- Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT Report
- 2-Day Creative Adventure Nickerson Beach Workshop with Denise Ippolito
- Announcing the 2014 South Florida Mini-IPTs
- On The Road Again
- Bucket List: the July 2015 Galapagos Photo-Cruise
- The BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Contest
- Expanding Your Creative Vision Nature Photography Seminar
- Shooters Gallery Photography Group, Salem, CT Event
- Photographic Society of Chattanooga Seminar
- Affiliate Links
- IPT Info
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This image was created at Nickerson Beach, Long Island NY on the recently concluded Nickerson Beach Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 800. Evaluative metering -1 1/3 stops: 1/640 sec. at f/14 in Manual Mode. Any ideas why -1 1/3 stops of exposure compensation? Leave a comment if you think that you know.
Central sensor Expand (by necessity)/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF on the bird’s neck active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version. Do you see any evidence of Photoshop foul play? If you received a teaser via e-mail, please click on one of the two provided links to read the whole Bulletin and see the original image.
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Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT Report
Wow! What a great group. Denise Ippolito and I were joined by 13 photographers and one non-photographer dad at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY. All 13 were happy campers. Amazingly, 11 of the 13 photographers were repeat BAA clients (recidivists as I like to call them. :)) All but 2 I believe, were multiple IPT veterans. Dear friends of both of ours, Alan and Pat Lillich have been on a zillion IPTs. The rascally yet lovable John Van de Graaff has been on 3 Galapagos trips with me and is threatening to make it 4 in July 2015. Mark Hardymon is a sweet a man as you could ever wish to meet as is Mike Goldhamer who has also been on a zillion IPTs. Harry Hersh who traveled from Canada, Toronto I think, appears gruff on the outside and is quiet at times but is as nice as can be on the inside. Brent Bridges is tall, soft spoken, quiet, and eager to learn; denise is his favorite photo instructor. Geri George from Colorado is one of our very best friends and favorite clients. We wind up seeing her on some Florida event or another almost every year. Her first IPT was Bosque John Haedo is another lovable rascal. He is quite good at Photoshop and shares his knowledge with others freely and often. Doug West had been to Bosque with me about six years ago but has been a good online friend over the years. Tim Thompson, a knowledgeable and tremendously enthusiastic birder and photographer was back for his second consecutive Nickerson Beach IPT.
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This is the original for the opening image above. It was frustrating to just clip the tail. I needed to rebuild the wing and tail tips from scratch, and in addition, needed to level the image and add canvas. I used about 25 small Quick Masks and the Clone Stamp Tool to rebuild the wing and tail tips after failing miserably on my first attempt. That one took an hour. Everything above is covered in detail in Digital Basics File, an instructional PDF that is sent via e-mail. It also includes my complete digital workflow, dozens of additional great Photoshop tips including Digital Eye Doctor techniques, several different ways of expanding canvas, all of my time-saving Keyboard Shortcuts, Quick Masking, Layer Masking and NIK Color Efex Pro basics, creating and using time-saving Actions, and tons more. See also our killer MP-4 Tutorial Photoshop Videos here.
It as great meeting and working with with Larry Tawa from California. He confided that he arrived not sure that he would learn much because the BAA Blog is heavily Canon-centric. That myth, however, was dispelled in five minutes flat when I explained to him how to properly expose to the right on his private morning In-the-Field workshop the morning before the IPT began. He was a willing, eager, attentive, and very polite student. He learned so much that I teased him daily by telling him that Jennifer would be sending him a bill to cover his surcharge! Denise who knows far more about Nikon than I do, was able to help both Larry and Tim with their Nikon camera setup and with their AF settings. And Larry kindly allowed me to work with the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens and his Nikon D3S. At some point I will do a blog post on that experience.
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This image of Paul Pinto Jr. at work was created at Nickerson Beach, Long Island NY on the recently concluded Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual Mode.
You can see that Paul Jr. is serious about his photography. All he needs is a Mongoose M3.6….
One sensor below and three to the left of the Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround Rear Focus AF just in front of Paul Jr.’s ear active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
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Last but not least, it was an incredible treat meeting and working with Paul Pinto Jr who was accompanied by his Dad, Paul Sr. On day 2, I had thought that Paul Jr. was about 16 or 17. He was so mature. And though that was his first time using a long lens–he rented a 500 II from BAA–he handled his gear like a 20-year veteran. And he asked questions, listened, and soaked up the information as I did 30 years ago. I ran into someone last week who knew me back then. His comment:” God, he never shut up. Artie would ask questions until you begged for mercy.” I always made it a point to try and learn as much as possible from folks that were smarter and more experienced than I. And I continue to do that to this day. Oh, and BTW, Paul Jr made the image of the trip when he captured an image of a Great Black-backed Gull as it captured a fledgling Common Tern; the tern was biting the gull on the neck as he snapped the shutter. I will be sharing this image and others of Paul Jr.’s in an upcoming blog post on this fine young man.
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This image of a Common Tern with a single chick at the nest was created with tripod-mounted Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 560mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/5.6.
One sensor below the central sensor/AI Servo-Surround/Rear Focus AF on the bird’s neck active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
This nest, which was located just outside the colony ropes, gave the group hours of photographic pleasure. Those who were patient were rewarded with several nest exchanges and feedings. Oftentimes there were 6-8 photographers sitting at the nest simply watching and enjoying. And then clicking away when the chick peeked out or when one of the parents returned. The second egg hatched on the last day of the IPT.
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As far as the birds, we were blessed. What a privilege it to spend three days watching the life and death struggles of the Nickerson’s beach nesting birds. We saw copulating and displaying Black Skimmers. And lots of skimmer blast offs. And displaying American Oystercatchers and family groups, often feeding fledged young. We got to photograph Common Tern chicks that were only hours old. We saw fledged young terns take a fish from one of their parents only to be slammed by three others and lose its valuable meal. And we saw two Common Tern chicks taken by Great Black-backed Gulls and swallowed whole. Be sure to see BAA Bulletin #446 (coming soon) for the complete Nickerson Beach IPT Report. There were hundreds of fledged Common Terns and dozens of chicks along with lots of eggs still in the nests. There were lots of Black Skimmers but they are late getting started nesting this year. And though we endured a few sprinkles on Day 2 and the threat of a thunderstorm that afternoon, the weather treated us most kindly. Our educational sessions were conducted at Bagel Plaza in Merrick where we enjoyed our daily brunches.
From Larry Tawa via e-mail:
I tremendously enjoyed the IPT with you & Denise. I learned much from my IPT experience. It really made a significant difference. I can now understand better your blog, and thus, hope to continue to improve my photography.
From Mark Hardymon via e-mail:
Artie, Just wanted to say thanks for the great few days at Nickerson Beach, had a blast and as always a great group. I’m just now getting my images moved over to my desktop to work on and when I get a chance I’ll send you the skimmer doing the broken wing act. Take care, talk soon – Mark
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This Black Skimmer flock blur was of course created at Nickerson Beach on the last IPT with the tripod mounted Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place), the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter) (at 462mm), and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 200. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/15 sec. at f/13).
Central sensor/AI Servo-Expand/Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
1/15 sec. is the classic wildlife blur speed. Learn everything that you wanted to know about creating pleasing blurs in our eGuide of the same name here. Written and illustrated by denise and artie.
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2-Day Creative Adventure Nickerson Beach Workshop with Denise Ippolito
August 25-26, 2013
Conditions are so good at Nickerson that Denise has scheduled a 2-Day Creative Adventure trip there on August 25-26, 2013. Click here for complete details and tell her that I sent you. Act fast as there are only 4 slots left. With any luck there will be skimmer chicks and fledglings around.
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Announcing the 2014 South Florida Mini-IPTs
Because of our intense travel schedule that includes a trip to Japan I will not be running the traditional SW FLA IPT. In addition, in an effort to give some folks a chance to get a taste of our teaching and our passion for bird photography, Denise Ippolito and I have organized a series of short IPTs that may be combined into one wonderful experience or enjoyed piecemeal.
Here are the details:
Little Estero Lagoon IPT: 2 full days–Sat/Sun: JAN 25-26 (Limit 14/Openings 13): $799. Introductory slide program: 7pm, FRI, JAN 24, 2014
Monday: Jan 27: Optional Estero Add-on/morning only (Limit 14/Openings 13): $249
Monday: Jan 27: afternoon: travel to Venice
Tuesday Jan 28: Englewood camera club program/seminar free and open to the public
Jan 29 (WED): Venice Rookery In-the-Field: all day: (Limit 14/penings 13): $399. Introductory slide program 7pm, Jan 28.
30 (THURS) -Venice am only. (Limit 14/Openings 13):: $249
Jan 30 (THURS) afternoon: drive to Homestead. (3 1/2 hours)
Jan 31 (Friday) Anhinga Trail/Everglades National Park Add-on/Morning Only (Limit 14/Openings 13): $249
Jan 31 (Friday): pm: free time
Anhinga Trail/Everglades National Park IPT: Feb 1-2, (SAT/SUN), 2014. (Limit 14/Openings 13): $799. Introductory slide program: 7pm: FRI Jan 31 (Limit 14/Openings: 13):
2014 Florida Composite IPT: 6 1/2 days of photography spread over 9 days of learning, hanging out, and travel: $2644
Sign up for the whole thing and save $100. In addition enjoy a free one hour image review and/or Photoshop session with artie & denise. You will enjoy 9 full days of comprehensive nature photography education and get to pick the brains of two top professionals who just happen to be two of the best photographic instructors on the planet. Technically, artistically, and creatively. Those registering for the whole event may opt to purchase one hour individual Photoshop/image review sessions for $200/hour (normally $250) during free time with either artie or denise strictly on a time available basis. We will of course do our best to honor your requests.
You can sign up for one or more of the short IPTs and/or one or more of the add-on days or you can opt to sign up for the all the sessions. Those signing up for the whole shebang will be having all lunches and dinners with us most every day.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. For the short segments that are less than $500 payment in full is due at the time of registration. Your balance is due 4 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance. Best to call Jim or Jennifer with a credit card in hand to register. Credit cards are not accepted for balances. Alternatively you can send a check for $500 made out to Arthur Morris to us at PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Please include a note with your e-mail address and be sure to let us know what you are signing up for.
BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo Tours (IPTs)
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On The Road Again
Please know that I will be traveling to and from Africa for the Tanzania Photo Safari with Todd Gustafson leaving today, August 1 and back in the office on August 21. I will have extremely limited and very slow at best internet access so please do not e-mail me until I get back. Jim will be in the office every weekday to help you with your mail order purchases and Jen will be here handling IPT registrations. The blog will continue to be active as I have prepared a dozen interesting, brand new educational posts for you in advance for you to enjoy during my absence.
Please consider using our B&H, Amazon, and Borrow Lenses affiliate links for all of your major and minor purchases both photographic and household. If we carry something in the BAA Store that you need our very great preference would be that you purchase those items from us :).
If you have a gear, image processing, or other question please e-mail me after July 19th. You can reach Jim here via e-mail. You can reach Jennifer here via e-mail. Please type “JIM” or “JEN” respectively at the front of the Subject Line.
Bucket List: the July 2015 Galapagos Photo-Cruise
If visiting the Galapagos is on your bucket list and you are a happy camper who is serious about joining us on our July 2015 trip, please shoot me an e-mail and ask to be placed on the interested list. There simply is no better Galapagos Photo Tour. There is lots of interest so far with many folks wish that we were going in 2014….
The BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Contest
Arrangements for the BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Contest are going smoothly. The entry fee will be $25 for every ten images and you can enter as often as you like. B&H will be again be the major sponsor. You can earn free contest entries by making B&H purchases as long as you use one of our affiliate links. You will receive a single free contest entry with a purchase of $1,000 or more. Purchases of $3,000 or more will be good for two contest entries, of $5,000 or more for three entries, and of $10,000 of more for five competition entries. You can begin making your purchases now so long as you save your e-mail receipts. Additional details as to how to redeem your receipts will follow. You can use one of the many product-specific links in the Bulletins or on the blog or you can start your search by clicking here.
You can also start gathering your best images now.
Two of the five judges spots are filled with prestigious photography folks. Mary Ann McDonald and Michael Frye have graciously agreed to join me on the judges panel.
If you purchase a $13,000 lens and a $7,000 camera but do not use one of our B&H links you will not, no matter how much you beg and cry, receive any free contest entries.
1-Bird Portraits (whole bird or tight including body parts)
3-Small in the frame/Environmental
5-Action & Behavior
6-Hand of Man (the composition may include man-made elements) & Captive (including zoos and rehab birds)
7-Digital Creations (anything goes including the use of filters and effects)
8-Youth (high School or younger)
The image upload period will begin on September 1, 2013 and end on December 31, 2013. All images must of course feature a bird or birds in the frame. Once again our digital guidelines will be the least restrictive of those for any major contest. We will, though, continue to require that RAW files be submitted for winning and honored images.
The complete list of sponsors and the prize pool will be announced in late August when the formal contest announcement is made. There will be prizes awarded for 1st place, runner-up, and honorable mention in each category. The photographer whose image garners the most votes will be named the Bird Photographer of the Year and be awarded the Grand Prize. A change from last year is that the grand prize image will not also be awarded first place in a category.
Here are some prize teasers: the Grand Prize pool, which will go to the Bird Photographer of the Year, will be a check from BAA for for $500 US and a $500 B&H gift card. LensCoat, Delkin, and Nature Photographer magazine will again be major sponsors. Those three and B&H will be providing across the board gift certificates to all winning, runner up, and honored images. Category winning prizes will include a Think Tank Airport International TM V2.0 rolling bag, a basic Xtrahand Magnum vest, A Wimberley WH-200, and a Mongoose M3.6.
Expanding Your Creative Vision Nature Photography Seminar
Sept 30, 2013 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Canton, MA.
Sponsored by Mass Audubon/Museum of American Bird Art
Non-members: $89.00/Members: $79.00
Click here to register
Spend an amazing day with Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito in a full day nature photography seminar. You know me. 🙂 Learn more about Denise on her website; be sure to visit her beautiful image galleries. If you live withing 3 hours of Boston and love photographing nature this experience is not to be missed. Artie will be doing a Tuesday night program for Mass Audubon. Both events will be in conjunction with the opening of a 35-image gallery exhibit of his work at the Museum of American Bird Art on Sunday, September 29, 2013. All details to follow.
9:00 to 10:45am: Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography BIRDS AS ARTStyle – Artie Morris
10:45 to 11:00am: break
11:00 to 12:00 noon: Blooming Ideas – Denise Ippolito
12:00 to 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00 to 2:00pm: Refining Your Photographic Vision: Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:00 to 2:30: Pro Gear Handling Tips – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:30 to 2:45: break
2:45 to 3:45: Creating Pleasing Blur – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito s
3:45 to 5pm: Image Critiquing. Registrants will be asked to submit no more than three 1400 (wide) or 1050 (tall) sharpened JPEGs via e-mail 2-4 weeks before the seminar. At least one image from each participant will be selected for review.
October 20, 2013. Salem, CT
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Artie Morris & Denise Ippolito
Date: Sunday – October 20, 2013: Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Salem Gardner Lake Firehouse Hall, 429 Old Colchester Road, Salem, CT 06420
Admission Fee: The Artie Morris presentation from 9:00am until 10:45am is free and open to the public courtesy of Canon U.S.A. The presentation by Artie and Denise from 11:00am until 4:00pm is $40.00 (Lunch & morning coffee included)
9:00 to 10:45 – “Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography… BIRDS AS ART Style” – Artie Morris (Sponsored by Canon U.S.A.)
10:45 TO 11:00: Break
11:00 to 12:00 – “Blooming Ideas” – Denise Ippolito
12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 to 2:00 – “Refining Your Photographic Vision” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:00 to 2:30 – “Pro Gear Handling Tips” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:45 to 4:00 – “Creating Pleasing Blurs” – Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
Photographic Society of Chattanooga Seminar
Click here and scroll down to register
Scroll down here for details on the Saturday seminar that Denise Ippolito and yours truly are doing in Chattanooga on October 12, 2013 and the follow-up Old Car City In-the-Field Workshop. Blog folks who sign up for both are invited to join us at a secret Urbex location in Atlanta on Friday morning October 11. Feel free to e-mail me for details after you are registered for both. The Artie Morris presentation, “Choosing and Using Lenses for Nature Photography… BIRDS AS ART Style” (9:00 – 10:45am) is free and open to the public courtesy of Canon U.S.A.
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Snow Goose composite, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM. Click on the image for a larger version.
Bosque del Apache 2013 IPT: “The Complete Bosque Experience.” NOV 26-DEC 2, 2013. 7-FULL DAYS: $3399. Co-leader: Denise Ippolito. Introductory Slide program: 6:30 pm on 11/25. Limit: 12.
Tens of thousand of Snow Geese, 10,000 Sandhill Cranes, ducks including point-blank American Wigeon and Wood Duck, amazing sunrises, sunsets, and blast-offs. Live, eat, and breathe photography with one of (if not the) world’s premier photographic educators at one of his very favorite locations on the planet. Top-notch Photoshop instruction. This will make 19 consecutive Novembers at Bosque for me. Nobody knows the place better than I do. Join us to learn to think like a pro, to recognize situations and to anticipate them based on the weather, especially the sky conditions, the light, and the wind direction. Every time we make a move we will let you know why. When you head home applying what you learned will prove to be invaluable. Includes all lunches and the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. I hope that you can join me for what will be an unparalleled learning experience.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. Your balance is due 4 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.
Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check (made out to “Arthur Morris.”) You can also leave your deposit with a credit card by calling the office at 863-692-0906. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.
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Images copyright 2012: Denise Ippoltio & Arthur Morris. Card design by Denise Ippolito. Click on the image to enjoy a spectacular larger version.
Holland 2014 7 1/2-Day/8-Night: A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART/Tulips & A Touch of Holland IPT. April 17-April 24, 2014 :$4995 Limit: 12 photographers/Openings 9
This trip needs 8 registrants to run so please do not purchase your plane tickets until you hear from us; right now we need 5 more folks.
Join Denise Ippolito, Flower Queen and the author of “Bloomin’ Ideas,” and Arthur Morris, Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus and one of the planet’s premier photographic educators for a great trip to Holland in mid-April 2014. Day 1 of the IPT will be April 17, 2014. We will have a short afternoon get-together and then our first photographic session at the justly-famed Keukenhof. Most days we will return to the hotel for lunch, image sharing and a break. On Day 8, April 24, we will enjoy both morning and afternoon photography sessions.
The primary subjects will be tulips and orchids at Keukenhof and the spectacularly amazing tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulb fields around Lisse. In addition we will spend one full day in Amsterdam. There will be optional visits the Van Gogh Museum in the morning and the Anne Frank House in the afternoon; there will be plenty of time for street photography as well. And some great food. On another day we will have a wonderful early dinner at Kinderdijk and then head out with our gear to photograph the windmills and possibly some birds for those who bring their longs lenses. We will spend an afternoon in the lovely Dutch town of Edam where we will do some street photography and enjoy a superb dinner. All lodging, ground transportation, entry fees, and meals (from dinner on Day 1 through dinner on Day 8) are included.
For those who will be bringing a big lens we will likely have an optional bird photography afternoon or two. If we get lucky, the big attraction should be gorgeous Purple Herons in flight at a breeding marsh. We would be photographing them from the roadside. And we might be able to find a few Great-crested Grebes at a location near Keukenhof.
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Images courtesy of and copyright 2012: Bill Mueller. Card design by Denise Ippolito.
Old Car City Creative Photography In-the-Field HDR Workshop: Sunday, October 13, 2013/ 9am till 1pm.
White, Georgia: $250 plus a $15 entrance fee donation (cash only on the day of the event) that will go to charity. Limit: 16 photographers.
On October 13, 2013, Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure will be conducting an In-the-Field HDR Workshop at Old Car City in White, Georgia. Old Car City is about an hour north of Atlanta, GA and an hour south of Chattanooga, TN where they will, as noted above, be doing a full day seminar for the Photographic Society of Chattanooga on Saturday, October 12th. Click here for complete details.
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There is lots of room on the Bosque IPT and on the Holland tulip trip. Complete details on the late January/early February 2013 Florida Composite IPT will be announced in the next BAA Bulletin. It will give a select few folks the opportunity to spend 10 days with Denise Ippolito and me and will give lots of others a chance to get a taste of a shorter IPT with two great leaders at an attractive price. For complete IPT info, please click here.
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LensCoats. I have a LensCoat on each of my big lenses to protect them from nicks and thus increase their re-sales value. All my big lens LensCoat stuff is in Hardwood Snow pattern.
LegCoat Tripod Leg Covers. I have four tripods active and each has a Hardwood Snow LegCoat on it to help prevent further damage to my tender shoulders 🙂 And you will love them in mega-cold weather….
Gitzo GT3532 LS CF Tripod. This one replaces the GT3530LS Tripod and will last you a lifetime. Learn more about this great tripod here.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
Double Bubble Level. You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am not using flash.
The Lens Align Mark II. I use the Lens Align Mark II pretty much religiously to micro-adjust all of my gear an average of once a month and always before a major trip. Enjoy our free comprehensive tutorial here.
BreezeBrowser. I do not see how any digital photographer can exist without this program.
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