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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #101 July 7, 2003

LAST CALL: CHICAGO SEMINAR

OPENING BREEZEBROWSER IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP

CARHARTT WATCH CAPS   

REQUEST FOR HELP: NYC SEMINAR

BIRDS AS ART IPT SCHEDULE AND RATES/ANNOUNCING FOUR NEWLY-SCHEDULED IPTs

CHICAGO AND SAN DIEGO BOUND 

 

 

Arctic Tern, hovering, Nome, AK 

Digital capture with 300mm f/4L IS lens, Canon EOS 1D.  ISO 250.  Multi-segment metering + 1 1/3 stops for white sky: 1/3200 sec at f/4. (I though that I was in Evaluative and do not even know what Multi-segment is!)

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

I love the 300 f/4 IS/1D combination for flight photography as it translates to a 420mm f/4 lens!  AF is fast and fairly accurate.

LAST CALL: CHICAGO SEMINAR

I fly to Chicago on Wednesday for the Saturday July 12 Full-day Seminar (The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain't Just Birds) in Des Plaines, IL.  The seminar will be followed by three of the always-popular In-The-Field Workshops (which will be co-led by my buddy Todd Gustafson.  For info, visit:  http://www.birdsasart.com/chicago.htm

Walk-ins are welcome.  Click here for directions: http://www.birdsasart.com/walkinswelcome.htM

If you are a Bulletin subscriber, be sure to say "Hi." 

Raging creek, Nome, AK 

Digital capture with Canon EOS 1Ds. 28-135mm IS lens at 75mm.  ISO 50 (for more blur at a wider aperture).  Evaluative Metering + 1/3 stop

(and then lightened in Photoshop--a perfect example of avoiding overexposing the whites with digital): 1/8 second at f/14 (handheld) 

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

It ain't just birds!  The principles that I teach at workshops and especially at seminars apply across the board in all areas of nature photography! 

 

OPENING CONVERTED BREEZEBROWSER IMAGES IN PHOTO SHOP

IMPORTANT NOTE: THESE INSTRUCTIONS APPLY ONLY TO PC-USERS PHOTOGRAPHING WITH CANON DIGITAL CAMERAS.

 

When I first started using Breezebrowser to convert the raw files from my EOS 1D and 1Ds cameras, it was a pain to try and figure out which file in a given converted file folder was the one that I wanted to open and it in Photoshop...  I found myself writing the long file numbers on a slip of paper and then heading over to find and open them in Photoshop. 

 

Former student and incredibly gifted bird photographer Greg Downing (of NPN fame) came to my rescue when he and Heather visited this past spring to photograph the baby Sandhill Cranes at ILE.

 

Greg showed me how to set up Breezebrowser so that when I right click on an image, it opens the file in Photoshop!  (If an image is not already converted, Greg's set-up prompts you through the conversion process.)

 

Here, written by me as clearly as possible, are Greg's instructions:

 

1-In Breezebrowser, click on File/Preferences. 

2-Click on the Editor Tab.

3-Click the button that says "Use command line below." 

4-Below that will be a window, click on the box with the three dots to the right of that window.

5-Double click and open on each of the following: Program Files.  Adobe.  Photoshop 7.

6-Then double click on the PhotoShop icon.  The following will appear in the window: C; \Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop7.0\Photoshop.exe

7-Then click OK

8-You now need to set the Breezebrowser color profiles for each of your cameras. Click on File/Preferences/Raw Conversion

9-Make sure that the top two boxes are checked.

10-Select your camera model.

11-Check Auto embed AdobeRGB profile

12-Make sure the two bottom boxes are checked. 

13-Click on the box with the three dots next to the checked box that reads Embed color profile in images for normal conversion.

14-Then double click to open each of the following: Local disk C.  Windows.  System 32.  Spool.  Drivers. Color.  And finally, double click on Adobe RGB 1998.   AdobeRGB1998 should now appear in the window.  (Note: the above steps will work for Windows XP users.  Those with early operating systems will need to do a search for the AdobeRGB1998 file.)

15-Now repeat step 14 for the lower window that says Embed color profile in images for linear raw conversion.  When you are done, AdobeRGB1998 should now appear in the bottom window.

16-Click OK.

17-If you own more than one camera, repeat steps 8-15 selecting your 2nd camera body in Step 10.  (Everything else should come up as the defaults)

18- You are now set up so that when you right click on an image in Breezebrowser, click on Edit and follow the conversion prompts, the image will open in Photoshop!

 

CARHARTT WATCH CAPS  

Recently, a subscriber wrote:

SS: "I know that you have magical powers (I see it in your pictures), but please give us some clues on how you get all that stuff in your RoadRunner AW. I have tried and it is not happening. Do you remove most of the padded dividers?

AM: No.  I remove all of the padded dividers (except for the outside protective shell).  In "The Art of Bird Photography," I describe how I use woolen (now acrylic) watch caps (like those worn by sailors) for packing my photo gear.  I do the same to this day.  I simply place most of the larger items like camera bodies, short lenses, and even intermediate telephotos in individual watch caps before packing them into the Roadrunner.  They provide great cushioning, absorb moisture, keep dust out, and pack easily.  I recently found a great supplier for Carhartt Acrylic Watch Caps, All Seasons Uniforms.  Here is a link to the page with the watch caps:  http://www.allseasonsuniforms.com/car123b.htm  I was so excited to find them at a great low price ($5.99 @) that I ordered 15 of them!  I ordered two or three each of several colors to make finding various items easier.

If any of you in the New York City metropolitan area are in a position to help me publicize the upcoming Queens, NY (in Bayside) it would be greatly appreciated.  Though the In-The-Field Workshops and the ensuing JBWR IPT sold out quickly, the full day How-to Seminar (The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain't Just Birds" is wide open. 

 

If you are in a photography club with an e-mail list, it would be great to send the notice below to the list (with an offer of a $10 discount for club members).   Alternatively, we have lots of extra brochures and would be glad to send as many as you need.  As I will be away until the last week of July, please e-mail Lois at birdsasart@worldnet.att.net and let her know how many you would like and where she should send them.  

 

Thanks for considering this request!

 

The Art Of Nature Photography: It Aint Just Birds!Sponsored by Canon USA  

A Full Day How-To Seminar: Sunday August 24, 2003

At the Ramada Adria Conference Center, Bayside, Queens, NY  

 

Printable PDF version of this brochure.

(You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.)

 

On Sunday, August 24, 2003, internationally renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris will present a full day Seminar--The Art of Nature Photography; It Aint Just Birds in Queens, NY. More than 10,000 of Mr. Morris' technically perfect, artistically designed images have appeared in virtually all natural history, photography, and birding publications, as well as in many general interest publications and advertisements, and on posters,

prestigious calendars, and web sites. Arthur has been a Canon contract photographer since 1995, has done a worldwide television commercial for the EOS 1N, and has appeared in eight episodes of the Canon Photo Safari television program. He is a contributing photographer with VIREO (Philadelphia), Visuals Unlimited (NH), Windrush Photos (UK), and The Corbis Stock Market, (New York). He has written or been featured in more than 150 magazine articles, and has written four books; the latest, The Art of Bird Photography is the classic how-to work on bird photography. Artie is an Outdoor Photographer columnist.

 

It Aint Just Birds!

 

This seminar is for all nature photographers (not just bird photographers), who want to learn to make better images. Artie will describe the methods and techniques that he has used and developed used since 1983. His comments on equipment, film, autofocus, light, exposure, composition and image design, image sharpness, getting close to wild subjects, and his tips on photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with an intermediate or long telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their photographs.

 

Attendees will learn:

1. All about modern autofocus cameras and lenses & the pros and cons of both the Canon and Nikon systems.

2. How to get closer than ever before to free & wild creatures while minimizing disturbance.

3. The secrets of producing razor sharp images & the benefits of image stabilized lenses.

4. About Artie's two favorite films, and how and when he uses them.

5. How to shoot calendar quality silhouettes at almost any time of the day!

6. How and when to use flash and projected flash as main light and flash as fill.

7. How the quality and the direction of natural light affects your images.

8. How to come up with pure, clean, out-of-focus backgrounds that are the hallmark of Artie's style.

9. How to use the cameras evaluative metering system to come up with perfect exposures quickly and how to use digital histograms to do the same in the field.

 

The cost of the Sunday How-To Seminar (8:30am sharp - 4:00 pm) is $75 ($55.00 for students under age 24 with a valid student ID.). In addition to the priceless instruction, there will be tons of great door prizes.  I hope that you can join us! 

 

For additional details, or to register, visit:

 

http://www.birdsasart.com/queens.html

 

 

BIRDS AS ART IPT SCHEDULE/ANNOUNCING FOUR NEWLY-SCHEDULED IPTs

2003/04 INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTO-TOURS

($200 DEPOSIT REQUIRED; PLEASE INCLUDE NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBERS, & E-MAIL ADDRESS WITH REGISTRATIONS.  SEE THE WEB SITE FOR DETAILS, CANCELLATION POLICIES, AND A PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM (OPTIONAL).

BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR, NM   3-DAY: $829 (LIMIT 14)   NOV 23-25, 2003 (9 OPENINGS), NOV 29-DEC 1 (1 OPENING)

AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING SETTING.  TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SNOW GEESE, SANDHILL CRANES, LOW MOUNTAIN SCENERY, SPECTACULAR SUNRISES AND SUNSETS.  CO-LEADER: DIGITAL/PHOTO-SHOP EXPERT ELLEN ANON.

NEWLY ANNOUNCED!  SW FLORIDA, FEB 25-29, 2004, 5-DAY IPT: $1299 (Limit 12)                                             

BREAD & BUTTER CANT MISS IPT:  HERONS, EGRETS, GULLS, TERNS, SHOREBIRDS, OSPREY, BURROWING OWL & BOTH PELICANS.  SPOONBILLS LIKELY.

 

BRAND NEW AND NEWLY ANNOUNCED! ST. PETE (FORT DESOTO) & SARASOTA , FL. MARCH 26-28, 2004  3-DAY: $829 (LIMIT 12)

                               ROYAL & SANDWICH TERNS, LAUGHING GULLS: COURTSHIP BEHAVIORS.  REDDISH EGRETS (INCLUDING WHITE PHASE!) IN BREEDING PLUMAGE.   SHOREBIRDS.  SPOONBILLS POSSIBLE.  INCREDIBLE FLIGHT PHOTO OPS AT SARASOTA INCLUDING BROWN PELICANS W/NESTING MATERIAL, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON & GREAT EGRET AMONG OTHERS.

 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED!  ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM   APRIL 23-25, 2004  3-DAY: $829  (LIMIT 12)

NESTING TRICOLORED HERONS AND SNOWY, GREAT & CATTLE EGRETS

(MANY  IN SPECTACULAR BREEDING PLUMAGE!).

 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED! NOME, ALASKA, JUNE 11-20, 2004.  (LIMIT 3) 10-FULL DAY: $3500; includes all meals.  (OPENINGS; 2)

LIKELY: RED-THROATED LOON, GYRFALCON, COMMON RAVEN, REDPOLLS, ARCTIC WARBLER, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, TUNDRA SWAN, LONG-TAILED DUCK, ARCTIC & ALEUTIAN TERNS, MEW GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, MUSK OX, WILDFLOWERS, BREEDING SHOREBIRDS INCLUDING PACIFIC, AMERICAN-GOLDEN, & BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS,

BAR-TAILED GODWIT!, SEMIPALMATED & WESTERN SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, AND RUDDY TURNSTONE.  EXTREME RARITIES POSSIBLE.  AMAZING SURPRISES GUARANTEED!

 

TO SEE SOME OF MY 2003 NOME IMAGES, CLICK HERE:   http://www.birdsasart.com/bn107.htm

 

FOR INFO ON PURCHASING BOOKS, SCREEN SAVERS, SIGNED PRINTS, JRF LENS COVERS, BETTER BEAMER FLASH EXTENDERS, HAMA DOUBLE-BUBBLE LEVELS,

AND WIMBERLEY HEADS, SIDEKICKS, FLASH-BRACKETS, PLATES, AND CLAMPS, CONTACT: 

www.birdsasart.com           CALL: 863-692-0906

 

CHICAGO AND SAN DIEGO BOUND

 

I will be in Chicago for a week, and then continue on to San Diego to see my Mom and my sister Arna.  I will be back in the office on July 26th.  I regret that I will not be able to answer your e-mails in the usual fashion.  Best to hold off  e-mailing until late July.  Lois will be here to help with your mail orders.  (Our mail order business continues to boom. )  Thanks!!!

 

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, MA is a BIRDS AS ART sponsor, as is Delkin. 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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