Carpet Necks, A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question, and a Fuji XT-2 Image. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Carpet Necks, A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question, and a Fuji XT-2 Image.


Wednesday was a lazy day. I finished the second edit of my recent Fort DeSoto Fall IPT images, watched some MLB games on the tube, and enjoyed two easy swims totaling one mile.

With only a single slot open on the San Diego IPT, I decided to add a second San Diego IPT — shorter and less expensive. I was glad to learn that Fort DeSoto Fall IPT participant Lee Sommie was the first to sign up for San Diego #2. See the announcement in the blog post here.

2017 in San Diego was a very good year ….

2018 San Diego 3 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART IPT #2: Sunday, JAN 28 thru and including a morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018: 3 1/2 days: $1699. Limit: 8: Openings: 7

Meet and Greet at 6:30pm on the evening before the IPT begins; Saturday, Jan 27, 2018.

San Diego IPT #2: Shorter and Less Expensive!

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The Streak

Today makes seventy-seven days in a row with a new educational blog post! This blog post took less than an hour to prepare. 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 at La Jolla, CA in 2017 with the hand held the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens (at 347mm) and the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera body) outfitted with the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip. ISO 800. Pattern metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB.

Shutter Button Continuous Autofocus. Additional AF information is unavailable.

Brown Pelican, Pacific race in pre-breeding plumage

Carpet Necks

Pacific race Brown Pelicans in non-breeding plumage have pure white hind-necks. In full breeding plumage they have rich, dark chocolate-colored hind-necks (like the bird in the pelican love affair blog post here). On molting birds like the one pictured above the hind-neck resembles a highly textured cut pile carpet. Years ago I affectionately nicknamed them carpet necks.

A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question

The body of the bird in this image is oriented slightly away from me. Its head is turned a bit back towards me. Generally for this type of image I’d prefer that the head angle be 90 degrees, with the bird’s head perfectly parallel to the back of the camera. Why did I prefer the image with the head angled slightly away?

Another Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Image

Regular readers will likely remember that I experimented with the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera body on my last trip to San Diego. You can learn more about that experience in the Quite Impressive: First Fujifilm XT-2 Image blog post here and in several blog posts that followed.

This image caught my eye while going through the San Diego 2017 & all XT-2 Images to Transfer folder. The glow of the colors (luminosity?) made it stand out. I converted the image with my usual ACR workflow and in doing so I eliminated the glowing colors so I re-converted it with a much lighter touch and was happy with the results.

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3 comments to Carpet Necks, A High Level Subject to Sensor-Plane Orientation/Head Angle Question, and a Fuji XT-2 Image.

  • avatar Jake Levin

    I have to admit the first thing I thought was “OMG, even Artie messes up the head angle from time to time, so there must be hope for the rest of us!” Did you go with the different angle to make sure all the “carpet” on the bird’s neck stayed in the sharpest possible focus?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are close. Simply put, with the bird’s head angled slightly away (and only very slightly) the image offered a really good look at the back of the head and neck, the neatest part of the bird.

      See you in san Diego!

      with love, artie

      • avatar Jake Levin

        I’m planning on having a great time! Maybe I’ll have a 5d mkIV by then, although I’ve heard some swirling rumours that a 7D mkIII could be in the works for year-end 2017.