The Continuing Quest for New and Different « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Continuing Quest for New and Different

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Again, studying the wind and sky conditions carefully, we sailed only in the afternoon and did pretty darned well. I spent the morning helping Bear Bob and Monte with Photo Mechanic. I was glad to learn of the sale of Anthony Ardito’s Sony 600mm f/4 GM lens and the pending sale of Dennis Westover’s Sony a9 II body (about five minutes after it was listed yesterday and on the Used Gear Page).

My favorite pelican flight shot from yesterday’s blog post was #1, the flat-flying pelican with the aqua-colored breaking-wave background.

Today is Monday 27 February 2023. The forecast for this morning is for clear skies with a light northeast breeze, pretty much perfect but for the predicted low of 12° F. We will be dressed for it. We will likely do a long session in the morning and a short session at sunset. This blog post took about 90 minutes to prepare (including the time spent on the two image optimizations) and makes three hundred thirty-four days in a row with a new educational post written just for you. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day.

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

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Induro GIT 304L Tripod

Price reduced $50.00 on 16 FEB 2023

Out of production for more than two years, BAA sold its last one in December. The good news? We have two more new-in-the-box tripods. They are now available for only $649.00 (were $699.00). The 304L was my go-to tripod for more than a decade. Best to grab order yours right now by clicking here to avoid being disappointed.

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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 26 February 2023 on the second Bald Eagle Instructional Photo-Tour at Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK. I used the hand held Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens with the Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter (at 249mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. The exposure was determined via Zebras. ISO 500: 1/4000 sec. at f/4 (wide open) in Manual mode. AWB at 4:59:15pm on a sunny afternoon.

Tracking: expand Spot AF/C with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed perfectly. Click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #1: Bald Eagle striking right down the lens barrel

The Continuing Quest for Different

Whenever the wind direction is less than ideal, I let the group know to be on the lookout for banking birds and for eagles that are flying the “wrong” way, i.e., those that <em>are not flying directly into the wind (as they do most often). On the last two afternoons, with the sun in the southwest and the wind from the north, we did great with banking birds, but the birds striking the bait were most often angling slightly away from us. Whenever a bird jumped off the rock wall and headed straight at us, a bird coming from the right would almost always beat it to the bait. The key words being almost always. You had to be persistent. The bird shown in Image #1 jumped off the wall and flew directly at us, unimpeded. Bingo!

This image was created on 26 February 2023 on the second Bald Eagle Instructional Photo-Tour at Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK. Seated on frozen mud, I used the handheld Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens with the Sony FE 2x teleconverter (at 300mm), and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. Multi-metering +1.7 stops in S (Shutter Priority mode) at 1/2500 second with AUTO ISO: ISO 2500 at f/5.6 (wide-open). AWB at 6:24:16pm (four minutes after sunset) on a mostly clear afternoon.

Tracking: Zone AF/C with Bird-Eye/Face Detection performed perfectly. Click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Silhouetted adult Bald Eagle landing at me

The Continuing Quest for New and Different Situations

As I’ve said here many times, I pride myself in being able to figure out where to be when in varying weather conditions. Being able to do that is a huge key to becoming a successful bird photographer. The very best way to do that is to sign up for several IPTs.

Shooting silhouettes from the boat on breezy or windy afternoons can be challenging because the boat is always rocking. While we were in Sadie Cove shooting flight in the late afternoon, I tried and succeeded in figuring out a spot where we could shoot sunset silhouettes after landing on the beach. We got a bit lucky as the wind shifted slightly east of north. But we were in the right place at the right time, and it is a strategy that will continue to pay dividends over time.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens

The versatility and usefulness of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens in a great variety of situations is unmatched. I went to the 2X here because I needed the extra reach at times and, shooting toward the setting sun, we had


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3 comments to The Continuing Quest for New and Different

  • Image 1 is “sick” (in the slang sense of awesome). For me, it’s the light on the water that makes it. The A1 may do the focusing, but the operator identifies and exploits the light, subject, and situation. Image 2 is BAA excellent, but not as new and different as #1.

  • Sue Jarrett

    Image #1: Bald Eagle striking right down the lens barrel is interesting and well made and cute!

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