Catching Up in Reverse: Part 1. Like Rodney Dangerfield, I sometimes get no respect … And Linear Perspective « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Catching Up in Reverse: Part 1. Like Rodney Dangerfield, I sometimes get no respect ... And Linear Perspective

Your Favorite?

Which of today’s three featured images is your favorite? Please leave a comment and let us know why you made your choice. Or not. 🙂

What’s Up?

I finally found the Killdeer nest on Sunday morning. I will be going down with Jim later today to put up a string fence around it to protect it from the big mowers. I saw the two young Killdeer babies that I had photographed as chicks on 24 April near the base of the pier; both are now flying. How fast they grow. I photographed the growing baby crane in the North Field, did some adult crane sky-scapes, and a pair of Mottled Ducks. The results were iffy at best, but I had fun.

Today is Monday 16 May. The forecast for this morning is for clear with a breeze from the west. Though this is the kiss of death forecast for bird photography, I will head down to the lake early just because (I love birds and photography). You know the life is like a box of chocolates thing … Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took about 90 minutes to prepare and makes sixty-six days in a row with a new one.

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This image was created on 8 May 2022 at Gatorland in Kissimmee, FL. I used the hand held Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens with the Sony FE 2x Teleconverter (at 400mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. The exposure was determined via Zebras with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 5000: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode. AWB at 8:22:45am in the shade on a sunny morning.

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

Image #1: Snowy Egret feeding chick

Why 1/1000 Second

In the ISO 5000. Last Two Chances for Gatorland I-T-F Sessions blog post here, I asked:

Why did I choose such a high shutter speed?

No-one left a comment. I chose a high shutter speed to try and freeze the action when the chick is going crazy yanking on the adult’s bill. In low light situations, this will always result in the use of high ISOs.

This image was created on 9 May 2022 on the South Peninsula down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates. Working from the front seat of my SUV, I used the BLUBB-supported Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebras technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 800: 1/1600 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. The exposure was dead solid perfect when evaluated in RawDigger. AWB at 7:43:49 am on a sunny morning.

Tracking: Upper Left Zone/AF-C with Bird Face/Eye detection enabled performed to perfection. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #2: Cattle Egret holding mayfly in bill tip

Joe Przybyla Nailed It

In the 1200mm Cow Egret & Mayfly Gems! blog post here, I wrote, Which of today’s two very excellent images do you like best. I think that that is a tough call. If you leave a comment, please be sure to let us know why you made your choice.

BPN/Avian Forum-friend Joe Przybyla nailed it when he posted this comment (in part):

Hey Artie, I really like both, but I think the Mayfly perfectly positioned in the second take it over the top.

I agree but only 100 percent.

This is an unsharpened 100% crop of the Cattle Egret holding mayfly in bill tip image

Rodney Dangerfield

Sometimes I feel like Rodney Dangerfield, I don’t get no respect. A here un-named reader left this comment:

Lack of sharpness in both images; their feathers have no detail, a monitor issue? Processing? File size, too big for the number of pixels. Umm ..

Lack of sharpness? No detail? Really? You can visit the original post to check out my reply.

This image was created on 10 May 2022 at Stick Marsh, Fellsmere, FL. I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 200mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless digital camera. ) The exposure was determined using Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 64: 1/8 second at f/8 (stopped down 2/3 stop) in Manual Mode. AWB at 6:56:26am on a clear morning. RawDigger showed the exposure to be dead-solid perfect.

Tracking: Spot S and then locked focus by pressing and holding the AF-ON button. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #1: Cabbage Palm stand: vertical pan blur

Go Figure

In the Some Days are Diamonds, & Some Days Nothing is Flying blog post here, two ladies who usually do not like or who hate blurs, liked the Cabbage Palm stand: vertical pan blur image. I loved it.

Linear Perspective

One of the reasons is that I loved the image is because I had pointed my lens to the left. This resulted in the trees on the right side of the frame appearing taller than the trees on the left side of the frame. Without realizing it, I used one point linear perspective to add depth to the image. “It seems that things that are further away appear smaller than those that are closer to us.”

The quote above is from Types of Perspective in Art, an excellent and informative blog post by Tom, of TomoStudio. You can read the article here. While visiting the website, I came across a neat article entitled 100 Cool, Easy, Fun & Cute Things to Draw. It might be great for you, for your kids, or for your grandkids. You can find it here.


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