For Your Critique: Image #13 « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

For Your Critique: Image #13

Moving water blur, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 50. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/8 sec. at f/14 in Tv Mode.

Lens/Camera Body Micro-Adjustment: -4.

For a greater appreciation of the image, click on the photo. Then click on the enlarged version to close it.

For Your Critique: Image #13

The image above is presented for your critique; feel free to praise it or rip it to shreds. Would you keep it or delete it? Let us know why either way, what you like or what you hate. What would you have done differently?

Over the course of the next few weeks I will present seven additional images in this series for a total of twenty in all. The last will be followed by several revelations including two major ones.

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Below is a list of the gear used to create the image in today’s blog post. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.

Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon 1.4X III Teleconverter. Designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. My two Mark IVs are my workhorse digital camera bodies.

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LensCoats. I have a LensCoat on each of my big lenses to protect them from nicks and thus increase their re-sales value. All my big lens LensCoat stuff is in Hardwood Snow pattern.
LegCoat Tripod Leg Covers. I have four tripods active and each has a Hardwood Snow LegCoat on it to help prevent further damage to my tender shoulders 🙂
Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
CR-80 Replacement Foot for Canon 800. When using the 800 on a Mongoose as I do, replacing the lens foot with this accessory lets the lens sit like a dog whether pointed up or down and prevents wind-blown spinning of your lens on breezy days by centering the lens directly over the tripod.
Double Bubble Level. You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am not using flash.
Be sure to check out our camera body User’s Guides here.
The Lens Align Mark II. I use the Lens Align Mark II pretty much religiously to micro-adjust all of my gear an average of once a month and always before a major trip. Enjoy our free comprehensive tutorial here.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV User’s Guide. Learn to use your Mark IV the way that I use mine.

20 comments to For Your Critique: Image #13

  • cheapo

    Heh. A little late, but this is superb! The colours and movement are epic.

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks to all for your kind comments. I like this one a lot too! artie

  • Dennis Pritchett

    Everyone seems to be onboard Artie, so I’ll just make a suggestion that I sometimes do with my blurred water images, and that’s try to get more in focous by using a smaller f-stop, like, say, f22, or f25. It’s still a good one, but the top could be a bit more in focus for me. Dennis

    Hi Dennis, Thanks for stopping by. I hate having to clean those microscopic dust spots :). More importantly here, I love the transittion from sharp about a third of the way in to soft in the background.

  • Alan Lillich

    I love this one, incredibly peaceful. I would not change a thing. It would look great too painted on heavy canvas in oil. I bet you knew at the time you took it, but I had to look at a color wheel, and sure enough the blue and yellow are opposites.

    Thanks Alan, And it would look great as a canvas print too. When I have stuff in a gallery most folks ask if the canvas prints are paintings. You gotta love it. Canvas on Demand is great! And folks who sell their stuff can set up a pro account that provides generous discounts. artie

  • Artie, I remember this one. It was great fun creating these water blurs! It’s gorgeous.

    We sure had fun at LeHardy Rapdids! What a great place. artie ps: See you in Homer later today!

  • Ted Willcox

    Your correct Artie, cropping it does ruin it. It’s a keeper the way it is!!

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  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    To Jules, Becky, Robert, Nick, and Andrew. Thanks a stack. I am glad that most liked this as much as I do. artie

  • Jules Winfield

    That’s stunning. It almost looks like an oil painting.

  • Ted Willcox

    Nice flow,beautiful soft colours. I would like to see a version of this image cropped from the top, to exclude the dark upper left corner.

    Tanks! Cropping from the top destroys both the flow and the compositional balance; try it. You will see. artie

  • I’m sure a well-known photographer once said “Be on the lookout, however, for strong diagonal or curved lines that will add strength and power to your images” (: This photo certainly uses these rules to good effect, also great use of complimentary colours.

  • I like that one better than any blur in recent memory.

  • I’m not really into blurs but I like the flow of the colors in this one.

  • Mary Stamper

    Love this! I might try lightening the upper left corner just a bit, though I’m aware that there may be texture under there that is out of keeping with the rest of the image. In that case, I’d leave it as is.

    That corner as already been lightened a ton :). It was black in the original capture. artie

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  • Pat Fishburne

    Art, this is the first blur that I absolutely love! The movement, the flow, the colors are great. The only thing that bothers me is the dark area on the top left.

    Thanks Pat. See my comments to Mary and Ted :). artie with love to you and Stokes

  • Pat Dunnuck

    Wow! Love it…love the colors & the movement of the water. I would have this on my wall!!!

    Thanks Pat! All BAA images are available as signed prints and canvases 🙂

  • Beautiful, Art, really serene and artistic. Frankly, “pleasing blurs” have been an oxymoron to me. When sharpness is the goal, how can blurry be good? But last week I picked up an art photo magazine at Barnes & Noble showing various photo artists, top pros in the U.S., and I guess about a third of the images in the magazine were “pleasing blurs.” So you and Denise are in the mainstream here, what’s happening artistically. I guess “pleasing blurs” is using light as a paint brush.

    What sets you two apart from the rest is that you are good at both–sharp images AND pleasing blurs. Bravo! Not all of us can excel at right brain and left brain. I would say you are artistically ambidextrous.

    Thanks for sharing your talent and tips. I look forward to all of your posts, sharp AND blurred.

    Thanks Tom. Nearly all pleasing blurs are sharply focused. And thanks for the dual compliment :). Do you have our “A Guide to Pleasing Blurs? artie

  • Absolutely love the golden glow from the setting sun mixed with the blues! Beautiful image! I could spend hours shooting such water blurs. Hope you have a great time in Alaska.