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Answer Times Two

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.

Answer #1

In the “How’d He Do Dat?” blog post of June 14, 2013 I asked folks to let me know how I created the image above in-camera. And I asked, “What was the shutter speed?” I gave a single clue: the original was rendered as a JPEG. Ron Fullelove scratched the surface of the riddle. I was creating in camera HDRs using my favorite Effect, Art Vivid. It was late in the day and the light levels were very low. I was experimenting with a variety of techniques using very slow shutter speeds. Working in Tv Mode let me have complete control over the shutter speed. For this image I chose 2.5 seconds as my shutter speed. At +1 this resulted in an aperture of f/22 for the first exposure. It is generally best to work in Av Mode when creating High Dynamic Range images but in this case that error did not hurt me; the shutter speed was so slow that there was no way to notice the three different aperture settings.

With the 300 II on the tripod I locked the horizontal panning knob and put some tension on the vertical panning knob. For the first two of the three exposures I did not touch my rig. Once the first two exposures were done I panned the camera downward vertically very, very slowly. Once I saw that the tulips were outlined in black in the final JPEG I took a few minutes and created lots of images as we always recommend to folks trying to create pleasing blurs. I kept six of those. The image here was my very favorite.

Here is the short answer: 5D MIII in-camera Art Vivid HDR with a slow vertical pan blur during the 3rd exposure only. I am confident that this look can be replicated.

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This image of a Sandhill Crane was created late in the day (8:05 pm to be exact) on June 17th with the hand held Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (at 274mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: f/4.0 in Manual mode.

Two sensors to the left of the central sensor/AI Servo-Surround/Rear Focus on the bend of the wing active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see the larger version so that you can best judge the sharpness of this image.

Answer #2

In the “Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender: You Guess the Shutter Speed” blog post of June 19, 2013 I asked folks to guess the shutter speed for the image above. The shutter speed was a relatively slow 1/100 sec. Some guessed higher, some guessed lower. George Cottay was the first to hit the nail on the head with his silly wild ass guess of 1/100 sec. Well done George. Ron Fullelove agreed. Thanks to all who played.

BTW, my favorite parts of this image are the newly molted covert feathers; they are the blue ones that stand out.

Sandhill Crane composite, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM. Click on the image for a larger version.

Bosque del Apache 2013 IPT: β€œThe Complete Bosque Experience.” NOV 26-DEC 2, 2013. 7-FULL DAYS: $3399. Co-leader: Denise Ippolito. Introductory Slide program: 6:30 pm on 11/25. Limit: 12.

Tens of thousand of Snow Geese, 10,000 Sandhill Cranes, ducks including point-blank American Wigeon and Wood Duck, amazing sunrises, sunsets, and blast-offs. Live, eat, and breathe photography with one of (if not the) world’s premier photographic educators at one of his very favorite locations on the planet. Top-notch Photoshop instruction. This will make 19 consecutive Novembers at Bosque for me. Nobody knows the place better than I do. Join us to learn to think like a pro, to recognize situations and to anticipate them based on the weather, especially the sky conditions, the light, and the wind direction. Every time we make a move we will let you know why. When you head home applying what you learned will prove to be invaluable. Includes all lunches and the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. I hope that you can join me for what will be an unparalleled learning experience.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. Your balance is due 4 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.

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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 for complete details and some previously unpublished images. And/or 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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13 comments to Answer Times Two

  • avatar Bobby Perkins

    Love the Sandhill Crane in the wildflowers, impressive sharpness techniques at 1/100s. Also wanted to say congrats on your wonderful Gannet in flight image that is currently on the Bing homepage. I have the Bing desktop that changes to a daily nature desktop wallpaper and as soon as I saw the Gannet I knew it was an Arthur Morris capture soon as I saw it.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Bobby. Please share the Bing link with us. Thanks. artie

      • avatar Bobby Perkins

        It will be the Main image for the day, after the day hit the previous arrow to scroll back to previous images at lower right.
        credit is Northern Gannet at Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock National Park, Quebec, Canada. Copyright Arthur Morris/ Corbis.

        • avatar Bobby Perkins

          Oh I forgot to mention in the first post, thanks for adding the (newly molted covert feathers; they are the blue ones that stand out). I like it when you add the bird-cational stuff with your awesome images. Much appreciated.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Thanks. It’s good to see a Corbis sale :).

  • Great shot Art, I would think you were @0.5sec;)

  • avatar James Graham

    Hi Art,
    I notice that you are using a Canon 200-400 lens with an internal 1.4 extender (teleconverter).
    Is there an advantage to having the extender internal rather than an add-on to the front of the lens?
    Can you disconnect the 1.4 internal from the light path, if you want to?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      James. You should subscribe to the blog and visit regularly. All of your questions are answered in detail here.

      You mean to the back of the lens. You push a lever to engage or dis-engage the TC. It is very smooth. And yes, there are huge advantages to having the TC built in:

      #1: adding the TC take about one second.
      #2: no dirt or dust enters the system.
      #3: you can add an external TC and have AF with all pro bodies and the 5D Mark III.

      In retrospect, I never made any of the above really clear so thanks for asking! artie