The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part III of Many: Anita North. And Working Hard to the Point of Insanity Will Get You Somewhere … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part III of Many: Anita North. And Working Hard to the Point of Insanity Will Get You Somewhere ...


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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens (the “old five”)

Bill Ketterer is offering a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens in excellent condition for the lowest ever BAA price of $3399.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk with key, the tough front lens cover, the lens strap, the manual, and a Canon EF Extender 1.4X II with the front and rear caps, the carry pouch, and the original box.

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The 500mm f/4 lenses have been the world’s most popular telephoto lenses for birds, nature, wildlife, and sports for many decades. I owned and used and loved my “old five” for many years. If you don’t have the cash for the 500 II and can handle the additional 1 1/2 pounds, then this is your best super-telephoto option. Most everyone can produce sharp images with this lens and a 1.4X TC. Folks with good to excellent sharpness techniques can do the same with a 2X TC. With the new 500 II selling for $8,999 you can save a bundle by grabbing Bill’s lens at the record low BAA price (along with a Series II 1.4X TC!) The Series II 1.4X TC is just as sharp as the Series III TC and works just as well. The Series III TCs give you an edge when you are working with the newer Series II super-telephoto lenses. artie

Nikon D4 DSLR

Long-ago IPT veteran Owen Deutsch is offering a Nikon D4 camera body in excellent condition for the record lowest-ever BAA price by a mile: $1899.00. The sale includes one battery, the dual charger with cord, the Nikon strap, a 16GB Delkin CF700X CF card, the user manual, the quick guide, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

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The Nikon D4 was the predecessor to the vaunted Nikon D5. As recently as 18 months ago used copies in excellent condition were going for $2300 plus; thus, Owen’s body represents a great buy for someone who wants to get their feet wet with a Nikon professional digital camera body. artie

This image was created on May 31, 2018 at Kaamanen, Finland by Anita North. Working hand held from the van. She used the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +1/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/7.1. (Should have been +2/3 stop.) AUTO1 WB at 2:16pm on a partly cloudy afternoon.

Center Group (grp) Shutter Button AF. The array was perfectly placed on the breast and body of the black Ruff on our left.

Ruffs, males battling

Working Hard to the Point of Insanity Will Get You Somewhere …

After flying for two days, we finally arrived at our hotel at Kaamanen at about 9:30pm on Wednesday. We were beyond beat. Amy and I decided to hit the sack. Anita, despite the relatively dark conditions, decided to head out with a local guy who promised to show her a Ruff or two. She took a few snaps and learned the spot. We were back there at 5am on Thursday morning and did OK. We headed back for breakfast at 8:15am and then photographed redpolls and Brambling and male and female Pine Grosbeaks at the feeders. Talk about tough photography. I was ready for a nap by 1pm and Amy decided to rest as well. Anita, on no sleep, headed back to the Ruff spot. As you can see by her two images here, she killed. We headed back out after dinner with high hopes but the birds never returned to the roadside lek. It is just another example of snoozing and losing on my part.

This image was also created on May 31, 2018 at Kaamanen, Finland by Anita North. For this one she was working hand held from the van and used the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the relatively inexpensive 1.5X crop factor camera body, the Nikon D500. ISO 800. Matrix metering +1/3 stop (should have been +1 stop): 1/1600 sec. at f/8. AUTO1 WB at 2:49pm on a partly cloudy afternoon.

One below the center Group (grp) Shutter Button AF. The array was on the bird’s lower breast and legs as originally framed. Center Group (grp) AF would have been a better choice.

Ruff, male with an orange ruff and a black Napoleon hat.
Image courtesy of and copyright 2018 of Anita North

Anita North

I met Anita on a Southern Ocean voyage in late 2015. As far as photography goes, Anita had no clue. She is a retired neurosurgeon from Toronto, Canada. After many, many IPTs and lots of hard work she has developed into a very fine photographer. About half the time that we are in the field together, her very best image is better than my very best image. On Friday morning the three of us struck out for the second straight session with the Ruffs. The birds flew in several times but were extremely skittish. So by pushing the limits of endurance and travel fatigue and foregoing sleep Anita wound up with many great images including the two you see here today.

Thanks to Anita

Thanks to Anita for allowing me to share her images with you here today and for her years of friendship. On a thousand occasions she has gone out of her way to help me and for that I am thankful, most recently by finding my “lost” gloves again.

Your Favorite?

Which of today’s two featured images is your favorite? Be sure to let us know why you made your choice.

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7 comments to The Success of the Student Often Puts a Proud and Envious Smile on the Face of the Teacher. Part III of Many: Anita North. And Working Hard to the Point of Insanity Will Get You Somewhere …

  • avatar Tony Z

    Hey Anita! I love both shots. The battle is perhaps my top pick just because i love the action, coupled with perfect focus and framing, an awesome image. But the second shot is really spectacular!
    Look forward to shooting with you again. Falklands?

  • avatar Paul Mckenzie

    The second male Ruff image is killer – the colours, the eye-level short, everything. Love it.

  • avatar Jake

    Stunning images Anita. I love both but the battling ruffs is probably my favourite because it is so unique. But it’s a hard decision because the male in the portrait is stunning and you captured him perfectly in a brilliant position.

  • Anita!!! Hello long lost friend! Amazing shots!! Why am I not surprised!!! Can’t wait to be shooting with you again soon!!! xoxoxoxo L.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Beautiful images! Both!

  • Great work Anita! Even though I love the action of the first image, I think I prefer the second one. I love the color and the twinkle she captured in the bird’s eye. Thanks for sharing these, Artie.

    I believe that the D500 paired with the 200-500 5.6 is the absolute best way to get into bird and wildlife photography if you are on a budget and maybe even if you are not.

  • avatar Noel Heustis

    Anita – The battling Ruffs is my favorite of the two simply because of the action you captured. I love the pov, the bg, and as I already said, the action captured. The Ruff with the Napoleon hat is great too, I like the color of the bird and the colors in the bg better in this one. It’s tough to choose between the two.

    The two things I like the best about this story are that Anita went out to prescout a location immediately upon arrival, and then went out to practice during nap time the next day. Both images featured were taken in the 2 pm hour, a time when most photographers wouldn’t be outside in the first place. Your excitement and enthusiasm for photography shine through in these shots. Great job Anita! Keep ’em coming.