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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #99 February 15, 2003

Sarasota Photo Weekend March 22-25, 2003

Tanzania Gustafson/BIRDS AS ART Photo Safari Follow-up

100-400 AS 1:2 Macro Lens!

New Mexico Bound


African Lion male in early morning light
Digital capture: EOS 1Ds, 1.4X II TC, 500mm f/4 L IS lens. 
ISO 400, Evaluative Metering:  1/200 sec. at f/11 
Wimberley head with Safari Todd-Pod
Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
The lions of Ndutu are clean and caramel-colored!  It ain't just birds!

Arthur Morris/ Birds As Art

Nature Photography Weekend

Sponsored by Johnson Photo Imaging and Canon USA

Sarasota, Florida March 22-25, 2003

The Art Of Nature Photography; It Ain’t Just Birds! 

                 Two-Day How-To Seminar:  SAT/SUN March 22-23, 2003 
 Fort DeSoto Park In-The-Field Workshops: MON March 24 and TUES March 25
On Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, 2003, internationally renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris will present a two day Seminar--The Art of Nature Photography: It Ain’t Just Birds.  More than 10,000 of Mr. Morris' technically perfect, artistically designed images have appeared in virtually all natural history, photography, and birding publications, as well as in many general interest publications, prestigious calendars, advertisements, and on posters and web sites. Artie has been a Canon contract photographer since 1995, has done a worldwide television commercial for the EOS 1N, and has appeared in seven episodes of the Canon Photo Safari television program. He is a contributing photographer with VIREO (Philadelphia), Windrush Photos (UK), and The Stock Market, (New York). He has written four books; the latest, The Art of Bird Photography is considered the classic how-to work on bird photography.  He is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer.

This seminar is for all nature photographers (not just bird photographers) who want to learn how to make better images. Artie will describe the methods and techniques that he has developed and used since 1983. His comments on equipment (including digital), film, autofocus, light, exposure, composition and picture design, image sharpness, getting close to wild subjects, and his tips on photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with a telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their images.

Attendees will learn:

1.       All about modern autofocus cameras and lenses as well as the pros and cons of both the Canon and Nikon systems and digital photography. 

2.       How to get closer to free, wild and unrestrained creatures than ever before while minimizing disturbance. 

3.       The secrets of producing razor sharp images and the benefits of image stabilizer lenses.

4.       About Artie's two favorite films, and how and when he uses them.

5.       How to shoot calendar quality silhouettes at almost any time of the day!

6.       How and when to use flash and projected flash as main light and as fill light.

7.       How the quality and the direction of natural light affects your images.

8.       How to come up with pure, clean, out-of-focus backgrounds that are the hallmark of Artie's style.

9.       How to use their camera’s evaluative metering system to come up with perfect exposures quickly and accurately.

The In-The-Field Workshop(s) will be held at Fort DeSoto Park. They are open to all; you do not need to register for the SAT/SUN Seminar to attend (but lord only knows why you would want to miss it...) Limit: 10 participants.   A 400 mm lens with a 1.4X teleconverter is the minimum recommended focal length lens for these Workshops.  500 and 600mm telephoto lenses are ideal.  (Pre-dawn to sunset with a two-hour break after lunch.)

The cost of the Two-Day Seminar is $100.00 at the door, $90.00 in advance.  If you buy your ticket on or before Feb 14, JPI is offering an early-bird discounted price of $80.00.  You can sign up for the SAT/SUN only by calling JPI  (941 752 0550) or by visiting the store on SR 70 E, about 1 mile West of I-75 at 6709 State Road 70 East, Bradenton FL 34203.  Coming from the north use Exit 217, from the south use Exit 217B. The phone number is 941-752-0550.

The cost of the In-The-Field Workshops are $200.00/day. Probable subjects include Laughing Gulls in full breeding plumage performing various courtship displays, hundreds of shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, and various herons and egrets including both the dark and white phases of Reddish Egret (see the latter at: in spectacular breeding plumage with their bright pink bills and ultramarine blue lores.

Important Notes:

1-The ITF-Workshops are open to everyone.  You do not need to attend the SAT-SUN Seminar in order to attend the ITF-Workshop (but it sure would be a great idea to attend the weekend sessions).  

2-To register for the one or both of the ITF-Workshops, send a check made out to “Arthur Morris” for $200/day to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART PO Box 7245 Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.   Please be sure to include your preferred date(s), your home address and phone number, your work number, and most importantly, your correct e-mail address if you have one.  

3-Registrations for the Two-Day Seminar must be made through Johnson Photo Imaging (see above).  Registrations for the ITF-Workshops must be made through Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART (see #2 above.)

Grey Crowned Crane backlit, Ngorongoro Crater

Digital capture with Canon EOS 1Ds, 2X II TC, 500mm f/4 L IS lens

ISO 160. Evaluative Metering +1/3 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/11

Shaded -side fill flash at -1/3 with Better Beamer

Wimberley head with Safari Todd-Pod

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

When working with brightly backlit subjects it is best to work in Program mode so that you do not inadvertently over-expose by choosing to large an aperture and failing to note the value flashing as a warning...  I did just that and lost a bunch of tight head shots of this bird...


Amazingly, we have received 3 deposit checks for this incredible trip, one additional check "is in the mail, " and Martin Feldman and his wife are strongly considering joining us...   With Todd and I, that would make 8.  We have reservations for 4 vans, with 3 photographers per van, so the likelihood is that our initial reservations will be accounted for fairly soon.  We are not at all averse to traveling with more than 12 folks as the safari vans will not be convoying, that is, each van will set out on its own to maximize the photographic opportunities and avoid the traffic jam scene.  There are virtually unlimited subjects on both morning and afternoon game drives.  And heck, the fact that I alone missed the spectacular Saddle-Billed Stork on several occasions is reason enough for me to return. In any case, if you are at all considering joining us please do get in touch via e-mail so that we may up-date our reservations.  (Many of the lodges sell out nearly a year in advance...)   See BAA Bulletin for additional details. Bulletin 98 should be archived soon--if you would like a copy before it is posted, please e-mail us and request same.

Leopard in tree, Seronera.   

Digital capture with Canon EOS 1Ds, 500mm IS lens

ISO 250. Evaluative Metering +1/3 stop = 1/200 sec. at f/8

Flash at zero with Better Beamer (subject in full shade)

Wimberley head with Safari Todd-Pod

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Leopard is not guaranteed on the 2004 trip as we will not be visiting Seronera; we were extremely lucky to photograph two different leopards there...


At one of the lodges in Tanzania, we encountered some ridiculously tame Agama lizards.  I did not bring the 180 macro to Africa, but I wanted to do some close-ups of the lizard's heads.  What to do?  When I began, I had no clue as to the solution (if there was one).  Using the two-element diopter would give me the magnification that I wanted but I simply could not get within an inch or two.   I could however, get within four inches or so.  I fudged around a bit and eventually came up with the following:  Mount two 25mm extension tubes between the lens and the camera body.  Rack the lens back to 100mm!  Set the lens to minimum close focus.  Place the front of the lens right on the rock and then approach the lizard carefully to within 4-5 inches until the head snaps into sharp focus!  Press the shutter button. 
While this technique worked well handheld with tame lizards, it would also work well as a tripod-mounted 1:2 macro lens for flowers and other small subjects.  The key was racking the lens back to 100mm. With 50mm of extension on a "100mm lens" the magnification is 1:2... Go figure.  This serves as an excellent example of how I solve various photographic problems.  I did not have the technical knowledge to come up with the solution while sitting on my bed.  I needed to get out into the searing heat try various solutions until l came up with one that worked (beyond my wildest expectations!) 
Agama Lizard, male, Seronera  

Digital capture with Canon EOS 1Ds, 100-400mm IS zoom lens, two 25 mm extension tubes 

ISO 400.  Evaluative Metering: 1/25 sec. at f/16

Image copyright 2003 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

You can learn more by getting out and experimenting than by sitting on your duff...

I am back to Orlando Airport on Sunday morning to fly to Albuquerque.  I will be working with the NANPA scholarship students on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and then photographing at Bosque on my own through Wednesday morning when I head back up to Albuquerque for the 2003 NANPA Summit.  On Sunday afternoon and Monday morning I am co-leading a Bosque NANPA workshop and then conducting the Bosque Post-NANPA IPT (still only 4 registrants--late registrants welcome).  I fly home on February 28.  I will be home only 4 days before I head down to Fort Myers for the SW FLA IPT!  Life is tough.  In all seriousness, I regret that I will be unable to answer general queries until mid-March but will be glad to do so after then.  If you will be at NANPA, be sure to come by the booth and say "Hi."






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