The Bored of Crane Chicks? V-log Video. New Used Gear Page Listing: Near-mint Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Bored of Crane Chicks? V-log Video. New Used Gear Page Listing: Near-mint Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

What’s Up?

Monday was rain, rain, and more rain followed at times by heavy rain with brief periods of drizzle. I started the day by setting up a new perch along the lakeshore and quickly realized that it is much too tall and thin. As I was working on erecting it, I felt several bites on my right hand. They felt like ant bites but I did not see any ants on my hand. Nonetheless, my hand was red and terribly itchy for the rest of the day. And night. On Tuesday morning I can clearly see two bites on my still-itchy hand. From now on, I will wear gloves!

Next were the crane babies, now about 16 days old and getting bigger every day. Then I drove around exploring and looking for wildflowers. I found one nice new one but it was raining too hard to photograph so I continued exploring. When it let up a bit, I returned to the site and spent about 30 minutes with the Sigma 150 macro (for Nikon)/Vello Adapter rig and was able to create one that I liked. I am not sure of the species. I find wildflower identification to be as challenging as photographing them. I have an excellent book but comparing the photos in the book to my images is not working well, and in many cases, I am 100% sure that the flower I am looking for is not in the book. It does not help that I have zero knowledge of wildflower basics, but I am studying …

The weather forecast for this morning is mostly cloudy. I will be headed down to the lake for a short drive-around before packing up for my drive across the state this afternoon.

Since yesterday was Memorial Day, some might enjoy the tribute to my Dad that I mention in the V-log video. You can access it in the blog post here.


I am heading over to Fort DeSoto this afternoon and will be returning home after a morning photo session on Saturday 30 MAY. I am hoping to find some Red Knots in full breeding plumage, and some nice Royal and Sandwich Terns doing the nasty. And I am excited about finding some nice beach wildflowers that I have never noticed before. If you are interested in some inexpensive In-the-Field Instruction (with social distancing), please get in touch with me ASAP via e-mail.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

BAA Record-low price

Patrick Hogue is offering a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera in near-mint condition for a BAA record-low $998.00. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it, the dual battery charger upgrade, a UV filter, the front lens cap, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Patrick via e-mail or by phone at 1-760-898-6770 (Pacific time zone).

This is a versatile, do-everything, travel, sports, and wildlife camera with a built-in 24-600mm lens. The AF system, borrowed from a9 series bodies, is a huge improvement from the AF system in the previous version, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera. AF with the IV tracks perfectly at 24 frames per second (silent shooting!) The 4.5 stop stabilization is amazingly effective at the long end of the focal length range. The video capabilities of this camera are equally amazing. It sells new for $1,598 so you can save $600.00 by grabbing Patrick’s camera. Click here to learn more about this amazing camera and be sure to scroll down and watch the video. artie

A good friend started posting incredible photos of beautiful scenes and awesome closeups, and we had to inquire about what camera he was using. And it was the RX10 IV! From the moment we opened the box we knew that we made a great purchase! It is easy to use and not to have to change lenses to get the shot that we want. We look forward to continuing to learning how to use more of its amazing features! Online Review by Paul


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SONY 200-600 Update

Steve Elkins now has four SONY 200-600s in stock; one of them surely has your name on it. Contact Steve as below to 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.

Bored of Crane Chicks? V-log Video

As regular readers know, I was blessed by the arrival of two tiny tame Sandhill Cranes chicks that hatched right around Mother’s Day. I was getting a bit bored at one point, but — as you will see in the video — that can change quickly … I wound up sitting on the ground behind my tripod and having a ton of fun. Best of all? There is plenty to learn about bird photography in this 11-minute 43- second video. The video shows several examples of operator error when using Tracking FLlexible Spot (M) …

I keep forgetting to mention that when I am creating horizontal images of one of the adults brooding the two chicks, the adult will often stand up without warning startling the two chicks; they have a what-just-happened? look on their faces. Instinctively, I rotate the lens barrel to vertical but am always too close to fit the adult in the frame with my fixed lens, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM. As I need the speed (at f/4) in low light, the only solution would be to move farther away from the birds …

Your Pick?

Of the 36 images in the video, a single one stands out as clearly best to me. I would love to hear which one is your favorite. And why you like it. I recommend that you do not view the video full screen as the quality is not there. When you see an image that you like, you can pause the video, go to full screen, and jot down the last four digits of the file number. Then go back to the smaller view.

When you are finished, you can rewind to compare your favorites, decide on your absolute favorite, and leave a comment. The first person to pick my favorite as their favorite will receive a Photoshop MP.4 video of their choosing.

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3 comments to The Bored of Crane Chicks? V-log Video. New Used Gear Page Listing: Near-mint Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

  • avatar Joe Randle

    Thanks for the work on chicks V-log today… I always learn something from your V-logs… In today’s succession I prefer photo #1695… they are both in good focus… both have fair head angles… natural playing poses.. some cleaning up of the yellow flowers… it is a great shot… so are several others..

    Thanks again Artie for your time in putting this together… God’s Blessings…

  • avatar John Johnson

    Most likely Deer flies. Itch like crazy.

  • All the crane chick pictures are wonderful as usual! My favorite (though not really following your vlog instructions) is the touching tribute to your father, PFC Robert Morris.
    My father also fought the Japanese as a member of Merrill’s Marauders.
    Thank you for the Memorial Day tribute!

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