DeSoto Busman’s Holiday Morning 2nd Edit Video « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

DeSoto Busman's Holiday Morning 2nd Edit Video

What’s Up?

DeSoto was great this morning, Wednesday 4 OCT 2023. With a low outgoing tide, I’ve never seen the beaches so clean. There was not a speck of seaweed to be seen anywhere and there were barely any shells or other debris. The weather was gorgeous with a hazy sunrise followed by clear skies and sweet light. With a breeze from the east by slightly north, conditions for bird photography were close to perfect. In 2 hours 20 minutes, working first with the Sony 400mm f/2.8 and then with the 200-600, I created 1713 images and I kept 106. Join me on my laptop as I do the second edit. I wound up keeping 77 of those. In the video, I explain why I made my choices. Many more will bite the dust.

When commenting on sharpness with the 400mm f/2.8 and the 2X TC I meant to compare it with sharpness at 1200mm with the 600mm f/4 and the 2x (rather than with the bare 600mm.

Which of the keepers would you like to see on the blog?

The “why stop down?” issue will be addressed in the next blog post.

This image was created on 4 October 2023 at Fort DeSoto. Seated on dry sand, I used the handheld Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 500. 1/2500 sec. at f/2.8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated in RawDigger, the raw file brightness was determined to be dead-solid perfect (ho hum). AWB at 7:37:15am early on a sunny morning.

Tracking: Zone AF-C with Bird Face/Eye detection enabled performed to perfection. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #1: Sandwich Tern, winter adult taking flight

One of My Favorites

Going with the 400mm f/2.8 and leaving the 600mm f/4 in the car makes it a lot easier to photograph flight and action. There is lots of that in the video with both the 400mm and the 200-600 as well.

Join me on Thursday or Friday

I even have room for you in my AirBnb in Gulfport for a night or two. Head home after the morning session on Friday 6 OCT The weather is looking excellent. I am offering thIn-the-Feld sessions for a ridiculously low price. Remember that you only live once. For details, shoot me an e-mail or text me on my cell phone at 863-221-2372. This gig includes a working lunch with image review and Photoshop lessons.

Click on the composite to view a larger version and be even more impressed.

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We will teach you the basic concepts that you need to master to become a great flight photographer along with the techniques used by the world’s best flight photographers.

You will learn that most any telephoto lens can be perfect for flight photography in a given situation; focal lengths for the images in the book range from 200mm to 1200mm and everywhere in between.

We discuss the merits of various lenses in depth, including and especially comparing the 400mm f/2.8 lenses with the 600mm f/4s.

We guide you in getting your hands on the flight photography lens that will best meet your needs. We offer a variety of handholding and rest position tips and include tips on working with a big lens on a tripod when working with a flight lens that is otherwise too heavy for you.

Both authors offer their thoughts on getting the right exposure when photographing birds in flight. You will learn to get the right exposure on foggy days and even when photographing black birds in white sky conditions.

You will learn the tremendous importance of pre-focusing, of finding the bird in the viewfinder quickly, acquiring focus almost instantly (with tips on doing all three).

You will learn the role of image stabilization in flight photography and the best settings.

Both authors share their thoughts on using the focus range limiter switch. In the same vein, you will learn to use Direct Manual Focus to make your flight photography life easier.

All will learn about the best wing positions and the importance of the background with images of birds in flight. With lots of examples.

You will learn about the best shutter speeds (and the best aperture) to use when photographing flying birds.

You will learn to photograph flight while seated and the many advantages of doing so.

You will learn the best methods of controlling high ISO noise.

All will learn to format their flash cards properly and safely.

You will learn what to do when your AF system is temporarily blinded.

All will learn the huge effect that wind strength and direction has on flight photography and to evaluate the quality and direction of the light on both sunny and cloudy days.

You will learn why it is vitally important to shoot aggressively when photographing birds in flight.

You will learn to carefully observe and evaluate a variety of bird behaviors that may shine light on some excellent opportunities for photographing birds in flight. And about getting into the best position from which to photograph.

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What Sony Folks Will Learn

Exactly how Artie uses Zebras to come up with perfect exposure after perfect exposure.

The fine points and recommended settings for Optical Steady Shot (OSS).

The concept of Auto-Focus (AF) tracking in the α-1.

Everything there is to know about the complex Sony autofocus system.

About all the AF patterns, how to quickly switch them, and about those favored by each author. And why.

The Tracking and Non-tracking AF patterns. When and why Arash uses Non-Tracking Zone. And why Artie uses only two AF patterns.

How to set and use Bird Face-Eye detection for flight photography.

How and why to assign various custom functions to the various programmable buttons on the α-1 body.

The perfect settings for the many, many Menu items that are vitally related to flight photography.

How and why the Sony α-1 uses both contrast and phase detection AF to determine focus (and the benefits thereof).

Which are the best memory cards for the Sony α-1.

To quickly access frequently used menu items.

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2 comments to DeSoto Busman’s Holiday Morning 2nd Edit Video

  • Monte Brown


    Great series of images, liked the juvenile laughing gull with the foot up, the color of the bird and water makes for a great image. I believe it was in the first series of the juvenile laughing gull.

  • Sue Jarrett

    All three images are interesting! Image of 3 are also interesting Birds in Flight ! Image #1 and image 2 of Sandwich Tern are also interesting!

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