The Laughing Wood Stork Focal Length Answer « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Laughing Wood Stork Focal Length Answer


My flight was a piece of cake and mercifully the seat belt sign was rarely on so I was able to get up and walk around frequently. My hotel is only five minutes from the Gilbert Water Ranch Riparian Preserve and I did well with both drake Northern Shoveler and American Avocets. There is great potential with the former species in flight and with the latter species flying, fighting, and hopefully — copulating.

I had the first of my nine consecutive postural restoration therapy sessions on Tuesday afternoon (after a great lunch at Cafe Zupas.

The Streak

Today makes two hundred twelve days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 30 minutes to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 โ€ฆ Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

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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.

This image was created at a rookery in Brandon,FL on the free pre-spoonbill #2 IPT afternoon session with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III, and the 9fps mega mega-pixel Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering -1/3 stop: 1/2000 sec. at f/10. SUNNY WB at 4:42pm on a sunny afternoon.

Upper left of center d-9 Shutter Button AF. AF Focus peaking Fine-tune -5.

Wood Stork yawning

The Laughing Wood Stork Focal Length Answer

Though lots of folks danced around the clues, only Bryan Holliday put two and two together and came up with the correct answer: 1200mm (as per the EXIF above). He commented on the original blog post here: 1200mm. Your new 600 plus the 2x. You are demonstrating how sharp the Nikon 2X actually is, and you usually stop down a bit to f10 with that combo.

Folks who were thinking 840mm commented “Why f/10? as that would bring up the background?”, something that I rarely would do. Kudos to Bryan for figgering it out.

As I learned this morning at the Gilbert Water Ranch, the oft-maligned Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III is more than capable of creating razor sharp images with f/4 super-telephoto lenses. There will be lots more 1200mm images coming very soon …

Early Spring Photo Opportunities at ILE

BIRDS AS ART first-ever Master Classes

Master Class Session 1. Two Full and two Half Days/Friday afternoon, March 16 through lunch on Monday, March 19, 2018: course fee: $1,999. Limit: 4/openings:3

Master Class Session 2. Two Full and two Half Days/Friday afternoon, March 30 through lunch on Monday, April 2, 2018. Limit: 4/openings:3

The Master Classes will be small groups โ€” strictly limited to four photographers โ€” with the first folks who register having the option of staying at my home ($50/night) or at a chain motel in nearby Lake Wales. Live, think, and breathe photography from Friday afternoon through lunch on Monday (late-morning); all meals included. There will be three afternoon photo sessions (FRI – SUN) hopefully with glorious sunsets like the ones you saw one the blog in December we should have good opportunities with the cranes even in the afternoon. We will enjoy three morning photography sessions (SAT – MON) with the main subjects being tame Sandhill Cranes almost surely with chicks or colts. Also vultures and Cattle Egrets and more. Limpkins are possible. Intermediate telephoto lenses are fine for the cranes, even the chicks at times. A 500 or 600mm lens would be best for many of the situations that we will encounter.

During the day we will sit together around my dining room table and pick everyoneโ€™s keepers and enjoy guided Photoshop sessions. On Monday before lunch, folks can make a single large print of their favorite image from the weekend. If you so choose, I will micro-adjust one of your lenses (at one focal length with your #1 camera body–Canon or Nikon) during a group instructional session. All will be welcome to practice what they have learned during the breaks using my set-up and my lighting gear.

To register, please first shoot me an e-mail to check on availability. Then you will be instructed to call Jim or Jen at 863-692-0906 during weekday business hours (except for Friday afternoons) to leave you non-refundable (unless the session sells out) $500 deposit. Only the deposit may be left on credit card. Balances must be paid by check immediately after you register (unless you wish to pay by credit card plus 4% to cover our fees).

I hope that you can join me on this new adventure.

with love, artie

ps: bring your bathing suit if you would like to try my pool!

The Nikon D850/D5 Focus Fine-tune Guide

I hope to be working on a Nikon D850/D5 Focus Fine-tune Guide while I am in Phoenix. There is lots of mis-information out there on Nikon Automatic AF Fine-tune. Working with Patrick Sparkman, we perfected a method of using the Focus Peaking feature available only on the D850 to quickly and accurately micro-adjust all of your lenses and TC-Es with your D-850. Both Nikon Automatic AF Fine-tune and D850 Focus Peaking AF Fine-tune require a LensAlign Mark II kit. If you know for sure whether the very popular Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (or any other of the newer Nikon dSLRs) offer Automatic AF Fine-tune.

Folks who purchase a Nikon D850, a Nikon D5 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Dual XQD Slots), or any Nikon gear totaling more than $2,000 will receive the new guide free. I hope to have it finished in three weeks but don’t hold me to it ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 comments to The Laughing Wood Stork Focal Length Answer

  • avatar Guido Bee

    Regarding the question on AF fine tune on the D500, it is mentioned in the Users’ Manual on Page 305 (discussion is about menus). I tried setting it up but do not feel I succeeded. Also tried using instruction off the internet, and did not do any better.
    AF fine tune exists, but I do not find it clearly explained how to set it up.
    All the best.

  • avatar David Policansky

    “Bryan Holliday put two and two together and came up with the correct answer: 12000mm (as per the EXIF above)”

    I want this lens! ๐Ÿ™‚