Farmer Morris Hoeing. My Most Amazing Image Ever? And Any Photoshop Trickery? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Farmer Morris Hoeing. My Most Amazing Image Ever? And Any Photoshop Trickery?

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We spent so much time repairing the ruts in the South Field that I only took nine images on Wednesday morning. Three of them were keepers.

We drove over to Gulfport on Wednesday afternoon — 20 September 2020. We will be photographing at Fort DeSoto for the next four days. Though we will miss the cranes and the vultures, it will be great to see the different birds at the beach.

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I-Phone 11 photo by Anita North

Note the big Osprey nest in the pine tree. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Farmer Morris at work

Repairing the Ruts

A Conversation from the Comments Section on Tuesday’s Blog Post

Bob. September 16, 2020 at 10:04 am

Dear Artie,

We have all been in a spot like that and can only laugh at it once we look back. My question for you is, “are you responsible to fix the rut damage you left in the mud? I cannot wait to see your blog on the best photograph ever! I would guess 45 pounds on the tarpon.

With love from Wisconsin, Bob

Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. September 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

Hi Bob,

That is a fair question. Anita and I spent an hour on Wednesday morning repairing the ruts by flattening the sides with a rake and then smoothing things out. I was very happy with what we did, but she is a perfectionist so went back down for two additional hours after dropping me off at home to pack for DeSoto. In a few weeks, nobody will be aware of the ruts.

That said, the big mowing machines often do far more damage than I did (both, of course, unfortunate). And the same is true of other private vehicles. We are the first to repair the results of poor thinking.

with love, a

ps: so there is no real responsibility involved other than to our own morals.

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This image was created on September 13, 2020 at Sebastian Inlet, FL. I used the Induro GIT 404L/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and the 61-MP Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera Body. ISO 4000. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/2000 sec. at f/4 in Manual mode perfect was about +1 1/3 stops on the analog scale. AWB at 8:09am on dark cloudy morning.

Center Zone Continuous/tracking AF was active at the moment of exposure and performed to perfection.

Image #2: Tarpon Jumping!

My Most Amazing Image Ever?

So we’re on the jetty trying for Ospreys and Royal and Sandwich Terns flying and diving. It had just finished pouring. There were Tarpon jumping clear out of the water up and down the inlet. I pointed the lens randomly at the water to pre-focus at about 100 feet when a Tarpon jumped out of the water right into my viewfinder. I fired off three frames. I just clipped the tail on the first two, but number three was both perfectly framed and perfectly sharp. Talk about amazing blind luck! My reflexes are light-years short of being able to react to a jumping fish. I had the exposure set for the terns and — as confirmed by RawDigger — it turned out to be perfect for the big sliver fish.

I’d guess that the fish in the photo weighs between thirty and forty pounds.

From where I sit, it is by far the single most amazing image I have ever created. And certainly my luckiest capture ever!


Any Photoshop Hanky-Panky?

If you see any evidence of Photoshop hanky-panky, please leave a comment and let us know what you think is phony. Or, is Image #2 a perfect representation of the RAW file as it came out of the camera. As always, your thoughts would be appreciated.

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15 comments to Farmer Morris Hoeing. My Most Amazing Image Ever? And Any Photoshop Trickery?

  • avatar Adam

    Yes, a once in a lifetime capture! Incredibly the a7riv nailed the focus of a relatively low contrast subject against a similarly contrasted background. A true fish story of the one which didn’t get away.

  • avatar Rick Currie

    Amazing Tarpon photo. I am impressed by your repair of the ruts and apologize for my earlier strident post.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, Rick. Apology accepted and much appreciated. The tarpon shot is as close to pure luck as you can get. The Work also teaches us that we are all always doing our best. I screw up plenty too 🙂

      with love, artie

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    Some time ago I bought Cliff Oliver’s iPhone photography guide from you. I am embarrassed to say that I’ve not read it yet — but it is on my “todo” list. Is the guide you mentioned in today’s blog a REVISED version? If so, I should get that one instead of reading the one I have.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Great seeing you guys for lunch in Gulfport with social distancing. Eating with your mask on is difficult! No revision of the iPhone guide 🙂

      with love, a

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks Mike, Hank, and Layton. That would be FISHES AS ART 🙂

    With love, artie

  • avatar Jeff Walters

    WDIT, You just need a big Grizzly Bear in there with the Tarpon! Maybe you could paste one in and whalah another first!!! Luck favors the prepared I guess, so give your old reflexes some credit. Rock the Soto, it was nice to see and know that you but in the effort to fix you divots!! Fore!!!!!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Watch who you’re talking to! I was a four-handicap and played #3 on the Brooklyn College got team. But I choked in the big tournaments.

      with love, artie

      ps: a wonderful friend, the late Dom Ferrone, won the Met Intercollegiate when he was a senior upsetting to scholarship players from Pace and Rutgers, I believe. Possibly named (Eugene?) Zachary and Greg Zorrilla. You can see Dom’s name as the individual 1968 winner here.

  • Arthur, I hope all that thick water is off the main road when you drive to Gulfport!! I also hope you and your house and area are OK since that hurricane hit Florida!!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, Sue. Our drive over was non-eventful. We got poured on three times on Thursday morning and are headed back for more soon.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Margaret

    Perfect. Were your hands shaking as you located the ‘Protect’ button?

  • avatar Mike Gotthelf

    Amazing image Artie!

  • avatar Hank Fowler

    Hey Artie!

    Looks like you will need to start another blog called Fishasart !

    Great shot!

  • Best leaping fish photo ever! Congrats! Only 30 minutes from my house. I’ll keep trying! 🙂

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