Seriously… & Priced to Sell Instantly « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Seriously... & Priced to Sell Instantly


Friday was a relaxing day. I switched around some of my Alaska flights due to a change in travel plans. I finally, finally, finally, after a few Catch 22 nightmare scenarios, got things squared away with the National Trust memberships for the UK Puffins and Gannets IPT. Whew. Those who would like to join us in the early summer of 2016 are invited to shoot me an e-mail. Those who would like details on the Bears Catching Salmon IPT (late August into early September) are invited to do the same.

I enjoyed my core exercises, a long but relaxing swim, and an ice bath. This blog post, which took me about an hour and 15 minutes to prepare, is the 163rd in a row. It was published at just before 8:00am on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

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Used Photography Gear for Sale

There has been lots of action on the Used Photography Gear page here lately. 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 month:

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens and EF Extender 1.4X II (Teleconverter) sold by Steve Torna in one day on June 17, 2015.
Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM Lens was sold by Dave Bourgaize for $1699 on June 15, 2015.
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens sold by Carl Zanoni for $975 on June 14, 2015.
Canon 500 mm f/4L IS Lens (the old five) sold by Greg Asnis for $4999 on June 13, 2015.
Canon 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens sold by Clemens Vanderwerf for $7999 on June 10, 2015.
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.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

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/Priced Insanely to Sell Instantly

Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO USM Lens

The already lowest-price-ever has been reduced an astounding $700!

Sold almost instantly as predicted/Sale Pending

Multiple IPT veteran Stephan R. Leimberg is offering his used Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO USM Lens in excellent condition for $2999–shattering the lowest-price-ever for this item by miles. And unlike me, Steve takes perfect care of his gear. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the leather front hood, the original case, and insured shipping via UPS Ground. Please contact Steve via e-mail or phone at 904-491-0474 (eastern time). Please e-mail for photos. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

I used this lens for several years with great success, especially for birds in flight and when working from various type of water craft. Gannets in Love was created with the 400 DO. You can see that one and 13 other killer images that I made with my 400 DO here. The title of that blog post is “The Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO Lens: Fourteen Images that Prove that the Internet Experts are Idiots.”



That could be you above. Join Denise Ippolito and me on the Lake Kerkini Dalmatian Pelicans IPT. Most every major contest including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards photography contest feature one or more Dalmatian Pelicans. If you would like to join us please see item next for the complete details. We have room for you.


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.

Important Note: Do Not Buy Your Flights Yet; this trip needs to fill to run.

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 strictly 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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