BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE BULLETIN #34, NOVEMBER 7, 2000
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA "ART OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY" SEMINAR AND FIELD SHOOTS,
SPACE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL, ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THE EOS 1v.
On Saturday, January 27, 2000, I will be conducting a full day
how-to seminar entitled "The Art of Nature Photography" in San Pedro,
California (which is south of Los Angeles). If you are within a day's
drive of the site, this is a program that you will not want to miss.
One-day BIRDS AS ART/Instructional Field-Shoots at Bolsa Chica and Newport Back
Bay are scheduled for the Sunday and Monday following the seminar which is being
sponsored by Paul's Photo in Torrance, CA. The field shoots are open
only to seminar registrants.
Details and a registration form available
If you have a photographer friend in LA who does not get
the Bulletin, please let them know about this seminar. Thanks.
And thanks also to Bulletin subscriber Bob Allen and to Mark Comom of
Paul's Photo for their help in making this event happen.
SPACE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL NOV 9-12, 2000
I will be doing several programs this weekend for the Space Coast
Birding Festival. There are tons of great field trips and programs and I
am excited! If you are anywhere near Titusville, FL, come on
down! For details, click on:
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THE EOS 1v
While I have not been able to purchase my own EOS 1v software, a client on
one of the Cape May IPTs was kind enough to load several of the
personal functions that I was interested in. I can now bracket
continuously and choose to alternate exposures while bracketing (i.e.,
making two exposures rather than having to make three). You can
toggle between 2-frame and 3-frame AEB. In addition, I have the camera set
up so that it will not fire with the camera back closed unless there is film in
In Cape May, I was once again lured into using Automatic Focusing
Point Selection (AFPS). I swore, after my Pribilofs trip, that I would
NEVER again use AFPS for flight, and would rely instead on the central focusing
sensor. The lure of AFPS is that it locks on quickly and holds focus easily with
flying birds against sky backgrounds. The problem, however, and this
is one very big HOWEVER, is that with birds flying towards you, autofocus
tracking accuracy is poor. I did make some very sharp flight shots of
accipiters using AFPS, but the degree of sharpness and the consistency of
tracking an incoming raptor and attaining accurate focus was not nearly as good
as it was with either the old A2 series bodies or with the EOS 1n bodies.
It is my firm belief that the EOS 1v's AF tracking accuracy in AFPS does
not perform any where nearly as well as it should (and I believe that
the same is true of the EOS 3).
The question now remains, "Is AF tracking accuracy using the EOS 1v's
central sensor satisfactory?" At present, I am unsure but plan
to resolve the issue in my mind at last on my upcoming visit to Bosque Del
Apache NWR in New Mexico. I will shoot flight with the 600 IS (with and
without the 1.4X TC) and the 400 f/5.6 using an EOS 1v, an A2, a 1n,
and, if I can get my hands on one, the new Elan VII. I will mark each roll
as to the camera body (and TC) used and then compare the results. My gut
feeling is that both the A2 and the EOS 1n will outperform the EOS
If this is true, I will continue to use the EOS 1v for my everyday
bird photography as it does offer many great features that I use and love, but
will choose another body for flight shooting. Note, also, that AFPS
performs superbly in some situations. It is great for making vertical
images of tall birds (especially those that are walking parallel to the film
plane), and for making vertical and horizontal head, head and neck,
or head, neck, and shoulders portraits. In all of these situations,
AFPS allows you to place the subject just about anywhere in the frame that
you would like while focusing accurately.
If you have any friends who dismiss my positive comments about some
Canon products as coming from a "paid Canon shill," please forward this Bulletin
to them. Thanks.
Best and great picture making to all,
Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART