What Does WIW Mean? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

What Does WIW Mean?

This image, “Seductive blue diamond orchid,” was created by Denise Ippolito with the Canon 100mm macro lens and the EOS-5D. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/4.5 Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Denise will open the proceedings at 9am on Saturday with her “Blooming Ideas/Creating new and different images of flowers and trees” segment. Don’t miss it.

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What Does WIW Mean?

WIW stands for Walk-Ins Welcome. Walk-ins are indeed welcome at the NYC Seminar. You can bring a check, cash, or a credit card with your driver’s licence. When? This coming weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. Alternatively, you can call Jim today before 5pm or Friday before noon and register by phone. Click here for more info, for the complete schedule, and to learn about the valuable registration incentives that include a free copy of Digital Basics. On Saturday we will teach you how to capture great images in the field and on Sunday how to evaluate and process (optimize) those images. Throughout the weekend we will be working hard to help you become more creative both in the field and at the computer.

It is 8:47 am on December 6, 2012. I am sitting on the Amtrak Auto Train going at about 70mph headed towards Lorton, VA. My laptop is plugged in and I am on line via a tethered wireless connection courtesy of my Verizon Android Razr 48 cell phone. Man, what an amazing world we live in.

I just finished working on my “Tools of the Trade/Choosing and using lenses for bird and wildlife photography” segment and am excited about presenting it on Saturday at 11am. It is truly amazing how often the longest lens in your arsenal is the worst in your bag for a given situation. This afternoon I will be working on the “Seeing the Situation” segment where Denise and I will teach you to see and think like a pro.

This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus lens and the Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops off the sky above the mountains in very early morning light: 1/60 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Once it gets to be 7:45 am I switch the exposure to only +2/3 stop off the sky as the meter gets smarter as the sun gets brighter on clear days. But the meter is never as smart as a competent photographer who understands exposure. See the section on Exposure Theory in the original The Art of Bird Photography and Exposure Simplified in ABP II. Save $10 by purchasing the two book bundle. Learn more about each book and about Digital Basics in “98.6 Per Cent” here.

The seminar “Creating Pleasing Blurs/Using slow shutter speeds, panning, camera movement, and more” segment is scheduled for Saturday at 3:15pm. Do consider joining us.

Pet Peeve

Regular readers know that one of my pet peeves is folks who have 3,000, $5000, $10,000, heck, even $20,000 or more worth of great gear and assume that their purchases will make them better photographers. Study? Learn? Practice? No way. They believe that as long as they spend lots of money on great lenses and camera bodies that their skills will improve. Not! If you live within a few hours of Staten Island and wish to become a better photographer make plans, as above, to join denise and me this weekend for tons of learning and fun. Not to mentions zillions of great images.

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11 comments to What Does WIW Mean?

  • avatar Jim Magowan


    Your pet peeve reminds me of a story from the Haines American Bald Eagle Festival. There was an eagle enthusiast who came regularly. One year he arrived with a new Canon 1200 mm lens (at the time about $75,000; a while back B&H had a used one for about $100k). The main reason he went for the 1200 over the 600 was that the 1200 had a 5 year warranty.

    When I asked how his images were the person telling the story just shook his head, sadly. If you can’t see the image in your mind before you look in the viewfinder, you won’t find it in the viewfinder either.

    In 1967 a team from Eastman Kodak gave a presentation to a graduate class in Instructional Communications I took at Syracuse U. After they showed about 50 incredible slides the first question asked was, “What kind of camera did you use?” The stunning answer was, “A Brownie.” (For those not familiar with the Brownie, it was little more than a fancy box camera). The camera takes the images, the photographer makes them.

  • avatar Bob

    I notice that you are using the 800mm rather than the 600mm. In an article a while back, you seemed to indicate you would make a shift to the 600mm when it became available. Have you changed your mind?? Also you seem to be using the 1x and no longer using the IV. Comments??

  • avatar Doris

    Denise, the orchid is amazing! Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Geoffrey cuff

    Sorry got my typing fingers crossed.

    I was saying have you considered making these presentations available as a download ( for a fee of course)


    P.s. I love the orchid photo

  • avatar Geoffrey cuff

    I agree with your comments regarding training. However, living in the Cayman Islands makes it expensive and very time consuming to attend this type of invaluable weekend. Have you considered offering any in the Miami area and making

  • LOVE the sandhill image. Just killer!