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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #73  March 8, 2002


Product Photo copyright 2002/Greg Downing
The ten-panel laminated Pocket Guide to Evaluative Metering was delivered from FastMark last week.  The print job was spectacular and the laminating is way cool. The back of this guide features 60 representative natural history photographs accompanied by the suggested exposure compensations; the front of the card offers a wealth of informative text. The whole thing folds neatly to fit in your pocket.  Since the publication of "The Art of Bird Photography," many have turned to BIRDS AS ART to learn how to use their camera's evaluative metering system and countless folks have begged us to offer a guide that would feature numerous examples. We had originally though of using just 30 images but as the project developed we kept finding more and more examples that needed to be dealt with and wound up with 60.  Each image is approximately the size of a 35mm transparency.   (If you are one of those photographers who has been carrying around a Xeroxed copy of our simplified exposure diagram then you will be thrilled by this new offering.)
This new guide will make understanding your camera's meter and coming up with good exposures consistently far easier than ever.  Users of all modern cameras that feature an evaluative, matrix, or honeycomb-type meter will benefit from studying the Pocket Guide.  And that goes for folks using high bodies other than Canon such as Nikon, Minolta, Olympus. Even F-5 (it's good, but it's not perfect) users will learn a lot.  (In general they will need less compensation--especially less plus compensation--than the users of other modern camera bodies.)  Digital shooters will find that with most high end bodies with fairly good evaluative meters that their histograms will be perfect after setting the recommended compensations. 
Thanks to the more than 100 folks who pre-ordered their cards; these were mailed first class on Tuesday March 5. 
To order your copy (or copies--the Exposure Cards make great gifts), please  send a check made out to "Arthur Morris" for $20.95 ($19.95 plus a buck shipping)  each to: BIRDS AS ART  PO Box 7245  Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.  Florida residents please add 6% sales tax = $22.15. each.  We now have less than 1900 cards in stock and are receiving orders daily. We do not accept credit cards over the phone.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please use Paypal by clicking on the following link:

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The Clearwater Photo Weekend was a huge success.  On Friday night there was an artist's reception at the Packinghouse Gallery.  It was the first time that I had been able to visit and Joe Bailey and Lesley Collins have created a simply beautiful gallery.  You do need to visit when you are in the Tampa/St. Pete area.  Call (727) 596-7822 for directions and info. The Saturday Seminar was attended by 63 eager-to-improve nature photographers. The Sunday In-the-Field Workshop at Fort DeSoto Park featured strong southerly winds and lots of great birds to photograph including several spectacular Reddish Egrets and hundreds of gulls, terns and skimmers.  The Monday ITF Workshop participants were greeted by fierce north winds with gusts at times exceeding 50 mph and the world's tamest baby raccoon that sauntered about on the beach for hours eventually entering the water and catching tiny crabs. The gulls, terns, and skimmers cooperated as well, and by afternoon the sun came out and the skies cleared for a few hours.  Just before dusk we all got to photograph several Great Egrets feeding in the lee of a stand of mangroves.

Image Copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
White phase Reddish Egret in full breeding plumage
Fort DeSoto Park, Tierra Verde, FL  
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS lens, 1.4XII TC, EOS 1v
Fuji Velvia pushed one stop
Evaluative metering at zero in cloudy bright conditions: 1/800 sec. at f/5.6




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