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Coastal Brown Bear blonde cub, Katmai National Park, AK. This image was created while I was seated in a low spot near a creek with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/5.6 set manually.

Help Needed with Outdoor Photographer Article Title (with Image Lightbox)

After I get back from a morning of photography on Jame’s Shadle’s Hooptie Deux with James and Clemens van der Werf (and lunch on one of Clemens’ yacht transport ships!), I will be working on an article for a spring issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine. The article details the advantages of getting on the ground with big glass. The working title is in fact, “Getting Low with Big Glass.” If you have a suggestion for something a little more catchy or clever–heck, that should not be too difficult–please post it as a Comment. If someone suggests a title that winds up being used in the magazine we will gladly send you a bottle of Lens Clens as a thank you. Note: Don’t suggest “Down and Dirty” as I have used that one before 🙂

To give you some ideas, here is a link to the Lightbox that Jim and I prepared for OP editor Chris Robinsion:


I’d love to hear which is your favorite image from the submission and why you picked it.

Here is the article lead:

Getting Low With Big Glass

by Arthur Morris

It was a stifling late August morning. I lay in wet mud on the South Flats of the East Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York. A thousand no-see-ums chewed on the exposed skin on the back of my hands. Ten feet away, a gorgeous juvenal Least Sandpiper slept peacefully.

I typed those words (on a typewriter no less!) nearly 25 years ago. The capture medium was film: Fuji Velvia 50 pushed one stop. The lens was the Canon FD 400mm f/4.5, the camera the T-90. The magnification with that rig was 8X. Today it’s a whole new world: a Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card, the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens, a 1.4X teleconverter, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. The magnification? An astounding 29.12 X.

Though a lot has changed in those 2 /12 decades, one thing remains the same: getting down on the ground with your gear will enable you to create images that are both pleasing and intimate. And with a telephoto lens and good technique, your subject will be in sharp focus while your foregrounds and backgrounds will be rendered as suffused swatches of out-of-focus color.

Even though it’s a bit more difficult getting up and down today than it was back then, I do not hesitate getting down and dirty when I encounter birds and animals in flat areas like beaches and fields. Even when feeling tired or lazy I do so at every opportunity. I can’t help myself; I just love the look of images created at the subject’s eye level.

Shopper’s Guide

Here is a list of the gear that I used to create the image above. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins.

Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body And this is the very best professional digital camera body that I have even used.

And from the BAA On-line Store:

Gitzo 3530 LS Tripod This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
Double Bubble Level You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am not using flash.
Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card Fast and dependable.

If you are considering the purchase of a major piece of photographic gear be it a new camera, a long lens, a tripod or a head, or some accessories be sure to check out our complete Shopper’s Guide.

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