July 28th, 2014

It is Hard to Believe: So Much To Learn From a Single Image...


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The Streak Continues: 240

This post was published just before 6:00am from Gull Island where it is cloudy and drizzling this morning with lightning. I slept late till about 6am this morning and it looks like wind against sun so I am not sure whether I will be doing much photography this morning with lightning and drizzle. And a big thunder clap just shook the 118 year old headquarters building to its foundation. Fort Michie was built in 1896 as part of the Harbor Defense of Long Island Sound.

I enjoyed a great day of photography on GGI yesterday with the afternoon really shining in the late afternoon light. Though it had been overcast for much of the day I took a 2nd swim (as there is no running water on the island….) For my first swim it was clear and sunny and the visibility was great. Yesterday the water had gotten much colder, probably about 75 degrees, and there was no visibility. Everything was going great until I swam face first into a jellyfish and was stung on the face and the shoulders. I got out of the water as quickly as possible but the stinging was mild and dissipated within about 40 minutes.

This post, which took me 3 hours to prepare, marks 240 consecutive days with a new enjoyable and educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

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 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 visiting the BAA Online store as well.


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This image was created at 4:18pm just as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 as framed before the wingstretch and before the fun came out: 1/2500 sec. at f/5 in Manual mode.

61-Point/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF activated an array of 5 sensors on the base of and the leading edge of the wing and were of course active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The Situation

It was a mostly cloudy afternoon. I had set up on the triangular tip of a handsome rock, the perfect spot for a tern to land. And what should land there right off the bat but a lovely juvenile Roseate Tern. I photographed it first with the 600 II and the 2X TC and then, hoping that an adult would fly in with a big sand eel to feed its young, I removed the TC and went wide with the 600 alone. As I say here often, the tighter that you work the less chance that you have to create great images of action or behavior. Well, neither of the parents ever came in but I was rewarded by the lovely double overhead wingstretch that you see above.

The problem was twofold: 1-just as the bird began to stretch the sun came out at full force. 2-like most sandpipers, the underwings were a bright white, much brighter than I expected. I was worried that I had toasted the WHIEs beyond saving. And there were plenty of blinkies….


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The BreezeBrowser Main View Screen Capture

BreezeBrowser Main View Screen Capture

Above is the BreezeBrowser Main View screen capture for today’s image. Note that the illuminated red squares shows the AF points that had been selected by 61-Point AF. They indicate which AF points were active at the moment of exposure. I have been using 61-point more and more in recent weeks, even for flight photography. Note also the clipping of the red channel on the right edge of the histogram….

Note: in Breezebrowser you need to check “Show Focus Points” under View to activate this feature. To see the focus points in DPP check “AF Point” under View or hit Alt L. Hit Alt M to see Highlight Alert. To learn how and why I use DPP (Canon Digital Photo Professional) to convert my RAW files, see the info on our DPP RAW Conversion Guide here.

Regular readers know that I use and depend on BreezeBrowser every day of the year. It allows me to sort my keepers and delete the rejects faster than any other Windows browsing program. We use it on the main computer in the home office to catalog our images file-drawer style. And the companion program, Downloader Pro allows me to download my images quickly and conveniently. It automatically adds my IPTC data and the shooting location. I have it set up to create a folder named by the Month/date/year. The Breezebrowser/Downloader Pro combo saves me many hours each week. To learn more or to purchase this great PC only program, click here. As far as the BreezeBrowser/Downloader Pro Combo goes, if you are using a Windows platform and are not using these two great programs you are at best, wasting your valuable time. My understanding is that Photo Mechanic is best for Mac-users who do not opt to run Parallels or VM Ware fusion on their Macs so that they can enjoy the many advantages of BreezeBrowser. See BreezeBrowswer on a Mac for details.


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Opening the image in DPP

Bringing the Image Into DPP

The highlight alerts in DPP are set to show red. I was glad to see only a very few right where I expected them. Chances were that they could be easily recovered. If you enlarge the image by clicking on it, you can see them just above the upward pointing black arrow. Take a look at the the RBG numbers in the lower left corner of the frame note, just below the downward facing white arrow; they read 255, 255, 253. Those were less encouraging as totally blown WHITEs will read 255, 255, 255. In addition, there was very little detail to be seen in the brightest areas of WHITE. But knowing digital as I do I knew that the chance to recover detail in the WHITEs and save this image were high.

If you can read the fine print you will see that the settings shown in this screen capture are all at the defaults. Of note are the Brightness adjustment at 0.00, the White Balance on Auto, and the Highlight slider at 0.


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Saving the WHITEs

Saving the WHITEs in DPP 3.14

Saving the WHITEs during the RAW conversion turned out to be easy. I reduced the exposure 1/2 stop by moving the Brightness adjustment slider to -0.50. I moved the Highlight slider to -2. And I used the great Click White Balance feature. Note the new RGB numbers in the lower left hand corner: 241, 240, 240. Though I generally prefer to bring my images into Photoshop with no RGB values greater than 235, I knew that the image had been saved. My 50/50 NIK Color Efex Pro pre-set did a great job of bringing up the detail in the WHITEs while keeping them WHITE.

Whether you convert your RAW files in DPP, in Photoshop or Lightroom with ACR, or in Aperture, you can use the methods detailed above to save the WHITEs in the event of accidental over-exposure. Providing of course that you use RAW capture….


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Images and card design copyright 2014: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

The 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

June 29 through July 5, 2015: $5499: Limit 10 photographers/Openings 8. Two great leaders.

Here are the plans for next year: take a red eye from the east coast of the US on 28 June arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland on the morning of Monday 29
June (or simply meet us then either at the Edinburgh Airport (EDI) or later in the day at our cottages if you are driving your own vehicle either from the UK or from somewhere in Europe. Stay 7 nights in two gorgeous modern country cottages.

There are 5 days of planned puffin/seabird trips—weather permitting, and 1 full day of gannet photography with 2 sessions on the boat.


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The Details

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. All 5 puffins boat lunches will need to be prepared in advance, taken with, and consumed at your leisure. I usually eat mine on the short boat trip from one island to the other. Also included is a restaurant lunch on the gannet boat day and a farewell fine dining thank you dinner. The cost of your National Heritage Trust is also included; that covers the twice a day landing fees.

Plan to fly home on the early morning of Monday 6 July or to continue your stay or travels.

We are planning this as double-occupancy only but we should be able to arrange for singles by renting a 3rd cottage. We would need to know well in advance, i.e., soon, and it would be pricey and would need to be paid with your non-refundable deposit of $2,000. The shared rooms are decent-sized, each with two roomy single beds and a private bathroom. There are two king rooms available for couples. The upscale country-side cottages are beyond lovely with large living areas and lots of open space for image sharing and Photoshop lessons.

The single supplement is $1475. As we will be renting a third cottage the $1475 is due with your deposit and is also non-refundable.

If you are good to go please send your $2,000 deposit check now to save a spot. We do expect this workshop to sell out very quickly as we have already sold 2 slots even though the trip has not yet been formally announced till right now. Not to mention that everyone loves puffins. Please make your check out to “Arthur Morris” and send it to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855.

We do hope that you can join us.

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July 27th, 2014

Do Your Tastes Run to Black and White?


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The Streak Continues: 239

This post was published just before 6am from Gull Island. I slept late till about 6am this morning and it looks like wind against sun so I am not sure whether I will be doing much photography this morning.

This post, which took me 1 1/2 hours to prepare, marks 239 consecutive days with a new enjoyable and educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

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 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 visiting the BAA Online store as well.


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This image was created on recently concluded UK Puffins and Gannets IPT with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender that I borrowed from Jean-Luc Vaillant for the day (hand held at 200mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops of the light grey sky: 1/800 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB.

Two sensors below the Central Sensor/AI Servo-Surround/Rear Focus was active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Do Your Tastes Run to Black and White?

Though I don’t do much black and white, I thought of converting this image even as I was creating it from the boat. I brought the image into NIK Silver Efex Pro and tried my favorite pre-sets but none of them grabbed me. Then I tried “Pro Fine Art High Key” and bingo, that was it for me. I did not even notice that this pre-set included ragged edges until I viewed the image full screen in BreezeBrowser.

WDYT?

A lot more went into creating the final image then the B&W conversion. See the original below along with the info on the image clean-up and optimization.


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This is one of the two original images from which the optimized image that opened this blog post was created.

The Image Clean-up and Optimization

As is usually the case when I am photographing single birds or somewhat static bird-scapes as with today’s image, I almost always create bursts of 3-4 images when I see something that I like in the viewfinder. That is a great habit to develop. With single birds there is always the risk that the nictitating membrane–a bird’s translucent 2nd eyelid–might be in place to ruin the image. Brief subject movement can ruin many shots as well.

With bird-scapes creating multiple similar images can save the day in a variety of ways. First off, they can provide source material that may be useful during the image clean-up and optimization process. As here. And also as here–with the Common Murre in the URC–multiple frames increase the chance of capturing a bird in flight with a decent wing position that just might add to the scene….

In the original image above note the out-of-focus Common Murre (Guillemot on the other side of the pond) in flight; it is in the red box. I painted a quick mask of the area behind the o-o-f flying bird from the next frame in the series and used that layer to cover the offending and distracting bird. Eliminating the gull in the upper left corner along with a few other stray birds in flight and cleaning the left frame-edge was done as usual with a series of small warped Quick Masks, the Clone Stamp Tool, and the Spot Healing Brush. I moved the murre in flight with two Quick Masks, one to move the bird to a new position, the other to cover the “original” bird.

The DPP RAW Conversion Guide

To learn why I use Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 3.14 to convert every image that I work on, click here.

Digital Basics

Everything that I did to optimize today’s images are detailed in my Digital Basics File–written in my easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand style. Are you tired of making your images look worse in Photoshop? Digital Basics File is an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. It includes my complete digital workflow, dozens of great Photoshop tips, the use of Contrast Masks, several different ways of expanding and filling in canvas, all of my time-saving Keyboard Shortcuts, Quick Masking, Layer Masking, and NIK Color Efex Pro basics, my killer image clean-up techniques, Digital Eye Doctor, creating time-saving actions, and lots more.

APTATS I & II

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Images and card design copyright 2014: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

The 2015 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

June 29 through July 5, 2015: $5499: Limit 10 photographers/Openings 8. Two great leaders.

Here are the plans for next year: take a red eye from the east coast of the US on 28 June arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland on the morning of Monday 29
June (or simply meet us then either at the Edinburgh Airport (EDI) or later in the day at our cottages if you are driving your own vehicle either from the UK or from somewhere in Europe. Stay 7 nights in two gorgeous modern country cottages.

There are 5 days of planned puffin/seabird trips—weather permitting, and 1 full day of gannet photography with 2 sessions on the boat.


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Images and card design copyright 2014: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

The Details

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. All 5 puffins boat lunches will need to be prepared in advance, taken with, and consumed at your leisure. I usually eat mine on the short boat trip from one island to the other. Also included is a restaurant lunch on the gannet boat day and a farewell fine dining thank you dinner. The cost of your National Heritage Trust is also included; that covers the twice a day landing fees.

Plan to fly home on the early morning of Monday 6 July or to continue your stay or travels.

We are planning this as double-occupancy only but we should be able to arrange for singles by renting a 3rd cottage. We would need to know well in advance, i.e., soon, and it would be pricey and would need to be paid with your non-refundable deposit of $2,000. The shared rooms are decent-sized, each with two roomy single beds and a private bathroom. There are two king rooms available for couples. The upscale country-side cottages are beyond lovely with large living areas and lots of open space for image sharing and Photoshop lessons.

The single supplement is $1475. As we will be renting a third cottage the $1475 is due with your deposit and is also non-refundable.

If you are good to go please send your $2,000 deposit check now to save a spot. We do expect this workshop to sell out very quickly as we have already sold 2 slots even though the trip has not yet been formally announced till right now. Not to mention that everyone loves puffins. Please make your check out to “Arthur Morris” and send it to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855.

We do hope that you can join us.

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July 26th, 2014

Three Tern Species/Three Fledged Young

The Streak Continues: 238

This post was published at about 5:30am from Great Gull Island. I photographed early and late yesterday on GGI and did well but not great. I did get to photograph some recently fledged Roseate Terns but most were banded. Again, I am online with my cell phone in the middle of nowhere–no electricity and no running water. I depend on one of two generators to keep the cell phone and the laptop charged enough to keep the streak going….

This post, which took me 1 1/2 hours to prepare, marks 238 consecutive days with a new enjoyable and educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

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 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 visiting the BAA Online store as well.


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This image was created with the
the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/640 sec. at f/11 in Av mode. AWB.

Central Sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo-Expand/Rear Focus AF just ebelow and between the base of the bill of the bill and the eye was active at the moment of exposure. When you add the 2X TC to an f/4 lens with the 1DX or the 5D III hit the MFn button once to toggle to AF Expand and enjoy 4 extra AF sensors. Learn everything there is to know about the 1D X and 5D III AF systems including how to manage the various AF Area Selection Modes, when to use which one, and several ways to move the AF sensor around in the 1D X AF Guide and the 5D Mark III User’s Guide. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version. .

Recently Fledged Juvenile Least Tern

In addition to being much smaller than their Sterna genus cousins, Common and Roseates, juvie Least Terns do not feature any brown, tans, or buff tones in their plumages. Their exquisitely patterned upperparts are various shades of black, grey, and silver. The bills of young leasts are blackish with a hint yellowish tones. The face has a dark eye stripe that will become more prominent as they age. They rarely associate with other tern species.


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This image was created today, July 26 at Great Gull Island Project NY in bright sun at 7:16am with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/1000 sec. at f/11 in Manual Av mode. AWB.

Central Sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo-Expand/Rear Focus AF on the spot where the hind neck meets the upper back was active at the moment of exposure. When you add the 2X TC to an f/4 lens with the 1DX or the 5D III hit the MFn button once to toggle to AF Expand and enjoy 4 extra AF sensors. Learn everything there is to know about the 1D X and 5D III AF systems including how to manage the various AF Area Selection Modes, when to use which one, and several ways to move the AF sensor around in the 1D X AF Guide and the 5D Mark III User’s Guide. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version. .

Recently Fledged Juvenile Common Tern

Recently fledged Common Terns feature more buff, tan, rust, and brown tones in their plumage than either of the other two species. Their soft parts–the bill, legs, and feet–colors range from light orange to pinkish orange. The bill has a dusky tip and upper ridge. The dark rear cap will become more prominent as they age. I enjoy photographing them on the rocks that protect GGI from erosion.

Folks need to consult their field guides when it comes to separating juvie commons from juvie Forster’s Terns–the latter feature a dark eye patch in all plumages.


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This image was created today, July 26 at Great Gull Island Project NY in bright sun at 9:54am with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -1/3 stop as framed: 1/1000 sec. at f/11 in Manual Av mode. AWB.

Central Sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo-Expand/Rear Focus AF on the hind neck was active at the moment of exposure. When you add the 2X TC to an f/4 lens with the 1DX or the 5D III hit the MFn button once to toggle to AF Expand and enjoy 4 extra AF sensors. Learn everything there is to know about the 1D X and 5D III AF systems including how to manage the various AF Area Selection Modes, when to use which one, and several ways to move the AF sensor around in the 1D X AF Guide and the 5D Mark III User’s Guide. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version. .

Recently Fledged Juvenile Roseate Tern

This species is much rarer than least or common. They breed locally in the northern hemisphere only on GGI and at one major location off the coast of Massachusetts. They are seen infrequently
on their long migrations. They have fewer of the earth tone colors in their plumage than the commons and are most easily separated from the commons by their all black feet and bills. Like the young commons, it sports a dark rear cap. I am greatly enjoying the opportunity to photograph the young of this species for the first time thanks to the kindness of long time GGI director Helen Hays.

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