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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #68 December 25, 2001

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BAA
TWO NEW ST. AUGUSTINE AF IPTs
CONFESSIONS!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BAA
 
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and happy, healthy, productive and safe 2002s.  I hope that your new year is filled with happiness, peacefulness, success, love, and many wonderful images.  And whether you photograph in your backyard or on seven continents, please do so safely and with respect for our world. 
 
Many of you know that my older daughter, Jennifer, runs BIRDS AS ART on a full time basis and is at least as responsible for our incredible success in recent years as I am.  Jennifer is taking off for a few months and is (anxiously!) awaiting the birth of her second child.  (She was due on December 17, but what do they know?)  In her stead, Lois Smith will be holding down the fort till I return from my Arizona/California travels in mid-January before heading up to Jacksonville for the NANPA Summit.   Both Jennifer and Lois send their love and best wishes your way. 
 
ANNOUNCING THE 2002
ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM IPTs
 
 
Great Egret, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL.  Image copyright 2001/Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens, 1.4X II TC, Canon EOS 1v camera body.  Fuji Velvia pushed one stop
 (rated at EI 100).   Evaluative metering -1/3: 1/125 second at f/5.6.  (Late April.)
 
 
Snowy Egret fledgling, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL.  Image copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens, 50mm of extension, Canon EOS 1v camera body.  Provia F 100 pushed one stop (rated at EI 200).   Evaluative metering +2/3: 1/90 sec. at f/8. 
550 EX Flash with Better Beamer, fill flash at -1. (First week of July.)

        2002 BIRDS AS ART/Instructional Photo-Tours          

 ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM  

NESTING HERONS & EGRETS

APRIL 26-28, JUNE 21-23   3-DAY: $829   LIMIT 6

EYE-LEVEL NESTS: TRICOLORED HERON, SNOWY, GREAT, & CATTLE EGRET

SEND YOUR $200 DEPOSIT NOW TO ENSURE A SPOT

Cattle Egret, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL. Image copyright 2001/Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens, 1.4X TC, Canon EOS 1v camera body.  Fuji Velvia pushed one stop
(rated at EI 100).   Evaluative metering -2/3: 1/1000 second at f/5.6.  (Late April.)

 

In late April, there are many Great and Cattle Egrets at the absolute peak of breeding plumage. (Snowy Egrets with bright cherry red lores are possible but it seems that few birds of this species reach high breeding plumage in a given year...)  It is hard to decide which species is the more beautiful.   At this time of year, there are usually a few newborn Great Egret chicks.  Many pairs of Snowy Egrets and Tricolored Herons as well as the Cattle Egrets will be building nests, and equal numbers will have begun incubating their eggs.  By late June, there are more heron and egret chicks around than seems possible.  And the most incredible thing about St. Augustine is that many of the nests are below eye-level and within arm's length of the boardwalk!
 
Rookeries, however, are cluttered places.  Join me and learn to develop your creative vision.  Learn how a pro "sees" and is able to pick out clean images from amidst a seemingly chaotic mass of sticks and twigs and shadows and white-wash.  Select the first IPT for loads of adults in full breeding plumage, and the second for nestlings and fledglings. 
 
 
Tricolored Heron fledgling, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
Image copyright 2001/Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 300mm f/4L IS lens, 25mm extension tube,
Canon EOS 1v camera body.  Fuji Velvia pushed one stop
(rated at EI 100).   Evaluative metering -1/3 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/6.7.
550 EX Flash with Better Beamer, fill flash at -2/3 (Late June.)
 
 
CONFESSIONS 
 
Though some may find it hard to believe, I am leaving the work horse 600mm f/4L IS lens at home for my AZ/CA trip and packing the 500mm f/4 L IS lens.  And, as if that is not enough, I am bringing the Gitzo Carbon Fiber 1325 and leaving the heavier CF 1548 at home.  Am I getting older?  Sure I am .  And so are you.  As I have used the 500mm IS more and more in recent months, I have grown to love its relatively light weight and the razor sharp images that it produces routinely.  And last but not least, I must publicly admit that I am taking 55 rolls of Provia F 100 and "only" 50 rolls of my beloved Velvia; speed is addictive!
 
I will be photographing hawks with Ned Harris in a valley south of Tucson for a few days, and then heading on to San Diego to see my Mom and lead the sold out Southern California IPT.  I just can never get enough of those breeding plumage Brown Pelicans on the cliffs of LaJolla.


 

 



 

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