Dueling Reddish Egret Images: Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Dueling Reddish Egret Images: Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade

What’s Up?

Tuesday was a looking for stuff and packing day. I am finishing up this blog post just before 6pm. Had time for a great swim; ice bath soon, the last one till I get back home on June 15th. I fly to Spokane, WA tomorrow for the Palouse IPT that I am co-leading with Denise Ippolito.

1DX Mark II AF Guide

At this point I doubt that I will do a 1DX Mark II AF Guide. Why? My AF set-up–including my personal custom case for bird photography–is exactly the same as with the original 1D X. I might change my mind on a 1DX II guide at some point as I am learning a bit more about the various 1D Mark II AF Area Selection modes (which for the most part are the same as on the 1D X). Those wishing to learn my AF set-up for both of these cameras are pointed toward the 1D X AF Guide. If you used my B&H link to purchase your 1DX II, please forward your B&H receipt to me via e-mail and request a complimentary copy of the 1DX AF Guide.

Galapagos 2017

If you would like to join me on the August 2017 Galapagos Photo-Cruise of a lifetime, please scroll down and see the details below. Please e-mail for couples or repeat customer discount information. Three new folks are interested so I do not have far to go. And a couple signed up on Monday evening 🙂 And another interested couple got in touch via e-mail on Tuesday morning. This trip is looking like a sell-out…

The Streak

Today’s blog post marks an insane 208 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

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  • Arthur Morris sold his 1D X in excellent condition for $2199 on May 30.
  • Arthur Morris sold his 7D Mark II in excellent condition for $749 on May 30.
  • Arthur Morris sold his 5D Mark III in very good condition for $1299 on May 30.
  • Joe Subolefsky sold his Canon 500mm f/4L IS USM lens and a 1.4X TC II, both in excellent condition, for $3,899 in late May.
  • Robert Doster sold his used Canon EOS 7D body in excellent condition for $419 in early April.
  • Sandra Calderbank sold her Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera body in mint condition for $1599 in mid-April in one day.
  • Jim Keener sold a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens in mint condition for $999 in early May.
  • IPT veteran Bill Wingfield sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III in excellent condition for $1498 in late April.
  • IPT veteran Carolyn Peterson sold her Canon EOS 5D Mark III in excellent condition for $1,549 in early May.
  • KW McCulloch sold his used Canon 5D Mark III for $1499 in mid-May before it was even listed.
  • Paul Roscoe sold his Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II lens in mint condition for $9450 in mid-May.
  • The sale of Les Greenberg’s Canon EOS Canon 5D Mark III is pending.

New Listings

Canon EOS-1DC

National Geographic photographer Tim Laman is offering his Canon EOS-1DC professional digital camera body in good-plus condition for $2100. Don’t be scared off by the strange name; the 1DC is simply a 1DX with 4K video. The sale includes one battery and the charger, the manuals, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier.

This camera was purchased new by Tim in 2013 and has been well used (with minor signs of wear) but taken good care of and is in perfect working condition. For those not familiar with the model, the 1DC is the exact same camera as the 1DX, but with 4K video capability added. Even though the original price of the 1DC was $11,000, and current price at B&H is $8000, I’m pricing this to be competitive with used 1DX bodies so this is a good value, even if you don’t plan to take advantage of the 4K video feature. If you do happen to have a 4K TV and want to enjoy the video capabilities of this camera, you won’t be disappointed.

Please contact Rachel at Tim Laman’s studio via e-mail or by phone: 781-676-2952 during office hours (Eastern time).

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L USM Lens

Bud Friesen is offering an oldie but goodie, plus extras: a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L USM lens (the non-IS version) plus a set of the older 1.4X and 2X TCs (with the pouches for each extender) for $1799. The lens is easily in excellent plus condition, probably closer to near mint. The sale includes the Canon drop-in polarizer, the leather lens cap, the rear cap, the lens trunk, the original box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to US addresses. The glass is perfect. This lens is not longer serviced by Canon USA but if you did run into a problem (unlikely as that is), you would likely be able to have it fixed in a non-Canon repair shop. These items were all purchased in July 1994 for a trip to Alaska. They have been used very little since. Photos are available. Your items will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Bud via e-mail or by phone at 1-269-468-5583 evenings (Central time).

This package represents an exceptional value for a photographer with a low budget as the original 300mm f/2.8L is an exceptionally sharp lens that does well with the older TCs. artie


This image was created at Fort DeSoto on Saturday past with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Image #1: Whodunit?


Which image do you think was created by Mr. Famous Bird Photographer, i.e., yours truly? And which image do you think was created by hobbyist bird photographer, my private client from last Saturday, the personable Joel Eade?


This image–obviously of the same bird–was also created at Fort DeSoto on Saturday past with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Image #2: Whodunit?

Your Favorite?

Which of the two images do you feel is stronger? Be sure to let us know why. What are the strengths of Image #1? What are the strengths of Image #2? Any weaknesses in either? Do you like the warmer colors in Image #1 or the cooler tones in Image #2.


Tame birds and wildlife. Incredible diversity. You only live once…

GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. August 8-22, 2017 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $12,499. Limit: 13 photographers plus the leader: yours truly. Openings: 4.

Same great trip; no price increase!
This trip needs nine to run; in the unlikely event that it does not, all payments to BAA will be refunded in full.

My two-week Galapagos Photo-Cruises are without equal. The world’s best guide, a killer itinerary, a great boat (the Samba), and two great leaders with ten Galapagos cruises under their belts. Pre-trip and pre-landing location-specific gear advice. In-the-field photo instruction and guidance. Jeez, I almost forgot: fine dining at sea!

The great spots that we will visit include Tower Island (including Prince Phillips Steps and Darwin Bay), Hood Island (including Punta Suarez, the world’s only nesting site of Waved Albatross, and Gardner Bay)—each of the preceding are world class wildlife photography designations that rank right up there with Antarctica, Africa, and Midway. We will also visit Fernandina, Puerto Ayora for the tortoises, Puerto Egas—James Bay, and North Seymour for nesting Blue-footed Boobies in most years, South Plaza for Land Iguanas, Floreana for Greater Flamingoes, and Urbina Bay, all spectacular in their own right. We visit every great spot on a single trip. Plus tons more. And there will be lots of opportunities to snorkel on sunny mid-days for those like me who wish to partake.

It is extremely likely that we will visit the incredible Darwin Bay and the equally incredible Hood Island, world home of Waved Albatross twice on our voyage. The National Park Service takes its sweet time in approving such schedule changes.

We will be the first boat on each island in the morning and the last boat to leave each island every afternoon. If we are blessed with overcast skies, we will often spend 5-6 hours at the best sites. And as noted above, mid-day snorkeling is an option on most sunny days depending on location and conditions. On the 2015 trip most snorkeled with a mega-pod of dolphins. I eased off the zodiac to find hundreds of dolphins swimming just below me. Note: some of the walks are a bit difficult but can be made by anyone if half way decent shape. Great images are possible on all landings with either a hand held 70-200mm lens and a 1.4X teleconverter or an 80- or 100-400. I sometimes bring a longer lens ashore depending on the landing. In 2017 I will be bring the Canon 400mm IS DO II lens. In the past I have brought either the 300mm f/2.8L IS II or the 200-400mm f/4 L IS with Internal Extender.


Do consider joining me for this once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos archipelago. There simply is no finer Galapagos photography trip. Learn why above.

An Amazing Value…

Do know that there are one week Galapagos trips for $8500! Thus, our trip represents a tremendous value; why go all that way and miss half of the great photographic locations?

The Logistics

August 6, 2017: We arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador a day early to ensure that we do not miss the boat in case of a travel delay.

August 7, 2017: There will be an introductory Galapagos Photography session and a hands on exposure session at our hotel.

August 8, 2017: We fly to the archipelago and board the Samba. Heck, on the 2015 trip some people made great images at the dock in Baltra while our luggage was being loaded!

August 22, 2017: We disembark late morning and fly back to Guayaquil midday; most will overnight there.

Most will fly home on the early morning of July 23 unless they are staying on or going elsewhere (or catching a red-eye flight on the evening of the 22nd).

$12,499 includes just about everything: all transfers, guide and park fees, all food on the boat, transfers and ground transportation, your flights to the archipelago, and three nights (double occupancy) in a top notch hotel in Guayaquil. If you are good to go, a non-refundable deposit of $5,000 per person is due immediately. The second payment of $4,000 is not due until 11/1/16. The final payment of $3449 per person will be due on 2/1/17. A $200 discount will be applied to each of the balances for couples or friends who register at the same time.

Purchasing travel insurance within 2 weeks of our cashing your deposit check is strongly recommended. On two fairly recent cruises a total of 5 folks were forced to cancel less than one week prior to the trip. My family and I use Travel Insurance Services and strongly recommend that you do the same.

Not included: your round trip airfare from your home to and from Guayaquil, beverages on the boat, phone calls, your meals in Guayaquil, personal items, and a $600/person cash tip for the crew and the guide—this works out to roughly $40/day to be shared by the 7 folks who will be waiting on us hand and foot every day for two weeks. The service is so wonderful that many folks choose to tip extra.

Please e-mail for the tentative itinerary or with questions. Please cut and paste “Galapagos 2017 Tentative Itinerary Please” into the Subject line.

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23 comments to Dueling Reddish Egret Images: Dr. Morris vs. Joel Eade

  • avatar Kathleen Graff

    David Policansky’s comments seem spot on to me–the first image looks like an Artie image. However, I think they’re both really good images, and I really like the stance of the bird in image 2–it expresses a lot of movement and tension and I like that.

  • avatar Chuck Carlson

    I prefer #1 for head angle and more colorful exposure (or filter?)

    I’m guessing Joel took both shots — #2 at the beginning of his educational session and #1 after Artie has imparted his knowledge.

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    #1 MFBP eye focus, more feather detail, brighter overall
    #2 Joel Eade

    Great photos!

  • #1 – You
    #2 – Joel
    There are a number of subtle things that make me think this… on #1 the exposure is a bit better, the angle of the photographer to the subject is a bit better, the cropping is a bit better. Overall, it just feels more like one of your images.

    But I would have been more than happy to have made either image. 🙂

  • avatar Mike

    #1 Art
    #2 Joel

    I prefer the exposure, head angle, color in #1, but #2 has a great dynamic wing and body position that helps it tremendously.

  • avatar Ron Gates

    I’m going with a trick answer. Both were shot by Joel.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Great thinking! Correct answer? Maybe… a

    • avatar Wtlloyd

      Yah. My thoughts as well. Because I don’t see Artie shooting down on a bird like that, with plenty of beautiful background height available over the bird’s head.

      • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

        Hey Bill, That might be true. Or not. Check out the follow-up blog post in a few days…

        later and love, artie on the way to the Palouse

  • avatar David Peake

    Joel for image one and Artie for image two.
    I like the warmer colour on the bird but not the background.
    The wave through the legs in one makes the feet look like they are splayed at an odd angle. both are very cool images.
    I vote for # Two.

  • avatar David Peake

    hi Artie you will need to put the price on Charles 300 2.8

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for catching my typo David! $1799, a great buy for the right person… a

  • avatar Ron Thill

    #1 You
    #2 Joel

    I prefer the angle of the head in #1, which better shows off the nice reddish feathers down the neck. The bird’s left wing is also more photogenic in #1.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Neil Caithness: how is this
    “too easy”? Two great images. Image #1 says Mr. Famous Bird Photographer because of the sun angle. The birs in image 2 is slightly side-lit. Also, I prefer the slightly warmer color balance in #1. Both great images, I prefer # 1 by a hair whoever made it.

    • avatar Neil Caithness

      Artie didn’t put the camera model in the caption as usual, because that would give it away.

      • avatar David Policansky

        It’s not in either image (now). Was it before? If so, good catch, whether it’s the right clue or not.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar… a

          • avatar Neil Caithness

            Bit harsh 🙂

            Just like I would treat any monkey wearing a Santa suit 🙂 a

          • avatar Neil Caithness

            Oh now you’e done it. Giraffe! Giraffe in a monkey suit. 🙂

            Have a good time in Washington. I’m looking forward to learning about big skys, colours, buildings… I hope there are some 10+ frame panos.

  • avatar Dennis

    #1 Art
    #2 Joel

    # 1 dead on sun angle. Your forte. Both very interesting. Like the feet in #1


  • avatar Neil Caithness

    Too easy.

    #1 – Joel
    #2 – You

    I like #2 because it almost captures something quirky and interesting, but the neck position against the wing is unfortunate. #1 is better because of a more pleasing head angle.

  • From a wing span perspective, my guess would be:


    My fave is #2 because of those evil eyes looking at me
    as it scatters across the water.

    I like the warmer color in #1 though. But if I only saw
    one or the other, either one would be fine with me.

    Weakness? Still looking.


    • Not sure if I would consider this a ‘weakness’, but
      after going back n forth, back n forth on #1 and #2…
      what do you think exposure wise? Do you think #2
      could have the exposure brought down just a tad?

      Doing so might also darken the ocean a little more,
      which seems to be a little more bluer in #1.