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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE BULLETIN #29, AUGUST 22, 2000

ANNOUNCING NEW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IPT; ANOTHER GREAT WEB ARTICLE; MORE ON THE CANON 500D DIOPTER; VENTING; CANON EOS 1v COMMENTS; ROD PLANCK INVISIBLIND.

FOUR WIMBERLEY HEADS ($571.50 INCLUDES SHIPPING) AND 100 DOUBLE BUBBLES NOW IN STOCK.

COMING SOON: 2001 BEAUTIFUL BIRDS CALENDARS

ANNOUNCING, IN RESPONSE TO POPULAR DEMAND: ANOTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTO-TOUR JAN 18-21, 2001, $1199 4-DAY (LIMIT 6)

Brown Pelicans (endangered CA race in breeding plumage with bright red bill pouches), gulls--including spectacular Heerman's) , shorebirds, ducks, grebes, loons & more. Wood Duck, Redhead, Ring-Necked Duck, and Golden Eagle are strong possibilities. Destinations include San Diego, La Jolla, Bolsa Chica Lagoon, and Newport Back Bay.

An illustrated web article: Tips for Using a Wimberley Head by Arthur Morris

Visit: Wildlight.com at http://www.wildlight.com/columns/birds_as_art/2000/08/20

THE CANON 500D 2-ELEMENT DIOPTER/TECHNICAL COMMENTS FROM BRYAN GEYER OF REALLY RIGHT STUFF:

The 500 in 500D is the focal length of the diopter in mm. To find the power of the diopter, divide one meter by the focal length of the diopter, that is divide one meter by 1/2 meter (500mm). 1 divided by 1/2 = 2. The 500D is therefore, a two power diopter. By definition (as above), the 500D will focus the lens at infinity at 500mm from the film plane. To calculate the magnification at infinity when used on a 400mm focal length lens, divide the focal length of the lens by the focal length of the diopter. 400mm/500mm This setup will produce images at 8/10th life-size, not quite 1:1. As you focus at closer than infinity, the magnification will increase. When used with extension tubes it is easy to achieve greater than life-size (1:1) magnification.

Remember, if you wish to work with a variety of magnifications, diopters are best used on ZOOM LENSES. I just love the 500D on the Canon 100-400mm L IS zoom. See the archived Bulletins on the web site for more INFO on using this set-up for macro-photography.

The two attached flower images from the Pribilofs Trip (Whiteny Lake) were made with the 100-400 mm IS zoom lens with the 500 D diopter and fill flash at -2/3 stop.

Venting: I received an e-mail from a more-than-competent photographer-friend that--in reference to the featured portfolio of my work that appears in the current issue of Outdoor Photographer--contained the following question:

How do I get someone to write something like that about me?

Here is my response:

"It's easy. Just execute the following steps:

1-Despite the advice of friends and loved ones, quit your well paying day job with unparalleled benefits and an amazing pension to pursue a dream.

2-Bust your ass for 18 years trying to make artistic images of birds that please you.

3-Bust your ass for 18 years marketing those images.

4-Work all mornings, afternoons, weekends and vacations while teaching for the first ten years of your photography career, spending many thousands of dollars more each year than you take in.

5-After you "retire" to be a professional photographer, work 14+ hours per day.

6-Write four books. Do six TV programs and a worldwide TV commercial for Canon. Become skilled at self-promotion and work tirelessly at it.

7-Teach more than a dozen Instructional-Photo Tours annually, routinely driving yourself to exhaustion (and often getting sick as a result) to ensure that all of the participants have a great time with many wonderful photo opportunities.

8-Be smart enough to hire your older daughter who manages the business superbly and makes all submissions so that you can be away from home more and make more wonderful images.

9-Bother the folks at OP relentlessly for seven years with various story ideas (and have your work appear there on only a limited basis).

I probably left our more steps than I included, but I need to get back to work....."

Best and cya, AM"

FURTHER COMMENTS ON THE CANON EOS 1v CAMERA BODY

It is my recommendation that EOS 1v users NOT use Automatic Focusing Point Selection AF mode for photographing birds in flight. On my upcoming New York/New Jersey trip I will test the 1v for flight photography using the central sensor only. I had hoped that AFPS would perform better than it did for flight photography on St. Paul where we had spectacular chances with flying Northern Fulmars. While I did make many sharp images, there were many soft images as well. And though conditions were difficult, we were largely making"top shots" as the birds were hanging just below our position high on Southwest Cliffs. It is my strong belief that the unsharp images WERE a result of improper focus and NOT a result of the relatively slow shutter speeds (1/250 sec.) that were used.

To read my initial review of the 1v, see, in the archived Bulletins on the web site: Bulletin #21, May 20, 2000: An Evaluation Of The Canon Eos 1v Camera Body.

THE ROD PLANCK INVISIBLIND is available from Rod Planck for $139.00. This is the bag-type blind that I use. It is the only bag blind that I know of that is great for tall folks. E-mail: rplanck@up.net for additional INFO. As I will be heading up to New York tomorrow for a five week teaching/photography trip and my DELL laptop continues to give me great heartache--they have promised to send me a brand new one in exchange for my lemon, I will not have e-mail access for at least two weeks. I will not, therefore, be able to answer on-line questions for quite some time.

Best and great picture making to all.

Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

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