Something From Nothing? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Something From Nothing?

The images in the animated GIF above were created at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/500 sec. at f/25 in Manual mode. Central Sensor/Rear Focus AI Servo AF and re-compose. Read on to learn about rear focus.

Lens/TC/Camera Body Micro-Adjustment: 0.

Something From Nothing?

It was a slow morning. Not much around. Partly sunny. Would you keep image A above? Why or why not? Would you keep image B? Why or why not? BTW, I am not sure not sure why I was at ISO 800 and f/25….

Be sure to check back tomorrow evening for the answers.

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Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
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12 comments to Something From Nothing?

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Please see my comments here. artie

  • Bill Richardson

    I would keep B but increase the contrast to full silhouette for the birds, remove the sandpiper under the gull, remove the cut off birds and boost saturation. May add a vignette too.

  • I look forward to seeing your repost of this tonight.

  • Andy

    It’s comforting to hear that even you sometimes don’t know why you were at a particular ISO or f stop:) I’d like these images more if the birds were silhouettes. I’d rather have no detail in the birds than the little bit in these images. I don’t like the washed-out look.

    I do not like the washed out look either. See you tonight! artie

  • Meryl Lorenzo

    I’d keep B (if any). It looks a little cleaner and it shows the difference in size between the birds.

  • yogesh

    I would go with Image B due to positioing of sandpipers as due to that angle attension goes to gull…

  • I think I’d keep B and increase the contrast for a silhouette with an interesting arrangement 🙂

  • Charlie Young

    I don’t care much for either photo. High key-yes. Both photos look washed out.

    Hi key, not really. Washed out, yes, but properly exposed. But this is digital not film. See you here tonight. artie

  • Jamie Douglas

    If the decision is made on head angle then A but like David said the position of the sandpipers in B is better.

  • How about keeping the gull from A and placing it in the same spot in the B image? That would remove the bird hiding the gulls foot. Then remove the tails of birds from the right in B

  • Myer Bornstein

    I ike B for the repositioning cleans up the image

  • I prefer the HA of the gull in A, but prefer the positioning of the sandpipers (?) in B. Regardless, I suspect you’re going to blow us away with an optimized image. 🙂