Kvelling and Catching Up « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Kvelling and Catching Up


kvell (kvɛl) Slang. v.i./to be extraordinarily pleased; esp., to be bursting with pride, as over one’s family. From the Yiddish kveln, be delighted; compare to Middle High German, German quellen to well up, gush.

Well, that is how I felt when I walked into the gallery building and saw the exhibition title along with one of the two signature images on the wall high above the beautifully framed, laid out, and designed exhibition. It was quite rewarding to see my three decades of hard work recognized. And it was very nice to be among the greats who proceeded me at the Museum of American Bird Art. Those include artist Robert Verity Clem, friend and field guide artist David Sibley, friend and colleague Kevin Schafer, artist Lars Jonsson, the incomparable and whimsical Charley Harper, and John James Audubon himself. Nice company. 🙂

Thanks a stack to Museum of American Bird Art director Amy Montague for her invite and for putting the exhibit together on such short notice. Kudos and thanks as well to museum staff members Sharon, Tammis, and Steve for all of their help during our visit. And a big thanks as well to volunteer Shawn Carey for his help and for all the work that he does for Mass Audubon. Shawn is quite a talented photographer; you can see his work here.

Exhibition, American Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon, Canton, MA

BIRDS AS ART/The Bird Photography of Arthur Morris

Though you missed the opening, all are invited to visit the exhibition at the American Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon (193 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021. 1-781-821-8853.) The 35 framed-print exhibition, that is being sponsored in part by Canon USA/Explorers of Light, will run from September 29, 2013 – January 12, 2014. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Click here for additional details.

Notes on the Venue

Thanks to museum director Amy Montague for sharing the following:

Mildred Morse Allen, artist and maker of natural history films, gave her 121-acre property to Mass Audubon as a bequest. I stayed in the estate house, her former home that was built in 1916 and renovated in 1998. It was quite comfortable. The beautiful gallery building, built in 1938 of stucco, served at Mildred Morse Allen’s painting studio.

This dahlia image was created with the hand held Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital camera body. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/2.8 in Av mode.

One row below and two sensors to the left of the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Catching Up I

In the Learning About and Working With a New Lens: the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, my favorite image was the third one, the red and yellow dahlia with the offset bud. I love the combination of the red and yellow and love that the
bud, being a bit closer to me than the flower itself, was rendered slightly out of focus.

My second favorite was the first one, the green bud with the purple trim and the white/pink flower background with just the right amount of detail.

Catching Up II

In the Big Bird feature here, I liked them all but my favorite was the third one, the tight vertical Ostrich portrait.

Catching Up III

Answers to the Image Quiz in the World’s Most Beautiful Crane Species? blog post here.

#1: With focus on the crane that was farthest away, why was there enough depth-of-field (at only f/6.3) to render the closer cranes sharp?

A: depth of field increases as the distance to the subject increases. The group of cranes was far away.

#2: With small areas of white in the frame, why didn’t the +2/3 stop exposure compensation burn the highlights?

A: Early morning light is very soft and the image averaged to a light tone….

#3: Why Tv mode?

A: So that, in combination with either ISO Safety Shift (that I use) or Auto ISO, I could quickly and easily set a minimum acceptable shutter speed, one that would be fast enough to ensure the creation of a sharp image.

Coastal Carolina Camera Club Meeting: A Bird Photographer’s Story

I will be presenting ” A Bird Photographer’s Story” on Tuesday, October 8, 2103 from 7:00-9:00pm for the Coastal Carolina Camera Club. This event, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall, Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M H Rourk Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470, is being sponsored by Canon USA/Explorers of Light and will be free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Huntington Beach State Park In-the-Field Workshop: Tuesday, October 8, 2013: $250

In conjunction with the program above, I will be conducting an In-the-Field Workshop at Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC from 7-11am.

Bird photography enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of Morris’ expertise in a hands-on, in-the-field workshop at one of the most popular locations for viewing birds, Huntington Beach State Park. Class size is limited to 12 so that everyone will receive lots of personal attention. In the workshop, you will learn: how to get the right exposure every time with digital, how to get closer to your subjects without scaring them, how to choose the best perspective, flight photography tips and techniques, gear handling and tripod tips and techniques, and how to see, understand, and use the light effectively.

Register now by calling Jim at the office at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.

Holland Heating Up

Signed up another Happy Camper today; pending the arrival of the promised checks, we now have seven folks for the Touch of Holland Tulip IPT. Click here and scroll down for details.

Bosque IPTs

For information on both the 7-Day and the recently announced short version of the 2013 Bosque IPTs please click here and scroll down.

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22 comments to Kvelling and Catching Up

  • avatar Loren Charif

    Artie, and Everyone –

    I had the pleasure of visiting Artie’s exhibition at the Museum of American Bird Art today; WOW WOW WOW!!! Artie’s images, printed, matted, and framed as they are, and displayed so beautifully, really pop. As great as they look here in the blog and in his books, these will blow you away. If you live anywhere within driving distance to Canton (a suburb of Boston), you absolutely MUST see this exhibit.

    Again, congrats, Artie!

  • avatar Ron May

    Congratulations Art. This is a well deserved honour for someone who has devoted their life to the art and craft of bird photography, and who has been very willing and able to pass on this wealth of knowledge to others. The two IPTs that I have attended have been instrumental in my growth as a photographer.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Mazeltov, Artie! Well deserved. Wish I could have been there.

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks all for your more than kind words. And later and love, artie

  • avatar Rollin E. Drew

    A hard earned and well deserved recognition, congratualations Mr. Morris.

    Rollin E. Drew

  • Congratulations, Art! Well deserved and such a great honor!

  • avatar Bill Eaton

    Congrats Artie!! A truly wonderful accomplishment.
    Best Wishes!

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Way to go Artie. Well deserved!!

  • Artie,
    Glad to see this honor coming to you–for it is so well-deserved. Congratulations of course, but even more so, thanks for all you’ve done for the field of nature photography and educating literally generations of photographers. You’re the greatest!!


  • avatar Gordon Lindsay

    I just wanted to add my congratulations to all those above, very well deserved.

  • avatar Peter Noyes

    Congratulations!! What an honor to have your life work on exhibit. Artie, you are a legend. Not mentioned is the time you spend helping others. The time and effort you spend writing your daily blog has got to be phenominal and is certainly greatly appreciated by all who read it. Yes, you are a great photographer but you are also a great teacher. You make every effort to help others become a better photographer and get more enjoyment out of their hobby. Thank you for being you. God put you on earth for a good reason.

  • avatar Ivan Turpin

    Congratulations on your work being featured at the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon. This honor is well deserved. After spending many hours in the field trying to capture quality photographs of birds, I have come to the conclusion that great photographers must be born with this gift, much like a great athlete, and it can only be developed to a limited extent by those of us who lack that particular gene. The time you devote to education is greatly appreciated by those of us who follow your blog.
    Best Regards,
    Ivan Turpin, MD

  • Congratulations! You have some incredible work, well deserved.

  • avatar Nick Honig

    Hi Art,
    Congratulations on this achievement and your many others as well.

  • avatar Pat Fishburne




  • It was an honor to hear you speak about each image with the same passion you put into creating each image. Well deserved Mr. Morris 🙂
    It was a pleasure to attend both the opening and your program “A Bird Photographer’s Story”. I’m very proud to know you and to be able to work with you in the field and at our seminars!

    A special thank you to Amy and Shawn for all your hard work and efforts.
    Hi Tammis, it was great shooting with you!

  • avatar Deirdre Sheerr-Gross

    Artie, I am so proud of you…

    ..and so pleased to see you get the recognition for your work,
    …AND your contribution to this honorable, yet humbling, endeavor of Bird Photography.

  • avatar Jim Amato

    Arthur, congratulations with your exhibition. You have earned a great deal of recognition and satisfaction. Good for you.
    Jim Amato

  • avatar harvey tabin

    Mazol Tov- Nicely done.

  • Art,

    Well deserved honor indeed.

    Those other guys should be pleased to be in your presence!

    Seriously, you’ve shared so much with so many! Thanks for your generosity – and your genius! And the challenge you’ve provided to all of us who want to improve our work!

    Steve Leimberg

  • avatar Loren Charif

    Artie –

    Mazel Tov! What a wonderful recognition of you and your work; you are an inspiration to all of us mere mortals!

    I’ll be in Canton in mid-November and can’t wait to see the exhibition.

  • Hi Arthur, a VERY BIG congrats on this exhibition. Well deserved.