Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache, NWR, San
Image copyright 2006/Arthur Morris/BIRDS
Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC and
the EOS-1Ds Mark II. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/40 sec. at
This is a slow shutter speed subject motion
blur. You can learn everything that you wanted to know about creating
pleasing blurs by joining Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris for the "A
Blurry Day in Bosque 1-DAY IPT on NOV 27. See below for details.
This image was created on one of the 2006
Bosque IPTs. Artie used the knowledge earned with well more than a
decade of experience to put his group in position to make some great
pre-dawn blast-off images. Nobody else was able to sniff out this
photo opp.... If you cannot make this year's IPT, the next best thing
would be to get yourself a copy of the BIRDS AS ART Bosque
Site Guide. (Note: check out the subject-movement-only blur image
A BLURRY DAY IN
A BLURRY DAY in BOSQUE del APACHE 2010 IPT: NOV 27, 2010. Slide
program on the evening of Friday, NOV 26. 1-FULL DAY: $399.
(Payment in full due upon registration.) Limit: 15/Openings: 13.
Leaders: Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris.
Denise and Artie for a day of learning about and creating pleasingly
blurred images. They are nearly finished completing their Guide to
Pleasing Blurs; it should be available before the end of September.
Denise is the very creative moderator of the Out of the Box Forum on BPN (BirdPhotographers.Net)
and Artie as you all know very well is Mr. Famous Bird Photographer
will be an introductory slide program on the evening of Friday,
November 26 at 7pm sharp; meet at K-Bob's. artie and denise will go
over the basic principles that separate pleasing blurs from lousy,
out-of-focus images and will instruct you on a wide variety of techniques
that you can use to create pleasingly blurred images. You will learn to
create motion blurs (including slow shutter speed blurs, extreme slow
shutter speed blurs, pan blurs and subject-movement- only blurs), zoom
blurs (in the field and in Photoshop), camera shake blurs, camera movement
blurs, wind blurs, flash blurs and even blurs in bright sun--a polarizer
or an ND filter is usually required for the latter. Heck, we may even do
some Fractalius blurs!
There will be two guided in-the-field sessions on Saturday: 6am till
10:30 am & 3:00 pm till after sunset. And there will be a break
after lunch. This one will likely fill very quickly.
Note: there are still three slots open on the Bosque IPT that features
lots of great leaders including multiple BBC honoree Chris Van Royen of
South Africa. See item last for details.
Snow Geese, flash blur, Bosque del Apache, NWR, San Antonio, NW
Image copyright 2006/Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1Ds Mark II.
ISO 320. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/30 sec. at f/5.6.
Flash at -1 stop with
There are 26 pages on the basics of creating pleasing blurs in
Chapter IV of
ABP II (916 pages on CD only). The Guide to Pleasing Blurs
will cover a much wider variety of techniques in much great detail.
SW FLORIDA PRESIDENT'S
WEEK IPT DATE CHANGE
Due to a mix-up with the dates of a speaking
appearance at the Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls, OR next February,
the dates for the SW Florida President's Week IPT have been changed.
TAT (thanks a ton) to Geri Georg, Wayne Guerke, and Louise Burky for
graciously agreeing to re-schedule. Here is the new and correct information:
FLA IPT: FEB 9-14, 2011. Slide program on the evening of FEB 8. 6 Full Days:
$2899. (Limit 10/Openings 8). Escape
winter's icy grip to enjoy a wide array of Florida's tame birds: herons,
egrets, Wood Stork, shorebirds, gulls, terns, skimmers, raptors, and more.
Please see item last for terms and deposit information.
above: white morph Reddish Egret,
Little Estero Lagoon, Fort Myers Beach, FL
below: Great Egret, Little Estero Lagoon, Fort
Myers Beach FL
Images copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS
Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens with 2X II TC/below: Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens.
On the SW FLA IPT we have a great chance
of finding a variety of wading birds in mega-breeding plumage. Once
again, if you cannot make the IPT, the
Site Guide will ensure that you wind up in the right place at
the right time.
Painting On An Effect/A Photoshop Tutorial by Denise Ippolito
I hate making selections; in
almost every case, the edges look unnatural even if you use Refine Edge.
I have developed a technique that I call "Painting On An Effect" and use it
to make virtually all of my targeted selections.
First bring your image into photoshop then make a
duplicate layer by hitting Control J. Then make the change that you wish to
apply to only part of the image to the entire image. Confused?
Read it again: make whatever change you wish to apply to only a portion of
the image to the entire image. You can selectively sharpen or play
with the color or reduce noise or do whatever else you would like to
do to a portion of your image. But you
make the change to the entire image. Be
sure, however, to make only one adjustment at a time. Then add a Layer Mask
to the top layer and with the mask selected, hit Control I to invert the
mask color to BLACK. This covers whatever adjustment you have made. Then
select your soft (0 hardness) brush tool (B) and make sure that the
foreground (the top color square) is set to white--if not, hit X. Now just
paint away the mask over the image wherever you would like your original
adjustment to show through.
Artie is learning this technique and used it with
success on BPN here.
Follow the link to learn of a new use for Selective Color that he came up
Check out Denise's A Creative Adventure; it's a great
And for those in the NJ area be sure to check out her Longwood Gardens and
Barnegat Jetty workshops by scrolling down
Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile, Jamaica
Bay WR, Queens, NY
Image copyright 2010/Arthur Morris/BIRDS
Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC
and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops:
1/80 sec. at f/8. (Should have been IS) 1600 +3 stops as the original
capture was well underexposed in the dreary conditions. Fill flash
Better Beamer at -3 stops (should have been -2 stops).
The first frame in the animated GIF is the
original capture. The second frame is the image after lightening the
entire image a bit and image clean-up (all as per Digital Basics). To
create the final image from the second frame I used Denise's Painting On An
Effect technique to brighten the bird without lightening the background and
without creating any selection halos.
Both of the Homer IPT trips that Robert and I
are co-leading sold out within days--see below for details on those or to
have your name added to the waiting list. By popular demand,
Robert has added an earlier trip that he will be leading alone.
There is only a single opening.
March 12-16, 2011 (slide program the evening of March 11) 5-FULL
DAYS: $2799. ABSOLUTE LIMIT: 5/Openings: 1 (plus the leader: Robert
Experience the "good old days" in Homer once again. One boat trip with
legal eagle feeding
each day (weather permitting). Robert has extensive Canon and Nikon
experience as well as 5 years experience at Homer. All natural
settings. You will photograph eagles in flight until you are too tired
to lift your lens. On Robert's trip in late February 2010, some group
members stayed in the motel on the last day because they were
too tired to photograph! Eagles in flight, perched on
lichen-and moss-covered driftwood, in small spruce trees, and on rocky
beaches. Diving. Fighting. Fishing. This will be one of
the great photographic experiences of your lifetime. Snow possible.
Possible optional subjects: Long-tailed Duck, both goldeneye ducks, Common
and Red-breasted Merganser, Northwestern Crow, and a variety of gulls; Slaty
-backed Gull is possible. There is just one slot left: if you snooze
on this one you will lose.
Bald Eagle, Homer, AK
Image copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS
Homer eagles are silly tame.
Virtually all great stock images of Bald Eagle were created in
Homer. Here I used flash as main light techniques to create a blue sky
from what looked like a white sky. To learn how to use flash as
fill, flash as main light, and manual flash, check out Telephoto Flash
Chapter VI of
(916 pages on CD only).
del APACHE 2010 IPT: �The Complete Bosque Experience.�NOV 20-26, 2010.
Slide program on the evening of Friday, NOV 19. 7-FULL DAYS:
$3199. (Non-refundable deposit: $500; see details below.) Limit:
Co-leaders: Robert O�Toole, Jim Heupel, and multiple BBC Wildlife
Photographer of the Year honoree Chris Van Rooyen of South Africa (www.wildlifephotography.co.za/). Live,
eat, and breathe photography with one of (if not the) world's premier
photographic educators at one of his very favorite locations on the
planet. Plus great co-leaders and top-notch Photoshop instruction.
Please see terms and deposit info below.
A BLURRY DAY in BOSQUE del APACHE
2010 IPT: NOV 27, 2010. Slide program on the evening of Friday,
NOV 26. 1-FULL DAY: $399. (Payment in full due upon
registration.) Limit: 15/Openings: 13.
Leaders: Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris.
SAN DIEGO IPT: JAN 19-23, 2011.
Slide program on the evening
of JAN 18.
Full Days: $2399
(Limit 8/Opening 7) Brown
Pelicans in spectacular breeding plumage with their bright red
bill pouches, Wood and Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Western,
California, and Heerman's Gulls, Marbled Godwit, and lots, lots
more. Please see terms and deposit info below.
SW FLA IPT: FEB 9-14, 2011. Slide program on the
evening of FEB 8. 6
Full Days: 2899. (Limit 10/Openings 8). Escape
winter's icy grip to enjoy a wide array of Florida's tame
birds: herons, egrets, Wood Stork, shorebirds, gulls, terns,
skimmers, raptors, and more. Please see terms and
deposit info immediately below.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold a spot fn the
above IPTs. Deposits may be paid by check, PayPal, or credit card.
Payment in full (by check or money order only) is due four months
before the start of each trip and is non-refundable unless the IPT
sells out. You will be required to sign a statement of
understanding to this effect. Travel insurance is of
course highly recommended. Travel Insurance Services offers
a variety of plans and options. Included with the Elite
Option or available as an upgrade to the Basic & Plus Options
is Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons
for your canceling to an infinite list from a sudden work or
family obligation to a simple change of mind. My family and
I use and depend on the great policies offered by TIS whenever we
travel. You can learn more here:
Do note that many plans require that you
purchase your travel insurance within 14 days of our cashing your
deposit check or running your credit card. Travel
insurance protects you against unexpected developments, injuries,
We regret that we must implement this new policy but we have been
plagued by last minute cancellations that make it impossible for
others to participate and deprive us of essential income.
Important note: please print, fill out, and sign the
registration and release forms and include them with your deposit
check (made out to "Arthur Morris." ) If you use a credit
card to register, please fill out, sign, and mail the forms asap.
Your registration will not be complete until we receive your paper
work. You can find the forms
2010 & 2011 Galapagos Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPTs/The Complete
Galapagos Photographic Experience: July 2010 & July 2011:
two weeks on the boat (Limits: 12/Sold out).
If you are a happy camper and would like to have your name(s) placed
on a waiting list or either the 2010 or 2011 trip or on the the
seriously interested list for the 2012 trip, please e-mail us at
ROBERT O'TOOLE PHOTOGRAPHY HOMER BALD EAGLE INSTRUCTIONAL
PHOTO-TOUR WITH ARTHUR MORRIS/BIRDS AS ART. March 18-22,
2011 & March 24-28.
DAYS: $3249. Limit: 12 (Including the leaders/both sold out). Both
of these trips sold out with long waiting lists within hours after
being announced to the BAA Friends List. The Friends List
consists of IPT veterans who fit in the happy camper category.
If you have been on an IPT and/or you are a truly happy camper
and would like your name added to the BAA Friends List, please
e-mail me at
include a short note.
MIDWAY ATOLL IPT, April 2012, (from Oahu,
HI). 7-FULL DAYS OF PHOTOGRAPHY. (Sold Out.)
Best and great picture-making,
Arthur Morris has been a paid Canon contract photographer, part of the
Explorers of Light program, since 1996 and continues in that role today.
Hunt's Photo of Boston, MA is a BAA sponsor as is Delkin Devices.