Jack Panzeca: Great Photography and Fire Sale « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Jack Panzeca: Great Photography and Fire Sale

The Streak Continues: 308

I have now received all of four DPP 4.0 RAW Conversion Guide manuscripts from the reviewers via e-mail and will begin the fifth and final edit this morning. I will ship the revised ms off to Arash so that he can create the PDF as soon as my work is done. I enjoyed another easy 2/3 mile swim yesterday. It began in warm, bright sun, continued in pelting rain, and ended with more sun. As there was no thunder or lightning I swam through the whole thing. The rain began just as I finished a lap and as I turned, the rain hitting the small metal roof above the pool deck near the hose sounded like a jet plane taking off. To say that it took me by surprise is a big understatement. This blog post, the 308th in a row, took me about 3 hours to prepare. It was published just before 6:30am from my home in Indian Lake Estates, FL.

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Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #1: Sandhill Cranes, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM

This image, created on a rare foggy morning at Bosque, was awarded first place in the 2013 Festival of the Cranes Photography Contest last year and is the first page of this year’s Festival brochure. Mazel tov to Jack!

Jack Panzeca

Jack began taking pictures in the early 1950s with his first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye. In the ’70s and ’80s, his subjects shifted to concerts and race cars. He took a decade off from photography with the invention of the home computer. He made a return to photography after the advent of digital cameras. He continues to further his education by attending professional photography workshops, and seminars. His current photography interest is nature. Birds are his first love, but more recently he is concentrating on landscapes, flowers, and other types of macro photography. In real life he is an active businessman working around the world.

Jack attended many IPTs nearly a decade ago and I see him most years at Bosque. As you can see by the quality of his images here, he is quite a skilled photographer. I am quite proud of what he has accomplished in photography. You can see more of Jack’s images here. Though he mentioned that he has not updated his website “in five years” there are lots of great images in the various galleries. With his interest shifting more to scenic and macro photography, Jack is selling a ton of great gear; all is priced to sell instantly. Have at it! Note: Jack is not in financial distress–he is pretty much retired from a great career building movie theaters; he is just shifting photography gears :).


Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #2: Sandhill Crane Sunset Silheoutte, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM

Used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens


Multiple IPT veteran Jack Panzeca is literally giving away a used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens in mint condition for only $10,199. (Used only once. This one should sell instantly. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it, the rear lens cap, the protective front hood, a Really Right Stuff low foot (not installed), and insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Your gear will be shipped only after your check clears.

Please contact Jack via e-mail or by phone at 817 819 1756. Central Time Zone.

The new 600 is just a shade heavier than the old 500, is incredibly sharp, and kills with both teleconverters yeilding focal lengths of 600mm, 840mm, and 1200mm with a full frame camera body. In short, it is the world’s premier super-telephoto lens. At 8.65 pounds it is hand holdable by many folks not including me. (Actually, I can hand hold if for flight for a very few minutes and can easily hand hold it while sitting on my butt. In comparison, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens weighs in at a hefty 11.16 pounds…. I own a 600 II and use it regularly. Even after the recent price drop the lens sells new for $11,999.00 at B&H as here.


Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #3: Crane Pool Sunset, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM

Used Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital Camera Body


Multiple IPT veteran Jack Panzeca is offering a used Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital camera body in excellent+ condition for only $2,199.00. In short, a steal. There are no marks or blemishes on the body. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it, most of that never unwrapped. Display protectors are installed.

Please contact Jack via e-mail or by phone at 817 819 1756. Central Time Zone.

Both Denise and I love our 5D Mark IIIs for flowers and scenics. And I have used it often for both bird portraits and for birds in flight and in action. It is a lighter 1D X with a bit slower frame rate and a very much lower price tag. It offers in-camera HDR and in-camera Multiple Exposures. The 5D III sells new at B&H for $3399.00. As here. Save $1200 and shoot Jack an e-mail immediately. Please remember: Central Time Zone.


Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #4: Cecropia Moth

Used Canon EF 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 L IS Lens

Multiple IPT veteran Jack Panzeca is offering a used Canon EF 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 L IS lens in very good + condition for $999 including insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. The tripod collar has one small scratch. The sale includes the original tough fabric case, the original box, the front and rear caps, the lens hood, and the strap. Your gear will be shipped only after your check clears.

Please contact Jack via e-mail or by phone at 817 819 1756. Central Time Zone.

The 100-400 is a versatile intermediate telephoto zoom lens with 1,000+ uses. It makes a great starter lens especially for folks who do general nature and wildlife in addition to birds. I’ve sold 100s of images made with a 1-4 and denise loved hers for many years forsaking it only recently for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. Jack’s 100-400 is priced to sell.


Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #5: Slot Canyon, AZ

Used Canon MT-24 EX Twin Lite Flash


Multiple IPT veteran Jack Panzeca is offering a used Canon MT-24 EX Twin Lite Flash in excellent+ condition for $449.00. The sale includes the original box, the case, the manual, and the Sto-Fen OM-24XSET Omni-Bounce Set that is made specifically for the MT-24EX Twin Lite Flash. The latter is a $22.95 value. The cost of insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only is also included.

Please contact Jack via e-mail or by phone at 817 819 1756. Central Time Zone.

The MT-24EX is a twin-flash set-up (similar to a ringflash) for the EOS system that has every feature and capability imaginable. Employing Canon’s E-TTL, it takes full advantage of the flash performance of the EOS-1V, EOS-3, and other E-TTL supported cameras by allowing for shutter speeds above the normal sync range. Twin flashes fire at even power, or can be varied over an eight-stop range for dramatic directional lighting that emphasizes the relief of the subject. The controller unit has an illuminated, informative LCD panel. Accepts optional hi-capacity battery packs.

This neat little flash attaches directly to the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (non-IS version), and MP-E 65mm Macrophoto lenses. With the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens it requires the Macrolite Adapter 72C ($29.95). With the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens you need the Macrolite Adapter 67 ($32.00). It can be used with off-brand macro lenses with the use of the correctly sized Macrolite adapter.

I own and use everything above but the Sto-Fen diffuser set for some of my flower photography. It would be great for bugs too. The flash alone sells new for $769.00.


Image courtesy of and copyright: Jack Panzeca/27 Birds
Image #6: Tree Silhouette, Everglades National Park, FL

Series II Teleconverters

Both sold!

Jack is also offering a used Canon EF 1.4X II teleconverter in excellent condition for $169.00 and a used 2X II teleconverter in very good+ condition for $189.00. The latter shows slight wear on the finish. Both include the original box, the case, and insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only.

Please contact Jack via e-mail or by phone at 817 819 1756. Central Time Zone.

As teleconverters are integral components of my gear bag I own four 1.4X III and three 2X III TCs. On big trips I travel with three of the former and two of the latter.


Thanks a stack to Jack for sharing his wonderful images with us here.

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Be like Jack! Get your butt on a plane and take advantage of some downright great instruction! Please click on the card to enjoy a larger version.

Affordable Bosque Educational Opportunities

I will be at Bosque this year for nearly a month. There are a host of affordable educational opportunities on the slate in conjunction with the Festival of the Cranes. There are four early morning in-the-field photography workshops, Thursday through Sunday, NOV 20-23, 2014. Thursday is sold out, there is some room on the Friday and Sunday sessions, and, at last count, lots of room on the Saturday workshop. Denise and I are co-leading.

Festival of the Cranes Early Morning Photography In-the-Field Workshops

Festival of the Cranes Early Morning In-the-Field Photography Workshops: 5:50-10:30am. Limit 16. NOV 20/21/22 & 23: $125/session. Please click here to register. Thursday morning is sold out.

Join full time professional photographers Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure for four 1/2 hours of fun and learning at the refuge. You will learn how to create pleasingly blurred images in the low predawn light, to spot the good situations, to understand the effects of wind speed and direction on bird (especially in flight) photography, to photograph individual cranes in flight, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images. In addition you will learn and live Artie’s early morning Bosque del Apache strategies, strategies based on over two decades of experience at the refuge. This is a caravan event and a refuge pass will be provided. Dress with layers for warmth and bring snacks and plenty of water. Workshop leaves sharply at 6:00 AM. This workshop is being offered on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Combining one or more all of the Early Morning Photography In-the-Field Workshops immediately above with the Bosque del Apache 2014 A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART “Creative Photography Instructional Photo-Tour” (IPT) below and/or the Bosque del Apache Photography Two-Part Seminar (scroll down for details) is a fabulous and economical way to maximize your educational and photographic opportunities on a 2014 Bosque visit. Why not take advantage of these great relatively inexpensive events and learn from two of the world’s most talented, most creative, most caring, and most respected photographic educators, educators with a combined 26 years of Bosque experience?

Bosque Photography Seminar

We are offering a two part afternoon seminar on Thursday afternoon, NOV 20 from 2-4:30pm as follows:

Part I: Bosque del Apache Photography Basics

Artie and Denise will cover the basics of lens selection, tripod and head selection, image design, getting the right exposure, autofocus options, and the relationship between light direction and wind direction, and will give an overview of the best photographic opportunities at the refuge.

Part II: Creative Photography at Bosque del Apache

Artie and Denise will teach you to think outside the box when photographing at Bosque del Apache. You will learn to create a variety of pleasingly blurred images by using slow shutter speeds, by photographing moving subjects, by zooming during the exposure, and by panning with the lens during the exposure. They will teach you to take advantage of spectacular lighting and weather conditions. They will also cover post processing creative techniques. Limit 50.

On Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00pm I will, as below, be presenting a free slide program entitled “A 20-Year Love Affair With Bosque.”

Click here to register for any of the open events above.

“Love Affair with Bosque.” Sponsored by Canon. Friday, NOV 21, 2014; 1:00 to 2:40pm. Free, at the Bodega Restaurant, Socorro.

A slide program by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Limit 200. Please see the important registration information below.

Arthur Morris first visited Bosque del Apache Refuge in December, 1992 while on sabbatical with his late-wife Elaine While leading his first Bosque del Apache photographic workshop in December, 1994, quite soon after Elaine’s death, he created two iconic Bosque images. His “Blizzard in Blue” was honored in the prestigious 1998 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. “Fire in the Mist” was similarly honored in the 2001 BBC competition and soon thereafter was featured as wrap-around cover art on the coffee table book, Life on the Earth, a celebration of 30 years of the best images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competitions. Those two images laid the foundation for his more than two decade love affair with the refuge. He has returned every year since then at the Thanksgiving season while leading BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours. In addition, he has two February visits along with two September visits, the latter visits in conjunction with the Bosque del Apache Open Windows Volunteer Program that he founded. Join us for Artie’s photographic celebration of his “Love Affair with Bosque.”

Even though this is free event, you need to click here to register.


Join Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris for two great days of photography, fun, and learning at one of our favorite soul places. We will surely be taking you out of the box on this workshop. Please click on the card to enjoy a larger version.

Bosque del Apache 2014 A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART “Creative Photography Instructional Photo-Tour.” (IPT). NOV 24-25, 2014. 2-FULL DAYS: $729. Leaders: Denise Ippolito & Arthur Morris. Introductory Slide program: 7:00pm on Sunday 11/23.

Important Note

While the 4-DAY Bosque IPT has been sold out for some time, there is still room on the 2-DAY Bosque Creative IPT as detailed here.

Do understand that though we will cover a variety of creative techniques and photograph a variety of subjects, when conditions are perfect for traditional bird photography that is exactly what we will be doing.

Get Out of Your Box!

The Creative Bosque IPT is perfect for folks who want to learn to think outside the box, to create new and different images. This workshop is the perfect add-on for folks who are planning on attending the Festival of the Cranes. Learn to unleash your creative juices at the wondrous Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, New Mexico with two great leaders including the amazingly talented and creative Denise Ippolito. In-the-field instruction will include tips on gear set-up, on creating a variety of pleasing blurs, on getting the right exposure, and on designing pleasing images. And lots more. From vertical pan blurs to subject motion blurs to zoom blurs to multiple exposures we will cover it all. If conditions are perfect, we will not hesitate to take advantage of them to do some traditional bird photography. This workshop will include an inspirational introductory slide program on Sunday evening, 11/23, after dinner on your own, two morning and two afternoon photography sessions, all lunches, a digital workflow and Photoshop session after lunch on Monday, and an image critiquing session after lunch on Tuesday.

A $329 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. Your balance, payable only by check, will be due on 7/25/2014. 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.

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.”) 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.


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9 comments to Jack Panzeca: Great Photography and Fire Sale

  • avatar Jackie Schuknecht

    They are all beautiful. I like the Crane Pool for the broad vista and those three cranes in silhouette from the cloud reflection. Slot Canyon is a close second for the striations, beautiful red-orange tones, and the composition.

  • avatar Bill Richardson

    Off topic but I thought I would mention that I just received your shoreline bird guide mentioned in your prior post. Really nice book delivered really fast.

  • avatar Fain Zimmerman

    Jack’s link to his email isn’t working – has .com.com on the end. I think it must be only one .com

    Lots of nice gear!

  • avatar David Policansky

    I agree with Denise, all the images are terrific; I think I like the moth and slot canyon the best. Is Jack’s 600 mm lens for sale the original or the new II version?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      The price tag made it clear that his is the Series II version. Thanks for alerting me to the typo.


  • All of the images are terrific, I especially like the tree silhouette!

  • avatar Art Buesing

    In your post about the sale of jack Panzeca’s used Canon EOS-5D Mark II, you shift gears and mention pricing Canon EOS-5D Mark III. Which camera body ? Certainly lots of changes from version II to III.