Memories of Klamath and Dreams of Kerkini « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Memories of Klamath and Dreams of Kerkini

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As you can see in the photo below, the huge flocks of geese at Klamath stretched for hundreds of yards. I made the image above with the Canon 70-200mm f.2.8L IS lens, the EF 2X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV (hand held at 230mm). ISO 100. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/15 sec. at f/18 in Tv mode.

Dreams of Kernini

I made it to the hotel near Lake Kerkini in Greece at about 4pm Saturday afternoon. Miraculously, I was upgraded to Club Class on my British Airways red eye flight from Orlando to London and slept quite well thank you very much :). I will be in bed in a few minutes as the time here is seven hours ahead of Florida. Robert O’Toole has been here photographing the Dalmatian Pelicans, the world’s largest pelican species, for 6 days. Tonight he wowed the group with a killer slide program of his Kerkini images. I will be dreaming of the spectacular pelicans in a few. And tomorrow I will get to photograph them!

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Image courtesy of and copyright 2011: Steve Spence. Steve used the hand held Canon PowerShot S80 at 1/1000 sec. at f/4.

Memories of Klamath

Steve Spence of Leo’s Camera in Klamath Falls sent me this fine image and several others just as good. Thinking back, there sure were a lot of geese on the refuge, and I met lots of wonderful folks in Oregon as well. Leo’s Camera was a major sponsor of the Winter Wings event.

See two more Klamath images and hear from a few of the folks who attended by checking out BAA Bulletin #364. You will find it on line here.

Shopper’s Guide

Below 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 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2XIII teleconverter.
Canon EF 2X III TC. It seems that the new 2X (the EF 2X III) is noticeably sharper than the old one (the EF 2X II).
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used..

And from the BAA On-line Store:

Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card. Fast and dependable.

6 comments to Memories of Klamath and Dreams of Kerkini

  • If you use your gear in 0 deg. winters, you will find using
    the Lens Coats more pleasant

  • Andrea Boyle

    Thanks for the info. Like Dan, I’ve gleened a lot of inspiration and photography hints from your site. I enjoy checking it out every day.

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Hi Andrea and Dan, You are most welcome Dan. The Lens Coats are primarily designed to protect the white surfaces of the lenses from dings and nicks and to keep moisture out when it drizzles or rains. I am not a big fan of camo for my style of bird photography. In some situations, camouflaging the lens can be helpful or even necessary.

  • Dan Ogden

    I am also interested in Andrea’s question i have happily sat and photographed egrets, herons, cormorants and hawk in jeans and a t-shirt with a tripod and canon L series lens and got very close. Does the camo really help. Btw this is my first post but I want to thank you for all the inspiration and education I have got from this site.

  • Andrea Boyle

    I have a question regarding the photo of Steve Spence shooting pictures: Does camouflage camera gear really make a difference in the field? Will the birds really be alarmed at a black tripod or light grey lens? I was just out yesterday underneath a blue heron nest site near the Rogue River in Oregon with my black tripod and grey 70-200 lens and they didn’t seem to care…