Answers in 48 Hours… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Answers in 48 Hours...

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Savannah Sparrow singing

Answers in 24 Hours…

All of the images here were created with the same camera body mounted on the same lens. No teleconverters were used. What camera body and lens do you think were used to create these 7 images? If you know for sure, please don’t play.

American Robin in snow

Grey Catbird singing

Least Sandpiper, juvenal plumage

Red-tailed Hawk, juvenile in flight

Sanderling molting into breeding plumage

Sandhill Crane calling

Which is your favorite?

Take a moment to let us know which of the seven images above is your favorite and best sure to let us know why you like it. Ties OK.

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21 comments to Answers in 48 Hours…

  • avatar Charles Scheffold

    I know who took these, so I won’t comment on the lens/body combo… but I will say that this goes to show that you don’t need a $30K camera setup to make great images 🙂

  • 7D, 100-400mm?

    I suggest these because they look kinda how many of my images with the same kit look…

  • avatar Sinh Nhut

    I like the sanderling and the least sandpiper, always love viewing images that were made at ultra low angle. Considering the equipments that the photographer used to make those images I am very impressed! Great photographer makes great images, not great equipments make great images 🙂

  • avatar Wu Chang

    Mr Morris

    100-400 was only lens I shot from 2006-2010. The bokeh in these images look like that produced by 100-400. Distant background helps with “blurred” background texture”

    All IMHO

  • avatar Bob Penny

    All of the images are outstanding. My favorite is the Grey Catbird. I think the composition, exposure, head position, blurred background, and color blends are exceptional. I also love the simplistic beauty of the Robin image.

    Could the images have been captured with the reliable 5D MII and 500mm L IS lens?

  • avatar Wu Chang

    From the look of the images,I would guess the camera is a 5D and the lens is a 100-400 L

    Probably bucking trend but my picks:

    Red Tail in flight because I love BIF images that are sharp with enough shutter speed to truly freeze the wings
    Robin in the snow because the exposure nails the robin and still shows the texture of the snow
    Sanderling in molt because of the composition/POV that has the bird looking essentially straight down the barrel of the lens

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Always good to go with what you like. I find it interesting that both guesses are for the 100-400….

  • My favorite is the gray catbird and I really like the robin because of the great exposure and the way it really stands out against the snow. My guess for the lens used is the 100-400mm Canon IS lens and camera body is the 40D.

  • avatar Jay

    It’s tough to choose a favorite with these. Like other readers who commented, I’m torn between the Savannah Sparrow and the Grey Catbird. Then again, the Sanderling and the Least Sandpiper also rank up there. There’s nothing wrong with the remaining shots. All are excellent photographs: well composed, sharp, wonderful representations of the birds. And, more importantly, they evoke a visceral response.

  • Gray Catbird-excellent composition with the branch making a diagonal line and bird and leaves balancing each other, sharpness, and the extra bonus of seeing red under the tail
    Savannah Sparrow-tack sharp, behavior in singing, beautiful soft gold OOF background which is the opposite color of the green moss, composition nearly perfect. But I might like a little added canvas on the right to move the bird a bit further left.

  • avatar Mike O'Brien

    Tha Gray Catbird. I like the balance of the angled tree branch, on which the bird is perched on the left, sweeping upward from lower left to upper right. The leaves on the upper right are almost umbrella-like. The muted, pastel green background contrasts wonderfully with the charcoal gray of the Catbird.

  • avatar Colin Oatley

    My favorite is the Least Sandpiper. The bird is in sharp focus, especially the eyeball. What makes it really work, however, is how the bird fits with the background and foreground.

  • avatar Alex

    Least Sandpiper, juvenal plumage. Easy on the eyes with soft delicate colours which I find to me more tranquil and soothing. I could look at that picture all day! In short the lighting and colours are magnificent. The other photos are good also technically, but to me this picture is unique in the lineup.

  • 1,5 and 6 are the ones that I like the best #1 – a beautiful bird and the set was very appealing for that bird – besides having very sharp eyes

    #5 I always like birds in flight and this one did an exceptional job having the eyes tack sharp

    #6 Is likely my favourite shot – like it with the sand, and the camera level

    For whats it worth, good luck to all of the birds

  • avatar Garry Gibson

    The Grey Catbird. It is very sharp and I love the contrast of the beautiful opening leaves to the grey bird.

  • avatar Doug Schurman

    My favorites are the Savannah sparrow and the Grey Catbird.

    I know what equipment he uses so I won’t mention that.


  • avatar Andrea Boyle

    Well, I went between the Savannah Sparrow and the Grey Catbird. So, I zoomed in…At first, I picked the Catbird first because of the very pleasing composition and blurred background. But I’m choosing the Savannah Sparrow due to the composition, nice background and sharpness of the bird.