Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
February 8th, 2020

Pelican over rocks; what's not to love? More on SONY a9 ii AF ... And lots of new Used Gear listings

What’s Up?

I was glad to learn on Friday afternoon that the second Homer Bald Eagle IPT is now sold out. There are two slots open on the first IPT. If you are at all interested in making this IPT please get in touch asap via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372; you might be shocked at the size of the late-registration discount that I am offering.

It was a lot cooler here on Friday than it had been on Thursday. The pool was down only a single degree from yesterday but the air temperature was down about 15 degrees. I swam my 50 lengths without my neoprene vest and was shivering when I got out.

Long-time BAA friend and supporter John LeClair and his wife Tricia will be joining me at Gatorland for an In-the-Field session and working brunch on Sunday as the updated weather forecast for Sunday (ENE winds at 16 rather than NE at 8) looked a bit better. Wish us luck 🙂

On Friday, I spent a lot of time working on the big SONY Camera User’s Guides. Patrick has sent me links for the last 3 camera videos so that I can review them. This will be the best User’s Guide I have ever produced, in part, because the SONY cameras are so complex and offer so many options.

Homer Bald Eagle Photography Lessons

Click on the play triangle to learn about getting the right exposure for black and white subjects in sunny conditions or on cloudy or snowy days, the best lenses for eagle photography in Homer, creating pleasing blurs, basic and advanced composition, and tons more in this free video. Click on the little broken white square lower right next to YouTube to view the video full screen. Hit Escape to exit full screen. Enjoy!

Florida Learning Opportunities

DeSoto Last-second 2-DAY IPT. Afternoon session on TUES FEB 11th through the morning session on Thursday FEB 13, 2020. 2 DAYS (2 half and one full): $1099.00. Limit 3/Openings 2.

On the last morning, there might be an option to do the super-tame American White Pelicans in Lakeland. Working brunch (included) with image review on WED and THURS. The tides are perfect and the long-range weather forecast looks pretty good FWIW 🙂

If you would like to join us, please get in touch immediately either via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372.

Morning In-the-Field Session: Thursday FEB 13, 2020

Join me at DeSoto or in Lakeland to photograph tame American White Pelicans and lots more; right now the location is your call. Morning session (6:30-9:30am) plus a working brunch: $250.00.

IPT Updates

  • The Greatest-ever Bald Eagle Experience IPTs:
  • IPT #1: FEB 25 through the full day on MAR 1, 2020. Six full days: $4799.00 (Please e-mail for late-registration discount info). Limit 5 photographers/Openings:2.
  • IPT #2: MAR 3 through the full day on MAR 7, 2020. Five full days: $3999.00. Limit 5 photographers/Sold out.
  • The 2020 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — MAR 19 thru the morning session 22 MAR 2020: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Sold out
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Archipelago Photographic Experience. August 17-31, 2021 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,999.00. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 6.

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

Today’s featured image was a keeper in the San Diego II folder. In this one hour, sixteen-minute Capture One screen capture video, sit beside me as I pick my keepers from an almost 800-image folder entitled San Diego II. Learn what makes one image better than other very similar ones. Learn the minutiae of head angle and light angle and the compositional fine points (including the importance of using diagonal lines to your images) that make one image a keeper and others in the series insta-deletes. Learn more about wing positions and flight poses and tons more. In the video, I comment on my image optimization plans for many images and throw in some in-the-field and capture tips as well. With today’s digital camera bodies offering superb autofocus accuracy, fast frame rates, and often ridiculously large image files, learning to edit (pick your keepers) tightly is an important skill to develop.

The editing teaser was done in Photo Mechanic, the main video in Capture One. But it does not matter whether you use one of those programs or Bridge in Photoshop or Lightroom to pick your keepers; it is the principles that are involved in making each keep-or-reject decision that will prove to be invaluable.

During IPTs, editing sessions like the one in the video are extremely popular; everyone always learns a ton — why didn’t I see that? — and folks often clamor for more.

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. Please understand that e-Bay prices are bogus. And the same is true of the prices of used gear including my dear friends at B&H and the other mega-outfits. They offer you pennies and then try to sell the stuff to ignorant folks for ridiculously high prices. With their huge international exposure, they occasionally find someone …

The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the 5Ds and 5Ds R, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, the Canon 200-400 with internal extender, and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. The prices garnered for used Canon gear has tanked completely as demand has dropped tremendously. It is ironic that for decades Canon gear had very strong resale value …

Note: all BAA Used Gear sales include insured ground shipping via UPS to lower 48 US addresses only. Others who live elsewhere are invited to e-mail the seller for shipping surcharge info. Sellers should charge you only the difference between shipping to the farthest US location from their home and the charge to a non-lower-48 address.

New Listings

Canon EOS 7D Mark II dSLR

Kenneth Fraser is offering a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera in near-mint condition for a BAA record-low $647.00. The sale includes one battery, the charger, the front lens cap, the strap, the original product box,, and insured ground shipping via Fed-Ex or UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Kenneth via e-mail or by phone at 336-288-9025 (Eastern time zone).

Both Patrick Sparkman and I used and loved the 7D Mark II until about four 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. artie

Canon 100-400 L IS II Lens

Kenneth Fraser is also offering a Canon 100-400 L IS II lens in near-mint condition for $1099.00. The sale includes the front lens cap, the tough fabric carrying case, the hood, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via Fed-Ex or UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Kenneth via e-mail or by phone at 336-288-9025 (Eastern time zone).

This incredibly versatile lens with its .98 meter close focus, was my favorite Canon lens. artie

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Karl Schneck is offering a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in excellent plus condition for a very low $5399.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, the original tough front lens cover, the lens strap, a LensCoat, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Karl via e-mail.

The 600 II has been the state of the art super-telephoto for birds, nature, wildlife, and sports for many years. When I was using Canon and could get it to my location, it was always my go-to weapon. It is fast and sharp and deadly alone or with either TC. With a new one going for $11,499, you can save an incredible $6100 by grabbing Karl’s lens today. artie

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Lens

Karl Schneck is also offering a Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II in excellent plus condition for a very low $3799.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, the original tough front lens cover, the lens strap, a LensCoat, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Karl via e-mail.

I owned and used and loved the 400 DO II when I shot with Canon and found a way to take it on most trips. I took it to Scotland and Nickerson Beach and San Diego. It served me well as my (lighter!) big gun several Galapagos and Southern Ocean (the Falklands and South Georgia) trips. It is a killer for flight photography with or without the 1.4X III TC. It is razor-sharp with the 2X on static subjects and skilled folks have had amazing success hand holding it with the 2X III TC for flight and for action. artie

Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (teleconverter)

Sold on the first day of listing

Barry McKenzie is offering a Canon 1.4X III TC in very good condition with a single “ding” for a very low $160.00. The sale includes the front and rear lens caps, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Barry via e-mail.

As regular readers know, I depended so much on TCs when I shot Canon that I always traveled with two spare 1.4Xes and one spare 2X TC. artie

Canon Extender EF 2X III (teleconverter)

Barry McKenzie is also offering a Canon 2X III TC in excellent plus condition for a very low $219.00. The sale includes the front and rear lens caps, the lens pouch, the original box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Barry via e-mail.

As regular readers know, I depended so much on TCs when I shot Canon that I always traveled with two spare 1.4Xes and one spare 2X TC. artie

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF)

Barry McKenzie is also offering a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon E in like-new condition for a very low $449.00. The sale includes the hood, the rear cap, the front lens cap, the original, the soft case, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Photos available on request. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Barry via e-mail.

As part of the Art line within Sigma’s Global Vision series, this lens is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications. Wide-to-normal zoom is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-mount cameras likee the 7D Mark II and provides a 28.8-56mm equivalent focal length range. The impressively bright constant f/1.8 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques. Five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements are featured in the optical design and help to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.Four aspherical elements are used to help limit distortion and spherical aberrations and also contribute to greater overall sharpness and accurate rendering. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions. Integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), along with an internal focusing system, realizes quick and quiet autofocus, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.The rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality. Constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations. Additionally, a brass bayonet affords improved mounting accuracy and rigidity.. B&H

This high-quality landscape lens sells for $639.00; you can save a handsome $190.00 by grabbing Barry’s lens ASAP. artie

Canon EOS 7D Mark II dSLR

Paul Abravaya is offering a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera in like-new condition for a very low $650.00. The camera has < 20,000 actuations (rated at 200,000 actuations). It recently underwent a clean and check at CPS. The sale includes the original product box and evereything that came in it: one battery, the charger, the front lens cap, the strap, the user manuals and sooftwre, and insured ground shipping via Fed-Ex or UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made. Please contact Paul via e-mail.

Both Patrick Sparkman and I used and loved the 7D Mark II until about four 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. artie

An All-Time Bargain!

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens

Price dropped $600 on 6 FEB 2020!

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens in mint condition (but for a very few minor blemishes on the lens hood) for the BAA record-low-by-far price of 10,399.00 (was $10,999.00). The sale includes the lens hood, the front lens cover, the rear cap, the original product box, the instruction manual, the warranty card, the strap, and insured shipping via FedEx. The sale does not include the LS600 soft case. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

The 600 III is the latest Canon version of my favorite weapon of mass destruction for bird photography. With its super balance, light weight, incredible sharpness, and a five-stop Image Stabilization system, the 600 III is a technological marvel. The lens tips the scale at a relatively svelte 6.71 lb — about one ounce heavier than the SONY 600mm f/4GM OSS lens. It is a fraction under two pounds lighter than the Canon 600 II. Thus, it is eminently hand-holdable for many folks. As this lens sells new for $12,999.00, you can save a neat $2600.00 by being the one to grab Paul’s pretty much new lens. This lens is super-sharp with either TC, one of the great advantages of Canon over Nikon … artie

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Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers 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 questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

This image was created on yet another “flying circus” afternoon, January 15, 2020. I used the Induro GIT 304L/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital camera body) that features incredibly accurate AF. ISO 2000. Exposure determined by Zebras: 1/2000 sec. at f/4.5 in Manual mode. AWB at 4:33pm on a cloudy afternooon.

Center Zone Continuous (C) AF was active at the moment of exposure. Click on the image to see a larger, sharper version.

Image #1: Brown Pelican flying low over rocks

What’s Not to Love?

There are many things that I like about this image.

  • 1- The painterly look.
  • 2- The soft light and the color palette.
  • 3- The dorsal view of the pelican (aka, “top shot.”)
  • 4- The way the crop framed the seaweed-covered rocks (especially in the upper right corner).
  • 5- The two different tones of green seaweed.
  • 6- The mixture of aqua water and the breaking waves.

Did I leave anything out? Are there any negatives?

SONY Flight AF Against Backgrounds Other Than Sky

Shooting birds in flight against backgrounds other than skies with Canon and to a lesser degree with Nikon is often problematic as the AF point drops off the subject and grabs the background. Nikon does a lot better than Canon when birds are flying against backgrounds or trees or tall grasses or the ocean or rocks as in Image #1 above. SONY is 100% totally amazing. Once you have locked focus and the system is tracking, it never lets go, it never goes for the background. Keep reading for an astounding example of SONY flight AF in action.

This image was created on January 12, 2020. I used the Induro GIT 404/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and the blazingly fast Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital camera body) that features incredibly accurate AF. AUTO ISO: 1600. Shutter Priority +1.7 stops/correct compensation determined by Zebras: 1/1000 sec. at f/8 in Shutter Priority mode with exposure compensation on the rear wheel. AWB at 7:14am on a mostly clear morning with the sun behind some thin clouds on the eastern horizon.

Image #2: Double-crested Cormorant pre-dawn flight behind a tree!

Click on the image to see a larger, inexplicably sharper version.

Bird Flying Behind a Tree!

This one stunned me. I was shooting flight in pre-dawn light at 1200mm when this cormorant flew directly behind a tree. Yes. At 1200mm. And yes, directly on the other side of the tree. The result? THe flying cormorant was sharp as the system continued to track it accurately even though it flew behind the tree. I know that this is hard to believe but I had seen it before.

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February 6th, 2020

Price-drop City! And Florida Learning Opportunities

What’s Up?

I have been doing my morning walk with my SONY 200-600 with the a9 ii in all conditions. On clousy days, I try for blurs. Whatever the weather, I strive to learn more about exposure and the various AF modes. Most days produce a very few keepers at most, but I am always learning something or at least trying.

Today was a strange weather day in central Florida. It began overcast with a pretty good south wind. By lunchtime, it was mostly sunny and very warm. The winds got stronger and stronger from the south. By the time I got into the pool at about 2:30pm, the wind was whistling through the pines that pretty much surround the pool. And the pool had warmed up to 78 degrees — a far cry from 65 degrees less than two weeks ago! I turned off the pool heater and then swam without my neoprene vest for the first time since last year. I was totally comfortable doing my 50 lengths.

Anybody want to go to Homer to photograph eagles cheaply? Please get in touch immediately either via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372.

Florida Learning Opportunities

Morning In-the-Field Session: Saturday FEB 8, 2020

Join me at Gatorland to photograph breeding plumage Great Egrets at point-blank range. Morning session (7-10am) plus a working brunch: $250.00. Right now the weather looks dead solid perfect for Saturday morning in Kissimmee.

If you would like to join me, please get in touch immediately either via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372.

DeSoto Last-second 2-DAY IPT. Afternoon session on TUES FEB 11th through the morning session on Thursday FEB 13, 2020. 2 DAYS (2 half and one full): $1099.00. Limit 3/Openings 2.

On the last morning, there might be an option to do the super-tame American White Pelicans in Lakeland. Working brunch (included) with image review on WED and THURS. The tides are perfect and the long-range weather forecast looks pretty good FWIW 🙂

If you would like to join us, please get in touch immediately either via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372.

Morning In-the-Field Session: Thursday FEB 13, 2020

Join me at DeSoto or in Lakeland to photograph tame American White Pelicans and lots more. Morning session (6:30-9:30am) plus a working brunch: $250.00.

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

In this one hour, sixteen-minute Capture One screen capture video, sit beside me as I pick my keepers from an almost 800-image folder entitled San Diego II. Learn what makes one image better than other very similar ones. Learn the minutiae of head angle and light angle and the compositional fine points (including the importance of using diagonal lines to your images) that make one image a keeper and others in the series insta-deletes. Learn more about wing positions and flight poses and tons more. In the video, I comment on my image optimization plans for many images and throw in some in-the-field and capture tips as well. With today’s digital camera bodies offering superb autofocus accuracy, fast frame rates, and often ridiculously large image files, learning to edit (pick your keepers) tightly is an important skill to develop.

The editing teaser is done in Photo Mechanic, the main video in Capture One. But it does not matter whether you use one of those programs or Bridge in Photoshop or Lightroom to pick your keepers; it is the principles that are involved in making each keep-or-reject decision that will prove to be invaluable.

During IPTs, editing sessions like the one in the video are extremely popular; everyone always learns a ton — why didn’t I see that? — and folks often clamor for more.

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

Price Drops

Canon EOS-1D X Professional Digital Camera Body with Extras!

Price dropped $100 on 6 FEB 2020!

Jim Lewis is offering a Canon EOS-1D X in near-mint condition with extras for a very low $1,795.00 (was $1,895.00). The sale includes the original box, the CD’s, the strap, the cables, the manual, the front body cap, the charger w/LPE4N battery and an extra Canon LPE4N battery, 2 Lexar 1066X CF cards (one 32GB & one 64GB), a Canon RS-80 N3 remote switch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Jim via e-mail.

Several rugged 1D X bodies served as my workhorse cameras for about four years. I made many hundreds of family jewels images in all types of weather all around the world. artie

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Great Extras!

Price dropped $250 on 6 FEB 2020!

Jim Lewis is offering a Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital camera body in-near mint condition with some great extras for an incredibly low $449.00 (was $699.00). The sale includes the original box, the strap, the manual, the charger and battery, the VPB-XT2 Power Booster with 2 batteries (3 batteries total), the MHG-XT2 hand-grip, the RR-90 remote release, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower 48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Jim via e-mail.

Offering a more conventional form factor and packing in UHD 4K video recording, FUJIFILM’s X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera certainly aims to fill the needs of many working professionals and serious amateurs. Equipped with a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro Engine, users will be able to capture finely detailed imagery quickly and with low noise at sensitivities up to ISO 51200. The powerful combination permits rapid image capture at up to 8 fps with full AF tracking or at up to 14 fps using the silent electronic shutter. In terms of AF, the X-T2 uses an Intelligent Hybrid system with 325 points that ensures accurate, fast tracking of subjects in all modes. B&H

Paul Mckenzie Canon Fire Sale Price Drops!

Good friend, the incredibly talented and oft-major contest honoree Paul Mckenzie, is switching to SONY and is selling all of his Canon gear. He lives in Hong Kong and will be shipping all purchased gear from there via Fed Ex. Due to the high cost of shipping, there is a minimum order of $700.00. In addition, the buyer will need to pay the wire transfer charges on their end; these should not exceed $40.00. To offset these restrictions, each item below is priced below fire-sale prices. I expected that most of these items wouoold be sold on the first day of listing, but that did not happen so Paul has dropped most of the prices. As Paul travels a lot both for business and photography, shipping may be delayed somewhat.

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens

Price dropped $600 on 6 FEB 2020!

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens in mint condition (but for a very few minor blemishes on the lens hood) for the BAA record-low-by-far price of 10,399.00 (was $10,999.00). The sale includes the lens hood, the front lens cover, the rear cap, the original product box, the instruction manual, the warranty card, the strap, and insured shipping via FedEx. The sale does not include the LS600 soft case. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

The 600 III is the latest Canon version of my favorite weapon of mass destruction for bird photography. With its super balance, light weight, incredible sharpness, and a five-stop Image Stabilization system, the 600 III is a technological marvel. The lens tips the scale at a relatively svelte 6.71 lb — about one ounce heavier than the SONY 600mm f/4GM OSS lens. It is a fraction under two pounds lighter than the Canon 600 II. Thus, it is eminently hand-holdable for many folks. As this lens sells new for $12,999.00, you can save a neat $2600.00 by being the one to grab Paul’s pretty much new lens. This lens is super-sharp with either TC, one of the great advantages of Canon over Nikon … artie

Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Zoom Lens

Sold on 5 FEB 2020

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Zoom lens in very good plus condition for $999.00. The sale includes the lens hood, the soft carrying case, and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

This incredibly versatile lens with its .98 meter close focus, was my favorite Canon lens. artie

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II dSLR

Sold on 9 FEB 2020

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II dSLR in very good condition with 95,000 actuations for the very low price of $2499.00 (was $2,899.00). The sale includes one battery, the charger, a high-speed SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro CF card (515 MB/s), a high-speed San Disk, the Canon remote switch (RS-80N3), and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

The fast, rugged, 1DX Mark II is Canon’s flagship professional digital camera body. artie

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

Sold on 9 FEB 2020

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens in good plus condition for an amazingly low $1,099.00 (was $1,499.00). The lens shows lots of evidence of being used but well cared for as the front element is pristine. The sale includes the lens hood, the lens trunk, and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

This the sharpest Canon lens I have ever used; I made many award-winning and best-selling images with it.

The 300 f/2.8 lenses have long been the favorites of the world’s best hawks-in-flight photographers. They perform superbly with both teleconverters. artie

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

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens in good plus condition for $700.00. This lens, the first IS version, shows lots of wear but the front element is perfectly clean. The sale includes the lens hood, the soft carrying case, and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

The 70-200 f/2.8 lenses are extremely versatile. I have a hundred uses for mine including bird-scapes, scenics, and dance recitals! They perform superbly with both teleconverters. artie

Canon EOS 5DS R dSLR

Sold on 9 FEB 2020

Paul Mckenzie is offering a Canon EOS 5DS R dSLR in very good condition for only $799.00 (was $999.00). The sale includes one battery, the charger, a high-speed SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro CF card (515 MB/s), a high-speed San Disk, the Canon remote switch (RS-80N3), and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

With the customary low-pass filter neutralized, my 5DS R produced some of the most amazingly detailed images I have ever created. With any system. And I made some great flight shots with mine as well. As this lens sells new for $3,699.00 it represents an amazing buy. artie

Canon EF Extenders (teleconverters) 1.4X III and 2X III

Sold on 6 FEB 2020

Paul Mckenzie is offering these in excellent condition for $200 each with any purchase totaling $700.00 (including the TCs). The sale includes the soft lens pouch and insured shipping via FedEx. Your item will ship upon receipt of your wire transfer. All sales are subject to the restrictions noted above.

Please contact Paul via e-mail.

As regular readers know, I depended so much on TCs when I shot Canon that I always traveled with two spare 1.4Xes and one spare 2X TC. artie

February 5th, 2020

A Mint Canon 600 III! Creating Dramatic BLACK-Ground Images. And the San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video (with free teaser)

What’s Up?

I am proud to announce the release of the San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video. Play the video above (created in Photo Mechanic) to view the free teaser. Scroll down for complete details.

The pool was up to 73 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. The technician from Pool Works visited and quickly determined that the problem with the heater/chiller was with a faulty circuit breaker; that was the best possible outcome.

Please e-mail for Homer IPT late registration discount information.

DeSoto Last-second 2-DAY IPT

Afternoon session on TUES FEB 11th through the morning session on Thursday FEB 13, 2010. 2 DAYS (2 half and one full): $1099.00. Limit 3/Openings 2.

On the last morning, there might be an option to do the super-tame American White Pelicans in Lakeland. Working brunch (included) with image review on WED and THURS. The tides are perfect and the long-range weather forecast looks pretty good FWIW 🙂

If you would like to join us, please get in touch immediately either via e-mail or by cell phone: 863-221-2372.

Canon 600mm f/4L IS USM III Lens

IPT veteran Cris Hamilton is offering a Canon EF 600 f/4L IS III USM Lens in mint condition for $11,499.00. The sale includes the original shipping box and everything that came with the lens: the lens hood, the rear cap, the front lens cover, the soft case, the instruction manual, the warranty card, the lens strap, a Realtree LensCoat, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Cris via e-mail or by phone at 1-724-746-1954 (Eastern time zone).

The 600 III is the latest Canon version of my favorite weapon of mass destruction for bird photography. With its super balance, light weight, incredible sharpness, and a five-stop Image Stabilization system, the 600 III is a technological marvel. The lens tips the scale at a relatively svelte 6.71 lb — about one ounce heavier than the SONY 600mm f/4GM OSS lens. It is a fraction under two pounds lighter than the 600 II. Thus, it is eminently hand-holdable for many folks. As this lens sells new for $12,999.00, you can save a neat $1500.00 by being the one to grab Cris’s pretty much new lens right now. This lens is super-sharp with either TC, one of the great advantages of Canon over Nikon … artie

This image was created on January 10, 2020 on the San Diego IPT. I used the Induro GIT 304L/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and the 61 megapixel monster, the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital camera body. ISO 800. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/1000 sec. at f/8 in Manual mode. AWB at 9:24am on a clear morning.

Image #1:Brown Pelican against dramatic BLACK-Ground

Creating Dramatic BLACK-Grounds

To create dramatic images like this, look for situations where the subject is in full sun with a dark background that is completely shaded. In most places, this is a difficult assignment. At La Jolla, it is easy to do on most sunny mornings if you know what to look for and where to look for them. The lower portions cliffs across the small bay are shaded for about 30 minutes after the sun hits the pelicans that are up top. At times, you may need to be 10-20 degrees off sun angle to make things work. Getting taller (often by getting closer) may be necessary to come up with a pleasing BLACK-Ground.

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

San Diego II Picking Your Keepers Instructional Video

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

In this one hour, sixteen-minute Capture One screen capture video, sit beside me as I pick my keepers from an almost 800-image folder entitled San Diego II. Learn what makes one image better than other very similar ones. Learn the minutiae of head angle and light angle and the compositional fine points (including the importance of using diagonal lines to your images) that make one image a keeper and others in the series insta-deletes. Learn more about wing positions and flight poses and tons more. In the video, I comment on my image optimization plans for many images and throw in some in-the-field and capture tips as well. With today’s digital camera bodies offering superb autofocus accuracy, fast frame rates, and often ridiculously large image files, learning to edit (pick your keepers) tightly is an important skill to develop.

The editing teaser is done in Photo Mechanic, the main video in Capture One. But it does not matter whether you use one of those programs or Bridge in Photoshop or Lightroom to pick your keepers; it is the principles that are involved in making each keep-or-reject decision that will prove to be invaluable.

During IPTs, editing sessions like the one in the video are extremely popular; everyone always learns a ton — why didn’t I see that? — and folks often clamor for more.

$20 via electronic download. Order your copy from the BAA Online Store by clicking here.

The Homer Bald Eagle IPTs

Please e-mail for Homer IPT late registration discount information.

For the first trip only, I am offering a $500/person discount for those who sign up with a friend or spouse. You can access the complete trip offering here.

IPT #1: FEB 25 through the full day on MAR 1, 2020. Six full days: $4799.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 1.

IPT #2: MAR 3 through the full day on MAR 7, 2020. Five full days: $3999.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 2.

Via e-mail from Multiple IPT veteran Greg Ferguson:

I attended this IPT in 2011 and can only say it was the most intensive bird photography I have ever experienced. My arms were tired and sore from shooting so many action photos. It is highly recommended! I called Jim today and signed up for a reprise. Greg

Via e-mail from Multiple IPT veteran Dick Curtain:

I attended the Homer IPT in the past and can only say it was a great experience. Many eagles, beautiful scenery, great instruction, and many fond memories. Don’t miss it.

IPT Updates

  • The Greatest-ever Bald Eagle Experience IPTs:
  • IPT #1: FEB 25 through the full day on MAR 1, 2020. Six full days: $4799.00 (Price reduced to $3999.00!). Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 1.
  • IPT #2: MAR 3 through the full day on MAR 7, 2020. Five full days: $3999.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 2
  • The 2020 Hooptie Deux/Roseate Spoonbill Boat 3 1/2 DAY IPT — MAR 19 thru the morning session 22 MAR 2020: $2599.00. Limit: 5 photographers/Sold out
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Archipelago Photographic Experience. August 17-31, 2021 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,999.00. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings: 6.

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