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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #106 May 18, 2003

UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN PHOTOS & IPT

NOTES ON THE RED-NECKED STINT IMAGE; EATING CROW AGAIN...

A QUESTION ON HOLDING THE HAMMER DOWN...

A MOST WONDERFUL E-MAIL 

A MOVING SINGLE-IMAGE ESSAY BY TOM WEBSTER 

 

Red Jack Lake with fall color, Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Canon EOS 1v with tripod-mounted 100-400mm IS L lens.

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Storm clouds and early morning light make a great combination.

 

UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN PHOTOS & IPT

 Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fall Color/Macro/Waterfalls IPT

OCTOBER 3-7, 2003  $1299  (LIMIT 12, OPENINGS 10)

 Register

This brand new IPT will be co-led by David Vore of Flint, MI, who knows all the killer spots.  Do be aware that there are no guarantees as to the date of peak color... The introductory slide program will be at 7:30pm on the night of October 2.   Last year, the color was two weeks late, but in spite of that, I had an incredible time photographing little bits of color, some incredible reflections, mushrooms, birch bark, chipmunks, and moving water.  I did not make a single bird photograph yet came home stoked! 

For additional IPT details, visit:  http://www.birdsasart.com/tours.html

 

Fall color "Monet" Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Canon EOS 1v with tripod-mounted 100-400mm IS L lens.

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Would you have "seen" this? What caused the "Monet" look? 

 Join us in the UP and learn to develop your photographic vision!

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NOTES ON THE RED-NECKED STINT IMAGE; EATING CROW AGAIN...

Angus Wilson and Julian Hough were quick to note that the "Red-necked Stint: image included in Bulletin 105 was actually a Little Stint.  Both noted the extensive white throat and the fact that both bill length and shape also fit better for Little Stint.  

Here are Julian's comments as to why the bird in the Bulletin 104 is a Little Stint rather than Red-necked Stint:

1-the lack of red on the lower throat and breast (red in R-n Stint in full breeding)
2- the dark streaking within the red on the sides of the ear-coverts (clean and unmarked in R-n Stint)
3-the wing-coverts have prominent rufous edgings (that are edged grayish in R-n, contrasting with the rufous-edged scapulars)
4-The bill is slightly too long for typical R-n, and legs look to be fairly long (they are short and stumpy in R-n Stint).

Thanks to both Angus and Julian for their help.

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Mushroom gills detail,  Upper Peninsula of Michigan 

Canon EOS 1v with 180 macro lens, 2X II TC, and 25mm extension tube. 

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

There are unlimited macro opportunities in the UP.

Join us in the UP and learn to improve your macro techniques.

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A QUESTION ON HOLDING THE HAMMER DOWN...

My reply to an e-mail from subscriber Colin Inman:

 CI: Art, you wrote, "In my career I have held the hammer down less than a handful of times'.  This seems to be in contradiction with the advice in the Art of Bird Photography to work in continuous drive mode.  Is this a change of policy on your part since going digital or am I missing something?

 AM: The latter.   You should always work in continuous drive when you are photographing birds so that you are always ready for the next image.  If you work in single frame advance, you MUST let go of the shutter button completely in order to take the next image, and in most cases you will be forced to re-acquire focus. In continuous advance, you are ready to keep on photographing without having to let the shutter button all the way up thus maintaining autofocus! 

 Please let me know if this makes sense to you.

 Best,

 Artie

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Small waterfall,  Upper Peninsula of Michigan 

Canon EOS 1v with 180 macro lens. 

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

There are countless opportunities to photograph moving water in the UP.

Join us in MI and learn to improve your compositional skills.

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A MOST WONDERFUL E-MAIL

 Subscriber Vickie Swindling made my day big time by hitting the send key after writing the following:

 Dear Art,

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you for being generous enough to share your knowledge, even outside of your workshops and books.

Thank you for being friendly and answering your email personally.

Thank you for being honest enough to admit that you can make a mistake.

Thank you for being humble enough to listen to the opinions of others.

Thank you for having the strength of character to stand firm (with grace) in the face of insult.

 One last thank you for all your thoughts on digital. I traded my way up to a D60 and what a great camera! I've nearly made all my money back by not having to process my mistakes. I know that great photos are not about blasting away and hoping to hit something, but, and as a beginner, being able to do so freely has meant learning to pan without wasting tons of money. One day I stood for nearly an hour on Florida Bay following a pair of Brown Pelicans as they crossed back and forth in front of me. I took hundreds of shots. At the end of it all, I could see my own progress as I learned to match their speed and position, and to anticipate their movements. It was loads of fun and didn't cost me a dime. Last night digital was priceless during the eclipse, because I could see the results of my metering immediately, and adjust accordingly. Before, my moon shot attempts always resulted in over-exposed white blobs in the sky. This time I got craters and valleys! Yeah!!!!

Anyway, thank you soooooo much for being you!

Vickie

 ps:  One last thought: Being a teacher is not a profession, it's a character trait. Being called  a teacher is probably one of the nicest compliments anyone can receive.  :-)

 Here is part of my response to Vickie:

Thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful letter.  You really made my day.  I shall be using your letter in a Bulletin soon and I am sure that a very few will send their "You are an ego-maniac; cancel my subscription" e-mails.   But I can live with that because it is about them and not about me.  I like sharing, especially the good things in my life, and I have always thrived on doing things my way, often in the face of advice to the contrary.  Thanks again for  your support.

 

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Birch tree with peeling bark, Upper Peninsula of Michigan 

Canon EOS 1v with 500mm f/4 L IS lens. 

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Todd Gustafson, David Vore, and I worked this single situation for more than an hour.  This is my favorite image from the series. 

 

A MOVING SINGLE-IMAGE ESSAY BY TOM WEBSTER 

 I originally read Tom's "Cline Cabin" essay many months ago and finally tracked down the link.  I just re-read it for about the sixth time and was as moved as I was the first time.  To read this extraordinary piece of writing, click here:

http://www.reasonableexpectations.com/Cline_Cabin.htm

 If you would like to get in touch with Tom, who hangs around NPN quite a bit, try e-mailing him at: tlwebster@cox.net (which is the last e-mail address that I have for him).

 Best and great picture making to all,
      
Artie
 

Note: Arthur Morris has been a Canon contract photographer since 1994 and continues in that role today.  Hunt's Photo of Boston is a BIRDS AS ART sponsor.  Do feel free to forward this Bulletin to one or more photographer-friends. Those wishing to subscribe click here mailto:http://birdsasart.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=94ad23bd96f48a1de2ca612b3&id=bdb4a511a0?subject=subscribesubject=subscribe If you  received this bulletin in error, or would like your name removed from the subscriber list click here birdsasart@verizon.net?subject=unsubscribe  Back issues of relevant Bulletins are archived on the web site at:  http://www.birdsasart.com/bn.html

 

 



 

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