Catching Up … And Codfish Curry. And a Nikon Camera Body Question. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Catching Up ... And Codfish Curry. And a Nikon Camera Body Question.


Tuesday was a dark stormy day in central Florida. My shoulder is actually showing significant improvement. Many of the simple everyday movements that had caused me pain for the past nine days are becoming easier to do. Range of motion is still quite restricted but I am pretty sure that the light that I see at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train.

My Recipe

Codfish Curry

The starred ingredients all have anti-inflammatory properties.

5 oz codfish — 5 oz sweet potato * — diced onion * — smashed garlic * — 4 oz. almond milk — curry powder *

Bake the sweet potato at 425 for 40 minutes and then cut into chunks. Sautée the onion and garlic in olive oil. Dump everything into a casserole dish and sprinkle with lots of curry powder. Salt to taste. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Sweeten with a bit of stevia. Serve with a side dish of unsweetened applesauce. Yummy! And easy on my blood sugar levels. You can of course substitute the protein of your choice.

The Streak

Today makes two hundred thirty-three days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took less than 90 minutes to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to try to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

Lots More to Learn

Read my replies to many of the comments on the Getting Close and Tall for a Reason: Blackground! blog post here. There is almost always a ton to learn by re-visiting the Comments section of each blog post.

A Nikon Camera Body Question

Is there a switch or button on the D5 and/or the D850 that you can use to switch from AF-S (Single servo AF for static subjects) to AF-C (Full time servo AF for moving subjects)? I remember seeing a C/S switch on older Nikon camera bodies but … As I never use AF-S I set a-10 under the CUSTOM SETTING MENU to AF-C. The name for a-10 is Autofocus mode restrictions. The name makes no sense to me … All help and/or explanations would be greatly appreciated.

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The Used Gear Page

Action on the Used Gear Page recently has been fantastic. You can see all current listings here.

Recent Sales

Jim Brennan sold his Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens in excellent plus condition for only $1,219.00 on the first day of listing.
Jim Burns recently sold his EOS-1D Mark IV body in excellent plus condition for a BAA record low $998; not sure exactly when 🙂
David Solis sold a brand new Sanho HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA 3 1 TB wireless photo/video memory card backup for $399.00 after being contacted on the first day of listing.
David Solis sold his Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8L IS USM (the original version) lens in excellent plus condition for $2399.00 after being contacted on the first day of listing.
David Solis sold his Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM (the “old five”) in excellent plus condition with perfect glass for the BAA record low price of $3399.00.
Les Greenberg sold his Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom lens in mint condition to a local buyer and is sending me a check for 2 1/2% of the original asking price of $1599.
Joel Williams sold his Fujifilm XF 50 f/2 R WR lens in like-new condition for only $299 in early March.
Rajat Kapoor sold his Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens (the “old 1-4”) in near-mint condition the first day is was listed for $649.
Jim Brennan sold his Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens (the “old five”) in near-mint condition and a Canon EF 1.4 III teleconverter in very good condition for $3,599.00 right after listing them in early March.
Gary Meyer sold his Canon EOS 7D Mark II in near-mint condition for $798 soon after it was listed in early March.

In addition, the sale of John Norris’s Canon 1DX Mark II — premium kit — (with less than 2,000 actuations!) in like-new condition but for a few small scuff marks for top left and bottom right for the BAA record-low price of $3,996.00 became pending on the first day it was listed.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter

Jim Keener is offering a lightly used DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter in like-new condition $999.00. The sale includes the original product box, the instruction manual, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only. The drone was flown only five times for about 30 minutes each flight. It is very much fun to use and produces exceptional video. Personal checks only. No PayPal. Your item will not be shipped until your check clears.

Please contact Jim via e-mail or by phone at 310-741-7435 (9am-9pm Mountain time).

The Phantom 4 Pro from DJI boasts a 3-axis-stabilized gimbal camera with a 20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor capable of shooting up to 4K/60fps video and well as photo bursts at up to 14 fps. The hull has been updated from the previous Phantom 4, now featuring magnesium alloy construction for increased rigidity and reduced weight. The FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear-vision sensors plus infrared sensing for a total of five directions of obstacle sensing and four directions of obstacle avoidance. Compared to the Phantom 4 Advanced variant, the Pro features the noted four, rather than two, directions of obstacle avoidance and offers a 5.8 GHz channel for the Lightbridge link, in addition to 2.4 GHz. B&H

Folks who fly quadcopters are reminded to take care when flying them around wildlife. To put it simply, I have seen birds and animals freaked out by these devices flown too closely. artie

This image was created on February 17, 2018 at Gatorland with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 800. Matrix metering probably at +1/3 stop as originally framed: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. WB: AUTO0 at 9:02am on a foggy morning.

Center Group/Shutter Button AF as originally framed; the diamond pattern was on the male’s shoulder. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #1: Great Egret pair copulating at the nest


This image was created at Gatorland on the morning of February 22, 2018 with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 1250. Matrix metering +2/3 stop as originally framed: 1/500 sec. at f6.3. Cloudy WB at 7:28am in the shade.

Center Group (grp) shutter Button AF with the AF cluster centered on the bird’s neck.

AF Fine-tune: +5. (Please see and carefully read Nikon Focus Fine-tune Guide item below). Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2: Great Egret with single egg in nest

My Choice

In the Intimate Views blog post here, I asked which of the two images above was your favorite. Most folks preferred the second image for its intimacy. Only Jordan Cait of Toronto agreed with me in feeling that Image #1 was the stronger of the two. I like it best in part because Image #2 had a pretty bad BLUE/CYAN cast (that I had missed during post-processing). In addition there were the two very good head angles to go with the raised wing pose of the male. Just my two cents.

This image was created on the morning of February 22, 2018 at Gatorland. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 400. Matrix metering +1/3 stop as framed: 1/1000 sec. at f/8. AWB at 7:41am with some sweet early morning light.

d-25 upper left shutter Button AF.

Image #2/Version B: Great Egret in breeding plumage

Blemished or Un-blemished?

In the Blemished or Un-blemished? blog post here, I far preferred the unblemished version. Why not?

Duck and Goose Feed

In the Is Everything Just Ducky? Moral and Ethical Bird Photography Questions … blog post here, agreement was pretty much unanimous in feeling that if feeding is permitted and the food is healthy that baiting ducks to fly in and provide flight and other photographic opportunities was just fine. I of course feel exactly the same.

Many folks flew off course as far as their comments regarding entering photos of baited birds in major photographic competitions. The last time I looked, baiting of any kind was either permitted (with the exception of live bait) or simply not mentioned. The BBC contest’s only restriction is that if a subject has been baited that that fact should be revealed. I know for a fact that that is — for whatever reason — often not what happens.

Early Spring Photo Opportunities at ILE

BIRDS AS ART First-ever Master Class

Master Class. Two Full and two Half Days/Friday afternoon, March 30 through lunch on Monday, April 2, 2018: $1999.00. Limit: 4/Openings 3.

The Master Classe will be a small group — strictly limited to four photographers — with the first folks who register having the option of staying at my home ($50/night) or at a chain motel in nearby Lake Wales. Live, think, and breathe photography from Friday afternoon through lunch on Monday (late-morning); all meals included. There will be three afternoon photo sessions (FRI – SUN) hopefully with glorious sunsets like the ones you saw one the blog in December we should have good opportunities with the cranes even in the afternoon. We will enjoy three morning photography sessions (SAT – MON) with the main subjects being tame Sandhill Cranes almost surely with chicks or colts. Also vultures and Cattle Egrets and more. Limpkins are possible. Intermediate telephoto lenses are fine for the cranes, even the chicks at times. A 500 or 600mm lens would be best for many of the situations that we will encounter.

During the day we will sit together around my dining room table and pick everyone’s keepers and enjoy guided Photoshop sessions. On Monday before lunch, folks can make a single large print of their favorite image from the weekend. If you so choose, I will micro-adjust one of your lenses (at one focal length with your #1 camera body–Canon or Nikon) during a group instructional session. All will be welcome to practice what they have learned during the breaks using my set-up and my lighting gear.

To register, please first shoot me an e-mail to check on availability. Then you will be instructed to call Jim or Jen at 863-692-0906 during weekday business hours (except for Friday afternoons) to leave you non-refundable (unless the session sells out) $500 deposit. Only the deposit may be left on credit card. Balances must be paid by check immediately after you register (unless you wish to pay by credit card plus 4% to cover our fees).

I hope that you can join me on this new adventure.

with love, artie

ps: bring your bathing suit if you would like to try my pool.

Tame birds in breeding plumage and chicks are great fun.

Gatorland IPT #2. Sunrise: 6:48am. Sunset: 7:58pm.

3 1/2 DAYs: THURS 26 APR through and including the morning of SUN 29 APR. $1599. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 3.

Must purchase Gatorland Photographers Pass. Click here for details. All early entry. Late stays Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Gatorland IPT #2 should have lots of chicks, and lots of birds in breeding plumage. We will get to photograph Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, and Wood Stork. The Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage will be present in good numbers. Learn my Gatorland strategy, to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret Gatorland spots, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations.

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11 comments to Catching Up … And Codfish Curry. And a Nikon Camera Body Question.

  • Jordan Cait

    Glad you’re feeling better Artie. Thanks for the shout out to me and Toronto. It was nice meeting you at Gatorland in February.

  • Gary Irwin

    Artie, I don’t think there is a single button toggle to switch AF-S AF-C. I’m not sure what you’re trying to accomplish, but a possible work-around is to leave the camera in AF-C mode (locked or not), set the rear focusing button to AF-ON ONLY and program one of the front buttons to, say, single point AF. Then all you need to do to “switch” from AF-C (any AF mode) to “pseudo AF-S” single point is hold down the function key changing to SP, place the AF point on the target area of interest, press the AF-ON button once and release, re-compose if necessary and take the shot.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Gary. I was trying to learn if I was missing a single switch or button on the new Nikon cameras. I was not; there is none. Thanks to Ron Fullelove below I was able to figure out why I could not switch to AF-S using the Info button, the AF mode selector button, and the Thumb Wheel (AKA the Main command dial). See below.

      with love, artie

  • Hi Artie,
    Have you tried both the front and rear dials at the top ?
    One changes from AF-C to AF-S etc, and the other changes the amount of points you wish to have.
    So it’s hold the button (AF Mode button) in while turning the COMMAND dial. Not just press one button.
    Let me know if that works or not, then I’ll take a closer look when I get home later.


    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks again Ron. I had tried that and it did not work (and it did not make sense that it did not work …) But thanks to your persistence and the comment above, I figured it out. The thumb wheel would not change from AF-C to AF-S because I have a-10, Autofocus mode restrictions, set to AF-C. When I set it to No restrictions, it works perfectly as you described. Thanks for sticking with this till I saw the light 🙂

      with love, artie

  • Hi Artie,
    On the D5, there is a button for changing the focus system. Imagine you are holding the camera in the shooting position, on the left hand side at the lower section where the lens mounts to the body, there is a button (adjacent to the FX logo). Hold this in with your thumb then adjust the top dials. Try the front and rear dial to scroll through all the options. This can all be done while looking through the viewfinder, so no need to lose sight of your subject.
    Hope this helps.
    Best regards,

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Ron. Unless I am not understanding you, you are describing how to change the AF area mode. I know how to do that. My question is about switching from AF-S to AF-C using a button or a switch on the camera. Even if I hit the Info button and hold in the button you describe, the Focus mode selector button, I cannot switch from AF-C to AF-S (unless I am missing something).

      I do appreciate your taking a stab at my question.

      with love, artie

      • GeoffBr


        Depressing the M/A button near the lens and rotating the front dial should change AF area mode, while rotating the rear dial should toggle between AF-S/AF-C.

        This YouTube video (0:25 – 0:53) shows this on a D800, but it works the same way on a D5:

        • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Got that. Thanks. You are correct. See the exchange with Ron Fullelove.

          with love, artie