January 25th, 2015

Creating Washed-Out Raw Files; On Purpose! Three Great New Used Lenses including Two Series II Super-telephotos

What’s Up?

Another day, another swim. And lots more core strengthening and balance exercises. And again I made some decent progress on the 7D Mark II User’s Guide. Today’s blog post took about 3 hours to prepare. It was published at 8:00am from my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL. If you are one of the very few who missed the Canon Digital Learning Center “Bird Photography with Arthur Morris” seven video series, be sure to click here for a link and the complete details. I still have many exciting new images, tales, and lessons from my recently concluded trip to share with you here over the course of the next few weeks and am looking forward to doing just that. Do consider joining me in South Georgia next October for the trip of a lifetime

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This image was created in cloudy conditions on the late afternoon of December 17, 2014 on New Island, the Falklands. I used the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens with the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 265mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X.

ISO 800. Evaluative metering +3 full stops off the white (actually very light grey) sky: 1/3200 sec. at f/4.5 in Manual mode. AWB.

One sensor up from the central sensor/AI Servo Surround Shutter Button AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure and just caught the bottom of the bird’s breast. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Creating Washed-Out Raw Files; On Purpose!

When working in low light/low contrast situations where the scene averages either to very light or close to white, I say this to folks, “The the image on the rear LCD should look washed out–over-exposed with barely any contrast.” Most times they look at me as if I were nuts.

I continue by explaining that exposing to the right is the way to go. In all situations. “By moving the histogram (see image next) well to the right (without having any significant blinkies on the subject), you produce higher quality images files with more information and less noise. I finish up by saying that with one minute in Photoshop (or Aperture or Lightroom) the image will look great. Heck, the image will look darned good with simple Levels adjustment: hold down the Alt key (the Option key on a Mac) while pulling in the Highlight and Shadow sliders until warning pixels appear…


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This histogram represents the histogram for the RAW file above.

Exposing Well to the Right on White Sky Days

The next time that you are out on a dreary day make an image at +3 stops off what I call the white sky. Nine times out of ten you will not have any blinkies in the sky. On some days, you can go to plus four stops off the sky without over-exposing a single pixel. In any case, note in the histogram above that even the black tones in the albatrosses upper wings are in the fifth histogram box. Now that is pushing things to the right. As you should.


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This is the optimized image.

The Image Optimization

During the RAW conversion in DPP I first darkened the image just a bit by moving the Brightness slider to the left to -.33 and then boosted the contrast just a bit to +2. Then I did the usual work on the Perform image lens correction and the Adjust image detail tabs.

After bringing the image into Photoshop I did the afore-mentioned Levels adjustment, added some BLACK to the BLACKs and NEUTRALs in Selective Color, and ran my NIK 50-50 pre-set on the bird’s dark wings only (reducing the Opacity of that layer as I do nearly all the time). I sharpened the eye and the bill only with a Contrast Mask and then selected only the bill (again with the Quick Selection Tool) and increased the Saturation about ten points. Then the artistic crop and I was done.


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This is the histogram for the optimized image.

Ah, Now We See the Data for the Dark Wings

Note that the smattering of data across the bottom of the histogram represents the dark tones of the wings. Note also that the dark tones are well off the left-hand axis of the histogram as they should be. This assures lots of detail in the black wings.

Digital Basics

Everything that I did to optimize today’s images is covered in detail 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 (including the Surface Blur settings as taught to me by Denise Ippolito), details on using all of my image clean-up tools, 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, Contrast Masks, Digital Eye Doctor techniques, using Gaussian Blurs, Tim Grey Dodge and Burn, a variety of ways to make selections, how to create time-saving actions, and tons more.

The DPP 4 eGuide

The RAW file for this image was converted in DPP v4.01.0 that now supports the 7D Mark II along with image files from the 1D X, the 5D III, the 6D. The latest version, DPP v4.1.50 has added support of several older Canon camera bodies as well. DPP is far more sophisticated and complex than the various iterations of DPP 3. Thus, Arash and I created a new, stand-alone eGuide for DPP 4, one that really simplifies things. As so much work and effort went into the creation of the DPP 4 eGuide, it does require a separate purchase. Learn more about this great new guide by clicking here, or purchase a copy here.

Note: the Sharpness and Noise Reduction Charts have already been updated to include the recommended values for the 7D Mark II. We will be adding values for the Mark IV, the 7D, and likely for the 70D but those will require some time so please be patient as the his process will involve a lot of work on Arash’s part; the update will of course be free.

APTATS I & II

I use Quick Masks and both types of Layer Masks with probably 75% of the images that I work on. You can learn the details of advanced Quick Masking techniques in APTATS I and can learn Advanced Layer Masking Techniques in APTATS II. Mention this blog post and apply a $5 discount to either with phone orders only. Buy both APTATS I and APTATS II and we will be glad to apply at $15 discount with phone orders only. Please call Jim or Jennifer at 863-692-0906 weekdays to order.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, 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 take care 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 :).

Three Brand New Listings (1/25/2105)

Used Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Zack Skochko is offering a used Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in like-new condition for the amazingly low price of $7499. Save $2,000 right now. No marks, no blemishes, glass perfect. Request photos via e-mail as below. The sale includes the front leather hood, the rear dust cap, the strap, the original lens trunk, a Really Right Stuff replacement foot, the lens manual, the original warranty card, and insured shipping to US addresses only. The lens will be shipped only after your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Folks can contact Zack by e-mail or reach him by phone at 703-965-7432, EST. Day and evenings OK.

Note: Used “new fives” are exceedingly rare. They sell new at B&H for $9499. B&H is offering a used old 500 (Item condition 9) for $6,299.95. This “new 500″ is priced to sell instantly so please do not hesitate and risk being disappointed.

Used Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Rod Bracken is offering a used Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in like-new condition for the very low price of $5200. No marks, no blemishes, glass perfect. Request photos via e-mail as below. The sale includes the original box, a Realtree Max 4 HD LensCoat, the front leather hood (Canon E-145C Lens Cap), the lens trunk (w/ keys), wide strap B, the rear dust cap, and insured shipping to US addresses only. The lens will be shipped only after your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Folks can contact Rod by e-mail or reach him by phone at (772) 341-1808 between 7am and 7pm EST.

Used “new threes” are exceedingly rare. They sell new at B&H for $6599. B&H is offering one used for $5899.95. This “new 300″ is priced to sell today so please do not hesitate and risk being disappointed. Everyone who reads the blog knows how much I love and use the 300 II, and it is a killer combo with both TCs with either a 7D II or a full frame body. You’ve seen the images here.

Used Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

Bill Lloyd is offering a one year old used Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM lens in excellent conditions with perfect glass and several minute, barely visible scratches for $949. The hood locks/unlocks smoothly and the focusing ring operates smoothly. Request photos via e-mail as below. The sale includes with the Canon LZ1132 Pouch and Strap (both unused), the lens Guide Sheet, the front and rear lens caps, the tripod mount ring AII(W), and insured shipping to US addresses only. The lens will be shipped only after your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Folks can contact Bill via e-mail.

Though I put my beloved “toy lens” on the map about 2 decades ago, this versatile lightweight lens is still in production for good reason. It makes a great flight lens or a great starter lens. It is super sharp. 7D II folks can add a 1.4X III TC and enjoy tremendous reach (though I recommend using a good tripod and the Mongoose M3.6 with a teleconverter to ensure sharp images). The 400/5.6 sells new today at B&H for $1339.

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January 24th, 2015

King Penguin Abstracts

What’s Up?

Another day, another swim. And lots more core strengthening and balance exercises. And I made some decent progress on the 7D Mark II User’s Guide. Today’s blog post took about 2 hours to prepare. It was published at 6:52am from my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL where it is pouring rain right now.

If you are one of the very few who missed the Canon Digital Learning Center “Bird Photography with Arthur Morris” seven video series, be sure to click here for a link and the complete details. I still have many exciting new images, tales, and lessons from my recently concluded trip to share with you here over the course of the next few weeks and am looking forward to doing just that. Do consider joining me in South Georgia next October for the trip of a lifetime

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BIRDS AS ART BULLETIN #471

BIRDS AS ART BULLETIN #471 is available online here.

  • The Canon Digital Learning Center “Bird Photography with Arthur Morris” 7-Video Instructional Series
  • King Penguin Abstract
  • The Morro Bay, CA Canon Live Learning EOS Destination Workshop
  • The Blog is the Bomb!
  • Jim Neiger Osprey Heaven and Custom Anytime Workshops
  • Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbills and More Instructional Photo-Tour: 1 Opening Due to a Cancellation!


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This image was created in cloudy conditions on December 25, 2014 at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia. I used the handheld Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 210mm), and the amazing Canon EOS 7D Mark II. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/160 sec. at f/7.1.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround Rear Focus AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure (as is almost always best when hand holding). Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #1: King Penguin preening abstract

King Penguin Preening Abstract

A raging ice melt river more than two feet deep with a 6 knot current kept me and many others on the trip from making it to the best vantage points on a ridge above the King Penguin colony. (More on that tale soon.) That left me to work with hundreds of silly tame King Penguins along the beach. I photographed them coming out of the surf. I did head portraits. And tried my best to capture a few courtship interactions. But as always with this species, I could not resist creating a few tight abstracts of the bird’s heads, necks, and faces. With the bright colors and intricate patterns there is pretty much an infinite number of complex abstract images there for the making.

The success of this image was due in part to my crouching down to best parallel the resting subject and in part to the carefully thought out image design. The partially open eye added a lot here. This was the only frame of about a dozen in the series in which the eye was not shut tight. With the eye shut, however, the image becomes even more abstract.

One of my King Penguin neck abstracts was honored in the 2013 Nature’s Best Competition. Click here to see the image and here for additional contest info.


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This image was created in cloudy conditions at 7:15am December 23, 2014 at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia, with the
tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/125 sec. at f/16. Cloudy WB.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround Rear Focus AF on the center of the black-yellow/orange edge and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2: King Penguin sleeping abstract

King Penguin Sleeping Abstract

I created an image similar to this one on a fresh snow day at Fortuna Bay in October 2012. After the fact I think that I prefer the one with the snow background by a small margin. OCT/early NOV trips to South Georgia offer a much greater chance of snowy conditions. I am always praying for a white-out. Note that I used the 1D X and the 7D II with equal effectiveness on my recent trip.


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This image was created in cloudy conditions at 7:26am December 23, 2014 at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia, with the
tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/100 sec. at f/16. Cloudy WB.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround Rear Focus AF where the black curve juts into the orange patch from our left and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #3: King Penguin neck abstract

King Penguin Neck Abstract

You’ve spent a ton of money to travel to one of the world’s premier nature photography locations. You’ve gotten up early. You’ve waited patiently for a gorgeous King Penguin to walk up to you and then stand still. You can’t resist making another series of tight abstracts even though you have previously created thousands of similar images.

Here is what you need to remember: when everything is perfect, make lots of images. Too many folks will make only one or two images in a given situation and then move on (to “save space on their flash card.” What they are not realizing is that in a series of nearly identical images one will almost always stand out as clearly best. Small differences in sharpness, the pose, the bird’s eye, and minute shifts of various lines and angles in the image (caused by slight changes in the composition can make a large difference in the impact of the photograph. The image above is a perfect example. At the end of a large series the bird looked up to the sky for a moment creating a totally new and different look. Ah, success. I plan on entering this one in the next BBC contest….

Your Favorite?

Which of the three images here is your favorite. Be sure to let us know why. Which do you think is the weakest image. And why?


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All of the images on the card were made on South Georgia. This remote wilderness island offers both spectacular scenery and hordes of tame wildlife and birds. From top left clockwise to the center: Southern Elephant Seal, courting King Penguin pair, King Penguin abstract, Grey-headed Albatross, King Penguin rookery on Salisbury Plain, Macaroni Penguin head portrait, King Penguin molting Okum Boy, Macaroni Penguin pair, King Penguin preening, Southern Elephant Seal yawning, the view of Gold Harbour from a Light-mantled Sooty Albatross nest.

Click on the image to see an extra-large version.

The 2015 South Georgia Expedition Voyage

Why Sign Up Through BIRDS AS ART?

If you have been thinking and dreaming of finally visiting South Georgia, this is the trip for you. Quit dreaming and act now. Though I will not be an official leader on this trip, those who have traveled with me know that I cannot help but teach. I will make pre-trip gear recommendations. I will hold informal pre-landing briefings. In the same vein, everyone will receive a free copy of our Antarctica Site Guide once they are paid in full (July 2, 2015). I will be available on the ship to review your images,, answer questions, and conduct informal over-the shoulder Photoshop sessions. And best of all, everyone who signs up under the auspices of BAA are invited to tag along with me on the landings where I will be glad to offer invaluable in-the-field advice. And the same goes for the ship-board birds in flight and marine mammal photography opportunities.

Do join us. To learn how to be part of the BAA group please e-mail me with the words Antarctica/Extended Expedition BAA Info Please cut and pasted into the Subject line.

Important Notes

#1: If you fail to e-mail me as noted directly above, and register directly with CES you MUST let them know that you would like to be part of the BIRDS AS ART group.

#2: Joining the BIRDS AS ART group as above will not cost you one penny.

#3: Do understand that King Penguins are pretty much “dirt birds” on a South Georgia trip. What’s a dirt bird? A bird that is so common and so tame that it is usually over-looked by serious birders….

Click here for complete details and to learn about Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. Please e-mailor with any questions or try me on my personal line this weekend at 863-692-2806.

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January 23rd, 2015

South Georgia: Scenic, Wildlife and Penguin Heaven on Earth...


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All of the images on the card were made on South Georgia. This remote wilderness island offers both spectacular scenery and hordes of tame wildlife and birds. From top left clockwise to the center: Southern Elephant Seal, courting King Penguin pair, King Penguin abstract, Grey-headed Albatross, King Penguin rookery on Salisbury Plain, Macaroni Penguin head portrait, King Penguin molting Okum Boy, Macaroni Penguin pair, King Penguin preening, Southern Elephant Seal yawning, the view of Gold Harbour from a Light-mantled Sooty Albatross nest.

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The Southern Ocean

South Georgia Expedition Voyage

I’ve been blessed. I’ve now made four trips to the Southern Ocean, three expeditions that visited the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, and one to the Falklands and South Georgia. Each was a truly amazing experience. South Georgia has been the star of the show each time: rugged snow covered peaks, tame and abundant wildlife including Southern Elephant Seal and Southern Fur Seal, and penguins: more King Penguins than you could ever have dreamed of. Gentoos. And my favorite, the golden-yellow spaghetti-topped Macaronis. With four trips to South Georgi under my belt, I have a pretty good idea about how to make great images at each of the iconic landings. In addition, we should have some pretty good flight photography sessions from the stern of the ship. I would love the chance to share my knowledge with you.

Going Light

On my recent trip, I found myself going with shorter lenses and lighter gear than on any previous Southern Ocean Expedition. In part that was due to the crop factor of the 7D Mark II, in part because going light makes life (and landings!) much easier. I made many landings with just the 7D II and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I refined the way that I got my gear safely from ship to shore. Lots more on that here soon.

Cheesemans’ Well Deserved Kudos

I know from personal experience that if you are a photographer who is going to invest in Southern Ocean voyage, you will want to put your money on Cheesemans’. No other tour company goes as far out of their way to ensure making every possible safe landing. And no other tour company will have you spending more time on land. Michael Viljeon from South Africa was aboard the Ortelius on a Southern Oceans voyage that preceded the Cheesemans’ trip that we were both on. As we headed back to Ushuaia, he said, “The folks that ran that first trip were pathetic. Too rough. No landing today. Surf too high today. No landing. Wind wrong direction. No landing. Cheesemans’ routinely and safely gets folks on land in conditions where the leaders of other tour companies do not even bother getting out of their bunks.”

Here, from the” Way to Go CES! (Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris)” blog post here, is one of my favorite Cheesemans’ stories:

The landing at Bailey Head, Antarctica, was especially rewarding to me as I had been sitting in a zodiac 100 yards off shore on my 2007 trip when the zodiac in front of mine swamped and the captain of the ship called off the landing…. Early that day it looked as if my weather Karma might not be working. Ted’s “Good morning shipmates” was followed by the news that we would not be able to land at Bailey Head that morning as the swell was too big. The beach there is sloped tremendously and the sea strives to pull the zodiacs back into the ocean before folks have gotten off with their gear. Tom Murphy had said to me several days before, “We will get you on the beach at Bailey Head.” Ted concluded his morning greetings by saying, “We are sending out a scout team to see if landing is possible.”

After breakfast I was thrilled to hear Ted’s voice again on the PA, “We will be landing at 8am.” Afterwards folks noted that it was the calmest landing ever at this amazingly beautiful spot. My good weather Karma (courtesy of late-wife Elaine) had come through one last time. Along with St. Andrews Bay, it was one of my two favorite super-great once-in-a-lifetime days of the trip. And we even got to enjoy three additional hours at Hannah Point, Antarctica before calling it a wrap and heading for the feared Drake Passage. All thanks to Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris.

Why Sign Up Through BIRDS AS ART?

If you have been thinking and dreaming of finally visiting South Georgia, this is the trip for you. Quit dreaming and act now. Though I will not be an official leader on this trip, those who have traveled with me know that I cannot help but teach. I will make pre-trip gear recommendations. I will hold informal pre-landing briefings. In the same vein, everyone will receive a free copy of our Antarctica Site Guide once they are paid in full (July 2, 2015). I will be available on the ship to review your images,, answer questions, and conduct informal over-the shoulder Photoshop sessions. And best of all, everyone who signs up under the auspices of BAA are invited to tag along with me on the landings where I will be glad to offer invaluable in-the-field advice. And the same goes for the ship-board birds in flight and marine mammal photography opportunities.

Do join us. To learn how to be part of the BAA group please e-mail me with the words Antarctica/Extended Expedition BAA Info Please cut and pasted into the Subject line.

Important Notes

#1: If you fail to e-mail me as noted directly above, and register directly with CES you MUST let them know that you would like to be part of the BIRDS AS ART group.

#2: Joining the BIRDS AS ART group as above will not cost you one penny.

The Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris South Georgia Expedition Voyage

An in-depth Adventure aboard the Ortelius: October 29 to November 17, 2015

From the CES website:

We are very excited to be able to bring this special in-depth expedition to you. This is a product of years of experience leading voyages to South Georgia and a passion for everything found here. Our itinerary is specifically designed to take advantage of the vibrant early season on South Georgia when snow blankets the mountains and early summer brings special wildlife treats seldom experienced. We will explore vast colonies of King Penguins, elephant seals in their peak of breeding activity, and colonies of Wandering, Gray-headed, Light-mantled, and Black-browed albatross. This cruise allows us many days to explore this truly unique island, the crown jewel of the Antarctic. The landscape filled with expanses of glaciers pouring into the sea provides rare beauty and photogenic impressiveness that words cannot convey. We will enjoy about nine days in the midst of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich island on the planet! Exceptional leadership expertise will enrich your experience throughout the voyage. Our priority on this special expedition is to give you the maximum time possible in the field so you can explore at your own pace during a special time on South Georgia. Come explore South Georgia with us!

I can personally attest to the accuracy of everything above. :)


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This could be you! Pat Lillich and King Penguin in snow. There is a much greater chance of snow in October than in December/January and for photography, fresh snow rocks!

More CES Kudos

From multiple IPT veteran Alan Lillich who (along with wife Pat) was in the BAA group on a 2012 CES voyage with me:

Start with some of the world’s best alpine landscapes, add an overwhelming abundance of tolerant wildlife, and finish with tour operators who put you there and give you the freedom to explore. It doesn’t get any better.

The Pull is Too Strong…

The pull is too strong. I need to go back. And I am. Do join me for an unparalleled wildlife and scenic photography experience. Please e-mail for additional information.

Questions?

I’d be glad to answer all of your Southern Ocean/Falklands/South Georgia/Antarctica questions. Please leave a comment if you’d like to learn more.