A Personality Plus Hairdo: Announcing the 2016 Lake Kerkini Greece Dalmatian Pelican IPT « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

A Personality Plus Hairdo: Announcing the 2016 Lake Kerkini Greece Dalmatian Pelican IPT


My alarm was set for 3:00am on Wednesday morning. Denise and I left the hotel at 4:10am to make our flights, mine at 5:25am to Denver and then on to MCO, hers to SLC at 6:15m and then onto Newark. I slept off and on on both flights and I am sure that denise did too. All in all we had a great time in the Palouse. We ended the 2nd IPT with a great dinner at the Mexican place in town. We are both looking forward to next year’s IPTs. At least as soon as we are recovered from sleep deprivation. Thanks as always to my right hand man Jim Litzenberg who picked me up in Orlando and drove me home safely in a big rainstorm.

This blog post, which took me about 2 hours to prepare, is the 154th in a row. It should be published just after midnight eastern time on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

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Used Photography Gear for Sale

There has been lots of action on the Used Photography Gear page here. Stuff has been flying off the virtual shelves here almost every day; the following items have sold within the past month including four series II Canon super-telephotos in the past few days:

Two Canon 600mm f/4L IS lenses sold by Pat and Alan Lillich within a week of listing for $9500.
Canon 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens sold by Clemens Vanderwerf for $7999 on June 10, 2015.
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens sold by Kevin Hice within two days are being listed for $4750.
Canon 500mm f/4L IS sold by Richard Rhudy for $4200.
Canon 100-400mm zoom lens sold by Barbara Garmon for
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens sold for $4999 by Jacques Bouvier on May 20, 2015.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II sold by Carl Zanoni for $1649 on May 19, 2015.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM sold by Owen Peller for $799 on 5/19/15.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV sold by Gerald Barrack for $1599 in May, 2015.
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Digital Camera Body (with battery grip) sold for $579 by Barbara Garmon on May 23, 2015.

You can see all of the current listings here.

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Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the original 400mm IS DO lens have been dropping steadily.

Featured Listing

Used Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

Price reduced $300 on 2/20/2015!

Melissa Hahn is offering a used Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II lens in mint condition now for $8699. (Original asking price as $8999.) Original owner. The sale includes the lens hood, the E-180D front lens cover, the 400C lens trunk, the rear lens cap, the wide lens strap, a black LensCoat (an $89.99 value), a TravelCoat (a $59.95 value), and insured ground shipping to US addresses. The lens will ship only after your check clears. Glass and lens immaculate. The lens was very recently cleaned and checked by Canon. Photos are available upon request.

Interested folks can contact Melissa on here cell phone at 1-631-404-2965 (eastern time) or via e-mail.

This fast, super-sharp, relatively lightweight (8.49 pounds) super-telephoto lens (the Nikon version weighs 10.2 pounds) is a versatile lens for wildlife photographers. It creates super-sharp images with both the 1.4X III and the 2X III Extenders. It currently sells new at B&H for $10,499 and they are offering a used one for $9,899.95. You can save some significant bucks by grabbing Melissa’s lens now.


This image was created at Lake Kerkini, Greece with the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/4.

Two AF points up from the center AF point/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure (as is always best when hand holding). Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Snazzy Dalmatian Pelican

Personality Plus Hairdos

With their bright red bill pouches, orange eyeskins, and raggedy hairdos, Dalmatian Pelican is one of the world’s most photogenic bird species. Folks including us purchase live fish from the local boatman and have the pelicans come to us. It is rare that one or two Dalmatian Pelican images is not honored in one or more of the major photo contests in a given year. Do consider joining us in Greece for an amazing workshop.


Images copyright 2011: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Card design by Denise Ippolito.

Dalmatian Pelicans ~ Northern Greece
: A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Workshop/denise ippolito & arthur morris
. January 24th – 29th, 2016 ~ 5 Nights/ 4 Full days of photography: $2950. Limit: 6.

This trip is a go.

Photograph beautiful Dalmatian Pelicans in Greece. Our trip will be from January 24-29th, 2016. Our hotel accommodations are located fifteen minutes from Lake Kerkini. This is a huge plus as we will be able to take advantage of great light at a moment’s notice. This location is well known as the best location on the planet to photograph these beautiful, common, and extremely photogenic birds. And we will enjoy tons of flight photography. Though your 70-200 will be your very best friend, you will be able to use almost every lens in your gear bag. Wide angle shots, close portrait work, flight shots, creative blurs- you name it. Our expert guide knows the area like the back of his hand; he guides some of the most world renowned photographers.

There will be in-the-field instructional photography sessions each morning and afternoon from the shore and we will enjoy extended small boat sessions. Image review and post processing sessions will be informal; we will cover a ton of information during both our in-the-field and indoor session. With two great leaders that only thing that will limit your learning is a lack of stamina.

More than 100 pairs of Dalmatian Pelicans nest on specially constructed platforms on the lake. They remain at the lake during the winter. During our time in Greece the Pelicans will be in their brightest and most impressive breeding plumage. The birds hang around the local fisherman and in addition, we purchase live bait to bring the pelicans close. They are silly tame as they have been begging fish from the locals for many decades.

The groups of Dalmatian Pelicans are often accompanied by single Great White Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants and Great Cormorants.

The price of this IPT IS $2950.00 per person USD, based on double occupancy; The single supplement is $360. The workshop fee includes hotel accommodations, WiFi, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, round trip transfers from Thessaloniki Airport, all ground transportation during trip, boat fees and lots of fish.

Not included: Round trip airfare to Thessaloniki Airport, alcoholic beverages, personal items including but not limited to laundry, phone, or fax services.

This workshop is currently limited to 6 participants. A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required to hold your spot for this workshop. Balances are are due on August 1st, 2015 and are also non-refundable. Payments in full are of course welcome at any time. All payments including the deposit must be made by check made out to “Arthur Morris.” Please be sure to check your calendar carefully. 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 note that even though we have secured a top notch guide this is somewhat of a scouting trip (as denise has never been). The price of next year’s trip will be considerably higher. There are only 2 slots open. This is an especially attractive deal for folks from Europe….

Please contact us via e-mail to check on availability or write with questions: artie or denise. All deposits and balances must be paid by personal check or money order made out to “Arthur Morris” and mailed to BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. Overseas folks can, however, pay their deposits and balances by wire transfer; the registrant is responsible for the fees on both ends.

Travel Insurance Services offers a variety of plans and options. Included with the Elite Option or available as an upgrade to the Basic & Plus Options. You can also purchase Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons for your canceling to include things such as sudden work or family obligation and even a simple change of mind. You can learn more here: Travel Insurance Services. Do note that many plans require that you purchase your travel insurance within 14 days of our cashing your deposit check. Whenever purchasing travel insurance be sure to read the fine print carefully even when dealing with reputable firms like TSI.

We do hope that you can join us. artie and denise


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4 comments to A Personality Plus Hairdo: Announcing the 2016 Lake Kerkini Greece Dalmatian Pelican IPT

  • avatar Dario A

    Hi Artie

    Once again, one amazing photo! And great to see one taken with a 1D4 again!
    At the moment, i’m having a hard time deciding if i should sell my 1D4 to buy a 7D2. It doesn’t feel as rugged and professional as the 1D, but the technology inside should be better i guess.
    So, do you think the 7D2 (in good light conditions) can shoot images that look as good as the ones from the 1D4? I also have a 5D3 for ultimate image quality, but i need another fast body with great image quality, high resolution and some crop.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Best wishes from switzerland

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      This is such a close call that the guy holding the camera is much more of a factor than the camera itself…. I’d take the 1D IV for ruggedness and feel and high ISO noise control. The 7D II for its reach and a slight AF edge. Image quality about equal at ISO 400. Used 1D IVs have come down so much that they represent a great value. artie

  • avatar Jeff Sielski

    Hi Art, Beautiful Image!! Hope you are feeling better! I am glad you and Denise had a great trip!

  • avatar David Peake

    Hi Artie,
    That trip looks amazing..
    I also love the image you posted.
    It looks like the pelican is having a bad hair day,
    I photographed Pelicans in Australia on a ken Duncan course but had no,idea about setting up the camera for flight etc and getting good exposures.
    I have learned so much here.
    I am saving now to attend an IPT.
    Kind regards