Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
October 14th, 2017

The What Gear? Answer. And Everything That You Wanted to Know About Extension Tubes But Were Afraid to Ask ...

Stuff

I finished watching both Thursday games on Tivo on Friday the morning. The Cubs beat the still hapless Nats in a crazy game in which an umpiring error led directly to several Cubs runs and the loss of the game. The Panthers had many chances to beat the Eagles but simply did not come through. I worked on several blog posts and began reviewing a book for a friend. I swam a full mile in one sitting at midday; I started in a full downpour and ended in bright sun.

I am still looking for a few more folks for San Diego #2. If you are considering this trip and might be interested in adding on a free day of instruction before the IPT begins please shoot me an e-mail.

The Streak

Today makes seventy-nine days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took less than an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of (I think) four hundred eighty something … Good health and good internet connections willing.

San-Diego-2017-card

2017 in San Diego was a very good year ….

2018 San Diego 3 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART IPT #2: Sunday, JAN 28 thru and including a morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018: 3 1/2 days: $1699. Limit: 8: Openings: 7

Meet and Greet at 6:30pm on the evening before the IPT begins; Saturday, Jan 27, 2018.

San Diego IPT #2: Shorter and Less Expensive!

Please remember: I go with one.

Click here for details.

Booking.Com

Booking.Com came through for me twice again recently with both the DeSoto Fall IPT and next July’s UK Puffins, Gannets, and Bempton Pre-trip room reservations. And all the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.



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.

wildflower-_P3A0366--Indian-Lake-Estates,-FL

This image was created alongside my house two days after Irma visited us. I used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 174mm), the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, all three extension tubes in the Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS lenses, and my favorite flower photography body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/20 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AWB.

Flexi-Zone Single/Rear Button AF on the center of the white flower. Live View for mirror lock-up with the 2-second timer for sharpness.

Spanish Needles: 3/4 inch wildflower

Kenko Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS Lenses

In the What Lens and Accessories? blog post here two weeks ago I posted:

You Tell Me …

Take a close look at the image caption above and then make an educated guess and let me know what lens, what focal length, and what accessory or accessories you think I used to create today’s featured image of a relatively small (3/4 inch) flower. Trust me, there is a clue, at least to the lens used. After that, you might be able to figure the rest out. But it won’t be easy.

The Somewhat Strange Answer …

While there were some good guesses, nobody came up with my work-around. Two folks got the lens right; I used the obviously amazingly versatile Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens with the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III. The clue to the lens/TC combo was the f/9 aperture. As noted above, the rest of the rig consisted of all three extension tubes in the Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS lenses,, and my favorite flower photography body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Extension Tube Basics

Extension tubes are primarily used so that you can get closer to the subject than the minimum focusing distance of the lens normally allows. They are often used with various macro lenses. I began using them with telephoto lenses more than thirty years ago with my Canon FD 400mm f/4.5 (manual focus) lens. Once I started crawling in the mud to get close to shorebirds I found that it was easy to get within nine or ten feet of the birds using the super low approach. The problem was that the lens only focused down to 12 feet. Once I added an FD 25mm extension tube, I was able to focus to less than ten feet and easily fill 3/4 of the frame with a Least Sandpiper. Do understand that once you add an extension tube to the mix that you will not be able to focus on relatively distant subjects. I almost forgot to mention that if you are outside of the lens’s MFD, an extension tube can be used to increase the size of the subject in the frame; they can actually serve as mini-teleconverters.

As the decades progressed, I wound up using both the EF 12mm and the EF 25mm Canon Extension tubes with all of my telephoto lenses up to and including the old 800mm f/5.6L IS. Over the past few years I have not often needed to add an extension tube as the newer telephoto lenses have such remarkable minimum focusing distances; the 600 II focuses down to less than 15 feet, the 500 II to 12.14 feet, and the 100-400 II down to an amazing 3.2 feet. The latter MFD gives the 100-400 the greatest magnification of any Canon telephoto lens: .31X.

Today, I always travel with two EF 12mm Extension Tubes. While I use them on occasion for closer focusing, their main function is to serve as a spacer so that I can stack my 1.4X III TCs with my 2X III TCs. I usually travel with at least two of each TC.

Canon or Kenko Extension Tubes?

The Canon EF 12mm Extension Tube sells for $82.00. The Canon EF 25mm Extension Tube sells for $139.95. The Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS lenses consists of three extension tubes, a 12mm, a 20mm, and a 36mm. All autofocus and metering functions remain functional. When you first use the Kenko tubes you will likely find the fit snugger than with the Canon tubes. This takes a bit of getting used to but is actually a plus as the Canon lens mounts often get sloppy over time. Oh, the good news, the Kenko set costs $109.00.

Which are sharper, the Canon tubes or the Kenko tubes? Neither. Extension tubes are hollow and do not affect sharpness in any way. Do remember to stop down some when using extension tubes to prevent vignetting.

Nikon Extension Tubes

For decades Nikon did not offer any extension tubes. I knew several Nikon pros who were so frustrated by this that they ripped the guts out of their Nikon TCE 14 teleconverters so that they could use them as extension tubes. Nikon now offers three extension tubes as follows:

  • Nikon 8mm AI Extension Tube PK-11A
  • Nikon 14mm AI Extension Tube PK-12
  • Nikon PK-13 27.5mm AI Extension Tube
  • Amazingly, none of the Nikon tubes support autofocus …

    The Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG (12, 20 & 36mm Tubes) for Nikon Digital and Film Cameras

    Amazingly, the Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG (12, 20 & 36mm Tubes) for Nikon Digital and Film Cameras offers both functional metering and functional autofocus as noted here:

    The Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG is compatible with Nikon DSLR cameras and F mount lenses and is optimized to work with Autofocus lenses. Kenko’s Auto Focus extension tubes are designed with all the circuitry and mechanical coupling to maintain auto focus and TTL auto exposure with most Nikon lenses given there is enough light (at f/5.6 or brighter) to activate the cameras AF system properly.

    Owning a set of these completely Nikon compatible extension tubes would be a huge plus for all Nikon folks.

    Extension Tube Questions …

    If you have a question about extension tubes you are invited to leave a comment to that effect.

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    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.

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    October 13th, 2017

    Lightweight 300-1200mm with the Fujifilm XT-2. So why stick with Canon? And Converting your images with ACR.

    Stuff

    I started off Thursday watching the Yankees complete their amazing comeback on Tivo. The plan for Thursday night is to Tivo both the MLB playoff game — the Cubs v.s the Nats, and the NFL Thursday Night game — Philly vs. Carolina, and then watch first one then the other toggling back and forth. I am slightly pulling for the Nationals in the baseball game as they too were down 2 games to nothing and have never won a post-season series. And the Cubs did OK last year. On the NFL channel I will be rooting hard for the Panthers. Again I enjoyed a midday and an early evening swim totaling an even mile, 88 lengths. And lots of exercising and stretching.

    With only a single slot open on the San Diego IPT, I added a second San Diego IPT — shorter and less expensive. I was glad to learn that Fort DeSoto Fall IPT participant Lee Sommie was the first to sign up for San Diego #2. See the announcement in the blog post here.

    New Listing

    Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS w/free 1.4X II TC!

    Francois Botha is offering a Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS (with Canon 1.4 extender in excellent condition) for the BAA record low price (for the lens alone!) of $2098. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the front lens cover, both teleconverter caps, LensCoats for both the lens and the TC, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via UPS to US addresses only. Photos are available via email or DropBox.

    Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

    Please contact Francois via e-mail or by phone at 1-859-325-1785 (Eastern time).

    I used this lens for several years with great success, especially for birds in flight and while working from various type of water craft. In addition, it would make a great prime super-telephoto lens for folks with a 7D II. Gannets in Love was created with the 400 DO. You can see that one and 13 other killer images that I made with my old 400 DO here. The title of that blog post is “The Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO Lens: Fourteen Images that Prove that the Internet Experts are Idiots.” Francois’ lens is priced to sell. artie

    Price Drop!

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

    Price dropped $100 on October 12, 2017.

    Les Greenberg is offering a used Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom lens in mint condition for a very low $1499 (was $1599). The sale includes a Kirkphoto LP-2 lens plate, the tripod collar, the lens case, the rear lens cap, the hood, the front lens cap, the original product box, and insured ground shipping to US addresses only. The lens was purchased new in 2010 and used less than a dozen times. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

    Please contact Les via e-mail or by phone at 1-216-571-3636 or 1-216-292-7510 after 6:00 PM (Eastern time).

    The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is amazingly versatile. I still own one and have made zillions of great images with it. It works well with both the 1.4X III and the 2X III TCs, even with the 7D II! It is easily hand holdable. It is great for tame birds, landscapes, urbex, indoor stuff likes concerts and recitals, and just about anything you want to photograph. A new 70-200 II currently sells for $1,949 so you can save a cool $350 by buying Les’s mint copy asap. artie

    ps: the 1.4X II TC is optically identical to the 1.4X III TC. The latter has better weather sealing and offers advance AF communication with the new Canon Series II super-telephoto lenses.

    San-Diego-2017-card

    2017 in San Diego was a very good year ….

    2018 San Diego 3 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART IPT #2: Sunday, JAN 28 thru and including a morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018: 3 1/2 days: $1699. Limit: 8: Openings: 7

    Meet and Greet at 6:30pm on the evening before the IPT begins; Saturday, Jan 27, 2018.

    San Diego IPT #2: Shorter and Less Expensive!

    Please remember: I go with one.

    Click here for details.

    The Streak

    Today makes seventy-eight days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took less than an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of (I think) four hundred eighty something … Good health and good internet connections willing.

    Booking.Com

    Booking.Com came through for me twice again recently with both the DeSoto Fall IPT and next July’s UK Puffins, Gannets, and Bempton Pre-trip room reservations. And all the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.



    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.

    Sanderling-winter-plumage-adult-_DSF2601-La-Jolla,-CA

    This image was created at La Jolla, CA with the hand held Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens with the Fujifilm XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter (at 670mm–effective 1005mm) with the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with the Power Booster Grip. ISO 800. Pattern metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/800 sec. at f/10.8 in Manual mode. AWB.

    Shutter Button Continuous Autofocus. Additional AF information is unavailable.

    Sanderling, winter plumage adult

    Fujifilm XT-2 Advantages

    The huge advantage of using the Fujifilm 100-400//2x/XT-2 combination to get out to effective 1200mm as compared to using the Canon 600mm f/L IS II/2X III TC combo at 1200mm is that the size and weight of the Fujifilm gear is but a fraction of the weight of the Canon gear. This makes it far easier to hand hold, handle, and travel with the Fujifilm stuff. The Fujifilm XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter with the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens is sharp. In addition, you are able to zoom in an out from 200 to 800 mm (effective 300 to 1200mm).

    So why didn’t I include the latest Nikkor 600mm f/4 lens with the latest version of the TCE 20? I do not know of any Nikon shooters who consistently use or create sharp images with this combination.

    So Why Do I Stick With Canon?

    So why do I continue to use my much heavier, much bulkier Canon gear? For now, at least, the image quality of my 5D Mark IV images is significantly superior to the image quality of the (smaller) XT-2 image files. In addition, I like the more natural color of the Canon images. The latter may be due to the fact that I use DPP 4 to convert my Canon RAW files and my experience with that process. Lastly, the Fujifilm stuff made flight and action photography nearly impossible. As I will be 72 next June, switching to a lighter system might be in my future. But not just yet.

    Another Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Image

    Regular readers will likely remember that I experimented with the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera body on my last trip to San Diego. You can learn more about that experience in the Quite Impressive: First Fujifilm XT-2 Image blog post here and in several blog posts that followed. For more on using the Fujifilm 100-400//2x/XT-2 combo handheld check out the Is the Fujifilm XT-2 Capable of Creating Sharp Images Hand Held at Effective 1200mm? blog post here.

    Image Question

    There is one thing that really bugs me about this image. What do you think it is? Does anything bug you?

    ACR-SANDLNG

    The ACR conversion for today’s featured image

    Please click on the image so that you can read the fine print.

    The RAW Conversion in ACR

    As detailed in the The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), I followed these steps for converting the RAW file in Photoshop using ACR:

    1: I placed the eyedropper on the brightest WHITEs.
    2: I reduced the exposure to -.2 to bring down the WHITE RGB values.
    3: I set the White Point at +15 and set the Black Point at +5 (both while holding down the ALT key).
    4: I pulled down the Highlights slider to -55 to restore detail to the still very bright WHITEs.
    5: I set the Clarity slider to +28.
    6: I clicked on Open Object to convert the RAW file to a 16-bit TIF file and open that in Photoshop.

    The Image Optimization

    First, I cleaned up the white specks on the rocks with the Spot Healing Brush (J). Then I cleaned up a bit of the lower center frame edge in two spots with Content Aware Fill (Shift + Delete). The big job was to eliminate the BLUE cast from the dark rocks. To check for a BLUE cast go to Hue/Saturation, select the BLUE channel from the dropdown menu, and move the Saturation slider to +100. That revealed lots of BLUE in the rocks (and of course in the BLUE sky). Then I moved the Saturation slider to -100. This eliminated the BLUE cast on the dark rocks but left the sky grey. I liked the “grey” look a lot but decided to go with the original blue sky. As I was working on a layer, I simply added a Regular Layer Mask and erased the BLUE desaturation from the sky and the bird using a large, soft, 100% opacity brush.

    Noise Reduction

    In general, XT-2 images show more noise than 5D Mark IV images. With the basically white subject, I decided to do my NeatImage noise reduction on the whole image. Working on a layer, I wound up applying the noise reduction with the Y-value set to a rather high 85 (to smooth the noise in water and the rocks). This however, affected the fine feather detail so I added a Regular Layer Mask and — using a 50% opacity brush, painted away half the noise reduction on the bird only using a soft brush. To learn everything that there is to know about noise reduction using NeatImage (and lots more!) see the Professional Post Processing Guide by clicking here.

    DBII-cover

    The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II) will teach you an efficient Mac/Photo Mechanic/Photoshop workflow that will make it easy for you to make your images better in Photoshop (rather than worse). That true whether you convert your images in DPP 4 or ACR. See the blog post here to learn lots more and to read a free excerpt.

    You can order your copy from the BAA Online Store here, by sending a Paypal for $40 here, or by calling Jim or Jennifer weekdays at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.

    The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II)

    Everything mentioned above is covered in detail in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. Learn more and check out the free excerpt in the blog post here. The new e-Guide reflects my Macbook Pro/Photo Mechanic/DPP 4/Photoshop workflow. Do note that you will find the RGB Curves Adjustment Color Balancing tutorial only in the new e-guide. Note: folks working on a PC and/or those who do not want to miss anything Photoshop may wish to purchase the original Digital Basics along with DB II while saving $15 by clicking here to buy the DB Bundle.

    The two most recent and many of the older MP4 Photoshop Tutorial videos releases go hand and hand with the information in DB II):

    • The Wingtip Repairs MP4 Video here.
    • The MP4 Crow Cleanup Video here.

    Folks who learn well by following along rather than by reading can check out the complete collection of MP 4 Photoshop Tutorial Videos by clicking here.

    You can learn how and why I and other discerning Canon shooters convert nearly all of their Canon digital RAW files in DPP 4 using Canon Digital Photo Professional in the DPP 4 RAW conversion Guide here. And you can learn advanced Quick Masking and advanced Layer Masking techniques in APTATS I & II. You can save $15 by purchasing the pair. Folks can learn sophisticated sharpening and (NeatImage) Noise Reduction techniques in the The Professional Post Processing Guide by Arash Hazeghi and yours truly.

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    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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    October 12th, 2017

    Carpet Necks, A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question, and a Fuji XT-2 Image.

    Stuff

    Wednesday was a lazy day. I finished the second edit of my recent Fort DeSoto Fall IPT images, watched some MLB games on the tube, and enjoyed two easy swims totaling one mile.

    With only a single slot open on the San Diego IPT, I decided to add a second San Diego IPT — shorter and less expensive. I was glad to learn that Fort DeSoto Fall IPT participant Lee Sommie was the first to sign up for San Diego #2. See the announcement in the blog post here.

    San-Diego-2017-card

    2017 in San Diego was a very good year ….

    2018 San Diego 3 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART IPT #2: Sunday, JAN 28 thru and including a morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018: 3 1/2 days: $1699. Limit: 8: Openings: 7

    Meet and Greet at 6:30pm on the evening before the IPT begins; Saturday, Jan 27, 2018.

    San Diego IPT #2: Shorter and Less Expensive!

    Please remember: I go with one.

    Click here for details.

    The Streak

    Today makes seventy-seven days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took less than an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of (I think) four hundred eighty something … Good health and good internet connections willing.

    Booking.Com

    Booking.Com came through for me twice again recently with both the DeSoto Fall IPT and next July’s UK Puffins, Gannets, and Bempton Pre-trip room reservations. And all the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.



    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.

    Brown-Pelican-pre-breeding-VIBR-only--_DSF1791-La-Jolla,-CA

    This image was created at La Jolla, CA in 2017 with the hand held the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens (at 347mm) and the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera body) outfitted with the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip. ISO 800. Pattern metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB.

    Shutter Button Continuous Autofocus. Additional AF information is unavailable.

    Brown Pelican, Pacific race in pre-breeding plumage

    Carpet Necks

    Pacific race Brown Pelicans in non-breeding plumage have pure white hind-necks. In full breeding plumage they have rich, dark chocolate-colored hind-necks (like the bird in the pelican love affair blog post here). On molting birds like the one pictured above the hind-neck resembles a highly textured cut pile carpet. Years ago I affectionately nicknamed them carpet necks.

    A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question

    The body of the bird in this image is oriented slightly away from me. Its head is turned a bit back towards me. Generally for this type of image I’d prefer that the head angle be 90 degrees, with the bird’s head perfectly parallel to the back of the camera. Why did I prefer the image with the head angled slightly away?

    Another Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Image

    Regular readers will likely remember that I experimented with the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera body on my last trip to San Diego. You can learn more about that experience in the Quite Impressive: First Fujifilm XT-2 Image blog post here and in several blog posts that followed.

    This image caught my eye while going through the San Diego 2017 & all XT-2 Images to Transfer folder. The glow of the colors (luminosity?) made it stand out. I converted the image with my usual ACR workflow and in doing so I eliminated the glowing colors so I re-converted it with a much lighter touch and was happy with the results.

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    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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