Do You See the Picture Within the Picture? Camera Body Quandary … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Do You See the Picture Within the Picture? Camera Body Quandary ...


We had a superb morning of flight photography on the spoonbill boat on Tuesday February 20, 2018. Again not a zillion spoonbills, but skies full of Brown Pelicans hovering over the mangroves, some with huge mouthfuls of nesting materials. Along with both species of vultures, hundreds of Fish Crows, some Great and Snowy Egrets, we had fly-by mega-breeding plumage Reddish Egrets including a killer white morph. And again, we did have some decent chances with the spoonbills along with lots of nice clouds that kept everyone on their toes exposure-wise.

The Streak

Today makes two hundred five days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 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 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

This image was created on February 10, 2018 on Cayman Brac with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 290mm) and the blazingly fast professional digital camera body, the Nikon D5 DSLR camera body with dual XQD slots). ISO 400. Matrix metering probably +1/3 stop: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:29am on a clear sunny day.

Group/Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Brown Booby jumping off cliff

Do You See the Picture Within the Picture?

Take a close look at the somewhat underexposed image above Can you come up with a crop that would reveal the picture within the picture? Scroll down to near the end to see my optimized version.


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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

Mongoose Warning

Right now the BAA Online Store has several Mongoose M3.6.heads in stock. A price increase is coming. You can figure out the rest.

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The optimized version of today’s featured image

Camera Body Quandary …

I worked this image about ten days ago on Cayman Brac. Three days ago I had made my mind up pretty firmly that I would go with two D850 bodies and return the loaner D5. But revisiting this image has left me in a quandary. So on Monday, I used the D5 all day on the spoonbill boat and did great. On Tuesday morning I went only with the D850. Once I see those images I might have a better idea. Or not …

See tomorrow’s blog post for details on what I call D850 small pixel noise (SPN) … SPN is totally lacking in D5 images, even underexposed ones. More tomorrow 🙂

The Image Optimization

Until I came up with the decisive crop and a plan, I was leaning toward deleting this image. First I brightened things up during the ACR conversion. Once in Photoshop I executed the crop and then it was a simple matter of covering the limestone lower left with a flopped Quick Mask of the lower right corner (as detailed in APTATs). I used the Patch Tool to eliminate the left-over part of the wing from the top bird. A bit more lower wave clean-up was followed by a 60-pixel Gaussian Blur that was covered with a Hide-All (Black or Inverse) Layer Mask. Then I painted in the effect with a large soft brush making sure to stay well away from the bird. Digital is amazing.

The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II) will teach you an efficient Mac or PC/Photo Mechanic/Photoshop workflow that will make it easy for you to make your images better in Photoshop (rather than worse). That true whether you convert your images in DPP 4 or ACR. See the blog post here to learn lots more and to read a free excerpt.

You can order your copy from the BAA Online Store here, by sending a Paypal for $40 here, or by calling Jim or Jennifer weekdays at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.

The BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II)

Your guessed it, everything mentioned above and tons more is covered in detail in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. Learn more and check out the free excerpt in the blog post here. While the new e-Guide reflects my Macbook Pro/Photo Mechanic/DPP 4/Photoshop workflow, folks using a PC and/or BreezeBrowser will also benefit greatly by studying the material on DB II. Do note that you will find the RGB Curves Adjustment Color Balancing tutorial only in the new e-guide. Note: folks working on a PC and/or those who do not want to miss anything Photoshop may wish to purchase the original Digital Basics along with DB II while saving $15 by clicking here to buy the DB Bundle.

The two most recent and many of the older MP4 Photoshop Tutorial videos releases go hand and hand with the information in DB II):

  • The Wingtip Repairs MP4 Video here.
  • The MP4 Crow Cleanup Video here.

Folks who learn well by following along rather than by reading can check out the complete collection of MP 4 Photoshop Tutorial Videos by clicking here.

You can learn how and why I and other discerning Canon shooters convert nearly all of their Canon digital RAW files in DPP 4 using Canon Digital Photo Professional in the DPP 4 RAW conversion Guide here. Yes, I still have many Canon images to work on. 🙂 And you can learn advanced Quick Masking and advanced Layer Masking techniques in APTATS I & II. You can save $15 by purchasing the pair. Folks can learn sophisticated sharpening and (NeatImage) Noise Reduction techniques in the The Professional Post Processing Guide by Arash Hazeghi and yours truly.


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