Amazing! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART


Blog/Bulletin Browser Changes

Up until this afternoon, when you followed a link on the blog or in the Bulletins, the link was opened in the window you were working in; you were taken away from the blog. To get back to the blog you needed to hit the Back Button. Thanks to Denise Ippolito for pointing out a problem that involved getting back to the blog after viewing yesterday’s slide program. And thanks to Peter Kes for implementing the following change: when you click on a link, be it to see a gallery as many of you did yesterday, or to make a B&H or Amazon purchase, the new web page will open in a new tab. To get back to the blog just click on the tab to the left of the new tab. This should be much more convenient for the vast majority of you. Note: if you follow a link to another blog post that post will appear in the same tab. Simply hit the Back button to get back to the original blog post.


There is lots of amazing stuff going on today at BIRDS AS ART.

After 14 straight days of swimming every day in my lap pool, I took today off. Amazing.

I will be taking my 15th straight ice bath at about 6:00pm today: I am up to 45 minutes in 58 degree F water. 🙂

The just-announced-the-other-day San Diego Short Notice IPT is nearly sold out. Just one spot left. See below for details. Amazing.

After promising to do so more than a year ago, I will be working on a post that will let you know when I use Manual mode, when I use Av mode, when I use Tv mode, and gasp–when I use Program mode. I hope to publish it no later than Monday.

Reflections, and An Invitation

Those of you who missed my career celebration gallery in yesterday’s blog post may click here and then click on the gallery link to view it. Here’s the best news: after viewing the 120 images and picking your 5 or more favorites–most folks could not limit their choices to 5, you will not have to hit the back button 122 times to get back to the blog:). You will simply be able to click on the tab to the left of the slide program tab.

Thanks to those who pointed out the two doubles. They have been replaced. That means that there are 2 new images. Folks with eagle eyes and photographic memories may leave a comment here if they can identify one or both of the new images.


Join me in San Diego for three great days of photography and learning. Click on the image to better enjoy a larger version.

Announcing the San Diego Short-Notice Small Group IPT. January 15-17, 3-Full Days: $1049. Meet and Greet after dinner on your own at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Limit 6/Openings: 1.

We will get to photograph the California race of Brown Pelican in flight, resting, preening, cleaning their bill pouches, and talking to their neighbors by tossing their bills high in the air. The afternoon sessions will feature Marbled Godwits, several gull species, and Wood and Ring-necked Ducks. If we have a cloudy morning we will get to photograph Harbor Seals. You will learn to get the right exposure every time, to see the best situation, to think like a pro, to create sharp, pleasing images, and to understand the joint effects of light and wind on the birds. All in a small group with tons of individual attention.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. Your balance will be due no later than January 7, 2014. The balance is alo 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.

If you are planning to register please shoot me an e-mail.

Then please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check (made out to “Arthur Morris.”) Though we prefer a check, you can also leave your deposit with a credit card by calling the office at 863-692-0906. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail

San Diego Site Guide

Can’t make the IPT? Get yourself a copy of the San Diego Site Guide; it’s the next best thing to being on an IPT. Nearly 30 years of San Diego bird photography revealed in one fell swoop.

IPT Info

Many of our great trips are filling up. You will learn more about how to make great images on a BAA IPT than anywhere else on the planet. Click here for info on the Anhinga Trail IPT. Click here for info on the Estero Lagoon IPT. Click here for info on the just announced San Diego Short Notice IPT–only 2 slots left on that one. And click here to learn about the just-announced 2014 Bosque IPTs. You will find additional IPTs and general info here.

Great Buy: Used Canon 800mm f/5/6L IS Lens for Sale

Friend and multiple IPT-veteran Monte Brown is offering his lightly used Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens in excellent condition for sale for $9,500. Purchase includes the lens case and hood, the 4th Generation Design Low Foot, the original foot, a LensCoat, the original invoice and the original Canon shipping carton. The lens was purchased new from B&H in April 2009 and was recently underwent a pre-sale clean and check by Canon. The buyer pays insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. The lens will be shipped only after your check clears.

The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus lens sells new for $13,223.00 so you will save a bundle on a great lens. No need to ever use a 2X…

If interested you can contact Monte by phone at 1-765-744-1421 or via e-mail.

Last Year’s Grand Prize winning image by Lou Coetzer


Time is Running Out!
BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition
The December 31, 2013 closing deadline is fast approaching.

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7 comments to Amazing!

  • Thanks, Artie, for not posting photos from your 15th ice bath. I enjoy your blog.


  • Diana Stuhr

    The Cranes dancing in the snow is added as is the Owl front on view.

  • It’s like a game of memory: Cosmos blossom & Red-crowned Cranes displaying in snow are added!

  • Alan Lillich

    “I will be taking my 15th straight ice bath at about 6:00pm today: I am up to 45 minutes in 58 degree F water.”

    Have you tried checking your temperature with a good thermometer before and after? It would be interesting to know how far towards the hypothermic zone you’re getting.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I keep three plastic jugs of ice and water on my chest for the last minutes. As long as your skin temp is above 55 degrees and the pink is skin you are fine. My lowest skin temp has been about 60 degrees so I am way safe. artie