Change of Pace: Coldie Oldie But Goodie Canon Cutie « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Change of Pace: Coldie Oldie But Goodie Canon Cutie

Homer Late Registration Discounts

If you are interested in traveling to Homer, AK with me in FEB/MAR 2023 to photograph Bald Eagles, shoot me an e-mail for late registration discount info. Several folks are in the process of registering so do not tarry. The first IPT is looking sold out as I await the last deposit check.

What’s Up?

I headed down to the lake on Thursday morning with the 400mm f/2.8/a1 rig in the passenger seat. It was a cold dreary morning and there was not much going on. I was pleased to note two 4-5 weeks old, charcoal gray baby eagles in the nest.

In yesterday’s blog post, I preferred Image #2 with the bird on the right side of the frame looking back. Why? There is more tension in Image @2 than in Image #1.

Today is Friday 27 January 2023. I have lots of work to do. This blog post took about an hour to prepare (including the time spent on the image optimization) and makes three hundred-four days in a row with a new, educational post. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day.

Please, please, pretty please remember to use my B&H or Bedford’s affiliate programs for all your new gear purchases.

The plan is to continue to post every day until the streak reaches one year and one day and then go back to posting every other day.

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Induro GIT 304L Tripod

Out of production for more than two years, BAA sold its last one in December. The good news? We now have two more new-in-the-box tripods. They are now available for shipping. Best to order yours now to be sure that you get one. The 304L was my go-to tripod for more than a decade. Best to grab order yours right now to avoid being disappointed.

Bedfords Amazing BAA Discount Policy

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. And the same is true in spades when ordering new camera bodies or lenses. My advice will often save you some serious money and may help you avoid making a seriously bad choice. 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 31 December 2014 at Brown Bluff, Antarctica. Seated on packed snow and rock, I used the knee-pod technique with the Canon 300mm f/4L IS II lens, a 2X TC, and the EOS 7D Mark II. The exposure was determined via histogram review. ISO 400: 1/1600 sec. at f/10 (stopped down 2 2/3-stops). When evaluated in RawDigger, the raw file exposure was determined to be about one stop too dark. AWB at 4:09pm on a sunny afternoon.

Adélie penguin head and neck portrait

Coldie Oldie But Goodie Canon Cutie

I remember each of the 2014/2015 landings in Antarctica almost as if they were yesterday. To see an Adélie Penguin colony, you need to get down to the seventh continent. They are endearingly cute. For me, they are by far the cutest penguins outside ofone or two species in the Ross Sea.

I made lots of great images on that trip with my Canon gear. Using the 300mm f/2.8 L IS II with the 2X TC and the crop factor 7D Mark II yielded an effective focal length of 960mm — 19.2X magnification! When handholding high magnification rigs, you need to employ both high shutter speeds and impeccable sharpness techniques. Why? Unsharpness caused by gear shake is a factor of the square of the focal length.

The Lesson

The longer the effective focal length, the more careful you need to be in order to create sharp images. High shutter speeds and excellent sharpness techniques rule the roost. While a tripod is recommended if at all possible, the freedom and mobility that comes with handholding often wins out.

Handholding Questions

What is the longest focal length that you are comfortable handholding? What lens/TC combination? What is your minimum shutter speed for creating sharp images handheld with that rig?


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5 comments to Change of Pace: Coldie Oldie But Goodie Canon Cutie

  • avatar Sue Jarrett

    Adélie penguin head and neck portrait is a nice close image!!

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Love the penguin. Headed down there myself in three weeks. The longest focal length I routinely use is 400 mm, the still amazing Canon 190-400 f/4.5-5.6L ISII. I really don’t like using tripods and that lens has genuine 4-stop IS, so I can usually get sharp images of stationary subjects at 1/250 second if I am careful. I prefer 1/1000, of course.

  • avatar Anthony Ardito

    ISO 400 was about the limit you could go back in the day with the 7D’s without having a noisy mess, IMO. Did you re-process that image through Topaz?

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