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2nd Chance and More...

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Image courtesy of and copyright 2004: Paul Bowen/Air to Air. Learn more about Paul on his Delkin Image Makers page here and on his web site here. Be sure to check out his “Vortices” gallery.

In the October 9, 2013 blog post here, I wrote:

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Image courtesy of and copyright 2001: Clay Blackmore. Learn more about Clay on his Delkin Image Makers page here and on his web site here.

I continued:

Delkin Image Makers

Delkin recently unveiled their Image Makers site here. At present it features the work of nine very, very good photographers. I spent about ten minutes the other day perusing the work of the featured folks and was more than impressed. Their work spans a wide genre; at times it is great to take a look at good photography from outside of your preferred field. For me that means studying great images of subjects other than birds and animals and flowers.

If you do click on the link to do some surfing as I advise, please leave a comment and let us know whose outside of nature work impressed you the most. You can even comment on a specific image or two. I was wowed and am sure that you will be too.


Image copyright and courtesy of Eddie Tapp. Learn more about Eddie on his Delkin Image Makers page here and on his website/blog here.

2nd Chance

As you can see by viewing the images above and below, there is some mighty fine photography on the Delkin Image Makers site. Here’s your second chance; you can access it here. I have always felt that looking at as many good and great images as possible is the very best way to learn and to be inspired, regardless of the genre. If you see an image that you like better than my five favorites, do leave a comment and let us know.

Aside from the folks I have featured here, do know that another Delkin Image Maker, Douglas Kirkland, is pretty much a legend. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photojournalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others. Through the years, Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures.


Image copyright David Stoecklein. Learn more about David on his Delkin Image Makers page here and on his website here. For the past four years, David has been recognized by the editors of True West magazine as the β€œBest Living Photographer of the West.”

Your Favorite

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of these four extraordinary images is your favorite. And as always, let us know why you made your choice.


Image copyright Hanson Fong. Learn more about Hanson on his Delkin Image Makers page here and on his website here. Hanson has a great eye for composition and his images glow.

Good Photography

Good photography is good photography. Be sure to visit the Delkin Image Makers site by clicking here. You will see some very good photography.

Understanding the Color of Light

In the “Understanding the Color of Light” post here I asked several questions. Here I address each of them:

Which image do you prefer? Why? Overall,, I feel that the first image, the one made in the soft light, is the stronger or the two by a small margin. Why? With the bird angling nicely towards us it seems more engaged.

Which light do you prefer? Why? I prefer the light in the second image because it is warmer. Early and late in the day I will generally prefer warm light over soft light. From 9-5 I generally prefer clouds or overcast.

Which image has a better head angle? The first image clearly has the best head angle. When the bird is angled slightly toward us having the head on straight, that is, lined up squarely with the centerline of the bird’s body, is ideal. In the second image the bird’s head is angled ever-so-slightly away from the bird’s body. Had the bird’s head been angled 3 degrees toward us, the second image would have been my favorite.

The two exposures, 1/400 sec. at f/9 and 1/640 sec. at f/7.1 are the same. Why didn’t I need more light for the image made when the sun was out??? I did not need more light for the second image because it was created 52 minutes after the first image. As the sun gets closer to the horizon light levels drop significantly.

Why did I add 2/3 stop of light to the image made when it was cloudy but only 1/3 stop when the sun came out? Here is how I reasoned that out and how I teach exposure in ABP II and on IPTs: your camera’s meter is a dumber when it is cloudy than when the sun is out. Note that both of the images had easily recovered blinkies on the bird’s crown.

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I am looking forward to seeing old friend Dave Tipling again and to meeting many of South America’s greatest bird photographers. I hope that you can join us for what will be a most exciting event n Chilean Patagonia. Denise and I are staying on for an addition week to photograph at the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park.


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14 comments to 2nd Chance and More…

  • I Love the horse photo I vision it in a Painting that I would love to do. My late husband always said you can’t paint horses” So I’m determine to do even if he is no longer here to see and tell me about my painting.

    David, you have a very good eye to vision the prospect of a shot and take it.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I am glad that you like David’s image. Please remember that using a photograph as either artist’s reference or as the basis of a painting requires the photographer’s permission and often involves the payment of a fee πŸ™‚ artie

  • Artie! always an eye for the true, and the magnificent – you called it right with the comment “good photography is good photography” and with the site and with Clay, whose work is stunning. hope to cross paths soon, a year ago
    we were wobbling around together on the stern of Ushuaia aiming at albatross. cheers, hp

    • Thanks Hank. As I recall, you had a pretty good eye yourself. How is Barbara??? (Did I get the name right?) Denise and I are headed down that way again on Sunday–two weeks at Torres del Paine.

  • My favorite is the airplane shot. I could just imagine that
    one blown up on a wall, staring at me with those cool clouds.
    Even without the plane it would’ve been my favorite.

    I would’ve picked the horses, but after seeing Denise’s shots
    from France, everyone else comes in second πŸ™‚


  • I love the horses. In looking at the websites of these photographers, I was intrigued by the airplane photography and by the vast works of Clay Blackmore. The latter is an education in itself. But of the shots you have here the wonderful motion of those magnificent horses coupled with the flurry of snow is just stunning. I could feel the cold and I’m just kooky for critters anyway!

  • avatar Gary Ellwein

    I prefer the dramatic Chiaroscuro effect of the first image. The historical perspective of a free black couple marrying in the presence of Lincoln is compelling.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Compelling indeed. That one is a stunner. I spoke to Clay and he mentioned that it was created right after 9/11.

  • avatar Mark W.

    The horse shot is fabulous and I too love the aviation shot. Aviation photography always fascinating and this one is no exception.

  • avatar Gary Axten

    I prefer the horses as well though the dancer? image has some intriguing colour combinations that seem to balance it very well.

    The link you give to your blog post will change every day, you need to use a specific address:
    You gave: http://www.birdsasart-blog.com/page/4/
    You should use: http://www.birdsasart-blog.com/2013/10/17/understanding-the-color-of-light/

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for the link bit; not sure how I screwed that up as it is something that I have done correctly 100s of times…

  • avatar Jim Kranick

    As someone who shoots wildlife I prefer David Stoecklein’s horses with the flying snow. As a former pilot I cannot pass on Paul Bowen’s vortices. Yes that is real and will mess up your light plane if you fly into them.

    Great images. Thanks for posting them.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Jim, You are most welcome. I was fascinating to read about how Paul creates his air to air images.