Give Me Five Good Sunset Minutes … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Give Me Five Good Sunset Minutes ...

What’s Up?

Today is Wednesday 17 November 2021. Again, I am working on this blog post while parked on sun angle to this morning’s road kill cafe. It is 8:10am, and again, there has been no action. But at least I am getting some work done. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took more than an hour to prepare.

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Wanted to Buy

If you have either of the following items that you would like to sell, please get in touch via e-mail. If you are not familiar with the Items for Sale terms, please click here before responding.

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens in near-mint or like-new condition.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II USM lens in excellent or better condition.

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II (or III) USM lens in excellent or better condition.

Recent Used Gear Page Sales!

To say that the Used Gear Page has been going crazy lately would be a huge understatement:

Used Gear Page regular William Dummitt sold his Nikkor 600mm AF-S F4 ED VR lens in excellent condition for $4649.95 (was $5199.95) in mid-november 2021.

Alice Garland sold her Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED Slide Scanner in like-new condition for the BIRDS AS ART record-low price of $899.00 soon after it was listed in mid-September 2021.

Roger Williams sold his Canon EF 500 f4/L IS USM super telephoto lens in excellent condition (with several extras) for a very low $2,299.00 and a Canon EF Extender 2X III (teleconverter) in near-mint condition for a very low $249.00, both sold on the first day of listing in mid-September 2021.

Mark Baity sold his Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens in like-new condition for $3500.00 (was $3,798.00) soon after it was listed in early November 2021.

Used Gear Page regular Karen McCormick sold a Nikon D850 in excellent condition for the BAA record-low price of $1750.00, a Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens in like-new condition for the BAA record-low price of $1349.00, a Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6G M OSS lens in like-new condition for a BAA record-low $1298.00, and a Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body in like-new condition for BAA record-low $998.00, all on the first day of listing in early November 2021.

BAA friend Fred Innamorato sold his Nikon D850 dSLR in near-mint condition with a ton of extras including the Nikon MB-D-18 Multi Power Battery Pack (and accessories) for an incredibly, ridiculously low $2096.95, a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens in near-mint condition for a very low $2796.95, a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4E PF ED VR lens in near-mint condition for a very low $1,396.95, and two Nikon AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E III for 249.95, all within hours of listing in early November 2021.

Paul Fortin sold his Canon EOS 7D Mark II body in near-mint condition with a brand new battery grip for a silly low $725.00 the day it was listed in early November 2021.

Multiple IPT veteran Jim Dolgin sold his Sony a9 in excellent plus condition for a very low $1848.00 within a day of it being listed in early November 2021.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission on items priced at $1,000 or more. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price is $1000 (or less for a $50 flat-fee). If you are interested, please scroll down here to read the terms. Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice only to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past years, we have sold many hundreds of items. Do know that prices for used gear only go in one direction. Down. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

If you would like to learn about selling your used gear on the BAA Used Gear Page, click here.

New Listings

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and BG-E20 Grip

BIRDS AS ART Record Low Price

Used Gear Page regular and BAA-friend Jim Burns is offering a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in like new-condition along with a new-in-the-box BG-E20 grip (a $299.99 value), for BAA record-low price (for the pair) of $1397.00. The sale includes the the original product box, the front body cap, the manual, 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 Jim via e-mail.

What can I say? The 5D IV was my favorite-ever Canon digital dSLR. I owned and used three of them while my 1DX II sat on the shelf in my garage for the most part. A new 5D Mark IV, with its 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor, sell new for $2399.00. If you have been dreaming of a 5D IV (with the grip!), grab Jim’s camera body right now and save well more than $1K! artie

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Zoom Lens

Jim Burns is offering a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens in excellent condition for a very low $1398.00. The sale includes the original product box, the front and rear lens caps, front lens cover, the lens hood, the lens bag, the manual, and owner’s manual, 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 Jim via e-mail.

This incredibly versatile zoom lens — with its amazing .98 meter close focus — was my favorite Canon telephoto zoom lens ever. By far. It is easy to hand hold, great for tight portraits, for birds in flight, for quasi-macro stuff, and lots more. For flight, it is fabulous with an R5! The lens sells new for $2399.00 so you can save some hard cash by grabbing Jim’s copy now. artie

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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.

This image was created on 16 November 2021 down by the lake near my hone at Indian Lake Estates, FL. While standing, I used the hand held Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only). ISO 1600. The exposure was determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/2000 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. AWB at 5:33pm, one minute after sunset.

Tracking: Upper Right Zone with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed pretty darned well by tracking the chin of this bird. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #1: Boat-tailed Grackle on “The Perch” at sunset

Give Me Five Good Sunset Minutes …

After an early dinner — I am still doing intermittent fasting, I did not leave the house until 5:15pm. Sunset was at 5:32. I checked the canal north of the North Field for the Barred Owl with no luck. Then I checked “The Perch” that I had set up last year with neighbor-friend Ralph. There were two grackles on it and the western sky was coloring up nicely. But time was short so I decided to skip the tripod. I meant to add the 2X TC to the 200-600, but instead, grabbed the 600 f/4 without thinking. I thought, What the heck. There is lots of light. Maybe I can do it.. In a very few minutes I created more than 400 images. I kept 15 including two of a fly-by White Ibis. I had lots of chances on action: grackles interacting and grackles in flight above the perch. I fanned on all of them.

This was my favorite image because the bird had hopped forward slightly and raised its tail so that it did not intersect with the perch. Accurate Bird-Eye/Face Detection AF at 1200mm is something that we could only have dreamed about just a year ago. The problem is that getting a Sony 600mm f/4 GM lens is very difficult at best. If there is one in your future, it would best to use one of my two affiliates right now and be prepared to sit on the wait list ..

The BAA Middle of Florida Photographic Site Guide

You can purchase your copy here in the BAA Online Store.

The BAA Middle of Florida Photographic Site Guide

126 pages, 87 photographs by Joe Przybyla and Arthur Morris.
The PDF for this e-Guide is an electronic download sent via e-mail.

Purchase your copy here in the BAA Online Store.

I had thought about doing a guide to some of the great but little-known photo hotspots around central Florida for about a decade, but those plans never came to fruition. I met Joe online in the Avian Forum at BirdPhotographer’s.Net about two years ago. Joe’s photography has improved tremendously over the past few years; he credits the BAA blog, my books and PDFs, and his participation on BPN. The one thing that I learned right from the get-go about Joe is that he is a hard and tenacious worker, always striving to improve his skills and to grow his knowledge base. As he knew of more than a few good spots in central Florida, I broached the idea of us doing a photographic site guide that covered many of the little-known photographic hotspots from Brandon to Lakeland to Joe Overstreet Road to Indian Lake Estates (my Florida home for the past 20 years or so). After more than many, many dozens of hours of effort, The BIRDS AS ART Middle of Florida Photographic Site Guide is now a reality. Thanks to Joe’s wife Dottie for her review of our writing. We all learned once again that writing is a process, a back and forth process. All thanks to the white pelicans of Lakeland. Here are the locations that are detailed in this e-Guide:

  • Indian Lake Estates: Sandhills Cranes with chicks and colts, lots of vultures, and Ospreys up the kazoo!
  • Gatorland, Kissimmee: Learn to make great images of wading birds in a cluttered rookery.
  • The Brandon Rookery: Great for nesting Wood Storks, Great Egrets, and more.
  • Circle Bar B Reserve, Lakeland: Here you will find a great variety of avian subjects in a great variety of habitats.
  • Lake Morton, Lakeland: There are lots of silly tame birds here including and especially American White Pelican during the colder months.
  • Lake Mirror, Lakeland: Tame Anhingas, Limpkins, and a zillion White Ibises at times.
  • West Lake Parker, Lakeland: Here you will have a chance for two difficult birds, Snail Kite, and Purple Gallinule.
  • Joe Overstreet Road, Kenansville: Crested Caracara, meadowlarks, Loggerhead Shrike, and much more on the fenceposts and barbed wire.

Each location includes a map, a detailed description of the best spots, best season, light and time of day instructions, the expected species, and an educational and inspirational gallery that is designed to open your eyes as to the possibilities.

You can purchase a copy here in the BAA Online Store.


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