2006 VALLEY LAND FUND
NIKON CAMERA ANNOUNCED
THE ART OF BIRD
2006 VALLEY LAND FUND CONTEST
NEW NIKON CAMERA ANNOUNCED
THE ART OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY II
No Virginia, your eyes do not deceive you. I finally broke down and purchased an EOS 1Ds Mark II with its 16,700,000 pixels. I will put the camera through its paces in New Mexico and let you know my thoughts. DALLAS SEMINAR REPORT
Professional fashion photographer and sometime BIRDS AS ART assistant IPT instructor Robert O'Toole is offering a used SEACAM Digital Underwater Housing (made is Austria) for the Canon EOS 1D Mark II and the 1Ds Mark II camera bodies. The housing features precise manufacturing and unparalleled ergonomics and is constructed of aluminum with a special silver coating. No ports are included. The unit is less than one year old and has been used on only 35 dives. It works perfectly. An extra set of o-rings, as well as handles, oil, and silicon grease are included. Please see www.seacamusa.com or www.seacam.com for more info. The price new from the distributor is $5,495. Robert, who is located in Los Angeles, is asking $4,500 (shipping included). If you have any questions please contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I received a nice e-mail from Danny Yee stating that he had recently reviewed "The Art of Bird Photography: The Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques" in the Best Books section of his web site, Danny Yee's Book Reviews (http://dannyreviews.com/index.html). I visited Danny's site, surfed a bit, and was most impressed. The site includes more than 800 well written book reviews, with only 62 of those featured in the Best Books section. I am honored that Danny has included ABP I there. You can find Danny's thoughtful review here: http://dannyreviews.com/h/Bird_Photography.html.
Though it is inconceivable to me, I realize that there is a slim possibility that there are actually one or two BAA Bulletin subscribers out there (out of our 5454 recipients) who do not own a signed copy of "The Art of Bird Photography. If you are in that assuredly small group, you can rectify that situation by clicking here: http://www.birdsasart.com/books.html#PHOTO_BOOK
GALAPAGOS PHOTO TOUR UPDATE
Galapagos Trip #2: June 28-July 8, 2006: $4499 per person double occupancy. Limit: 14. T
his trip is priced at least $1,000 less than similar trips offered by Zegrahm ($5700) and Linblad ($5500) and neither of those trips have me as the leader <smile>. An $800.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking. The deposit is non-refundable unless we are forced to cancel. We currently have five deposits for this trip. We need to have the trip full by late January or we will be forced to cancel as the cost of the boat has increased so much that we need a full trip to make it a go. We currently have the need for one female roommate. If you are seriously interested in an amazing trip and a great value, call Janie Bullard right now to reserve a spot: 1-888-419-6677 or e-mail her at Janie@Distinctive-Journeys.com. 5 down, 9 to go.
The itinerary is currently being be fine-tuned to maximize the photographic opportunities and eliminate the touristy sightseeing-only islands. The trip includes in-the-field instruction, on-board slide programs, image sharing, and critiquing sessions upon request. For last year's trip report and images, please visit: http://www.birdsasart.com/bn180.htm and http://www.birdsasart.com/bn181.htm.
2006 VALLEY LAND FUND CONTEST
Preparations are now underway for
The Wildlife Photo Contests are a major
source of revenue for The Valley Land Fund, which receives no
governmental funding. The mission of the Valley Land Fund is to
“preserve, enhance, and expand the native wildlife habitat of the
The South Texas Shootout and the
Small Tract Competition work to pair landowners, who provide wildlife
habitat, with skilled photographers. Landowners in the eight
NEW NIKON CAMERA ANNOUNCED
Nikon recently announced the release of the D200 digital camera body. You can find info at http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=2&productNr=25235. You can find additional info on Rob Galbraith's site here: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-7888-8061.
At the risk of inflaming the few remaining (among nature and wildlife photographers) staunch Nikon-supporters out there, I must say that all of the Nikon photographers that I have encountered recently on my IPTs (including Todd Gustafson who had the cover and ten additional images from Africa in the most recent Nikon Product Guide) complain that the only Nikon digital camera that is capable of focusing quickly and accurately on birds in flight or animals in action is the D2X. Do note that all anti-Canon hate mail should be directed to my aunt, Helen Waite, who is now in charge of the BAA Complaint Department. You can e-mail your comments to her at: email@example.com. Anti-Canon hate mail sent to BAA will be deleted. And as long as we are on the subject, here are some more facts: Canon offers 13 hand-holdable intermediate telephoto and zoom lenses, each one of them featuring lightning quick initial focusing and, generally, accurate autofocus. To the best of my knowledge, Nikon offers only four: two 70-300mm zooms, the 300 f/4, and the 80-200 VR. Unfortunately, all Nikon users concede that the 80-400 VR lens is--because of pathetically slow initial focusing acquisition--virtually worthless for photographing birds in flight and in action. In case any of the Nikon folks are nearing apoplexy at this time, do know that I consider the Nikkor 200-400 mm f/4 VR Nikkor lens one of the finest lenses ever produced by any manufacturer. This super-sharp lens features vibration reduction technology, offers a great range of wildlife focal lengths, performs well with both the 1.4 and 2X Nikon teleconverters, and offers an incredible 6.2 feet minimum focusing distance at all focal lengths... Todd absolutely kills in Africa with this lens, and will be even more deadly with it in Tanzania as after seemingly endless delays, Nikon has finally gotten a D2X in his hands...
THE ART OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY II
After we posted the excerpt from the new book, ABP II, several folks wrote complaining that it was difficult to read the text, several wrote complaining about the PDF format and/or about the double page spreads and the horizontal format, and some stated that they would never buy the book if it were not printed as a standard book. I can certainly understand and sympathize with all of those folks. APB II, however, will only be available as a CD. At about 700 pages in length, give or take a hundred or so, having the book printed is simply not an option.
Once I am finished laying out and designing the book, we will give careful consideration to the final presentation in hopes of making the book as easy-to-read and as easy-to-view as possible. The huge success of our Digital Basics File and our Site Guides would seem to ensure the success of ABP II on CD. If you missed the excerpt, you can find it here: http://www.birdsasart.com/Excerpt From Composition Chapter.pdf Note also that this is just an excerpt from the Advanced Composition and Image Design Chapter, not the entire chapter as many assumed...
Here is an e-mail that I received from multiple IPT-veteran and friend Emory C. Moody:
"Hi Artie, I downloaded the chapter on composition from you new book.
If the rest of the book is comparable to this chapter then I will
definitely be in the market for one. If you are accepting advance orders
then please put me down for one! I went back and reread the composition
chapter in the first ABP and personally I feel like this second book has
done a much better job of explaining the concepts. Not only is the text
better, but the images you use to illustrate the points are excellent.
And then on top of that you included a gallery at the end of the chapter.
OUTSTANDING!!!! Just viewing those images is enough to inspire me to go
out and start making better images.
I have only one negative comment about the excerpt: You formatted it like an open book, i.e. you have two pages side-by-side. I found this to be kind of awkward to have to zig-zag to get from one page to another. The Adobe reader will reformat them with the pages stacked, but it does not keep the photo captions with the photo's when it reformats. Not a major problem, just kind of irritating. Teaching and photography - those are two areas where Arthur Morris is definitely world-class. The nice thing about an Arthur Morris book is being able to experience both in the same package! Emory PS: I am looking forward to seeing you on the Lake Martin IPT next spring.
Fort DeSoto has rapidly become one of my very favorite photo locations. Join us during prime time to photograph Royal and Sandwich Terns & Laughing Gulls in spectacular breeding plumage/courtship and copulations; dark and white phase Reddish Egrets in breeding plumage; many other tame heron and egret species; Forster's Terns, Long-billed Curlew and a dozen or more easily approachable shorebird species; great flight photography opportunities will be available at DeSoto. Depending on local conditions we may or may not enjoy the following in Sarasota: great flight photography opportunities; Brown Pelicans with nesting material; Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, & Black-crowned Night-Heron (head and shoulders portraits likely with this species). This IPT will include at least three slide programs.
Join us to photograph nesting Roseate Spoonbills, Great & Cattle Egret, and Little Blue Heron in a budding cypress swamp. We will witness and photograph a variety of courtship behaviors as well as lots of nest building. Barring a natural disaster there will be Great Egret chicks on both IPTs. Tiny spoonbill chicks are possible on the second IPT but will almost surely be difficult to photograph. Both IPTs will feature spoonbills in mind-boggling breeding plumage (unlike anything I've ever seen here in Florida), but there will be more birds in mega-breeding plumage on the first tour. The spoonbills will be courting, building nests, copulating, and fighting. Good flight photography opportunities are expected on both IPTs. 500 and 600mm lenses with 1.4 and 2X TCs are recommended; equipment rentals are available. Barred Owls are guaranteed. There will also be Green Heron, both night-herons, scenic sunrises, nutria, alligators, and lots of flowers. Sunny afternoons will be tough at Lake Martin but mornings will be spectacular. With cloudy weather the days will be long... This IPT includes four slide programs. Registration includes a complimentary homemade crawfish etouffe dinner: hosts: Wes and Patti Ardoin. (Fly to Lafayette, La.)
ALLIGATOR FARM IPT
Heron and egret rookery. Nesting Great Egrets with chicks, nesting Snowy and Cattle Egrets, and Tricolored Herons. Courtship behaviors, copulations, eggs, nests and possibly tiny chicks. Includes three classroom sessions in air-conditioned comfort during the heat of the day. The introductory slide program will be at 2pm on Friday May 12, 2006.
January 2006 Tanzania Photo-Safari with co-leader Todd Gustafson. January 16-30, 2006 (14 full and one half-day of photography): $7762.50/person. Non-refundable $1000 deposit required. See or request Bulletin 166 in the archives for complete details. (Sold out.)
Summer 2006 Kenya Photo-Safari with co-leader Todd Gustafson. Please e-mail for details. A non-refundable $1000 deposit required.
HOMER AK Bald Eagle IPT MAR 3-7 and MAR 3-8, 2006 5-day: $1699 (limit 10) are now both sold out.
NOME, ALASKA IPT June 10-20, 2006 in conjunction with Greg Downing: (Sold out.)
Antarctica/South Georgia/Falkland Islands Zegrahms Cruise with Arthur Morris and Greg Downing: January 4-24, 2007. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Note: Only a very few of our slots remain for this trip.
For general IPT info, deposit and registration details, and cancellation policies, please visit: http://www.birdsasart.com/tours.html
If you would like your name placed on the waiting list for one or more trips, please e-mail, indicate the trip or trips that you are interested in, and be sure to include day, evening, and cell phone numbers. We often have late cancellations.
Best and love and great
picture-making to all,
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 Devices. 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=subscribe To unsubscribe, click here: mailto:email@example.com?subject=unsubscribe. Back issues of all BAA Bulletins and relevant BAA Notes are archived on the web site at: http://www.birdsasart.com/bn.html