Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place. And Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place Miraculously … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place. And Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place Miraculously ...


Jim Dolgin and I headed to Titusville early as planned and were rewarded with a mega-sunrise. We were back at the Kissimmee hotel by 10:15. I took a nice nap and was home at 1pm in time to watch LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers a hard fought game seven win over the Indiana Pacers and their amazing young superstar, Victor Olidipo. I wound up taking quite a few naps on Sunday …

The Streak

Today makes two hundred seventy-three days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one about 90 minutes to prepare including the time spent on the image optimization. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to try to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

Thanks to the Patient Ones …

With the injured shoulder, the recently concluded DeSoto IPT, and the hernia surgery, I have gotten more than a bit behind on e-mails; many thanks for your patience. I have had lots more time coming up and should be completely caught up soon.


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Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers 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 on the last morning of the 2018 Non-Gatorland IPT by 2018 Gatorland participant and now multiple-ITP veteran and always super-nice guy Jim Dolgin. He used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 100mm) and the greatest-ever value in a digital camera body, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. ISO 1250 (via Safety Shift). Evaluative metering +1/3 stops: 1/125 sec. at f/5. K7500 in predawn light at 6:34am.

Center AF point/Single/AI Servo rear button AF on the middle bird and re-compose. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Roseate Spoonbill Quintet/pre-dawn silhouette
Image courtesy of and copyright 2018: Jim Dolgin

Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place. And Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place Miraculously …

When Jon Dupps first mentioned on Saturday at lunch that he had to head home my mind started spinning. “Gatorland should be good but it sucks right now … Maybe Merritt Island … And when I thought of Black Point I remembered some spectacular sunrises at a location just outside the refuge where I had killed more than a few times a decade ago … Where are you headed? Oh, Palm Beach. What would you think about leaving at 5am and driving to Merritt Island? Great, would you drive my SUV?”

And thus our plans were set. But the sunrises had been dead clear for more than a week. What were our chances? After a quick coffee stop at one of the many 7-11s in Kissimmee, we were headed east and then north and then east. At our pit stop at the marine patrol station we noticed that it was not completely cloudy and that there was a nice strip of lighter sky in the east. Fortunately, the first road I wanted to turn on was blocked by a chain. The color was getting really nice and I was glad to see that the second road was not chained. After we turned right I spotted some spoonbills so we set up and moved slowly into position (so as not to scare the birds) with a glorious scene in front of us …

I helped Jim get set up as follows: Tv mode, 1/125 sec., +1 1/3 stops EC, K7500 WB, all on the tripod. We had worked the day before on setting up ISO Safety Shift on his 7D II so he was good to go. And by following the simple directions, he did just fine!

As for me, it is always nice to see a vision come to reality …

Comments and Suggestions …

Comments on suggestions on Jim’s fine image are of course welcome.

The Location

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6 comments to Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place. And Sometimes Everything Falls Into Place Miraculously …

  • avatar Therese Scheller


  • avatar John Patton

    Hi Artie,
    I know the location well. When Black Point Drive is crowded, which is very often, I often wind up where you did. Normally the only other people there are fishing. A few months ago there were what looked like a hundred spoonbills in the area. There were a lot of them flying back and forth between ponds. It is also a good place for osprey and stilts.

  • avatar David Policansky

    What a gorgeous image, Jim and Artie. Question: Could Jim have got the shot in Av or manual mode?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Of course. My Tv Mode just makes is easy, and let’s you select the lowest possible shutter speed that you are confident with.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Jan

    Hey Artie, you forgot to solve the nikon quiz 🙂 really excited to hear what the mistake was..!
    Bye, Jan

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Jan. Did not forget; I postponed it till tomorrow 🙂 with love, artie