SONY e-Guide PDF Published. But It’s Only a Grackle! And the Adjective Challenge … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

SONY e-Guide PDF Published. But It's Only a Grackle! And the Adjective Challenge ...

What’s Up?

The forecast for Wednesday morning was spot-on, and though conditions were perfect, things got off to a slow start. I photographed a Solitary Sandpiper, an ILE-first for me. But it was so slow that I spent 30 minutes checking out wildflowers along the edge of the marsh in the southwestern corner of the South Field. I was attracted by a large yellow blossom that I had never noticed before. The showy yellow blossoms turned out to be Golden (or Yellow) Canna — (Canna flaccida). I created a few ID images and pan to improve upon those soon; there were several large buds. In addition, I noticed another half-dozen wildflowers that I had never noticed before. I am becoming intrigued … And I have a new macro plan that I will share with you here soon.

I went back to work but there was nothing doing and was ready to give up at 9:00am. At the last second, I decided to check out the Purple Martin box one street in as conditions were perfect: a dead east wind at 15 mph and just enough haze in the air to tone down the light a bit. It turned out to be the best martin flight session ever. And yes, images soon.

Today, Thursday 30 APR 2020 — I was awoken at 4:00am by violent thunderstorms and rain beating down on the roof. I got back to sleep and did not get out of bed until 6:45am. I have been sleeping amazingly well lately — eight to ten hours a night with just a pit stop or two. It is 7:22am as I type and drizzling gently. I will head down to the lake in a few to do some hunting with my SONY gear.

A Must Read

I have prepared the final PDF for the new SONY e-Guide. It should be available in the store no later than next Tuesday.

Here is a comment from yesterday’s blog post left by IPT veteran Barry Barfield:

I have been actively using the set up from artie’s Sony e-Guide now for about four weeks. With my ay a9 ii and the 200-600 rig is easy to get the right exposure 99% of the time. I could never have figured out the settings suggested on my own, so thank you artie and Patrick. If you have Sony A9, A9ii, or one of the A7r bodies covered – get this guide today. Barry, Australia

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The SONY e-Guide by Patrick Sparkman and Arthur Morris

The Sony Camera e-Guide (PDF) and videos Info

Yesterday I prepared the final PDF for the Sony Camera e-Guide. It will not be available in the store until early next week but you can order yours right now. The cost of the SONY e-Guide is $100.00 US and will include one of the four (4) camera set-up videos — we offer one video each for the a7r iii, the a7r iv, the a9, and the a9 ii — and the written guide with the galleries. Additional camera videos are $25.00 each The guide is now done.

If you would like to order the e-Guide now, please send a Paypal for $100 US to and be sure to include the words “SONY e-Guide” in the Paypal e-mail along with the name of your camera or cameras so that you can receive the correct video or videos. Note: please add $25 for each camera video after the first. And please be sure to type your e-mail address into your Paypal order. Then be sure to send a copy of the Paypal transaction to me via e-mail.


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This Just In!

Steve Elkins asked me to let y’all know that he has six SONY 200-600s in stock and that one of them has your name on it. Contact Steve as below and save $50.00.

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.

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.

This image was created on 28 APR 2020 at Indian Lake Estates, FL. Working from inside my SSUV, I used the Induro GIT 204/FlexShooter Mini-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, Sony FE 1.4x teleconverter, and the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera Body. ISO 640. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 7:43pm with some light clouds on the western horizon.

Tracking Flexible Spot (M) AF-c was active at the moment of exposure and performed to perfection.

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Boat-tailed Grackle singing

But It’s Only a Grackle …

Sure, everyone wants to photograph Peregrine Falcons, Snowy Owls, and Roseate Spoonbills. And that includes me. But we cannot change the cards we are dealt. Boat-tailed Grackle is pretty much a dirt-bird in central Florida — it is abundant, not exactly gorgeous, and boisterous. Most photographers go out of their way to ignore them. But not me …

Adjective Challenge

Please leave a comment describing today’s featured image. You can choose from the list below and/or come up with a few of your own:

  • boring
  • plain
  • clichéd
  • average
  • gorgeous
  • striking
  • dramatic

Tripod in Vehicle

Learn exactly how I set up my tripod inside a vehicle in the video here.

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