Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
October 18th, 2017

Brown Pelican, Landing Juvenile. 5D Mark IV Cropped Image Quality. And a 19-step Image Optimization.

Stuff

On Monday, before, during, and after our travels, I worked extensively on finishing up the LensAlign/Micro-adjusting e-Guide. I still have a few things to clear up on Tuesday with Michael Tapes and hope to have the guide published by tomorrow, or by Thursday at the latest. No swimming and no exercising till Tuesday.

The LensAlign/FocusTune Micro-adjusting e-Guide will be published and announced tomorrow accompanied by an interesting back-story piece on the development of the hardware, LensAlign, and the software, FoucsTune, by the brilliant Michael Tapes, inventor of both. To purchase the LensAlign Mark II/FocusTune package, click please click here.

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.

Great Response

After downloading the RAW file, lots of folks have been sending me JPEgs of their version of Monday’s featured image. If you would like to take a crack at it, see the blog post here. I will publish my version on Friday.

The Streak

Today makes eighty-three days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took more than two hours 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.

Brown-Pelican-landing-_P3A3351-Fort-DeSoto-Park,-Pinellas-County,-FL

This image was created on the early morning of Sunday, October 15 with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 371mm) and my favorite pelicans in flight photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop off the sky in early morning light: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3. (Should have been +1 2/3 stops off the sky). AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. As originally framed, the selected AF point fell on the bird’s face just behind and below the eye (as seen in the DPP 4 screen capture below). Please click on the image to enlarge it.

FocusTune/LensAlign Micro Adjustment: -4 (extrapolated).

Brown Pelican, landing juvenile

Brown Pelican landing juvenile

Thanks to a suggestion from DeSoto Fall IPT participant Jim Miller, the group tried a new spot in the park, a spot that I had only rarely (if ever …) been to. It turned out to be fantastic. On my visit last weekend I photographed there on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in an effort to learn more about the location. I was successful. On clear mornings with any winds with an easterly component the landing pelican photography will likely turn out to be spectacularly consistent.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Cropped Image Quality

Note how well image quality held up to a relatively large crop. AF performs better when you work wider; doing that allows you to aggressively crop a sharp image to your taste. Please understand that I am not advising you to crop away 90% of the pixels in a given image 🙂 With a sharp RAW file you can easily get away with cropping away 30 to 40% of the pixels.

More 100-400 II Versatility

On both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning past I never took the 500 f/4L IS II out of my Sequoia. What fun it was to walk around with a lightweight lens that is great for flight photography; being able to zoom out on close-flying pelicans and gulls can be a huge plus; with today’s image, I might have zoomed in a bit more … But by zooming out a bit I was able to keep the selected AF point on the bird’s head. Once the sun came over the dunes I added the 1.4X III TC for additional reach while photographing birds on the beach. While I do have some sharp flight images with the 100-400 II/1.4X III combo, my preference is to do flight with the lens alone; AF is faster and more accurate. We have seen this week that the 1-4 can be used at the wide end to create scenic-type images (without having to run back to the car for a shorter lens). It’s focal length range (with or without the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III) is fantastic. And its amazing close focus (down to less than one meter) make this the most versatile lens you will ever own. Lastly, as we saw the other day, you can add a few extension tubes and use the 1-4II to photograph very small flowers.

DPP-4-BR-PEL-FLIGHT

The DPP 4 Screen Capture for today’s featured image

The DPP 4 Screen Capture for Today’s Featured Image

Note the illuminated red square that shows the placement of the activated AF point at the moment of exposure. See that I added 1/3 stop of light by moving the Brightness slider to +.33. And that I moved the Color fine tune dot a bit towards blue to counteract the rich, red, early morning light just a bit. Note that the BLUE channel dominates the histogram because of the blue sky and the blue water.With the cursor on the brightest WHITEs we do see the early morning light: R = 243, G = 235, B = 220. Again, there is no need to neutralize the WHITEs or to strive for a neutral white balance when working in early morning light …

The Image Optimization

  • 1-Convert the RAW file in DPP 4.
  • 2-Bring the image into Photoshop.
  • 3-Level the image using the Ruler Tool (R) and Image > Rotate > Arbitrary (my keyboard shortcut Command + /).
  • 4-Starting in the lower right corner crop the image (C) hard from the left and above using the 2X3 preset flopped to 3X2.
  • 5-Select the skinny triangles using the Magic Wand Tool (M).
  • 6-Use the minus Lasso Tool (L) to deselect areas of the bird that got picked up ….
  • 7-Expand the selection 6 pixels using Select > Modify > Expand.
  • 8-Fill in the Canvas with John Haedo Content Aware Fill (Shift + Delete).
  • 9-Eliminate the pelicans below the subject using the Patch Tool (my keyboard shortcut P). It is amazing how easy that was and how amazing the Patch Tool is.
  • 10-Add some canvas above and in front of the bird and then filling in the new canvas with John Haedo Content Aware Fill (Shift + Delete).
  • 11-Lighten the shadowed area of the right underwing primaries using Tim Grey Dodge and Burn; be sure to compare the optimized image with the original …
  • 12-Put the whole thing on a new layer and run cheap and dirty NeatImage noise reduction at 80% on the whole image. This completely eliminated the noise in the dark blue water without affecting the sharpness of the subject. 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
  • 13-Selected the head and bill with the Quick Selection Tool (W), place it on its own layer, and quasi-sharpen it with a Contrast Mask (15/65/0).
  • 14-Flatten the image and then duplicate it.
  • 15-Apply a 65-pixel Gaussian Blur to the whole thing.
  • 16-Add a Regular Layer Mask and erase the blur from the sky and the bird leaving it in place only on the blue water of the Gulf. Be sure to use a large, soft brush for the erasing.
  • 17-Name and save the TIFF file.
  • 18-Create a 1200 pixel wide JPEG, sharpen it with Unsharp Mask at 90/.3/0.
  • 19-Save the JPEG and close the image.

Note: it took longer to type the section above than it did to optimize the image in Photoshop … The latter took less than eight minutes.

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

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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 17th, 2017

Black Skimmer Editing Practice. And Really Important Stuff.

Really Important Stuff, All Unsolicited

Via e-mail from Jim Miller

I can’t stop thinking about how much fun the DeSoto Fall IPT was, and how much I learned. There were so many things that suddenly made perfect sense after I had been confused for so long. Thank you very much for the wonderful trip, and for being a great teacher. As I worked through the raw files last week, I realized what a fantastic lens the 600 IS is. Thanks for the rental! Maybe some day I will be able to afford one. Some images for critique are attached.

By the way, the plant we were looking at along the sidewalk in Gulfport is Blue Porterweed. It is worth a few minutes on the internet to read about it: native of Florida and the Caribbean, used for medicine in The Bahamas, etc. We have it in a large pot in the front yard and it takes a lot of water, but it blooms Spring through Fall. Thank you again, Artie. It was really wonderful to be with you and learn from you.

Via e-mail from Lee Sommie

I want to thank you for making the Fall 2017 Ft. DeSoto IPT such a fun and educational experience for me. I truly did not want the adventure to end. I now look through the viewfinder with an artist’s mindset. And the real bonus was making new friends with fellow students. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife photography. I had a great time with you and look forward to more adventures on future IPTs.

Followed by this one

BTW. I downloaded Photo Mechanic and started using it in my workflow. Since I like using Lightroom for my adjustments, I found a way to incorporate Photo Mechanic and Lightroom together. Lightroom was driving me crazy with how slow it is to import and preview photos. I was impressed with how fast you could preview photos and start editing your photos on the DeSoto Fall IPT. Life is too short to wait for applications to import and preview photos and Photo Mechanic solves that problem.

Thanks again for everything Artie. Your knowledge keeps on giving well after the IPT!

Via e-mail from Muhammad Arif

I had a great time at Fort De Soto. Thank you for all the instruction, for your help and pointers; my photography has already improved tremendously and I’ve never made such good bird photos before. I wish I could’ve joined you on Monday and Tuesday morning as well but work got in the way. It was also nice to meet everyone on the IPT; sorry that I missed you Ray. Thanks again for everything and I hope to join you at a future IPT sometime again.

Stuff

I visited the Social Security office in Winter Haven to start collecting on my money. I had been drawing my SS on my late-wife Elaine’s money. Next was a visit with my chiropractor friend Dr. Scott Pancake for an Atlas Orthogonal treatment. Too soon to tell but you will hear from me soon. Scott advised two days of rest, i.e., no swimming, no exercises.

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.

Great Response

After downloading the RAW file, lots of folks have been sending me JPEgs of their version of yesterday’s featured image. If you would like to take a crack at it, see yesterday’s blog post here. I will publish my version on Friday.

The Streak

Today makes eighty-two 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.

BlkSKimmer-EDITING

All four of these images were created on the early morning of Sunday, October 15 well before the sun came onto the birds. I used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 400mm) and my favorite skimmer photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The ISOs ranged from 800 to 1250. All at Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/320 sec. at f/6.3 (except for the last image at f/7.1) in Tv mode. AWB.

One AF point to the right of the center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point fell somewhere on the bird face below the eye in each image. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

FocusTune/LensAlign Micro Adjustment: -5.

Black Skimmer at water’s edge (four ways)

Black Skimmer Editing Practice

Click on the composite above to view the images larger. Which is the strongest image? Why? Which is the weakest image? Why? What do you think of the two images with the breaking wave included?

For those not blessed with eagle eyes here are the file numbers from left to right, top row first, then the bottom row.

  • _P3A3247 (at 7:50am)
  • _P3A3248 (five seconds after 3247)
  • _P3A3256 (40 seconds after 3248)
  • _P3A3270 (4 1/2 minutes after 3256)

Note: I have a 100% best by far choice; I will share it with you here soon.

High Level Exposure Question

Considering that the exposure compensation for each image was +2 stops, why is _P3A3270 considerably brighter than _P3A3256? Please note that it has nothing to do with the fact that the light has increased; remember that I was in an automatic exposure mode, Tv …

More 100-400 II Versatility

On both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning I never took the 500 f/4L IS II out of my Sequoia. What fun to walk around with a lightweight lens that is great for flight photography; being able to zoom out on close-flying pelicans and gulls can be a huge plus. Once the sun came over the dunes I added the 1.4X III TC for additional reach. We saw yesterday that the 1-4 can be used at the wide end to create scenic-type images (without having to run back to the car for a shorter lens). It’s focal length range (with or without the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III) is fantastic. And its amazing close focus (down to less than one meter) make this the most versatile lens you will ever own. Lastly, as we saw the other day, you can add a few extension tubes and use the 1-4II to photograph very small flowers.

If In Doubt …

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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 16th, 2017

The First-Ever RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge. And Still More 100-400 II Versatility.

Stuff

I did enjoy a morning swim on Saturday and then made it over to DeSoto for the afternoon. I searched for the mystery heron/egret but did not find it. With a strong east wind and mostly clear skies, conditions were tough for bird photography; can you say “wind against sun?” But I really do love Desoto. And I did get to photograph a pretty neat rainbow. I ended the day at my favorite secret sunset spot and found a cooperative juvie Great Blue Heron. You can learn about my secret sunset spot in the DeSoto Site Guide. Scroll down for more info on the guide. I did stay over and photograph on Sunday morning. More on that session soon.

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 eighty-one 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.

Fort DeSoto Site Guide

Fort DeSoto is about the only bird photography hotspot that I know of that has the potential to offer great opportunities every day of the year. The big attractions are shorebirds, all the large wading birds (including Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill at various seasons), and many species of terns and gulls. In the spring you can usually photograph the breeding behaviors of Royal & Sandwich Terns and Laughing Gull. Flight photography can be great when a feeding spree occurs just off of the beach. These feature terns and gulls and Brown Pelican. Spring and fall migration can be excellent for all manner of warblers, vireos, gnatcatchers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles in some of the wooded areas. By purchasing the guide you will know exactly where to be on what tide and what wind. Why waste your time searching for the birds when you can just show up and act like a DeSoto veteran?

Get yourself a copy of the Fort DeSoto Site Guide. Learn the best spots, where to be when in what season in what weather. Learn the best wind directions for the various locations. BAA Site Guides are the next best thing to being on an IPT. You can see all of them 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.

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.

RAW-file-GBH-SUNSET-_P3A3171-Fort-DeSoto-Park,-Pinellas-County,-FL

This image was created on the late afternoon of Friday, October 13 with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 112mm) and my favorite bird photography camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/2,000 sec. at f/6.3 in Av mode. AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Rear Button AF and recompose.

FocusTune/LensAlign Micro Adjustment: -2.

Great Blue Heron sunrise scenic with god-rays.

My Critique

The JPEG above represents the RAW file converted straight up in ACR (with no adjustments). The image overall is way too dark because of the underexposure that was needed to hold back the bright sections of the sky … As both the bird and the god rays are a bit too centered, I wish that I had moved two steps to my right so that the bird would have been closer to the lower left corner and the god rays closer to the upper right corner. I created the image at K-7600 to juice up the colors but the underexposure muted those quite a bit. I converted the image in DPP 4 and optimized it in Photoshop. I will share it with you here in a few days.

The First-Ever RAW File/Image Optimization Challenge

If you would like to take a crack at this image please click here to download the RAW file. Save the image to your hard drive, convert it in the program of your choice, and then optimize it with the program of your choice. save the TIF. Then create a sharpened 900 pixel tall JPEG and shoot it to me via e-mail.
Assuming that I receive at least a few decent images, I will publish at least the best one here on Friday along with my optimized version.

If at least a few folks give it a try, we can play this game again. If not — well, you can figure it out. Those who try will wind up learning a ton. And who knows, they may create an image that is stronger than mine 🙂

More 100-400 II Versatility

Note here that I used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens at the wide end to create a scenic (without having to run back to the car for a shorter lens). The focal length range (with or without the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III), its relatively light weight, and its amazing close focus (down to less than one meter) make this the most versatile lens you will ever own. In addition, it is quite an excellent flight lens; being able to zoom out on close-flying pelicans and gulls can be a huge plus. Lastly, as we saw the other day, you can add a few extension tubes and use the 1-4II to photograph very small flowers.

If In Doubt …

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

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

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

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

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