Just Ducky — Thoughts On Working a Subject « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Just Ducky -- Thoughts On Working a Subject

Your Call

Which of today’s eight Ring-necked Duck images do you like best? Why did you make your choice? If you can’t get down to one, limit your choices to three and let us know why you selected the ones you did.

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我在迪兰的时候,一棵树倒在了我们的电话线上,863-692-0906目前处于瘫痪状态。如果你需要联系吉姆或我,请打我的手机863-221-2372。如果我不接电话,请给我们发短信。

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有什么事吗?

I head for the Auto Train this coming Sunday and Long Island on Monday.

With nine deposit checks in hand, and with good friend Ed Dow grabbing a single cabin, there are only three openings left on the 2023 Galapagos Photo-cruise of a Lifetime. The trip is now a go. If you have any interest in joining us, it would be best to get in touch viae-mailASAP.

I was glad to learn that San Diego IPT veteran and good friend Carolyn Johnson signed up for the first Homer Bald Eagle IPT. She has a big Africa trip coming up in a few weeks. I advised her on Thursday that making a big trip with a single camera body would be a risky endeavor. So, on Friday, she purchased a second Sony A1 from Bedfords. Thanks, CJ! Speaking of Homer, I am looking for someone to do all three Homer Bald Eagle trips and driving the round trip from Anchorage to Homer and back with me. Toward that end, I am offering a ridiculously high discount of $4500.00, $1500 off each trip. The offer may not last long because there are only two slots left on the second IPT. If you are interested, or would like additional details, please contact me viae-mail

It thundered, lightninged, and poured for four hours yesterday afternoon. And then it drizzled. I took a walk, and the tree frog chorus was deafening. Soon I will be able to swim in my office as it is right off the pool deck.

Today is Wednesday 27 July 2022 and I have a ton of stuff to do. Yesterday I charged all my camera batteries :). Heck, it’s a start! Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took nearly three hours to prepare and makes one hundred twenty-five days in a row with a new one.

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The First DeSoto IPT

If you are interested in the first DeSoto IPT, 3 1/2 Days, Tuesday 27 September through the morning session on Friday 30 September 2022, know that I just reserved a three-bedroom AirBnB in Gulfport. Share it for four nights with many multiple IPT veteran Monte Brown and me and save a ton on lodging: $83.69/night/person for a whole home. AirBnB photos available upon request. If interested, shoot me ane-mail.

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BIRDS AS ART Image Optimization Service (BAA IOS)

Send a PayPal for $62.00 tobirdsasart@verizon.netor call Jim at 863-692-0906 and put $62.00 on your credit card. Pick one of your best images and upload the raw file using a large file sending service like Hightail or DropBox and then send me the link viae-mail.I will download and save your raw file, evaluate the exposure and sharpness, and optimize the image as if it were my own after converting the raw file in Adobe Camera Raw. Best of all, I will make a screen recording of the entire process and send you a link to the video to download, save and study.

Induro GIT 304L Price Drop

Amazingly, we have two, brand-new-in-the-box Induro GIT 304L tripods in stock. They are $699.00 each (were $799.00) and the price now includes the insured ground shipping to the lower 48 states. Weekday phone orders only: 863-692-0906. Order yoursherewhile they last.

Please Remember

You can find some great photo accessories (and necessities, like surf booties!) on Amazon by clicking on the Stuff tab on the orange/yellow menu bar above. On a related note, it would be extremely helpful if blog-folks who, like me, spend too much money on Amazon, would get in the habit of clicking on the Amazon logo link on the right side of each blog post when they shop online. As you might expect, doing so will not cost you a single penny, but would be appreciated tremendously by yours truly. And doing so works seamlessly with your Amazon Prime account.

Please remember that if an item — a Delkin flash card, or a tripod head — for example, that is available from B&H and/or Bedfords, is also available in the BAA Online Store, it would be great, and greatly appreciated, if you would opt to purchase from us. We will match any price. Please remember also to use my B&H affiliate links or to earn 3% cash back at Bedfords by using the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout for your major gear purchases. Doing either often earns you free guides and/or discounts. And always earns my great appreciation.

Brand-New and As-Good-As-Ever Bedfords BAA Discount Policy

Folks who have fallen in love with Bedfords can now use the BIRDSASART coupon code at checkout to enjoy a post-purchase, 3% off-statement credit (excluding taxes and shipping charges) on orders paid with a credit card. The 3% credit will be refunded to the card you used for your purchase. Be sure, also, to check the box for free shipping to enjoy free Second Day Air Fed-Ex. This offer does not apply to purchases of Classes, Gift Cards, or to any prior purchases.

Money Saving Reminder

Many have learned that if you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H and would like to enjoy getting 3% back on your credit card along with free 2nd Day Air Fed-Ex Air shipping, your best bet is to clickhere, place an order with Bedfords, and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If an item is out of stock, contact Steve Elkins viae-mail或者打他的手机(中部时间479)381-2592。一定要提到BIRDSASART优惠券代码,并检查免费航运框。会自动升级为免费的第二天空运联邦快递。史蒂夫一直很擅长让人们了解B&H和其他地方脱销的热门商品。大商店里那些难买到的商品的等候名单可能长达一年或更长时间。史蒂夫肯定会在那之前给你准备好装备的。在过去的一年里,他一直在帮助BAA博客的人们获得诸如索尼a 1、索尼200- 600g OSS镜头、佳能EOS R5、佳能RF 100-500mm镜头和尼康500mm PF镜头等产品。史蒂夫风度优雅,乐于助人,渴望取悦他人。

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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and onBPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions viae-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 13 January 2004 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. I used the tripod/Mongoose Action Head安装了佳能500mm f/4L IS镜头(“老”五),2C遥控器和佳能EOS-1DS(当时的百万像素)。ISO 250 !手动模式下,f/8(大开)时1/200秒。上午8点19分25分,天气晴朗。

Click on the image to see a larger version and the somewhat suspect image quality.

Image #1: Ring-necked Duck drake floating

On Working a Subject

Take a quick look at today’s eight featured images. Note that they were created over the course of 14 years with all sorts of gear. Seven depict the showy drakes, one the hen. Each image is different. Some were made in the sun, some in the shade. Several depict interesting behaviors.

Me on an IPT:Wow! Check out that Great Blue Heron in the gorgeous water. It just caught a big fish. Hurry, but don’t go so fast as to scare it away. We do not have to get too close.

乔,你为什么不加入我们?我们都有一些很棒的东西。

Participant Joe:I’ve already photographed Great Blue Heron.

各位,我们的想法不仅仅是拍摄一张特定物种的照片。这个想法是学习创造戏剧性的,美丽的,有趣的,艺术上完美的,精心设计的图像,使你和其他人兴奋。随着时间的推移,创建一个单一物种的良好组合是可能的。还要注意的是,尽管这八幅画的创作时间相隔了14年,但其中两幅是在不到两分钟内完成的,三幅是在同一天完成的,五幅是在两天内完成的。

The Lesson

在同一个主题上停留几分钟以上,通过使用这个主题,你可以制作出各种各样很棒的照片。

This image was created on 12 January 2004 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. I used the tripod/Mongoose Action Head安装了佳能500mm f/4L IS镜头(“老”五),2C遥控器和佳能EOS-1DS(当时的百万像素)。ISO 250 !手动模式下,f/9时1/640秒(向下1/3停)。在阳光明媚的早上9:07:22。

Click on the image to note the somewhat shaky image quality.

Image #2: Ring-necked Duck hen floating

The Canon EOS 1Ds

The EOS-1Ds is/was a full-frame 11.1-megapixel digital SLR camera body made by Canon in 2002. It was Canon’s first full-frame dSLR. It was far ahead of other cameras all with far smaller files. The price was $7,999 in 2002 (equivalent to $12,051 in 2021 dollars). You could shoot at 3 frames per second for a 10-frame burst. I purchased a new one for $7000 in 2003 and was lucky to get $2000 for it two years later.

Comparing this camera and its capabilities with today’s amazing dSLRs and mirrorless bodies reveals how far we have come and how lucky we are. For example, take the Sony A1 with its 50.1-MP sensor, 30 frames per second, and science-fiction-like autofocus. I forgot to mention the 1DS had one AF point in the center of the frame. The a1 offers 14 AF methods.

Note: the image quality for the two 1Ds JPEGs would have been a lot better had I grabbed the optimized TIF files; all I had to work with was the slide show-sized 1400 pixel-wide JPEGs.

This image was created on 20 January 2022 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. I used the no-longer available (except from BAA)Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 1000. 1/640 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件的亮度被确定为完美。在一个阳光明媚的下午4:07:05分。

跟踪:区域/AF-C与鸟眼/人脸检测执行完美。点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。一定要点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。

Image #3: Ring-necked Duck steaming straight at us in the sun

Getting Lower

Working off the tilted rear monitor (with my reading glasses on) and the flattened tripod allowed me to get fairly low despite the steep bank down to the lake. Once I have the tripod set up firmly, I level theLevered-Clamp FlexShooter Proso that I can pan in any direction and keep all the image perfectly square to the world.

这张照片也是于2022年1月20日在圣地亚哥/布朗鹈鹕和更多IPT上拍摄的。I used the no-longer available (except from BAA)Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 2000. 1/320 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件的亮度被确定为完美。下午4点40分24分,在一个阳光明媚的下午,在远山的阴凉处。

跟踪:区域/AF-C与鸟眼/人脸检测执行完美。点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。一定要点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。

Image #4: Ring-necked Duck swimming at us in now soft light

Seeing and Understanding the Quality of the Light

Compare Image #3, made in full sun, with Image #4, made in the shade. Note the differences in the color of the water and especially how the dark tones of the duck’s head were rendered in the two different lighting conditions.

Exposure Revelations

请注意两次正确曝光的巨大差异。图3:ISO 1000。1/640秒,f/8。图4:ISO 2000。1/320秒,f/8。如果我算对了,图像4需要比图像3多两倍的光线才能正确曝光。索尼斑马使你的生活更容易,因为不再需要做测试曝光。你只需设置快门速度和光圈,然后调整ISO,这样最亮的地方就会有微弱的斑马。

这张照片也是于2022年1月20日在圣地亚哥/布朗鹈鹕和更多IPT上拍摄的。Again, I used the no-longer available (except from BAA)Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 800. 1/1000 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件的亮度被确定为太暗1/3位。在一个阳光明媚的下午4:09:43分。

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

Image #5: Ring-necked Duck diving

The Diving Splash Shot!

在过去的几十年里,我已经尝试了数千种。主要的主题是环颈鸭和红鸭。很少有人成功了。这是我的最爱之一。关键是要定时快门,这样你就能在小鸟消失后看到它的头。30帧的FPS非常有帮助。高快门速度是这里的规则,特别是如果你想在头部撞击表面之前得到一个尖锐的。下次我有机会做跳水飞溅镜头时,我会在1/4000秒以上。Heck, maybe 1/8000 sec.

这张图片是2019年1月23日在圣地亚哥/布朗鹈鹕和更多的IPT上创建的。I used the handheldNikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lensand the Nikon D850 (now replaced by the vauntedNikon Z9 Mirrorless camera body with the FTZ II Adapter Kit). ISO 400: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3. AWB at 9:25:32am on a mostly sunny morning.

Center Group AF/C performed perfectly. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Image #6: Ring-necked Duck drake braking to land

The 500 PF

The Nikon 500mm PF was and still is a great, easily hand-holdable lens. I used and loved it for two years. It was my workhorse long lens on one Galapagos trip and on my Emperor Penguin bucket list expedition back in 2019.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens (with an extra)

BAA低价格!

约翰·阿米蒂奇提供尼康AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR镜头,条件良好,BAA纪录低2496.95美元。销售包括原始镜头脚,一个RRS材料脚,前后盖,镜头表带,软盒,原始盒子,并通过主要快递到低48美国地址保险地面运输仅。你的项目将不发货,直到你的检查,除非其他安排。

Please contact John viae-mail.

是的,当我使用尼康设备时,我喜欢这个即使现在很难得到的镜头。新款售价为3296.95美元。今天拿上约翰的镜头,你可以省下800美元。artie

This image was created on 22 January 2022 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. I used the no-longer available (except from BAA)Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 640. 1/1250 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件曝光被认为是完美的。上午9点29分43分,天气晴朗。

跟踪:区域/AF-C与鸟眼/人脸检测执行完美。点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。一定要点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。

Image #7: Ring-necked Duck swallowing acorn

High Level Tricks

On most IPTS you will learn some sophisticated, high level bird photography tricks. Join me in San Diego to learn theacorns for duckstrick.

This image was also created on 22 January 2022 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. Again, I used the no-longer available (except from BAA)Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 800. 1/2000 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件曝光被认为是完美的。在一个阳光明媚的早晨9:31:04分。

跟踪:区域/AF-C与鸟眼/人脸检测执行完美。点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。一定要点击图片欣赏高分辨率版本。

Image #8: Ring-necked Duck flapping

Flapping After Bath

We’ve covered the basics of the flapping after bath image here many times. Many folks don’t know how to tell which duck will flap when. Again, join me to learn this trick and many more.

This all-new card includes images created on my JAN 2022 visit to San Diego. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

The 2022/23 San Diego Brown Pelicans (and more!) IPTs

圣地亚哥IPT #1。3天半:12月21日星期三至2022年12月24日星期六上午。2099.00美元。存款:699.00美元。限制:6摄影师。

San Diego IPT #2. 4 1/2 DAYS: SAT 7 JAN thru the morning session on WED 11 JAN 2023: $2699.00. Deposit: $699.00. Limit: 6 photographers/Openings: 4.

圣地亚哥IPT #3: 3天半:1月20日周五至1月23日MON 2023上午:2099.00美元。存款:699.00美元。

Pleasee-mailfor information on personalized pre- and post-IPT sessions.

和我一起在圣地亚哥拍摄壮观的繁殖羽毛褐鹈鹕和他们的消防车红色和橄榄绿色的嘴袋;布氏(筑巢)和双冠鸬鹚;繁殖羽毛木鸭和环颈鸭;其他种类的鸭子包括小红毛鸭、红毛鸭、北铲鸭和冲浪鸭;各种各样的海鸥,包括西部海鸥、加利福尼亚海鸥和华丽的赫尔曼海鸥,它们都有完整的繁殖羽毛;水鸟,包括大理石雕、威利、山德林和黑腹鸻;其他可能包括Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, semi - ipalated Plover和Surfbird;海豹和加州海狮(都取决于当前的法规和限制)。通过研究IPT卡片,你可以看到,这里也有一些很好的鸟类景观和景观的机会。更不用说大量绝佳的飞行摄影机会和指导了。

Please note: where permitted and on occasion, ducks and gulls may be attracted (or re-located) with offerings of grains or healthy bread.

San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects, including and especially the Pacific race of California Brown Pelican. With annual visits spanning more than four decades, I have lots of photographic experience there … Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Learning Exposure, Whether You Like It Or Not

Whether you like it or not, we will be beating the subject of exposure like a dead horse. In every new situation, you will hear my thoughts on exposure along with my thoughts on both Nikon and Canon histograms and SONY Zebras. Whether you like it or not, you will learn to work in manual mode so that you can get the right exposure every time (as long as a bird gives you ten seconds with the light constant). Or two seconds with SONY zebras … And you will learn what to do when the light is changing constantly. What you learn about exposure will be one of the great takeaways on every IPT.

Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT, there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

It Ain’t Just Pelicans

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography as well, often with 70-200mm lenses! And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You will be guided as to how to make the best of those opportunities. Depending on the weather, the local conditions, and the tides, there are a variety of other fabulous photo chances available in and around San Diego.


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我有没有提过在冬天的圣地亚哥有很多伟大的鸟类和自然历史学科?点击合成图片欣赏大图。

The San Diego Details

这些IPTs将包括4到5个3小时的上午拍照会议,3到4个1个半小时的下午拍照会议,以及3到4个包括图像审查和Photoshop会议的工作早午餐。在罕见的阴天,我们可以根据领导人的决定,上午在外面开个长会,下午不去。为了确保早起,早餐将是你的责任。为了让我们睡个好觉,晚餐也由你们自己负责。在过去50年里从未发生过金鱼角因当地法规(或奇想)而关闭的极不可能的事件中,我当然会尽我最大的努力来最大化我们的摄影机会。

San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects, including and especially the Pacific race of California Brown Pelican. With annual visits spanning more than four decades, I have lots of photographic experience there … Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Deposit Info

A $599 deposit is required to hold your slot for one of the 2022/23 San Diego IPTs. You can send a check (made out to “BIRDS AS ART”) to us here: BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 3385, or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance, payable only by check, is due three months before the trip.


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多样化无疑是圣地亚哥生活的调味品。点击合成图片欣赏大图。

Getting Up Early and Staying Out Late

On all BIRDS AS ART IPTS including and especially the San Diego IPT, we get into the field early to take advantage of unique and often spectacular lighting conditions and we stay out late to maximize the chances of killer light and glorious sunset silhouette situations. We often arrive at the cliffs a full hour before anyone else shows up to check out the landscape and seascape opportunities. On cloudy mornings with the right wind, we many opt to stay out for five to six hours and skip the afternoon session.

Typos

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19 comments to Just Ducky — Thoughts On Working a Subject

  • avatar Nancy Fischer

    Image #2: The Ring-necked Duck hen floating. To a large extent, I like the soft water that primarily shows the hen’s movement. It’s a peaceful shot, as if you passed her in a canoe.

  • Hi Guru.

    也许在你的档案中,你可能有一些用胶片单反拍摄的照片。Could you kindly post some of those?

    提前谢谢你,并致以最好的问候。

    Sanjeed

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Quazi, Why?

      with love, artie

      • 和你上传佳能1DS照片的原因一样。

        Rgds.

        Sanjeed

        • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

          Not. I posted the 1Ds images because they filled my needs at the time. You cannot tell anything by looking at a JPEG of a film scan. You would not know how the scan was done, or how the JPEg was created. On occasion, I use JPEGs made from film scans in various slide shows and YouTube stuff, but again, judging their quality is impossible.

          with love, artie

  • avatar Ryan Sanderson

    I do believe the 1Ds had 45 point autofocus. It only went to the one center point when you were at a max aperture >f/5.6.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      谢谢,瑞安。我很肯定你是对的。那对我来说是很久以前的事了。

      with love, artie

  • avatar John Johnson

    Artie, #4. Reminds me of Prospect Park. Kick-ass duck.

  • avatar Yves Guillot

    #3 for me is above all the other ones. Water level, sun lighted, blue and orange water, subject looking towards at us.

  • avatar Loren Charif

    Image #2, followed closely by #6. Sharpness, light quality, and, for #6, the activity (braking for landing) did it for me.

    If it’s landing on water, isn’t it watering?

  • avatar Alan Halberstadt

    Torn between #1 and #2. I love the color of the water reflection in #1, almost matching the eye. For #2, the bird and it’s reflection are great. I think #2 wins a close match. And, if the water reflection on #2 was the color of #1, it would be an easy choice. All images are great! BTW, I used your R5 guide to setup my body purchased through Bedfords, and it is working GREAT! Thanks again, Artie!

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Hey Alan,

      Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that you are liking your R5!

      with love, artie

  • avatar Margaret

    Number two. The green water is breathtaking. It almost looks like loosely plaited wool.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, Margaret. I guess the backgrounds can be more important than the subjects.
      with love, artie

  • avatar James R Saxon

    Image #2 is my favorite with 6 and 7 right behind. I like the colors in #2 and the lighting on the bird.

  • avatar Joel Eade

    Image #2 of the hen is a stunner. The subject is lit evenly with warm light, sharpness and exposure appear spot on, it’s posing perfectly and the green water is simply over the top. It is clearly the best of the 8 and illustrates the point that the gear isn’t the most important factor involved in creating great images.