Made in the Shade! And Last Chance for Stick Marsh! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Made in the Shade! And Last Chance for Stick Marsh!

Which of Today’s Two Featured Images Do You Like Best?

Why?

Click on the composite image to enjoy the incredible quality of the hi-res JPEG.

Clockwise from upper left back around to the center: spoonbill with mangrove background; spoonbill head and shoulders portrait; spoonbill braking to land; spoonbill dramatic landing pose; adult Black-crowned Night-Heron; spoonbill with nesting material; Great Egret returning to nest; incoming spoonbill; and Limpkin landing.

Last Chance for Stick Marsh In-the-Field Instruction

Tuesday 10 May: 6:45 to 9:15am. $250.00/person

Two 1/2 hours of intensive flight photography instruction: $250/person. Cheap! If you are interested, please contact me ASAP via e-mail and we can set up a session or two based on the weather forecast. The weather is looking fine for tomorrow.

From Anar Daswani via unsolicited e-mail:

Thanks so much for the two In-the-Field sessions. I appreciate all the knowledge and the guidance that you shared. I certainly feel like I am far better equipped to make stronger photos. Of course, there is always more to learn, and I definitely need a ton of practice. I learned a lot more from you in the two classes than I did in other, more expensive workshops. I truly appreciate your patience and kindness. I am excited about getting started with videos on a correct footing. And I can’t wait to go out and practice the pleasing blurs using all the techniques you have taught me. Not to mention getting the right exposure!

What’s Up?

Same old, same old at Gatorland on Sunday morning. Few photographable nests, few photographers, and some really good opportunities. There were more than a few fledged Tricolored Herons around; none cooperated for me. It kept threatening to cloud over, but the sun prevailed so I was on my way to the car by 8:30am. I took an early nap, did my bursts and a 44-length swim, had an early dinner, and took a one-mile walk. Use it or lose it 🙂

On my Friday walk, I missed the turtle laying eggs. On Saturday afternoon, I had a Swallow-tailed Kite and the young eagle flight right over my head. So from now on, I will walk with The Sony 70-200 II, the 2X TC, and an a1. On Sunday afternoon I created a lot of Osprey images on my walk. As the lens is very light I will take it every day and see if I get lucky.

Today is Monday 9 May 2022. The forecast for the morning is for sunny with a northeast breeze. I will surely head down to the lake for a bit. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took about an hour to prepare and makes fifty-nine days in a row with a new one.

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Gatorland In-the-Field Session

Saturday 14 May & Saturday 21 May 2022. 7:00 to 9:00am: $200.00/person

Two hours of intensive instruction. Cheap! You need to have a season photo pass or purchase one for that date to enter. If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail. You can also learn exactly to make the better photographs at Gatorland in The BAA Middle of Florida Site Guide here .

BIRDS AS ART Image Optimization Service (BAA IOS)

Send a PayPal for $62.00 to birdsasart@verizon.net or call Jim at 863-692-0906 and put $62.00 on your credit card. Pick one of your best images and upload the raw file using a large file sending service like Hightail or DropBox and then send me the link via e-mail. I will download and save your raw file, evaluate the exposure and sharpness, and optimize the image as if it were my own after converting the raw file in Adobe Camera Raw. Best of all, I will make a screen recording of the entire process and send you a link to the video to download, save and study.

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Folks who have fallen in love with Bedfords can now use the BIRDSASART coupon code at checkout to enjoy a post-purchase, 3% off-statement credit (excluding taxes and shipping charges) on orders paid with a credit card. The 3% credit will be refunded to the card you used for your purchase. Be sure, also, to check the box for free shipping to enjoy free Second Day Air Fed-Ex. This offer does not apply to purchases of Classes, Gift Cards, or to any prior purchases.

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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. If you are desperate, you can try me on my cell at 863-221-2372. Please leave a message and shoot me a text if I do not pick up.

This image was created on 8 May 2022 at Gatorland. Standing at full height, I used the no-longer available Induro GIT304L Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mounted-Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens with the Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. ISO 1000. The exposure was determined using Zebra technology with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/160 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed that the raw file was dead-solid perfect. AWB at 7:22:29am on a sunny morning in the shade of a shelter.

Tracking: Spot-S with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed perfectly. Click on the image to enjoy the high-res version.

Image #2: Great Egret, large chick resting

Made in the Shade!

Folks often ask “What’s the best strategy for photographing birds on a bright sunny day? Many folks think that I am kidding when I answer, “Find some birds in the shade.” Fortunately, at Gatorland there are several wooden structures that provide varying degrees of shade on sunny mornings. Both of today’s images were of large Great Egret chicks in a well-shaded nest. I have been photographing the chicks in this very accessible nest for almost two months.

When I saw this nice juxtaposition, I put the tripod down in a spot that I thought might put the visible eye of each bird on the same plane. As this image was created at the wide-open aperture, I’d say that I hit that nail squarely on the head!

This image was also created on 8 May 2022 at Gatorland. Standing at full height, I again used the no-longer available Induro GIT304L Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mounted-Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens with the Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. ISO 1000. The exposure was determined using Zebra technology with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/160 sec. at f/7.1 (stopped down 2/3-stop) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed that the raw file was about 1/3 stop too dark. AWB at 7:32:14am on a sunny morning in the shade of a shelter.

Tracking: Spot-S with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed perfectly. Click on the image to enjoy the high-res version.

Image #2: Great Egret, large chick resting

Working It …

When I first saw this neat pose, I was working with the big lens and the 1.4X TC. I fired off a single frame and then the bird woke up from its rest. I switched the1.4X for the 2X and waited for the bird to assume the position. It did. I had about forty images made with the 2X and just one with the 1.4X. I liked the extra room. I brightened the image by moving the Exposure slider to +0.25 during the raw conversion, warmed it up by moving the Temperature slider to 7000 to eliminate a BLUE cast, and took a bit off the left. The last steps were a bit of crud clean-up and selectively brightening the bill. It pays to create varied image designs.

Would you have eliminated the little buff triangle in the upper left corner? Why or why not? What words would you use to describe (the mood of) this image?

I believe that the bird in Image #2 is the bird on the left in Image #1. By the time these two chicks got fed, the nest was partially lit by bright sun. I will only very rarely make an image a bird or birds in that are both lit by the sun with parts of them in the shade …

Typos

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4 comments to Made in the Shade! And Last Chance for Stick Marsh!

  • On #2, I would definitely have cropped the upper left colored triangle. It attracts the eye and diminish the peaceful mood of the photo.

    The words that come to mind are : fluffy, comfy, keeping warm, just like when I go to bed and appeciate it a lot!

    Nice shot!

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    I really like the two egret chicks. And, surprisingly for me, I like the fact that the chick in the back is not as sharp as the one in the front.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, Pat.

      Why is it that the bill of the second bird not sharp but both eyes are sharp?

      with love, artie

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