How’d He Do Dat? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

How'd He Do Dat?

This image was created in-camera at Keukehof Gardens in Lisse Holland on the first Tulip IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

ISO 100. Evaluative metering +1 stop at f/22 in Tv mode. What do you think was the shutter speed?

Central sensor Surround/AI Servo Rear Focus on the first row of pink tulips. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

How’d He Do Dat?

First off, do you like it? Do you hate it? Why? Be forewarned: I love it in part because of the outline effect on the pink tulips.

Do let us know how you think this image was created in-camera? What technique or techniques were used? Please be as specific as you can. What was the shutter speed?

Here is a clue: the original was rendered as a JPEG.

Sometimes you can come up with something new and creative just by screwing around and having some fun.

Speaking of Good Flower Images

If you like flower photography, you need to check out Denise’s most recent blog post, “Bloomin’ Canadians.” There she shares 14 images created by folks who attended her recent workshop in Ontario, Canada. Here is the comment I left: Oh my God. I have never seen such a strong group of images from a 3 hour workshop. There are many fantastic images. Congrats to everyone. And here is the best part, the stamp of your teaching is all over every single image. Way to go girl!

Images copyright 2012: Denise Ippoltio & Arthur Morris. Card design by Denise Ippolito. Click on the image to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

Holland 2014 7 1/2-Day/8-Night: A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART/Tulips & A Touch of Holland IPT. April 17-April 24, 2014 :$4995 Limit: 12 photographers/Openings 9

This trip needs 8 registrants to run so please do not purchase your plane tickets until you hear from us; right now we need 5 more folks.

Join Denise Ippolito, Flower Queen and the author of “Bloomin’ Ideas,” BPN Photo Gear Moderator, former Nikon shooter, and technical expert Peter Kes, and Arthur Morris, Canon Explorer of Light and one of the planet’s premier photographic educators for a great trip to Holland in mid-April 2014. Day 1 of the IPT will be April 17, 2014. We will have a short afternoon get-together and then our first photographic session at the justly-famed Keukenhof. Peter who is originally from Holland, will be our local guide/interpreter/driver. Most days we will return to the hotel for lunch, image sharing and a break. On Day 8, April 24, we will enjoy both morning and afternoon photography sessions.

The primary subjects will be tulips and orchids at Keukenhof and the spectacularly amazing tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulb fields around Lisse. In addition we will spend one full day in Amsterdam. There will be optional visits the Van Gogh Museum in the morning and the Anne Frank House in the afternoon; there will be plenty of time for street photography as well. And some great food. On another day we will have a wonderful early dinner at Kinderdijk and then head out with our gear to photograph the windmills and possibly some birds for those who bring their longs lenses. We will spend an afternoon in the lovely Dutch town of Edam where we will do some street photography and enjoy a superb dinner. All lodging, ground transportation, entry fees, and meals (from dinner on Day 1 through dinner on Day 8) are included.

For those who will be bringing a big lens we will likely have an optional bird photography afternoon or two or possibly three. The big attraction should be gorgeous Purple Herons in flight at a breeding marsh. We would be photographing them from the roadside. And we might be able to find a few Great-crested Grebes at a location near Keukenhof.

Click here and see item one for lots more tulip photos and complete trip details.

Images courtesy of and copyright 2012: Bill Mueller. Card design by Denise Ippolito.

Old Car City Creative Photography In-the-Field HDR Workshop: Sunday, October 13, 2013/ 9am till 1pm.

White, Georgia: $250 plus a $15 entrance fee donation (cash only on the day of the event) that will go to charity. Limit: 16 photographers.

On October 13, 2013, Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure will be conducting an In-the-Field HDR Workshop at Old Car City in White, Georgia. Old Car City is about an hour north of Atlanta, GA and an hour south of Chattanooga, TN where they will, as noted above, be doing a full day seminar for the Photographic Society of Chattanooga on Saturday, October 12th. Click here for complete details.


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14 comments to How’d He Do Dat?

  • Art,

    I absolutely love this image without reservation! You have preserved the essence of the subject while at the same time pushing it over the edge into abstraction. Only a very talented painter could do that kind of complex and subtle transposition, and probably couldn’t do it as well. Your image stands as an exquisite example of what I love most about creative photography.

    So, I’m guessing that if it is a camera rendered jpeg, then you had programmed the camera to create an HDR image. I’m also guessing that you used a ‘slow’ shutter speed. One in which there was enough time to pan (tilt) upwards or downwards a small amount to create a small amount of blur after holding on the static image long enough for it to ‘burn in’ as dominant in at least one of the exposures, probably not the ‘normal’ one. Were I doing it, I would think that I would have needed an exposure of at least 3 to 4 seconds to execute the maneuver accurately enough to get results similar to yours, possibly longer. Finally, I’m guessing you used one of the Canon in-camera HDR “artistic” renderings. Which one I don’t know, and perhaps you didn’t use any of them and achieved the effect with just the camera movement during exposure.

    It is a great image! … a beautiful image … full of life, vitality, humor, whimsey, as well as truth. I love the vivid color, the ‘apparentness’ of the subject matter, and the creative transposition you achieved.


    Brent A. Schoenfeld

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Brent for your kind words. You pretty much have figured it out nicely, with the exception of the one twist that I added. And I think that that twist is what yielded to outlined effect. I will post the complete explanation in a few days.

  • avatar Ron Fullelove

    No, Nikon D4. But please don’t hold that against me.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Two of my very best friends are on the Dark Side. Only the images matter to me 🙂

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Ron e-mailed and said, “The D4 doesn’t have in camera HDR, but I am familiar with Photomatrix, so will try this out.”

      Ron, I think that the D4 may do 2-frame in-camera HDRs; best to check your camera manual. Not sure if you will be able to pull off the outline bit though–I have seen that only with Art Vivid HDRs from the Canon EOS-5D Mark III.

      • avatar Ron Fullelove

        Thanks Art,
        Looking on the internet your correct.
        It should do 2 frames, when in Jpeg mode.
        I will have to experiment 🙂

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Actually, Denise Ippolito is correct; I asked her. While it is not likely that you can create the outlined flowers the key is to experiment: who know what you might discover. If it turns out that you can duplicate the outlines, shoot me a JPEG!

  • avatar Ron Fullelove

    Hi Art, When are you going to reveal the answer ? I might like to try this out on a Poppy field. Regards.

  • Man, this is a tough one and can’t wait to see the answer.

    The only thing I can add to the guess is you changed the picture style settings…maybe boosting the contrast? I’m sure the answer is no cause I can’t remember the last time you’ve ever done such a thing.

    My shutter speed guess is 1/8.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Doug, Did not change the picture style settings. Wrong way on the shutter speed :).

  • avatar Ron Fullelove

    I’m going to have a guess at in camera HDR, speed about half a second, and vertical pan of the camera whilst on a tripod. Nice shot.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are on the right track. Base shutter speed off by a factor of 5. Technique not really there. Good on the tripod.