Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
June 23rd, 2017

Plus 3 1/3 Stops Off the Snow? Advantage Wimberley. And Black and Blue and Black and White and a Splash of Red Yield a Spectacular Image ...

Stuff

Nothing too exciting on Thursday. I worked on blog posts, got some lodging work done for the Bear Boat IPT, enjoyed a nice, easy 1/2 mile swim, and had my chiropractor TJ McKeon work on both shoulders for a bit. Shopped and did my meditation walk at Publix. And again I ate well.

Mongoose M3.6 Heads in Stock

For the first time in months, we have Mongoose M3.6 heads in stock. We got our hands on six the other day; three were already accounted for and we sold another one yesterday. Call Jim at 863-692-0906 to order yours.

The Streak

Just in case you have not been counting, today makes 10 days in a row with a new educational blog post 🙂

Booking.Com

I could not secure the lodging that I needed for the UK Puffins and Gannets IPT in Dunbar so I went from Hotels.Com to Booking.Com and was pleasantly surprised. I found the rooms that I needed with ease at a hotel that was not even on Hotels.Com, and it was a nice hotel that I had seen in person. And the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward.

Canon EOS 80D Questions

Is anyone out there using a Canon EOS 80D? I never heard of it until five minutes ago. If you are using one or know anything about this camera body, I would love for you to leave a comment sharing what you know. How does it compare to the 7D II? How is the AF system for birds in flight? It seems to have a lot of fancy features that I would never use …




Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks 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.

Please Don’t Forget …

As always–and folks have been doing a really great job for a long time now–please remember to use the BAA B&H links for your major and minor gear purchases. For best results, use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. And please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would of course appreciate your business.

New Used Gear Listing

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Skilled photographer and BirdPhotographer.Net Avian Forum moderator Marina Scarr is offering a well-used (208,000 actuations) Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in excellent plus condition for the record-low-by-far BAA bargain price of $749. Having been covered by a protector screen, the rear LCD is in perfect shape as is the exterior of the body. There is a scratch on the focusing screen that does not affect the images or the performance of the camera. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it as well as insured ground shipping via major courier to U.S. addresses. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Marina via e-mail or by phone at 813-263-4040 (Eastern time).

Two dependable, rugged 1D Mark IVs served as my workhorse professional bodies for several years; I really enjoyed their 1.3X crop factors, the fast frame rate, and the excellent image quality. Note: both of my 1D IV bodies had in excess of 300,000 clicks when I sold them years ago. artie

Black-Grouse-male-calling-on-snow-_W5A7946-Kuusamo,-Finland

This image was created on the first morning of the Finland IPT from a small blind with the Wimberley V2 Tripod Head-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +3 1/3 stops off the snow: 1/320 sec. at f/4.5 in Manual mode. AWB.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -3.

Center AF Point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the top of the folded wing below the upper back, right on the same plane as the bird’s eye.

Black Grouse displaying

Plus 3 1/3 Stops Off the Snow?

Yes sir. Yes ma’am. That’s what we needed to get a decent amount of data into the rightmost box of the histogram. Without blowing out any of the white feathers. At times, that yielded a very few blinkies on the snow: perfect. And here is a Manual mode reminder: the huge advantage of working in Manual mode in this situation, with the constant soft light, is that the size of the nearly all blue-black subject in the frame did not matter. If you were in an automatic mode like Av or Tv the size of the subject in the frame would have a huge impact on the exposure reading. When working in Manual mode you can just set it and forget it.

Advantage Wimberley

Some might remember that I decided at the last minute to bring the Wimberley head to Finland along with my beloved Mongoose. What a good call that turned out to be. I knew that in many of the blinds that we would be mounting our tripod heads onto bolts set into the framework of the structures. I could not have imagined the advantage that the Wimberley would provide. With the Mongoose M3.6, the clamp is at a given height and it cannot be moved. For photography on a tripod this is of no concern. After screwing the Wimberley onto the bolt, I was able to raise or lower the clamp — best done without having the lens mounted — to optimize the position of the lens in the blind window. I sacrificed a bit of balance when doing this, but everyone using a Mongoose was envious. At times I was able to raise or lower the clamp in order to improve an image design.

Black and Blue and Black and White and a Splash of Red Yield a Spectacular Image …

While the coldest spring in forever resulted in no Ruff photography, the accompanying snow provided fabulous conditions for photographing the displaying Black Grouse, at least for those who knew how to get the right exposure with the black birds on the pure white snow. Despite editing so stringently I wound up keeping more than 100 male Black Grouse images. I will be sharing a few more of those with you here over time. Remember that in a normal year the snow on the Black Grouse lekking grounds would have been long gone …






Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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June 22nd, 2017

Owls and Farms ... Was It Worth It? Why 1000mm in the Palouse? On Being Prepared and Getting Set Up Quickly.

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Nothing exciting on Wednesday. I worked on blog posts, got lots of advance work done for the UK and Galapagos trips, worked a bit on the current workflow eGuide, and enjoyed a nice swim. And ate well. If you are considering this year’s Bear Boat Cubs IPT, my last Bear Boat IPT, you will need to contact me today at the latest. By phone at 863-692-2806 is fine. Scroll down for details.

Mongoose M3.6 Heads in Stock

For the first time in months, we have Mongoose M3.6 heads in stock. We got our hands on six the other day; three were already accounted for and we sold another one yesterday. Call Jim at 863-692-0906 to order yours.

The Streak

Just in case you have not been counting, today makes 9 days in a row with a new educational blog post 🙂

Booking.Com

I could not secure the lodging that I needed for the UK Puffins and Gannets IPT in Dunbar so I went from Hotels.Com to Booking.Com and was pleasantly surprised. I found the rooms that I needed with ease at a hotel that was not even on Hotels.Com, and it was a nice hotel that I had seen in person. And the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward.




Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks 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.

Please Don’t Forget …

As always–and folks have been doing a really great job for a long time now–please remember to use the BAA B&H links for your major and minor gear purchases. For best results, use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. And please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would of course appreciate your business.

New Used Gear Listing

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF

Erik Hagstrom is offering a used Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemprary lens for Canon EF in excellent plus condition for only $699. The sale includes the front and rear lens caps, the lens hood, a black LensCoat (currently a $90 value), the lens case, all the original accessories – [two straps, a rubber ring & manual], the original lens box and USA warranty cards, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Erik by e-mail.

Lots of folks on recent IPTs have been using the relatively new Sigma 150-600 lenses with excellent results. artie

Great-Horned-Owl-fledged-nest-mates_P3A0608-Palouse,-WA

This image was created on Day 5 of the 2017 Palouse IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/320 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. Cloudy WB.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 0.

A single AF point four to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The single AF point was on the right eye of the lower bird.

Image #1: Great Horned Owl fledged twins

Owls and Farms …

It is not uncommon to see Great Horned Owls when visiting the Palouse. Though I have seen many over the years, some in really cool settings, these young owls were the only ones tame enough for me to get at least a decent image or two.

Why 1000mm in the Palouse?

I took both the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with Internal 1.4x Extender and the 500 II to the Palouse. (Actually, the 2-4 was sent via UPS Ground.) The 2-4 was my most valuable landscape lens but I went to the 500II/2X III TC only rarely. The 500 II however, was in the back of our SUV in case I needed it …

On Being Prepared and Getting Set Up Quickly

We had been photographing a more than century hold prairie home and made a short wiggle to a really neat series of red barns. As we got right up on the first barn, I screamed to Fern who was driving, “Oh my God. There is a great horned owl perched right on the barn.” If only I had had my 200-400 on my lap … In any case, we saw the owl flying toward a tree well ahead of us so we drove on a bit. What I saw excited me. I got out of the car quickly, grabbed my tripod, grabbed my 500 II, grabbed the 2X III TC, and grabbed my 5D IV. Once I got everything mounted on the tripod I turned the camera on and instinctively set ISO 1600 as I knew that the soil nearby was not firm. I moved slowly and set the rig up. I dialed the shutter speed to show zero EC on the analogue scale, and selected an appropriate AF point as noted in the image captions. It was all over in less than a minute. During that time I created only about 8 images. My two faves are posted in today’s blog post.

Great-Horned-Owl-chick-_P3A0605-Palouse,-WA

This image was also created on Day 5 of the 2017 Palouse IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite bird photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/320 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. WB was mistakenly set at K5000 and was corrected in post.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: 0.

A single AF point four to the left of the center AF point/AI Servo/Shutter button AF was active at the moment. The single AF point was on the right eye of the lower bird.

Image #2: Great Horned Owl fledged young

Image Questions

Which of today’s two featured images was created first? There is no need to guess or try to figure it out. There are definitive clues in the image captions.

Which of today’s two featured images is your favorite? Please let us know why you made your choice. Additional comments on either or both images are welcome.

What do you think of the hemlock setting?

Was It Worth It?

Was it worth it for me to have taken two big lenses, the 2-4 and the 500 II? By all means yes. The 2-4 was my most valuable lens on the trip and the 500 II with its potential 1000mm of reach was there when I needed it. Photographing the owls with a long lens was a blast, but only because I had a big lens with me and only because I was able to get set up quickly and create a very few sharp images.


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Images and card copyright Arthur Morris/BEARS AS ART 🙂

2017 Bear Boat Coastal Brown Bear Cubs IPTs: July 18-24, 2017 from Kodiak, AK: 5 FULL & 2 Half DAYS: $6699. Happy campers only! Maximum 8/Openings 3.

Join me in spectacular Katmai National Park, AK for six days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears. Mid-July is prime time for making images of small, football-sized cubs. The cubs, and these dates, are so popular that I had to reserve them three years in advance to secure them. There are lots of bears each year in June, but the mothers only rarely risk bringing their tiny cubs out in the open in fear of predation by rival bears. In addition to making portraits of both adults and cubs, we hope to photograph frolicking and squabbling youngsters and tender nursing scenes. At this time of year, the bears are either grazing in luxuriant grass or clamming. There will also be some two- and three-year old cubs to add to the fun. And we will get to photograph it all.

We will live on our tour operator’s luxurious new boat. At 78 feet long its 24 foot beam makes it quite spacious as well. And the food is great. We will likely spend most of our time at famed Geographic Harbor as that is where the bears are generally concentrated in summer. On the odd chance that we do need to relocate to another location we can do so quickly and easily without having to venture into any potentially rough seas. We land via a 25 foot skiff that has lots of room for as much gear as we can carry.

Aside from the bears we should get to photograph Horned and Tufted Puffin and should get nice stuff on Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Harbor Seal, and Steller’s Sea Lion as well. A variety of tundra-nesting shorebirds including Western Sandpiper and both yellowlegs are also possible. Halibut fishing (license required/not included) is optional.

It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of July 17 to avoid missing the float planes to the boat on the morning of July 18. Again, with air travel in Alaska (or anywhere else for that matter) subject to possible delays, being on Kodiak on July 16 is a much better plan.

Barring any delays, we will get to photograph bears on our first afternoon and then again every day for the next five days after that, all weather permitting of course. On our last morning on the boat, July 24, those who would like to enjoy one last photo session will have the opportunity to do so. The group will return to Kodiak via float plane from late morning through midday. Most folks will then fly to Anchorage and to continue on red-eye flights to their home cities.

What’s included? 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. National Park and guide fees. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. An insight into the mind of a top professional nature photographer; I will constantly let you know what I am thinking, what I am doing, and why I am doing it. Small group image review, image sharing, and informal Photoshop instruction on the boat.

What’s not included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). Your lodging and meals on Kodiak. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat and then back to Kodiak as above. The cost of a round trip last year was $550. The suggested crew tip of $200.

Have you ever walked with the bears?

Is this an expensive trip? Yes, of course. But with 5 full and two half days, a wealth of great subjects, and the fact that you will be walking with the bears just yards away (or less….), it will be one of the great natural history experiences of your life. Most folks who take part in a Bear Boat IPT wind up coming back for more.

A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only made out to “BIRDS AS ART” is required to hold your spot. Please click here to read our cancellation policies. Then please print, read, and sign the necessary paperwork here and send it to us by mail to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.

You can pay your $2,000 deposit via credit card when you sign up and then put a check in the mail for your balance. I hope that you can join me for what will be a wondrously exciting trip.






Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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June 21st, 2017

A Huge, Important, and Pretty Consistent Perspective Mis-understanding ...

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Back at home, back in the office. It is 4:30pm and I am gonna get into the pool now. If you are seriously interested in a four-figure late registration discount on the puffin IPT please shoot me an e-mail.

Mongoose M3.6 Heads in Stock

For the first time in months, we have Mongoose M3.6 heads in stock. We got our hands on six the other day; three were already accounted for. Best advice: call Jim at 863-692-0906 to order.

2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT. Monday July 3 through Wednesday July 12, 2017: $5999 + $1499: Limit 10 photographers — Openings: 5). The (really cheap) two-day Gannet/Bass Rock Add-on is now part of the trip.

Right now I am offering a $1000 Late Registration Discount.

Here is some great info on the July 2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT: I have finalized the cottage and vehicle rental arrangements. We have room for several additional folks, at least for a couple and single. And I am in position, as noted above, to offer a rather substantial late registration discount. Please call us at 863-692-0906 or get in touch via e-mail. Click here and scroll down for additional details and the travel plans.

Just in case you have not been counting, today makes 8 days in a row with a new educational blog post 🙂




Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks 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.

Please Don’t Forget …

As always–and folks have been doing a really great job for a long time now–please remember to use the BAA B&H links for your major and minor gear purchases. For best results, use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. And please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would of course appreciate your business.

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 my terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold just about everything in sight. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the original 400mm IS DO lens have been dropping steadily.

Used Gear Cautions

Though I am not in a position to post images of gear for sale here or elsewhere, prospective buyers are encouraged to request for photos of the gear that they are interested in purchasing via e-mail. Doing so will help to avoid any misunderstandings as to the condition of the gear. Sellers are advised to photograph their used gear with care against clean backgrounds so that the stuff is represented accurately and in the best light; please pardon the pun :).

Important Note for Sellers on Cashier’s Checks

Do understand that getting a cashier’s check for your gear is no guarantee of anything. You need to get the check to the bank asap. Years ago I “sold” an EOS 1D Mark III for $3,000 to a guy in California. I tried Fed Ex collect. The driver handed the camera to the guy. The guy handed him what appeared to be a Bank of North America teller’s check. When we brought the check to BONA they said, sorry, it’s phony. I followed up with the Lake Wales police. The got in touch with the police in the guy’s home town. They did nothing.

I was out 3,000 bucks. Getting a cashier’s check for your gear is no guarantee of anything.

Used Gear Sales Testimonials

Unsolicited via e-mail from Tom Phillips

Artie, Well, that was awesome for us all. Roger received the 300mm today and is happy, and James bought the 1Dx Mk II and the 400mm within minutes of it being listed on the first Saturday! I know you have a lot of readers and followers but your advice on pricing was right on to sell and also allowed me to get a good price, make the buyers happy, and make you some money too. I want to thank you very much! Tom

Unsolicited, via e-mail, from Gerry Keshka

Hi Artie, I wanted to share how much I appreciate your Used Gear “service.” You have posted how you help sellers, but the other side of the equations is how much this service helps buyers. I have purchased three lenses (Canon 200-400, 500 f4 II, and 70-200 F2.8) all lovely experiences and I saved almost $5K over retail. Each of the sellers was delightful, willing to help me assess if the purchase was right for me by sharing their experience with the lens. Each lens was in the condition advertised (or better), and typically included several “add-ons” that would have cost several hundred dollars.

Unsolicited, via e-mail, from Gerry Keshka

Hi Artie, I wanted to share how much I appreciate your Used Gear “service.” You have posted how you help sellers, but the other side of the equations is how much this service helps buyers. I have purchased three lenses (Canon 200-400, 500 f4 II, and 70-200 F2.8) all lovely experiences and I saved almost $5K over retail. Each of the sellers was delightful, willing to help me assess if the purchase was right for me by sharing their experience with the lens. Each lens was in the condition advertised (or better), and typically included several “add-ons” that would have cost several hundred dollars.

Thanks for all you do for the photographic community Artie. Gerry

Unsolicited, via e-mail, from Teresa Mabry Reed

Artie, Thanks for a positive experience in selling my used equipment. Best, Teresa

Unsolicited, via e-mail, from top BAA Used Gear seller Jim Keener

The BAA Used Gear Page is the best place I’ve found for selling my used cameras and lenses.

I used eBay and Craigslist until I began checking in at BIRDS AS ART. I saw the gear listed for sale at BAA and it struck me that the people who visit the site are like me in some important ways. We own high quality, often expensive gear. It’s important to us, and we likely take care of it. In other words, a good market exists. And I noticed how Artie marketed each item. Informative, without too big a push. That’s why I decided to try BAA.

The process was easy. I clearly accepted the terms of sale, fully and fairly described what I was selling and the good and bad. I listed he stuff to be included with in the sale. Then Artie came back with what he thought was a fair price, leaving it to me to determine the balance between urgency of the sale and receiving a high price. I’ve followed his lead.

The responses I’ve received from potential buyers have been reassuring. Each has been well informed and courteous. They have not expected perfection, but have fully expected fairness and clarity. I’ve found that providing many photographs of what I’m selling is very helpful in the completing the various transactions.

I’m writing this because of how glad I am to find a place where there is a good market for what I want to sell and what I want to buy — I just tried to buy a 300mm f/2.8 II, but it has sold. The buyers and sellers are informed and fair-minded. And artie offers friendly and experienced advice. I’ve enjoyed the process. The BAA Used Gear page is the best experience I’ve had buying and selling gear.

Unsolicited, via e-mail, from Owen Peller

I sold my 400 f/4 IS DO lens for the asking price. Thank you. Your service is truly better than any of the alternatives.

Artie, Thanks so much. I sent your check via my online banking. I never expected the 400 DO II and the 1DX II to sell within minutes of your posting the ad! I know that the 300 f/2.8 II is still up, but still, the results have been amazing. Another plus is that James McGrew is a professional artist and photographer and he was really looking and wanting that combo and is appreciative and excited to be able to find a great deal. Tom.

Newest Listings

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body & Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is offering a used Canon EOS 5D Mark III body (with only 8,212 actuations) in near-mint condition but for a few very fine scratches on the LCD screens and a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens in excellent condition for the very low price of $1499. The sale includes the original product box, the instruction manual, the warranty card, the CDs, one battery and the charger, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

I owned and used this superb, full frame, 22mp digital body for several years. It was always my first choice for scenic, Urbex, and flower photography until I fell in love for a while with the 5DS R (for a lot more money!). In addition, I loved my 5D III body for birds with my big lenses and both TCs. The 28-135 was the predecessor of the 24-105 and the 24-105 II. With Brent’s deal you are practically getting it for free. I used mine to create many saleable images. Brent has always taken fastidiously good care of his gear. artie

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Canon EOS 7D Mark II body in very good plus condition (with a small scratch on the top LCD) for the record-low BAA price of $839. The sale includes the original product box, the instruction manual, the warranty card, the CDs, and one battery and the charger. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

Both Patrick Sparkman and I used and loved the 7D Mark II until about two years ago when we both committed to using full frame Canon bodies. We both made some truly great images with it. Two of my three 2016 Nature’s Best honored entries were created with the 7D II, one still, and one video. It is surely the greatest value ever in a digital camera body … artie

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens with Extras!

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens (the old 1-4) in excellent condition along with the RRS B2-FABN 38mm Screw knob clamp with strap bosses and the RRS LCF-54 foot for only $599. The sale also includes the original product box, a LensCoat, a LensCoat Hoodie, the instruction manual, a warranty card, the tough, zippered carrying case, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

The old 100-400 was and is a superb lens. I made hundreds of sale-able images with mine including the one used on the front cover of Scott Weidensaul’s “Return to Wild America”. Contrary to reports by the internet idiots the lens is -– in competent hands -– sharp at all focal lengths and it is sharp wide open as well. It is extremely versatile and would make a great starter lens for those interested in bird, wildlife, and general nature photography. artie

Canon EF Extender 1.4X III

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Canon EF Extender 1.4X III in near-mint condition for $329. The sale includes the original product box, the soft pouch carrying case, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

As regular readers know, I consider both Series III TCs so important to my work that I travel with three 1.4X III TCs and two 2X III TCs. artie

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Canon EF in near-mint condition for only $1199. The sale also includes the original product box, a LensCoat, the instruction manual, the lens strap & hood, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

Lots of folks on recent IPTs have been using this relatively new Sigma lens with excellent results. artie

Sigma TC-1401 1.4x Teleconverter for Canon EF

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Sigma Sigma TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter for Canon EF in near-mint condition for a ridiculously low $129. The sale includes the original product box, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

Induro CT 304

Multiple IPT veteran Brent Bridges is also offering a used Induro CT 304 carbon fiber tripod in mint condition for only $199. The sale includes the original product box, the zippered protective cover, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Brent by e-mail or by phone at 770-565-5012 (Eastern time).

I used the Induro CT 304 carbon fiber tripod for more than a year before it was replaced by the GIT 304L that I use and love now. artie

American-Crow-_P3A0628-Carpinteria,-CA

This image was created on the morning of Friday June 16 on the beach at Carpinteria, CA with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and my favorite bird photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. Daylight WB.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -1.

Three AF points to the right of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure as originally framed (should have been one of two AF points to the right of the center AF point; more on that tomorrow).

American Crow foraging

The Question …

In the American Crow Original Revealed blog post here, I wrote, “To create the American Crow image immediately above, I sat on the wet sand and used the knee-pod technique. Aside from getting wetter, would I have been better off getting flat on the ground? Why or why not?”

Three folks responded … Continue reading to learn something really important.

seated

Image #1: seated behind the lowered tripod

The Dark Strip Behind the Bird

Note that while seated behind my tripod, my line of sight put the dark strip right behind the bird. I did not notice that while photographing. Now, imagine yourself splaying the legs of your tripod and getting down flat. Study the diagram above; would the dark strip get higher in the frame or lower? Remember that the dark strip is actually flat on the ground. I angled it slightly when creating the diagram to add a bit or realism.

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Image #2: working flat on the ground …

Please note that I have exaggerated the angle of inclination to the subject here to better make my point. But don’t let that fool you! If you get lower the dark strip will also get lower.

A Huge But Pretty Consistent Perspective Mis-understanding …

Here are the three responses:

#1: Going lower would have raised the dark band of water behind the crow to the point where it might have intersected the head. To me that would have lessened the impact of the image by partially blending the head into the water.

#2: (If you got lower) the dark strip in the background would probably be higher in the frame.

#3: Getting lower would have changed it in that; the clear reflection of the legs (which I like) would have been lost, the dark blue band would be cutting through the bird’s head which would not be ideal (because it would be more distracting).

When I asked Jim at the office the “higher or lower” question, he responded immediately, “If you get lower the dark strip will rise.”

But the fact is that if you get lower the strip will get lower as well. He did not believe it so we set up two objects on the back of the sofa. When he stood he noted that the strip in the background went through the bird. When he bent his knees and got lower, he saw that the strip also got lower. He did not believe it at first 🙂

Understanding how distracting background elements move in relation to the subject when you change your perspective is of huge importance when you are in the field. If you too are confused by this situation you can practice in the field by changing your perspective and seeing what happens. Or you can set up some objects in your house and do the same thing.

The Conclusion

My answer is that had I been willing to lie down on the wet sand I would have created a much better image because the dark strip would have been moved down and would have been less obtrusive.






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