Keeping Warm — The World’s Greatest Heated Gloves. And Lots More! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Keeping Warm -- The World's Greatest Heated Gloves. And Lots More!

What’s Up

Thanks to all who left holiday wishes at yesterday’s short blog post.

I’ve been swimming every day with the pool at a very comfortable 76 or so degrees. I went down to the lake this morning and did some underexposed testing. As I figgered, the images made at the right exposure looked great at ISO 1000: 1/800 sec. at f9. When I reduced the ISO to 50 and lightened the image in post, the image was very noisy and excessively contrasty.

I head to DeSoto tomorrow for two days with a new private client.

Enjoy today’s Keeping Warm video (below) by clicking on the Play arrow. There will be lots more videos coming soon. You should be able to use your Amazon Prime account after clicking on any of the Amazon links below.

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Gear Questions and Advice

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.

The Keeping Warm Video

There is nothing worse than being confronted with great birds right in front of you with your hands so cold that you cannot feel or press the shutter button. Learn how I have finally figured out how to beat cold hands and cold feet after only 36 years by pressing the Play button above. Enjoy, and stay warm.

Your questions and comments are of course welcome.

The World’s Greatest Heated Gloves

Several years ago, against my better judgment, I purchased a pair of heated gloves for my last trip to Japan. They were 100% bogus; my hands froze. The batteries lasted ten minutes. But a friend from Canada who routinely vacations in places with temps in the -20 to -30F range recommended these highly. In short, the MotionHeat 12V Heated Gloves – Full Set performed amazingly well. As shown in the video, I fine-tuned the set-up for photography. You can order a pair by clicking here and then choosing Shop USA. or Shop Canada. Or, you can call John Victor at (+1) 905-492-8886. Follow his sizing advice. If you call, please let them know that you learned about his gloves via BIRDS AS ART. If you order online, please do the same or shoot John an e-mail. Be sure to watch the whole video before ordering.

Neos Navigators

Neos Navigators will keep your feet warm and dry in snowy, slushy conditions. Wear them on top of your hiking boots or even your Sunday-go-to-meeting footwear. You will, however, need two pairs in different sizes to do that. Or wear them on top of a pair of MEC Get Down Booties to keep your feet warm anywhere anytime. Like I did for three days on the sea ice with the Emperor Penguins …

TrailHeads Men’s Running Gloves – Black Touchscreen Gloves – Power Stretch Lightweight Gloves make great glove liners underneath the MotionHeat Heated Gloves. I keep an extra pair in my Think Tank bag for cold mornings in Florida and warm mornings at cold places. These lightweight touchscreen gloves have conductive fabric on tips of the thumbs and forefingers so that you can use your touchscreen devices without having to remove your gloves.

A pair of Columbia Arctic Trip Insulated Waterproof Snow Ski Pants in nasty, cold, wet, snowy, and or windy conditions will keep you warm and dry.

Wear a pair of Carhartt Men’s Relaxed Fit Straight Leg Flannel Lined Jeans –I own and travel to cold places with two pairs — under your Columbia Snow Pants and you will not need long underwears until the temps drop below -10 F.

I will have one or two Carhartt Men’s Acrylic A18 Watch Hats on my head to stay warm on cold or very cold mornings. These are the same hats that I use for packing my camera gear safely into Think Tank Rolling Bags for air travel.

On really, really, cold and windy days I will go with a Carhartt Men’s Fleece 2 In 1 Hat for maximum warmth.

San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects, including and especially the Pacific race of California Brown Pelican. With annual visits spanning more than four decades, I have lots of photographic experience there … Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

San Diego IPT Late Registration Discount

I am offering a $400 late registration discount on the San. Diego IPT. Please e-mail if you would like to join us.

The 2020 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) WED JAN 8, 2020 thru and including the morning session on SUN JAN 12: 4 1/2 days: $2099.(Limit: 8/Openings: 5)

Introductory Meet and Greet at 7:00pm on the evening before the IPT begins; WED JAN 7, 2020.

Join me in San Diego to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s (nesting with eggs and possibly chicks) and Double-crested Cormorants; breeding plumage Wood and Ring-necked Duck; other duck species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heermann’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others are possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seals (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lions; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the IPT cards, there are some nice bird-scape and landscape opportunities as well. Not to mention a ton of excellent flight photography opportunities and instruction.

Please note: where permitted and on occasion, ducks and gulls may be attracted (or re-located) with offerings of grains or healthy bread.

Learning Exposure, Whether You Like It Or Not

Whether you like it or not, we will be beating the subject of exposure like a dead horse. In every new situation, you will hear my thoughts on the exposure situation along with my thoughts on both Nikon and Canon histograms and the subject of blinkies. Whether you like it or not, you will learn to work in manual mode and to get the right exposure every time as long as a bird gives you ten seconds with the light constant. And you will learn what to do when the light is changing constantly. What you learn about exposure will be one of the great takeaways on every IPT.

Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT, there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

It Ain’t Just Pelicans

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography as well. And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You will be guided as to how to make the best of all of those opportunities. And depending on the weather and local conditions and tides, there are a variety of fabulous photo chances available in and around San Diego.


Did I mention that there are lots of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter? Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

The San Diego Details

This IPT will include five 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, four 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, four lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. And so that we can get some sleep, dinners will be on your own.

A $599 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. You can send a check (made out to “Arthur Morris) to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 3385, or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance, payable only by check, is due upon registration. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

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Variety is surely the spice of life in San Diego. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Getting Up Early and Staying Out Late

On all BIRDS AS ART IPTS including and especially the San Diego IPT, we get into the field early to take advantage of unique and often spectacular lighting conditions and we stay out late to maximize the chances of killer light and glorious sunset silhouette situations. We often arrive at the cliffs a full hour before anyone else shows up to check out the landscape and seascape opportunities.

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8 comments to Keeping Warm — The World’s Greatest Heated Gloves. And Lots More!

  • Guru, you’re great. Love your boots.

  • avatar Roger Botting

    The MEC boots you mention are supplemented with a synthetic fill bootie. On sale today but normally about 1/2 the price of down.
    Synthetic dries faster than down and stays warmer longer when wet than down. One good puddle can otherwise ruin your day.
    And today my wife gets the gift of warm feet for her anniversary.
    And for people in the US, the price on the website is in the Peso to the North, the Canadian dollar. So the US price will be much less.

  • avatar Anthony Ardito

    Despite advances in imaging technology, we still need to expose correctly. The CIA can read license plate from space, but in certain it doesn’t look good!

  • avatar douglas l smith

    Artie do you experience any focusing problems with the A9 and A92 on still photo’s?

  • avatar Adam

    Great tips on the warm weather gear for those of us who live in more temperature challenged areas of the country. Surprisingly, it hit 50 degrees yesterday and I was fortunate enough to be treated to some wonderful photographic opportunities with the a7riv.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      YAW. Any flight stuff?

      with love, a

      ps: where do you live?

      • avatar Adam

        Recently re-lo’ed to Michigan. These day’s it’s rather slim pickings though enjoying trumpeter swans (it’s amazing when they fly by with the thump, thump, of their wings like a helicopter blade), the usual passerines, hawks, and pursuing the proverbial snowy with the Sony like the guy chasing the Idaho potato in the commercial.

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