the barrel to vertical and quickly moved the Limit Range switch from Not Full to Full. I spun the shutter speed dial five clicks slower for what I guessed would be a good exposure.

The roadrunner faced us for about two seconds. I had Wide AF set on vertical. As the lens focused I could see that the active points were on the bird’s breast. Not ideal, but I knew that if I tried to change to an upper AF point the opportunity would be lost. So I fired off one frame just an instant before the bird took off.

When we were done for the day and parked behind the hotel, I placed my Delkin 128GB UHS-II Power card in the left-hand pocket of my jeans as I do everyday. Along with the battery. (I had only used one body that afternoon.) When I got to my room, I reached confidently into the left-hand pocket to extract the card. The pocket was empty. The battery was inexplicably in my right-hand pocket, but the card was gone. I checked and re-checked all of my pants and coat pockets, refusing too believe that I had lost a card with images on it, never to be found again. I had never done that before. (I had “lost” many cards before but always managed to find them.)

I went back to the car to see if I had mistakenly left the card in the camera. I had not. Using the flashlight on my i-Phone, I carefully searched around the driver’s seat and in the trunk without success. So I fired up the car and headed back to Brooks where I had purchased some skin cream on the way home thinking that the card might have fallen out when I grabbed my wallet. The card was not on the floor near the check-out counter. And nobody had turned it in.

I went back to the room and re-checked all the pockets again. No card. I was resigned to the fact that the card was gone, and with it, a single good image of the Greater Roadrunner. That night, I dreamed that I had myseriously found the card and was quite happy, at least until I woke up. IAC, I was hopeful, heck, strangely confident that it would turn up.

With six inches of fresh snow on the pavement and atop my rental Mazda, the chances of finding the card on the ground where we had parked near the gate the night before, were non-existant. Thanks to first-timer Doug Jackson who helped my clear the snow off my car that morning. IAC, I continued to have hope. Continued below …

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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

BAA record-low Price!

IPT veteran Joe Randle is offering a Canon 500mm f4L IS USM Super Telephoto lens (the “old five”) in near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $2499.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk with keys, a Realtee LensCoat, a Don Zeck lens cap, the front front lens cover, Wimberley P-40 Arca-Swiss compatible lens plate (a $58 value) and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

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 use Canon and don’t have the cash for a 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. A new 500 II sells right now for $8,999.00; you can save a big bundle by grabbing Joe’s lens right now. artie

Canon EOS-1D X Professional Digital Camera Body/with Extras!

Joe Randle is also offering a used EOS 1D-X camera body in excellent condition for only $2,199.00. The sale includes an extra LP-E4M battery, three Delkin Devices CF1000X UDMA 7 64GB cards, four Delkin Devices CF1000X UDMA 7 32 GB cards (all in a nice Pelican CF card case), the front cap, a wide neck strap,Z the interface and stereo AV cables with cable protector, the EOS Digital Solution Disk and Software, instructions Manuals. Insured ground shipping via major courier lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

Two fast, rugged 1D X bodies served as my workhorse cameras for more than four years. I used them to create hundreds of family-jewels-type images.I actually like the 1D X more than I liked my 1D X IIs … artie

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

Joe Randle is also offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Zoom Lens in excellent plus condition for $999.99. The sale includes the rear lens cap, at Realtree Lens Coat, the lens hood, a Tiffen circular polarizer, the tripod collar, the tough fabric carrying case, the front lens cap, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

The amazingly versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are the world’s most popular mid-range telephoto, I made zillions of great images with my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. It works well with both the 1.4X and the 2X teleconverters, even with a crop factor body. They are easily hand-holdable and are great for tame birds, landscapes, urbex, indoor stuff like concerts and recitals, and just about anything you want to photograph. As new one sells for $1,799.00 you can save $800 by grabbing Joe’s lens right now. artie

Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO USM Telephoto Lens

Joe Randle is offering a Canon 400mm f4L IS DO USM Super Telephoto lens in near-mint condition for $1999.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk & keys, the lens hood, a Digital Camo LensCoat, a Don Zeck Lens Cap, the front lens cover, a Desmond DPL-100 QR Lens Plate Quick Release Arca-Swiss compatible lens plate, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

I used my original 400 DO lens to make hundreds of family jewels-type images. It is great for flight with and without the 1.4X TC and I used it often for close work with the 2X TC. It is easily hand-holdable for most folks. Best of all, it is a great buy. This lens cost about $7K when it was first introduced. artie

Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM Lens

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM lens in near-mint condition for the very low price of $899.00. The sale includes the front lens cover and rear lens cap, the original box, the Canon EW-88C lens hood, an 82mm circular polarizer, the instruction manual, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

The 24-70II is the serious landscape photographer’s dream lens. artie

Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM Lens

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM lens in excellent condition for $149.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, the original box, the lens hood, a K&F 58mm Concept UV filter, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

This super-sharp lens is a favorite of portrait photographers. It sells new for $269.00. artie

Canon Extender EF1.4X III

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Extender EF 1.4X teleconverter in near mint condition for $229.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

As teleconverters are an integral part of my photographic style, I always travel with spares. This sells new for $449.00. artie

Canon Extender EF2x III

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Extender EF 1.4x lens in near mint condition for $229.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, original box, bag. Insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

As teleconverters are an integral part of my photographic style, I always travel with spares. This sells new for $449.00. artie

Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Speedlite 430EX II in near mint condition for $75.00. The sale includes the soft case, the original box, the instruction manual, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

If you want to get started with flash, this is a great buy. artie

Canon Fisheye Zoom Lens EF 8-15 1:4 L USM

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Fisheye EF 8-15 1:4 L USM zoom lens in near-mint condition for $749.00. The sale includes the front lens cap, the rear lens cap, the original box, the manual, the lens hood, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

I loved the circle lens. If you are creative and know to use it, it is super-fun. artie

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The Lost Card!

The Thanksgiving Miracle …

I stopped the car while heading north to the farm fields to photograph some winter wonderland trees heavily laden with snow. When I popped the trunk I looked down at the bumper where most of the snow and ice had fallen off. There sitting as peacefully as could be on the thankfully flat bumper was the missing card, sort of plastered in place by the wet and a bit of mud. I jumped foor joy. And then looked up to the heavens to thank my beloved late-wife Elaine. She has pulled me out of many of a jam, including some life-threatening ones. It is extermely hard to believe that on November 20ieth just past, she has been gone for 25 years. IAC, the card downloaded quickly and easily just before lunch.

Had it not snowed, the card would surely have blown off the bumper somewere on I-25 …

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This image was created on November 27, 2019 on the 2019 Bosque IPT. I used the Induro GIT 404/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera body. ISO 2000. Exposure determined by educated guess: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB at 3:49pm on a cloudy dark afternoon.

Greater Roadrunner

One-Frame Wonder …

It is not often with bird photography that you get everything right in a pressure-filled situation, but I was thrilled that I did just that. Dennis was amazed that I got the shot. And so was I, along with being terrribly thankful that the card found itself 🙂

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21 comments to The Thanksgiving Miracle ???

  • Good morning Guru. Hope this message finds you in good health and cheerful as ever.

    Scanning the used gear list; I can see most are Canons. Does it indicate people are ditching their Canon gears in favor of something else?!

    If so, wondering should we be interested in a brand that old users are getting rid of!

    Best regards.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      If folks are selling Canon I would assume that most are buying something else, most likely Nikon or SONY if they like birds.

      Heck, there are three great SONY items for sale right now.

      with love, a

  • avatar James Saxon

    Glad to see you found the card and the images. Not sure I would reuse the card until I had a chance to make sure it was ok. I was on a trip last spring and just finished a morning shoot of Ospreys on the nest and feeding their young in the Atchafalaya Basin by boat. When I tried to download the images the card would not read. Kept getting card error. I exhausted every effort to retrieve the images from the card with no luck and now will return in the spring to try again. At least you found your card and the images were retrieved. FYI, nice shot of the roadrunner.

  • avatar Esther Corley

    That is a beautiful image of a roadrunner being still, not running roads!

  • I once took 2 rolls of Fuji Velvia or Kodak Ectachrome SW to a CVS for slide processing. The envelops were checked for slide processing. My nightmare was getting them back after a week and a half wait and was not given slide boxes but rather film print envelopes!! They had developed the slide film as print film and made prints. They gave me these these ghost like looking Prints. The Manager only refunded my money and gave me two rolls of print film to replace my slide rolls they destroyed as they didn’t sell slide film. Then they wouldn’t even let me keep the prints and spoiled negatives or positives to see if maybe I could salvage something as a surreal creative masterpiece.(Good Luck) Didn’t turn out as happily as finding your card Artie!!!

  • That is great image of a road runner! They are hard to get, having tried and failed before. I am glad you found the card and was able to retrieve images. a miracle indeed! I had lost a 64gb Sandisk card which was full. A few days later found it in the drier. Somehow left it in my pants pocket and put it in laundry afterwards. It somehow survived the ordeal and I was able to download all images! However, I should have retired that card, but in my not-so-smart moments, I reused it. This time, I couldn’t download any of the 100 or so images. lesson learned. Happy holidays,
    Ravi

  • avatar Steve

    I remember when I first got my 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor. I combined my two hobbies, cycling and photography, and rode around with that lens on my Nikon FM2. I filled a roll of slide film with what I expected were wonderful images — I really looked forward to seeing those shots! I sent it out to Adorama to have it processed, and never saw it again.

    I love digital photography!

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Great miracle and shot. I lost a card at Bosque last year or 2 years ago. It was new and had only a few dozen images on it, none of which I remember as prize-winners. But I never found it. My worst loss was a roll of Kodachrome that never came back from the Kodak lab. That had some wonderful shots of people in a very scenic place. 🙁

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I once sent in nine rolls of K-64. Of a gorgeous juvie Northern Phalarope. They came back as clear acetate. They said that they would give me new rolls of film but would not refund the porcessing fees!

      with love, artie

  • avatar William Dix

    Artie, A great story, and great(er) Roadrunner image. Two weeks ago several different rangers told us they had seen a Roadrunner at that spot over the previous few days, so each time we went by we stopped, waited and scanned to no avail. Some guys have all the luck (and maybe a modicum of baked-in skill from years of practice.)

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    Great story with a very happy ending!

  • That’s a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us, your readers and fans.

  • Artie,
    This episode reminds me when we we at Jamaica Bay, and one of the participants lost his wallet. When returned to the parking lot and he opened the trunk sitting at the hinge was the wallet
    Happy Holidays,
    Myer

  • avatar Paul Burdett

    Hi Artie: So glad you found the card…the photo is great! Your wife was looking after you for sure.
    When similar things happen here, my wife and I always say : “ask the angels”…and it works!

  • avatar Margaret

    What a sick feeling you must have had in the pit of your stomach at the thought of losing the card. Wonderful shot of a bird near the top of my bucket list.
    I sometimes think of what I’d do if some thug came along intent on stealing my camera. I’ve decided the camera could be replaced and to let him or her have it. I’d hope to think quickly enough to open the hatch and grab the card before the camera was wrenched from my hands.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not sick at all. I thought, losing the card might very well turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. And that turned out to be true as it made for a great story. See http://www.THEWORK.com.

      Good plan on the theft 🙂
      with love, a

  • Happy to know that you found your lost card. Its always heart breaking if you loose your card specially after taking some good images. Thankfully it did not happen to me so far and hope it does not in future.. Nice image of road runner. I hope to see them in Bosque.

  • avatar Craig Wesson

    Happy Thanksgiving Artie. Great story ! Killer roadrunner photo, I don’t know how you do it !❤️

  • avatar Richard Curtin

    Artie, That’s probably the best roadrunner picture I remember seeing. So glad you found the card.

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