Blue-Footed Booby Diving Part III « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Blue-Footed Booby Diving Part III


Thursday was a day of rest, hanging around, and watching Law and Order reruns and the MLB playoffs on the tube. I did get lots of work done and scheduled a few more appointments in Florida for after I get home.

The Streak

Today makes seventy-two days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took less than two hours to prepare (including the short time spent on the image optimization). With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of (I think) four hundred eighty something … Good health and good internet connections willing.


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This image was created on the 2017 Galapagos Photo-Cruise of a Lifetime IPT at 7:03am from the zodiac with the hand held Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens and my favorite diving booby photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 2500. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops off the gray sky: 1/3200 sec. at f/4.5 in Manual mode. AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo/Expand/Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure. As seen in the DPP 4 screen capture below, the selected AF point and all four of the assist points missed the subject completely, yet the image is sharp on the bird’s eye. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: -5.

Blue-footed Booby diving #3

Be sure to click on the image to see a larger, sharper version.

Blue-Footed Booby Diving Part III

AI Servo autofocus always has a tougher time tracking a moving subject against a background other than sky than it does when tracking a subject against a sky background. My advise when photographing birds in flight against a background other than sky has always been to concentrate hard and do your best to keep the selected AF point somewhere on the subject, preferably on its face, neck, or upper breast. As I was unable to do any of those things I’d have to assume that I had been tracking the subject well and that my custom case setting worked: my setting are designed so that the AF system will delay searching for for the background when the selected AF point falls off the subject onto the background. My personalized Custom Case settings are detailed in all of my recent Camera User’s Guides. I will be getting back to work on my 5D Mark IV User’s Guide as soon as I get home next Monday; I will be sharing some mew thoughts on those settings for the first time in the new guide.

The DPP 4 Screen Capture for today’s featured image

Canon 5D Mark IV Image Quality and Crop-ability

The excellent image quality of sharp 5D Mark IV images is due completely to to its 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor that balances fine detail and resolution with low-light performance and sensitivity; I rely on my three 5D IV bodies to produce sharp, low-noise images in a variety of conditions, images that can stand up to a healthy crop as with today’s featured image.

The Crop

The unusually (for me) large crop was dictated by the placement of the subject in the frame of the RAW file. With the crop, I was able to eliminate the extraneous boobies, and in addition, place extra emphasis on the droplets from the boobies that had hit the water just below today’s diving booby. All while being confident in being able to maintain image quality in the optimized image.

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9 comments to Blue-Footed Booby Diving Part III

  • avatar Jake

    Hi Artie, I really like this image. This, in my opinion, is the most impressive out of your three diving blue footed booby posts. I think the main reason is the background separation, in this image the bird really ‘pops’ out, something that I didn’t see in the other two images. On the topic of the background the different layers provide extra interest whilst not drawing attention away from the booby. The water droplets just add the finishing touch. I didn’t notice the bill problem until reading the comments but when you’re looking for it, it is quite noticeable. I’m also intrigued,

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Great image! Beautiful!

  • avatar frank sheets

    I see it now! What happened there?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not sure. It looks pretty bad on the RAW file so it was not anything that I screwed up in Photoshop ๐Ÿ™‚ But I will repair it.

      with love, artie

  • avatar frank sheets

    I’m really curious about the “tip of the bill??”

  • avatar frank sheets

    Just another example of why this is such a great combo in low light. ISO 2500, significant crop, great image quality. I will never regret getting the DOII, plus the 5DIV!

  • avatar Jon

    I like the image quality especially after a sizeable crop. Not too sure about the tip of the bill Artie??

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Jon,

      Thanks. You have really, really good eyes. I will address what you have unearthed in a future blog post.

      with love, artie