Could Anita Gail Erica North Have Been Right? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Could Anita Gail Erica North Have Been Right?

All images from Homer or Kachemak Bay, AK

2023 Homer/Kachemak Bay Bald Eagle IPTs

IPT #1: MON 20 FEB 2023 through the full day on FRI 24 FEB 2023. Five full days/20 hours on the boat: $5500.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 3.

IPT #2: SAT 25 FEB 2023 through the full day on THURS 2 MAR 2023. Six full days/24 hours on the boat: $6600.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 3.

IPT #3: FRI 3 MAR 2023 through the full day on TUES 7 MAR 2023. Five full days/20 hours on the boat: $5500.00. Limit 5 photographers. Openings: 3.

Save $1,000.00 by doing back-to-back trips.

These trips feature non-stop flight photography as well as many opportunities to create both environmental and point-blank portraits of one of North America’s most sought-after avian subjects: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Other reliable subjects will include Sea Otter, Glaucous-winged and Short-billed (formerly Mew) Gulls.

In addition, we should see Common Murre, Black Guillemot, Pelagic Cormorant, two or three species of loons, and a smattering of ducks including two species of merganser, all three scoters, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Bufflehead, Harlequin, and Long-tailed Ducks. Close-range photographic chances for these species will require a ton of good luck. Some of these species, especially when in flocks, can, however, often be used effectively when creating bird-scapes.

If we need to be out early, we will be the first boat out. If conditions are great, we will stay out. And when there is a chance for sunset silhouettes, we will stay out and be in the right spot.

We will be traveling through gorgeous wilderness country; landscape and scenic opportunities abound.

Also featured is a professional leader, often referred to as the world’s most knowledgeable bird photography trip leader, who is conversant in Canon, Nikon, and Sony.

All images from Kachemak Bay in 2022!

What You Will Learn

You will learn practical and creative solutions to everyday photographic problems. You will learn to see the shot, to create dynamic images by fine-tuning your compositions, to best utilize your camera’s AF system, and how to analyze the wind, the sky conditions, and the direction and quality of the light. This is one of the very few trips Homer trips available where you will not be simply put on the birds and told to have fun. You will learn to be a better photographer. But only if that is what you want.

You will learn to get the right exposure when it is sunny, when it cloudy-bright, when it is cloudy, when it is cloudy-dark, or when it is foggy. Not to mention getting the right exposure when creating silhouettes.

You will learn to make pleasing blurs working in manual mode and to create silhouettes working in Shutter Priority mode.

Most importantly you will learn to pick your best flight images from tens of thousands of images.

You will enjoy working with the two best and most creative boat captains on their sturdy, photography-spacious, seaworthy, open-deck crafts.

The second and third IPTs are the only Bald Eagle workshops that feature an incredibly helpful first mate.

Only five photographers (not the usual six), plus the leader.

Small group Photoshop, Image Review, and Image Critiquing sessions.

All images from Homer or Kachemak Bay, AK

What’s Included

One four hour or two two-hour boat trips every day (weather permitting), all boat fees and boat-related expenses (excluding tips), ground transportation to and from the dock and back to the hotel each day, in-the-field instruction and guidance, pre-trip gear advice, small group post-processing and image review sessions, and a thank you dinner for all well-behaved participants.

What’s Not Included

Your airfare to and from Homer, AK (via Anchorage), the cost of your room at Land’s End Resort, all personal items, all meals and beverages, and tips for the boat captain and/or the first mate.

Please Note

On great days, the group may wish to photograph for more than four hours. If the total time on the boat exceeds 20 hours for the five-day trips, or 24 hours for the second trip, the group will share the additional expense at a rate of $225/hour.

Some folks may wish to rent their own vehicle to take advantage of local photographic opportunities around Homer.

Deposit Information

A $3000 non-refundable deposit/trip is required. You may pay your deposit with credit card or by personal check (made out to BIRDS AS ART) and sent via US mail only to Arthur Morris. PO Box 7245. Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. Your balance, due 90 days before the date of departure, is payable only by check as above.

In Closing

I have been going to Homer off and on for close to two decades. Every trip has been nothing short of fantastic. Many folks go in mid-March. The earlier you go, the better the chances for snow. The only way to assure that you are on the best of the three trips is to sign up for all of them. Can you keep up with me? If you have any questions, or are good to go for one, two, or all three trips, please let me know via e-mail or give me a call on my cell phone at 863-221-2372.

What’s Up?

I started my day with a 2.9-mile rope flow walk. I’ve added a 32-length morning swim in an effort to lessen the blood sugar rise that diabetics experience upon wakening — the dawn effect. I updated both of my a1 bodies to firmware v1.31 thanks to a comment left by Nelson two days ago and spent some quality time at the Vulture Trees. I will share what I learned in tomorrow’s blog post. I did a 34-length swim after dinner on a cold rainy afternoon. With the 66-length total I am now swimming 3/4-mile daily. And yes, the right shoulder is holding up nicely.

Today is Saturday 17 September with more of the same on the menu for me. 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 one hundred seventy-six days in a row with a new one.

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Induro GIT 304L Price Drop

Amazingly, we have two, brand-new-in-the-box Induro GIT 304L tripods in stock. They are $699.00 each (were $799.00) and the price now includes the insured ground shipping to the lower 48 states. Weekday phone orders only: 863-692-0906. Order yours here while they last.

Could Anita Gail Erica North Have Been Right?

This image was created on 22 February 2022 on a Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK/Bald Eagle IPT. I used the hand held Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens (at 70mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. The exposure was determined via Zebras with Exposure Compensation on the thumb dial. ISO 640: 1/1000 sec. at f/7.1 (stopped down 2 2/3 stops) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed the exposure to be within 1/6 stop of perfect. AWB at 3:50:10pm on a cloudy afternoon.

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

Image #1: Adult Bald Eagle on moose carcass

Placing the Carcass

The captain had transported the road-killed Moose carcass from the mainland. As he carried it down the rocky beach (away from the boat), I can remember Anita North instructing me from the boat: “No. Don’t put it there. Move it forty yards more down the beach to the spot where the beach turns away to the right.” Thinking that we could get low enough to yield a distant and therefore pleasing background, I did not listen.

See Image #2, below, to see who was right.

This image was created on 22 February 2022 on a Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK/Bald Eagle IPT. I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 470mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless digital camera. ) The exposure was determined using Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 800. 1/1600 second at f/6.3 (wide-open) in Manual Mode. AWB at 3:44:10pm on a cloudy afternoon. RawDigger showed the exposure to be dead-solid perfect.

Tracking: Spot S AF-C with Bird Face/Eye Detection performed perfectly. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #2: Adult Bald Eagle on moose carcass

Who Was Right?

Though we were down by the water, and the rocky beach was a steep one, we could not get low enough to yield a pleasing, de-focused background. I am less than thrilled with the rocks being the bird. Had I listened to Anita and moved the carcass down the beach and placed it on the crest where the beach turned away to our right, the background would have been a thousand yards away and would have been rendered as a soft blur of earth tones.

Anita was right, and I was wrong. Anita Gail Erica North was Canada’s third female brain surgeon and is now a skilled photographer. Since she retired more than a decade ago, she has been traveling around the world photographing birds and other wildlife. In mid-October, she is heading back to Africa for five months on her own. I wish her a great safari.


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3 comments to Could Anita Gail Erica North Have Been Right?

  • avatar Steve

    >> The captain had transported the road-killed Moose carcass from the mainland. <<

    I wish you hadn't told us this. I would have preferred to have continued to believe that the eagle swooped out of the sky and killed the unsuspecting moose itself — makes the bird seem more formidable. ; )

  • Artie
    I think we’ll just have to see about re-creating this. 🙂 Anything is possible and woman are normally right!
    Always with love b

  • avatar David Policansky

    I think you both were right. You got low enough to get a good background, although I can’t help wondering what a moose carcass was doing in the intertidal zone (the rocks have barnacles on them). Of course, if you had got lower, then the cliff might have made for a lousy background. I’d have to see it to know for sure. If the carcass had been placed where Anita wanted to place it, then you could have got as low as you wanted to and had a nice clear background. Would it have been worth lugging the carcass another forty yards? Again, I’d have to have been there. Great image and good question.

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