Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
December 7th, 2017

Perch Payoffs #1!

Stuff

On Wednesday morning we headed down to the lake in thick fog and photographed a female Anhinga drying her wings on the perch for about 45 minutes as the sun broke through.

Here is some of the other stuff that happened on Wednesday:

1-I had the roof of my house pressure washed: $300.00.

2-I agreed to have the many bad seams on the metal roof repaired and to have the roof coated with a ceramic sealant: $7,000.00.

3- (After a flat on Saturday morning) I had four new tires put on my Sequoia, new brake linings, and balancing and alignment: $752.53.

I swam a leisurely half mile.

Loving what is πŸ™‚

On Wednesday evening we headed down to the lake to find a grackle on the perch. NG. We drove around a bit and returned to check the perch one last time as the western sky colored up. The Anhinga was back. I got all set up and made a single frame at 840. As the bird leaned forward I switched from Left Large Zone to Center Large Zone and got two nice frames of the take-off. πŸ™‚

5dIV

Amazing 5D Mark IV Sale!

5D Mark IV Still on Sale!

Right now you can purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the BG-E20 Battery Grip for the crazy low price of $3199. I am not sure how long this Black Friday sale will last …

Blog regular Bill Hill was so excited when he read of this sale that he forgot to use my affiliate link. πŸ™‚ He wrote, “I still think the 5D Mark IV sale is is too good to be true. I will believe it when it arrives. Thanks for the heads up.

Note: Bill went for the one with the free battery grip and the free Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred thirty-two days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 90 minutes to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 … 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. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.

Osprey-wing-stretch-_W5A5020--Indian-Lake-Estates,-FL

This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL on the morning of Saturday, December 2, 2017, just about 24 hours after Anita North and I had erected the perch. I used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite Osprey photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/800 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. AWB. 8:27am on a clear morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: extrapolated to -10.

Upper Large Zone/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system selected a cluster of three AF point, one of which fell squarely on the bird’s eye. The other two were on the bird’s upper breast and the top of the back.

Image #1: Osprey wing stretch

The First Osprey

It only took us about 45 minutes to set the perch and tie it off. Then we took a short ride to see how the vultures were doing and make a few crane images. Then we went back to check out new perch. It was finely adorned by the lovely Osprey that you see above. Working behind some chest high bushes, we set up, me working at 12000mm, Anita at 1000mm. With a minute the bird did a beautiful wing stretch. Anita made some very fine horizontals.

Osprey-wingstretch-_V6A8070Indian-Lake-EState

This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL on the morning of Saturday, December 2, 2017 by Anita North. She used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Wimberley-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/1250 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. AWB. 8:27am on a clear morning.

Two rows up and three to the left of the center AF point/Spot AF/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected Af point was on the bird’s upper breast.

Image #2: Osprey wing stretch
Image courtesy of and copyright 2017: Anita North

Anita’s Osprey Wingstretch

Anita was just to my left for the wingstretch working with the 500mm and the 2X III TC. I loved her RAW file. Even as a beginner Anita was able to make sharp images and once she began working with both teleconverters she continued to excel at making sharp images. She processed the image using a technique that someone taught (or mis-taught) her and completely ruined the sky. I grabbed the RAW and converted it in DPP 4 (as she had). In Photoshop I moved the bird left in the frame using techniques from APTATS II and then cropped a bit from the right and above. Total time in Photoshop: 40 seconds. I chose to leave the tiny bright scars at the bend of the perch so that you can see what I do with each perch image. My repairs are done using a series of small warped Quick Masks that are refined with the addition of Regular Layer masks. Then I use the Patch Tool and the Clone Stamp Tool to tidy things up if needed. Anita has improved her techniques by light years while attending several IPTs over the past few years. She needs to work more on her post-processing skills.

General post processing advice for all: keep things simple. Convert your Canon images in DPP 4 and then follow the simple directions for optimizing your images in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II). KISS πŸ™‚

Osprey-perched-adult-_W5A8261--Indian-Lake-Estates,-FL

This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL on the morning of Saturday, December 2, 2017, just about 24 hours after Anita North and I had erected the perch. I used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and my favorite Osprey photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/800 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. AWB. 8:27am on a clear morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: extrapolated to -10.

Upper Large Zone/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The system selected a cluster of three AF points, one of which fell squarely on the bird’s eye. The other two were on the bird’s upper breast and the top of the back.

Image #3: Osprey classic side view

The Second Osprey

Anita went down to the lake that evening just before sunset while I opted to take it easy πŸ™ Big mistake; she made some wonderful silhouettes of an Anhinga doing all sorts of things. I will share those with you here soon. The next morning dawned clear and beautiful. The next morning we checked the perch right after sunrise but it was empty. We made a wiggle and when we return the same bird graced the perch. With a different wind direction we were afforded a different basic pose.

Your Favorite

Please take a moment to let us know which of today’s featured images you like best. Be sure to let us know your reasons.

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 the morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018 and a free morning session the day before the IPT starts: 3 1/2 days (+1/2!): $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.

Join me in San Diego near the end of January to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s (usually nesting and displaying) and Double-crested Cormorants; breeding plumage Ring-necked Duck; other duck species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Wood Duck and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heerman’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seal (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lion; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the two IPT cards there are some nice bird-scape and landscape opportunities as well. Please note: formerly dependable, both Wood Duck and Marbled Godwit have been declining at their usual locations for the past two years …


san-diego-card-neesie

San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects. With annual visits spanning more than three decades I have lot of experience there….

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography. And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You can do most of your photography with an 80- or 100-400 lens …

Did I mention that there are wealth of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter?


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Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings.

The San Diego Details

This IPT will include four 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, three 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, three lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. Dinners are on your own so that we can get some sleep.

A $599 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. You can send a check (made out to “Arthur Morris) to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance is payable only by check. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

If In Doubt …

If in doubt about using the BAA B&H affiliate link correctly, you can always start your search by clicking here. Please note that the tracking is invisible. Web orders only. Please, however, remember to shoot me your receipt via e-mail.






Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store πŸ™‚

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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Typos

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December 6th, 2017

The Perfect Perch in Predawn Pink/Purple/Blue

Stuff

Tuesday morning at DeSoto was much better than it was on Monday morning. We started off with a young and an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in a beautiful setting in sweet early morning light. Then we made a wiggle. I concentrated on fishing and posing Snow Egrets and some foraging Ruddy Turnstones. An unexpected bonus was an approachable first-winter plumage Red Knot.

Lunch at the Seaporch Cafe was great again. And again I had the Artisan Salad with rare skirt steak added. Yummy and easy on my blood sugar.

Back at ILE the sunset was nice but there were no birds anywhere near the new perch.

5dIV

Amazing 5D Mark IV Sale!

5D Mark IV Still on Sale!

Right now you can purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the BG-E20 Battery Grip for the crazy low price of $3199. I am not sure how long this Black Friday sale will last …

Blog regular Bill Hill was so excited when he read of this sale that he forgot to use my affiliate link. πŸ™‚ He wrote, “I still think the 5D Mark IV sale is is too good to be true. I will believe it when it arrives. Thanks for the heads up.

Note: Bill went for the one with the free battery grip and the free Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred thirty-one days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 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 480 … 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. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.

the-perch-in-pink-purple-blue-pre-dawn

This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL on the morning of Sunday, December 3, 2017, just about 24 hours after Anita North and I had erected the perch. I used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 214mm) and my favorite predawn photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/60 sec. at f/5.0 in Tv mode. AWB. 7:15am on a clear morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: extrapolated to -3.

Right Large Zone/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF performed to perfection.

The Perch!

Erecting the Perfect Perch

I have been meaning to get down to the lake and set up some dead tree perches ever since I moved to Indian Lake Estates about two decades ago. Just before Anita arrived I did plant one nice perch about six feet high. I’ve been hoping for a red-shouldered. So far as I know nothing has landed on it. When Anita got here we used a post-hole digger to erect a second one about 8 feet tall: still too short. As I mentioned in blog post recently, we went out with my hand-saw looking for a tall skinny dead tree perch maybe 15 feet or so tall We saw two candidates in a burned wood lot; as I was exploring I saw the perfect perch, lying on the ground. No sawing needed. We opened the rear hatch and the passenger-side-window of my Sequoia and stuffed the perch in the car.

We each had on a pair of waders. I knew just where I wanted to put the tall perch. I had seen an Osprey land on the top of the cluster of bushes several days in a row. We made our way out carefully to the cluster with a pair of loppers, some heavy cord, and a box cutter. Ans the perch of course. I clipped away lots of dead branches at the bottom of the bushes for better access. Our plan was to plant the tall new perch between the two main stalks of the bush complex and tie it off with the cord. And that is just what we did.

We were very proud of ourselves as we drove away to check out the vultures. When we returned 20 minutes later an Osprey was sitting on the beautiful parch. Photos soon!

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 the morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018 and a free morning session the day before the IPT starts: 3 1/2 days (+1/2!): $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.

Join me in San Diego near the end of January to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s (usually nesting and displaying) and Double-crested Cormorants; breeding plumage Ring-necked Duck; other duck species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Wood Duck and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heerman’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seal (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lion; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the two IPT cards there are some nice bird-scape and landscape opportunities as well. Please note: formerly dependable, both Wood Duck and Marbled Godwit have been declining at their usual locations for the past two years …


san-diego-card-neesie

San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects. With annual visits spanning more than three decades I have lot of experience there….

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography. And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You can do most of your photography with an 80- or 100-400 lens …

Did I mention that there are wealth of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter?


san-diego-card-b

Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings.

The San Diego Details

This IPT will include four 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, three 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, three lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. Dinners are on your own so that we can get some sleep.

A $599 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. You can send a check (made out to “Arthur Morris) to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance is payable only by check. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

If In Doubt …

If in doubt about using the BAA B&H affiliate link correctly, you can always start your search by clicking here. Please note that the tracking is invisible. Web orders only. Please, however, remember to shoot me your receipt via e-mail.






Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store πŸ™‚

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.

Facebook

Be sure to like and follow BAA on Facebook by clicking on the logo link upper right. Tanks a stack.

Typos

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December 5th, 2017

A Face-less Square Crop: Like It, Hate It, or Delete It?

Stuff

Monday morning started out very tough. A lovely image of that amazing super moon in a pink, predawn sky at 500mm was available but we were blocked by utility wires. By the time we got set up and in position the fog had covered the moon which was not be seen again that morning. We — Anita North and I — started out at ISO 3200: 1/500 sec. at f/4 for pelican flight but the action was poor. After an hour or so the sun began peeking in and out very few minutes so we really had to keep an eye on our exposures. Action picked up a bit but was far from fantastic. We decided to head over to North Beach and take a long exploratory walk. We found a Reddish Egret, a small flock of Dunlin, and first one — and then two — cooperative young Greater Yellowlegs. And we met several nice folks.

Just before we got back to our parking lot we found and stuck with some resting gulls and terns. As it had clouded over nicely, we did some serious damage with our 100-400 IIs both with and without the 1.4X III TCs. We had a superb lunch at the SeaPorch Cafe in the historic Don Cesar hotel on St. Pete Beach. We did not head out until very late on Monday afternoon but enjoyed several really good chances with a variety of herons and egrets though we never made it back to Fort DeSoto.

There is still lots of room on San Diego #2; please see the details below if you are considering joining this very, very, very small group in a woudrous location at just the right time of year.

Brand New Listing

Canon Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Sangeeta Chakraborty is offering a Canon EOS 7D Mark II in near-mint condition for $999. The sale includes the front lens cap, the strap, the original battery, and insured ground shipping to US addresses only by UPS.

Please contact Sangeeta via e-mail or by phone at 1-720-609-8537 (Mountain 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. One thing is for sure: the 7D Mark II is the greatest value ever in a digital camera body. With a new one going for $1499 you can save a cool $500 by grabbing Sangeeta’s lens. artie

5dIV

Amazing 5D Mark IV Sale!

5D Mark IV Still on Sale!

Right now you can purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the BG-E20 Battery Grip for the crazy low price of $3199. I am not sure how long this Black Friday sale will last …

Blog regular Bill Hill was so excited when he read of this sale that he forgot to use my affiliate link. πŸ™‚ He wrote, “I still think the 5D Mark IV sale is is too good to be true. I will believe it when it arrives. Thanks for the heads up.

Note: Bill went for the one with the free battery grip and the free Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred thirty days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 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 480 … 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. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.

5dIV

Amazing 5D Mark IV Sale!

5D Mark IV Still on Sale!

Right now you can purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the BG-E20 Battery Grip for the crazy low price of $3199. I am not sure how long this Black Friday sale will last …

Blog regular Bill Hill was so excited when he read of this sale that he forgot to use my affiliate link. πŸ™‚ He wrote, “I still think the 5D Mark IV sale is is too good to be true. I will believe it when it arrives. Thanks for the heads up.

Note: Bill went for the one with the free battery grip and the free Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred twenty-nine days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 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 480 … 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. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.

Brown-Pelican-starting-dive-_W5A8433--Fort-DeSoto-Park,-Pinellas-County,-FL

This image was created at Fort DeSoto on the morning of Monday, December 4, 2017. I used the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and my favorite pelican flight photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering + 2 stops off the sunlit gray sky: 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB on a somewhat sunny foggy morning with the light changing every five seconds.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -2.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the trailing edge of the secondaries of the upper wing as originally framed.

Brown Pelican, ready to start dive

A Face-less Square Crop: Like It, Hate It, or Delete It?

As noted in part above, conditions were quite difficult; from two hours of pelican flight photography, I kept only two images (including today’s featured image), mostly due to operator error and lack of operator skills. With the sun going in and out seemingly ever few seconds this one was very bright but not overexposed. Folk have done a great job the past few days on sharing their opinions and justifying them as well. Today’s question is a simple one: like it, hate it, or delete it? Do let us know why you made your choice.

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 the morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018 and a free morning session the day before the IPT starts: 3 1/2 days (+1/2!): $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.

Join me in San Diego near the end of January to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s (usually nesting and displaying) and Double-crested Cormorants; breeding plumage Ring-necked Duck; other duck species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Wood Duck and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heerman’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seal (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lion; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the two IPT cards there are some nice bird-scape and landscape opportunities as well. Please note: formerly dependable, both Wood Duck and Marbled Godwit have been declining at their usual locations for the past two years …


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San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects. With annual visits spanning more than three decades I have lot of experience there….

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography. And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You can do most of your photography with an 80- or 100-400 lens …

Did I mention that there are wealth of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter?


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Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings.

The San Diego Details

This IPT will include four 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, three 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, three lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. Dinners are on your own so that we can get some sleep.

A $599 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. You can send a check (made out to “Arthur Morris) to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance is payable only by check. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

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