September 13th, 2012


  • Notice: Important Bulletin Change
  • Nickerson Baby Beach-nesting Birds IPT
  • A Bird Photographer’s Story/Orange Audubon Society: September 20, Orlando, FL
  • Posse News: Robert Amoruso
  • Gear for Sale
  • IPT Updates

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This image of an young Black Skimmer learning its craft was created on this summer’s Nickerson Beach IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens and the Canon EOS-1DX. ISO 800: Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode.

Well left of center sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to enjoy a larger, more spectacular version.

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Notice: Important Bulletin Change

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A Bird Photographer’s Story/Orange Audubon Society: September 20, Orlando, FL

Yours truly will be doing a program for the Orange Audubon Society at at 7 pm in the Camellia Room at the Harry P. Leu Garden, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803. This slide-illustrated lecture will feature hundreds of my spectacular images (he said modestly) as I share the story of my life’s journey from my childhood in Brooklyn through my 23-year teaching career in New York City to the realization of my dream of becoming a full time professional nature photographer specializing in birds. As you travel with me to my favorite locations I will be telling everyone about the birds and other creatures that I photograph and about the equipment and techniques that I use to create my images. A selection of books and CDs will be available for purchase before and after the program. Click here for details.

Of special note: My one and only photography instructor, Milton Heiberg (eight Tuesday nights for two hours starting in February, 1984), will be in attendance along with BAA Posse member Robert Amoruso, my daughter Jennifer, and my only granddaughter, Maya Egensteiner. I should have several lenses there for you to get your hands on including the 800mm f/5.6L IS, the 500 f/4L IS II, and the 300mm f/2.8L IS II along with a 5D Mark III and the EOS-1DX. The event of course is being generously sponsored by Canon USA/Explorers of Light.

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This image of an adult Common Tern screaming was created on this summer’s Nickerson Beach IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the unfortunately discontinued EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400: Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode.

Central sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo Rear Focus active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to enjoy a larger, more spectacular version.

We will have lots of chances to photograph Common Tern on next July’s Nickerson Beach IPT: adults and small chicks along with lots of courtship and breeding behaviors. I plan on bringing a roll of duct tape and a nice collection of natural perches so that I can cap the rusty sign posts….

Nickerson Baby Beach-nesting Birds IPT: July 23-25, 2013: $1099. Introductory slide program: Monday, July 22, 2013. Limit 12/Openings 8. Co-leader: Denise Ippolito.

Join Denise and me on Long Island, NY next summer to photograph Common Tern chicks, baby American Oystercatchers, and just-hatched Black Skimmer chicks along with the adults. The opportunities will include chances to photograph a variety of breeding behaviors including courtship feeding, courtship display and combat flights, and copulations. Car-pooling is recommended; if we opt to return to the beach before 5pm there is a $30/vehicle parking fee that is not included so it is best to share that expense. Parking in the morning is free.

I expect that many who have photographed with us at Nickerson before at different seasons will wish to join us for this very special Nickerson IPT. Both Denise and I will be speaking at the 2013 NECCC event the weekend before this IPT. Though we are almost a year out, this one is filling quickly.

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Dueling Snowy Egret & Tricolored Heron – MINWR – ©2009 Robert Amoruso. Canon EOS-1D Mark III with Canon 600mm f/4L IS +1.4x TCII. 1/1250 sec. @ f/8, Manual, ISO 400.

Posse News: Robert Amoruso

Note: Robert leads trips to great spots that I used to visit regularly when I lived in Deltona, FL and traveled less than I do now. That includes Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. I know that Robert knows his stuff because I taught him .

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and Viera Wetlands – November 29 to December 2, 2012

This workshop will be led by Florida Master Naturalist Robert Amoruso. It will visit some of the most diverse wildlife and avian photography locations in East Central Florida including Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR), Canaveral National Seashore and Viera Wetlands. oth MINWR and Viera Wetlands will be rife with avian activity. Migratory ducks are normally present in great numbers. White Pelican opportunities are excellent. The year-round residents include Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Great Blue Heron, White and Glossy Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill. Reddish Egret populations are doing quite well so expect to see many. If conditions allow the threatened endemic Florida Scrub Jay will be a primary quarry at a nearby scrub habitat sanctuary. The Scrub Jays are particularly cooperative at the sanctuary offering excellent photographic opportunities of this handsome bird. Besides the many avian subjects you will encounter, landscape photography will be on the menu including an early morning trip to the seashore for sunrise. This workshop’s concentration will be on field technique. Indoor sessions include presentations on Visual Dynamics in Avian photography, landscape photography, using Manual Exposure and Robert’s image editing and post-processing workflows. Learn more and check out the great slide show images here.

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Clouds and Shore – Canaveral National Seashore – ©2012 Robert Amoruso. Canon 5D Mark II with Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens. 2 sec. @ f/22, Manual, ISO 400.

Photography Exhibition by Robert Amoruso at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) Visitors Center – October 1 through November 30, 2012

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) will host an exhibition of Robert’s avian photography created throughout MINWR and the adjacent Canaveral National Seashore. Also featured are Robert’s landscape sunrise images created at the Seashore. In conjunction with the exhibit, Robert will be giving his presentation “How I Create.” This program delves into the technical as well as aesthetic aspects of creating visually dynamic images. The images in the presentation will be chosen from amongst those on display at the exhibit. The program will be presented during the MINWR Photo Club meeting on October 25th and again in November during the exhibit’s Meet the Artist program (date and time to be announced).

Additional details can be found on Robert’s website here.
For information about and directions to MINWR Visitors Center, visit here.

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Northern Pintail Bowling Pins – MINWR – ©2011 Robert Amoruso. Canon 1D Mark IV with Canon 600mm f/4L IS +2.0x TCII. 1/800 sec. @ f/8, Manual, ISO 400.

Private Photographic Instructional Workshops

As good as group workshops can be, sometimes private one-on-one instruction is the ticket. My private workshops cater to your individual needs. In advance of the workshop we will discuss your objectives and how they can best be met. Then I’ll custom-design your workshop to meet those goals. These workshops generally include the abundant and prime photography areas close to my home base as I know them well but I can travel to other locations in Florida if you have a specific locale in mind. Learn more here.

Newsletter and Contact Info

e-mail Robert with questions or to receive his educational and informative newsletter. You can reach him on his cell at 407-808-7417.

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Shore Ripples – Canaveral National Seashore – ©2012 Robert Amoruso. Canon 5D Mark III with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift Lens. 1 sec. @ f/8, Av, Evaluative, EC +2/3, ISO 400.

Gear for Sale

Robert Amoruso

Robert Amoruso is offering a used Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens in excellent condition for sale for $950 + insured shipping costs. You can contact Robert via e-mail or reach him on his cell at 407-808-7417.

Bob Hawkins

Bob Hawkins is offering a used Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens–my old “toy lens,” killer for flight, in like-new condition for $1,000 including ground shipping in the continental U.S. The lens was used for only 2-3 hours. Guaranteed payment or a cleared check is required before making shipment. You can reach Bob via e-mail or try him on his cell at 727-363-1687. If no answer try his wife’s cell at 727-385-1658.

Steve Vige

Steve Vige is offering the following used gear for sale:

Canon 1.4 II teleconverter in excellent condition includes pouch and original Canon box: $225 buyer pays shipping.
Canon 2x II teleconverter in excellent condition includes pouch and original Canon box: $199 buyer pays shipping.
Gitzo series 3 carbon fiber tripod #G1348 – excellent condition: $375 buyer pays shipping.
Canon 70-200 f4L IS lens in excellent condition includes pouch and original Canon box: $949 buyer pays shipping.
Canon 100-400 in excellent condition includes pouch and original Canon box: $999 buyer pays shipping.

Please contact Steve on his cell at 661-305-0307 or via e-mail.

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18 comments to BIRDS AS ART NOTES 9/13/2012

  • I live south of Dallas, TX.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Ray. I have lots of friends in Dallas. I layed over there when I was snagged by 9-11 on my way to San Diego.

  • Thanks so much for your advice. I was able to get a Mark IV with less than 800 clicks for $3300. So now I can afford to get the 5d MK III also.

    I have your book, and all the digital stuff you offer. I will have to get the Mark IV setup info.

  • One other question Artie, If you only had $3500 to invest in a bird camera would you recommend a used Mark IV or a new 5D MK III?

    Thanks, so much…Ray

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      That’s a tough one Ray. Depends on where you live and where you travel. For most bird photography I’d have to suggest a used Mark IV for the additional pixels on the subject…. But I do love my 5D III for flight, for landscapes and flowers, and for places where the birds are relatively tame.

  • avatar Ray

    Art, what are your feelings on the 1DX vs the Mark IV? I am thinking of making the jump but for a bird photographer trying to stretch the lenses the Mark IV seems much better. And the whole issue with the F8 and the tele-converters has me wondering. What are your thoughts?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      While the 1D Mark IV puts more pixels on the subject, is a great camera with a good autofocus system, and produces lovely image files, the blazingly fast frame rate and the incredible AF system of the 1D X make it the obvious choice for me. Please consider using the following link to purchase your

      Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).

      ps: Clemens van der Werf sent me an e-mail last night titled “What’s better than one 1D X?” I am thinking along those lines….

  • avatar Paul Smith

    Good Yontiff and L’Shanah Tova to you and yours!!

  • Art,
    Your new Birds as Art BLOG-style web page is FANTASTIC. The emails for all those years are archived and saved… yet this new design is really pleasing on the eyes and full of great stuff (and pixs!). Keep up the great work and hope to see you again on more IPTs!
    Dave Kutilek
    Morgan Hill, CA

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Dave. They’ve been right here in this exact format for about four years. 🙂 There was a link at the top of each Bulletin…. Hey, join us at Bosque this year!

  • avatar Sue Sedlak

    Are any of you coming to michigan in the near future? Absolutely beautiful photos!!!!

  • The opening skimmer image is simply fantastic. I’m equally enamored by Robert’s closing image. Stunningly beautiful.
    I hope to see you next week in O’town.

  • Format change is a welcome excellent idea! TY.

    Are you going to be in San Diego anytime in Jan or Feb, ’13?

    Cheers Mate, Jay