Wind and Sun Together Purple Martin Flight Primer V-log Video « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Wind and Sun Together Purple Martin Flight Primer V-log Video

What’s Up?

Not a lot. When the wind and sky conditions have been decent, I’ve been putting out salmon skins but the vultures and caracaras have not been responding. On my trip to town yesterday for a rare shopping outing, I grabbed about 20 pounds of snapper heads from Junior’s Fish Market so I would guess that the scavenger flight photography will be getting better soon …

Yesterday morning, I started out with flowers and attempted to photograph the Yellow Canna, but did not do very well. I will try again (this time focusing manually) on the next still morning. The bird photography early on the drizzly Thursday was lousy. I kept only two small-in-the-frame crane-in-habitat images. I really like one of them.

I just peeked out the back door and it is still and dead clear at 6:15am today — Friday 1 MAY 2020 — so I will be heading down to the lake ASAP 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.

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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.

Wind and Sun Together Purple Martin Flight Primer V-log Video

When the wind and sun are lined up, conditions for flight photography can be perfect. See the situation and the results by clicking on the play arrow to view this short BIRDS AS ART Vlog video. As I mentioned at the start of the video, the best way to thank me for the now 44-days in a row blog posts and the new, well-received V-logs is to head to the BIRDS AS ART Online Store and spend some bucks on educational materials by clicking on the Books, Videos and Training/Instruction tab. Thanks to the many who have been doing just that.

I might not have emphasized enough in the video that if the wind had been from the west (rather than from the east) on the clear morning of 29 April, flight photography would have been a total waste of time with the birds flying away from me and away from the light … In tomorrow’s blog post I will share my very favorite Purple Martin flight shot from the great session. Learning to differentiate good wind and sun conditions can really help you to up your game.

Questions on the video are of course welcome.

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3 comments to Wind and Sun Together Purple Martin Flight Primer V-log Video

  • avatar Joe Randle

    Good morning Artie…
    Thanks again for the work you do for us in your V-log presentations… I enjoy learning your small tips you present us…

    Keep up the great work… God’s Blessings

  • avatar Loren Charif

    Artie –

    I couldn’t help it…Your mention of snapper heads immediately reminded me of the 80’s classic song Fish Heads by Barnes & Barnes (Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson in Lost in Space): Enjoy!

  • avatar F. George Dunham, III

    Ha! Don’t worry about typos when your photos are so beautiful. I am plagued by typos. I was trying to text my business partner Gary during a meeting when he wasn’t helping “I’ll shove you don’t be so lazy” and my phone somehow corrected it to “I love you drive me so crazy” Yikes was that embarrassing. I mean I guess you could say that I do love him, but still super embarrassing. And I didn’t realize my mistake for 2 hours because of the meeting. Another thing, they should call them typos because only 4% of Americans still use typewriters. They should call them textos.

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