Lots of Catching Up & One New Sipping Kite Image « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Lots of Catching Up & One New Sipping Kite Image

Your Call

When I do these catching up blog posts to maximize learning, folks are often reluctant to comment on which of the images is best. Please, therefor, leave a comment letting us know which of the six images below you like best. And why you made your choice. Think of it as a photo contest Please note that today’s Image #s are different from the Image #s used in the original posts. Note also that there is one brand new image.

BIRDS AS ART Office Phone Out!

A tree fell on our phone lines while I was in Deland. 863-692-0906 is currently down. If you need to get in touch with Jim or with me, please try my cell at 863-221-2372. If I do not pick up, please shoot us a text.

What’s Up?

I head for the Auto Train this coming Sunday and Long Island on Monday. All my camera batteries are charged, and I will finish packing the photo gear this morning.

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 $1500 off each trip. That works out to $13,000 for all three trips, a hefty $4500.00 discount. This 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

For the first time in weeks, it did not rain here on Wednesday. Today is Thursday 28 July 2022 and I still have lots to do. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took about 90 minutes to prepare and makes one hundred twenty-six days in a row with a new one.

Please remember to use the B&H and Amazon links that are found on most blog pages and to use the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout when purchasing your new gear from Bedfords to get 3% back on your credit card and enjoy free second-day air FedEx. Please, also, consider joining aBAA IPT. You will be amazed at how much you will learn!

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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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


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,在Bedfords下订单,并在付款时输入优惠券代码BIRDSASART。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.

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,the raw file brightness was determined to be 1/3-stop too dark. AWB at 4:09:43pm on a sunny afternoon.

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 #1: Ring-necked Duck diving

Just Ducky — Thoughts On Working a Subject

Thanks for all the comment on theJust Ducky — Thoughts On Working a Subjectblog posthere.I was surprised that so many folks like Image #2, the hen floating on green water; five folks picked that one as their outright favorite. I will admit that the background in that one was special. All the images except 5 and 8 got mentions. My favorite was Image #5, above. Multiple IPT vet John Johnson also picked Image #4. We are both from Brooklyn, NY. I love the action and it always feels to get one right after so many attempts.

Folks often ask, “Why isn’t this species called Ring-billed Duck?” I should have noted in yesterday’s post that Images #3, 7, and 8 show the chestnut ring around the drake’s neck that gives ring-neckeds their name.

This image was created on 21 January 2022 on a San Diego/Brown Pelicans and more IPT. I used the no-longer available 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. 1/1000 sec. at f/8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,the raw file brightness was determined to be one full stop under. AWB at 6:49:05am as the sun broke through some clouds.

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 #2: Wood and Ruddy ducks/fire-in-the-mist


In the在圣地亚哥早起,学很多东西!blog posthere, Image #2 was the obvious choice and was my favorite as well. Fire in the mist is a rare phenomenon and getting a bird in the right spot is a big plus. That said, one reader preferred Image #1 and another liked Image #3 best.

这张照片于2020年2月28日在AK州霍默市Kachemak湾的教学摄影之旅中拍摄。I used the hand heldSony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lenswith theSony FE 1.4x Teleconverter(at 741mm) with the Sony a7R IV (now replaced, for me, by The One, theSony a1 Mirrorless Camera).ISO 400. Exposure determined via Zebras with ISO on the Thumb Wheel:RawDiggershowed that the exposure was perfect: 1/1250 sec. at f/9 (wide open) in Manual mode. AWB at 3:09:51pm on a sunny afternoon.

Flexible Spot S/AF-C with performed perfectly by tracking and nailing the bird’s eye.

Image #3: Bald Eagle head portrait against dark charcoal rocks on the beach

Easy Eagle Pickings with Handheld Zoom Lenses

In theEasy Eagle Pickings with Handheld Zoom Lensesblog posthere,there were folks who picked all three images as best. Though I like the two square crops, my favorite by far was Image #2, above. I had two reasons:

  • 1- I love, love, love the charcoal gray beach rocks background and the 3X2 version showed more of it than the square version.
  • 2- To get to a square crop, I needed to take a bit off the left side of the frame. That reduced the size and impact of the folded wing in the lower left corner. Though only slightly, I noticed it.

This image was created on 24 July 2022, the second day of our adventure on Clemens Van der Werf’s flats boat on Lake Woodruff near Deland, FL. Again, I used the handheldSony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenswith theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined using Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Wheel: ISO 800 — 1/4000 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,原始文件的亮度被确定为完美。早上8点31分01分,天气晴朗。

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

Image #4: Swallow-tailed Kite — sipping and dripping take-off


Both and Neither

In the翅膀?翅膀了?blog posthere, opinions were split pretty much down the middle. Likewise, I had no clear favorite. Wings fully down and wings fully up are my two favorite flight wing positions. The latter is always best when the near-underwing is evenly lit. That said, there are other pleasing sing positions especially when a bird is angling toward us in flight.

Image #4 was created on day 2 of our Lake Woodruff adventure. I like it better than the two previously mentioned images because the face was sharper, and I love the foreground reflections. Image #4 was cropped from the top right, and I added a bit of canvas to the bottom and the left. Content-aware Crop is a great technique. Content-Aware Crop is not specifically mentioned in the BIRDS AS ART Current Workflow e-Guide (Digital Basics II), but there are lots of clues as to how you might do it. If you own DB II and need some help, clickhereand cut and paste proof of purchase into your e-mail and I will be glad to send you a short tutorial.

One tiny thing bugs me about Image #4. If you think that you know what it is, please leave a comment. The first person to spot it will be eligible for a $100 discount on any BAA IPT.

This image was created on 22 September 2020 on the IPT on a DeSoto IPT. I used the no-longer available (except from BAA) Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedBLUBB-supportedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, theSony FE 2.0x Teleconverter, and the Sony a7R IV (now replaced for me by The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 1000. 1/1600 sec. at f/9 (stopped down 1/3-stop) in Manual mode. When evaluated inRawDigger,the raw file exposure was determined to be perfect. AWB at 8:26:16am on a barely sunny morning.


Image #5: Roseate Spoonbill — tight horizontal face portrait

A Little-Known Pink Fact

In the A Little-Known Pink Fact blog posthere,两个评论的人喜欢图片2,梳妆垂直,最好。我也喜欢它那完美的梳理头的角度和姿势,超锐利的红宝石色眼睛,被蓬松的粉色羽毛覆盖的喙,以及背景中弥漫的蓝色和绿色。然而,学习的潜力最大的是图3,下面就是今天的图6。没有人回答这些问题,所以我在下面回答。

这张照片于2021年9月20日在德索托堡IPT上拍摄。Seated on damp sand I used the lowered, no-longer available (except from BAA) Induro GIT 304L tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mountedPanning Ground Pod-supportedSony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lenswith theSony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and The One, theSony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera.. ISO 1000. The exposure was determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/3200 second at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode.RawDigger显示曝光是完美的。AWB at 8:37:29am on sunny morning with just a bit of haze in front of the sun.

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

Image #6: Roseate Spoonbill — stretching

Do You Like the Shadow?

Do you like the shadow of the bird on the sand in Image #3? Why or why not?

AM: I liked the shadow as it added depth to the image. I liked that it was angled to our right, and that you can see the shadow of the spoon-shaped bill on the sand.

How might I have eliminated the shadow?

I could have eliminated the shadow by getting about one foot lower.

Via e-mail from Muhammad Arif

I had a great time at Fort DeSoto. Thank you for all the instruction, for your help and pointers; my photography has already improved tremendously, and I’ve never made such good bird photos before. I wish I could’ve joined you on Monday and Tuesday morning as well, but work got in the way. It was also nice meeting the folks on the IPT. Thanks again for everything and I hope to join you at a future IPT sometime again.




The Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tours

Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #1

3 1/2 Days: Tuesday 27 September through the morning session on Friday 30 September 2022. $1899.00 includes three working lunches. Limit six photographers/Openings five.

Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #2


Fall 2022 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #3


德索托堡位于佛罗里达州圣彼得堡的南部,是秋季候鸟和燕鸥的圣地。那年冬天,它们与数百只白鹭、苍鹭、夜鹭和海鸥一起生活在这个t形半岛上。如果运气好的话,我们应该能拍到佛罗里达最受欢迎的水鸟物种之一:大理石雕鹬。黑腹Plover和Willet很容易,美国蛎鹬几乎是有保证的。大白鹭、雪鹭、大蓝鹭、三色鹭和白鹮也很容易找到,我们几乎肯定会找到一两只温顺的黄冠夜鹭。我们会做一些褐鹈鹕飞行摄影。此外,皇家、三明治、福斯特和凯斯宾燕鸥可能也会为我们提供一些很好的飞行机会。虽然不能保证,但玫瑰spoate spobill和Wood Stork可能是预期的。我们会密切注意一到两场雷暴过后的雀形目沉降物。

On this IPT, all will learn the basics and fine points of digital exposure. Nikon and Canon folks will learn to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and SONY folks will learn to use Zebras so that they can be sure of making excellent exposuresbefore pressing the shutter button.每个人都将学习如何接近自由和野生的鸟类,而不打扰他们,了解和预测鸟类的行为,识别许多种类的滨鸟,发现良好的情况,选择最佳的视角,看到和理解光,并通过掌握相机的自动对焦系统设计令人愉快的图像。最重要的是,你一定会学会评估风和天空条件,并了解它们如何影响鸟类摄影。你将学习如何以及为什么在手动模式下工作(即使你害怕它)。最好的消息是,你将能够把你学到的一切带回家,这样无论何时何地你都会成为一个更好的摄影师。


These IPTs will run with only a single registrant (though that is not likely to happen). The best airport is Tampa (TPA). Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with Gulfport AirBnB information. If you register soon and would like to share an AirBnB with me, shoot me ane-mail. Other possibilities including taking a cab to and from the airport to our AirBnB and riding with me. This saves you both gas and the cost of a rental car.

A $600 deposit is due when you sign up and is payable by credit card. Balances must be paid by check two months before the trip. Your deposit is non-refundable unless the IPT sells out with six folks, soplease check your plans carefully before committing.You can register by calling Jim or Jennifer during weekday business hours at 863-692-0906 with a credit card in hand, or by sending a check as follows: make the check out to: BIRDS AS ART and send it via US mail here: BIRDS AS ART, PO BOX 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with detailed instructions, clothing, and gear advice. Please shoot me ane-mail如果你打算注册或者有任何问题。


Clockwise from upper left to center: Long-billed Curlew, juvenile Tricolored Heron, Marbled Godwits, Great Blue Heron, juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Stork, smiling Sea Scallop, Ruddy Turnstone scavenging needlefish, Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette at my secret spot, and southbound migrant tern flock blur.


Obviously, folks attending an IPT will be out in the field early and stay late to take advantage of the sweetest light and sunrise and sunset colors (when possible). The good news is that the days are relatively short in early fall. I really love it when I am leaving the beach on a sunny morning after a great session just as a carful or two of well-rested photographers are arriving. The length of cloudy morning sessions will often be extended. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.


With all blog posts, feel free toe-mailor to leave a comment regarding any typos or errors.

19 comments to Lots of Catching Up & One New Sipping Kite Image

  • avatar Nancy Fischer

    I agree with many posters that the eagle portrait and the spoonbill stretch are my two favorites. The white feather detail in the eagle is perfect. As to the spoonbill, I always like to observe/capture wildlife behavior to add interest to a shot.

  • avatar Roger Mullins

    #4 appears to need levelling up. The water seems to slope over to the right. The water droplets appear to be dropping ahead of the bird, which would be fine if the bird were flying in reverse, which I strongly suspect is not the case.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, Roger. You may be right. Re-examining the image it might need about 1/3° CCW rotation. It is difficult to tell as the vegetation on the left side of the frame (our left) dips into the water more than the rest of the vegetation. So I worked very large with the Ruler Tool on the droplets and the horizontal splash mark. Results ranged from 0 to 0.68° CCW. I found it impossible to be exact.

      Which image was your favorite?

      with love, artie

  • avatar Milinda Nonis

    我选图片2。它与众不同。Has that magical touch of Art.

  • avatar Pat Fishburne


    I did not like the “mist” picture at all because the duck was in the middle of the frame.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜


      with love, artie

  • Hi Artie, all nice images but my favorite is the spoonbill close up, beautiful colors and background. The bill tucked into the feathers preening make it special, also as you wrote a perfect angle.


    Thank you for sharing your images and knowledge.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, Joe. You misread what I wrote:

      “I could have eliminated the shadow by getting about one foot lower.”

      Icould have gotten 12 inches lower If I got to the exact right spot I could have seen the feet but not the shadow as the bird was on a small rise.

      with love, artie

  • avatar David

    I prefer image #2 there is something magical about. I had to stop and look at images #1 for over a minute just to see if I was missing something since you posted it and I could find anything special about it to my eye. For me at least that frame would not have been a keeper (but we all see different things in an images) The Eagle came in a solid second for me.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Yes, different strokes for different photographers

      Thanks for leaving a comment. And yes, fire in the mist conditions have great potential.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Marr Miller

    I like #2 best. The early sun on the mist is lovely. #s 3 & 4 rate very high too.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, Marr, for leaving a comment. Heck, I like all of them, that’s why they were on the blog.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Joel Eade



    Technically the focus is perfect, detail in whites is there in spades which means exposure is also perfect. I also love the bokeh (and color of the background) because it compliments the subject rather than distracting from it.



    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      谢谢你,医生。我同意,别忘了它是由200-600和1.4X TC手持设备创建的!

      with love, artie

  • avatar David Policansky


    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, David. I love the diving duck splash I agree on the wicked eagle shot. I liked the shadow, that’s why I kept it and did not get lower.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Adam

    A lot of good stuff today. Of the lot, I prefer image #6 of the Roseate stretch. Simply fantastic in every respect; colors, pose, sense of movement, etc. As an aside, I have to thank Steve and the folks at Bedfords for coming through with an R7 body for me when the numbers around the country are few. It’s an interesting little APS-C camera for those who might be interested in WL/BIF and who don’t have deep pockets for a Z9, A1, R5/R3, etc.

    • avatar 世界杯西班牙vs新西兰竞猜

      Thanks, Adam. I like #6 but it was my least favorite of the three spoonbills in that post Again, different strokes.


      with love, artie