November 10th, 2011



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This Bald silhouette was created with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, the 1.4X III TC (handheld at 280mm) with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 640. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/4 set manually. Lens/TC/camera body Micro-adjustment: -8.

Central Sensor/Rear Focus/AI Servo AF and recompose. In situations like this you must concentrate on standing perfectly still to avoid throwing off the focus. So I did. To enjoy viewing a larger sized image, click on the photo. Then click on the enlarged version to close it.


I will be hanging out at City Hall in Davenport, FL with about 18 of my favorite canvas prints of images created in my home state: Friday and Saturday, November 11/12, 2012. That’s soon! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and chat for a bit. You can learn more about the Horse Creek Festival here. Davenport City Hall is located less than 8 miles from the SR 27 exit off Interstate 4. I hope to see you there.

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This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering + 1 2/3 stops: 1/60 sec. at f/11 set manually.

Central Sensor (by necessity) Rear Focus/AI Servo AF on the eagle’s face and recompose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial.

For a greater appreciation of the image, click on the photo. Then click on the enlarged version to close it.


I continue to put in 20+ hours a week towards making the blog informative, timely, and beautiful. Most of the educational features that formerly appeared in BAA Bulletins now grace the BAA Blog. If you have a problem subscribing, please contact us via e-mail. If you are not subscribed, you are missing a ton of great stuff almost daily. You can subscribe to the blog posts by clicking here. Below are links to recent posts of interest.

Check out the new BIRDS AS ART swimming pool (under construction) by scrolling down here.

#s 14 and 15 in the “For Your Critique” series here and here.

In “Image Optimization Magic Part I” learn about my favorite new Photoshop plug-in.

Check out my favorite flash blur from the Homer IPT here.

See what Chuck Westfall, Canon’s top tech rep, has to say about their new flagship professional digital camera body, the EOS-1D X here.

Take a look at my flight shot of an adult Bald Eagle in a heavy snow squall in the “Snowbound” post.

Learn what’s going on at Bosque del Apache NWR this season by clicking here.

You can see four of my favorite Homer IPT images along with a lesson on creating neat silhouettes from seemingly dreary images in the “So It’s Bald Eagles You Wanted” post here.

Earn Free Contest Entries and Support both the Bulletins and the Blog by making all your B & H purchases here.

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Shopper’s Guide

Below is a list of the gear used to create the images in today’s blog post. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.

Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2X III teleconverter. I also use it a lot with the 1.4X III TC.
Canon 1.4X III Teleconverter. Designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. My two Mark IVs are my workhorse digital camera bodies.

And from the BAA On-line Store:

LensCoats. I have a LensCoat on each of my big lenses to protect them from nicks and thus increase their re-sales value. All my big lens LensCoat stuff is in Hardwood Snow pattern.
LegCoat Tripod Leg Covers. I have four tripods active and each has a Hardwood Snow LegCoat on it to help prevent further damage to my tender shoulders 🙂
Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
CR-80 Replacement Foot for Canon 800. When using the 800 on a Mongoose as I do, replacing the lens foot with this accessory lets the lens sit like a dog whether pointed up or down and prevents wind-blown spinning of your lens on breezy days by centering the lens directly over the tripod.
Double Bubble Level. You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am not using flash.
Be sure to check out our camera body User’s Guides here.
The Lens Align Mark II. I use the Lens Align Mark II pretty much religiously to micro-adjust all of my gear an average of once a month and always before a major trip. Enjoy our free comprehensive tutorial here.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV User’s Guide. Learn to use your Mark IV the way that I use mine. Also available for the 7D and the Mark III here.

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