NOV 2, 2005 
Photographic Theme:  the work of some of my most successful and talented students.  
Resplendent Quetzal  Image copyright 2005: Ralph Paonessa


Unless you are really stubborn--I run across some folks, usually men on an IPT, who steadfastly refuse to follow a single suggestion that I make--then the quality of your images should improve drastically if you attend a BIRDS AS ART Seminar like the one coming up this weekend in Dallas or if you attend a BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour or Photo Safari or Cruise.
The most common mistakes that people make in the field involve light- and head-angle, image design and composition, exposure, getting the most out of their AF system and focusing accurately, creating sharp images.  We hammer away at all of those topics and more at our seminars and on IPTs.  Many folks can create some nice images but have no clue as how to optimize them quickly in Photoshop.   Sunday at our seminars is "Digital Rocks" day and we will be doing lots of live Photoshop.  And on our IPTs we spend one full evening session reviewing our BAA Digital Workflow. 
Many folks who are now dear friends and/or professional colleagues studied with me extensively when they were getting started, and the names of many of them are now recognized nationally.   The folks in this group have in return helped me immensely over the years, especially with all aspects of digital photography.  I honor them here with either a mention of a few examples of their best work.   Can I really help you become a better photographer?  I very much think so...
Common Eider, Image copyright 2005: Greg Downing


We currently have 47 folks signed up for the seminar.  Even if you know as much as I do about nature photography, you should attend simply because of the great door prizes:  one (1) Lowepro RoadRunner AW; two (2) 1gb e-Film Pro Cards; five (5) Nature Photographer Magazine 1-year gift subscriptions; two (2) certificates from Visual Echoes for a free Better Beamer; two (2) WildBird Magazine 1-year gift subscriptions; five (5) Plamps from the great folks at Wimberley; and one (1) $50-off coupon from Vested Interest. If you are within a three hour drive or plane flight from Dallas we would love to see you for a great weekend of fun, learning, great images, and super door-prizes.
The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain't Just Birds! Weekend Seminar
Dallas, Texas,  November 5-6, 2005
The Countrywide Theater at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas.
For directions, click here:
Cranes and crescent moon, photo composite copyright 2005:  Ellen Anon


The Dallas seminar is for all nature photographers who want to learn how to make better images. I will describe the methods and techniques that I have developed and used since 1983.  My comments on equipment (including and especially digital equipment), autofocus, light, composition and image design, and sharpness and my tips on getting close to wild subjects and photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with a telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their images. Since going all-digital in November 2002, I have--in short order--become a digital photography and Photoshop expert.  My approach to optimizing images is to create a master file of excellent quality in the shortest possible time.  I will share our workflow and numerous Digital and Photoshop tips during the Sunday sessions.


Weekend package (2 days): $159.  Either Saturday or Sunday:  $109.  To register send a check for the full amount made out to "Arthur Morris" to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.  We accept credit cards by phone: 863-692-0906.  In either case, we need your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your daytime and evening phone numbers. 


Please e-mail us for the complete weekend schedule and lodging options.


Least Tern chick begging, image copyright 2005: Linda Robbins



BOSQUE IPTs  3-DAY: $929.  All with co-leader Ellen Anon.  NOV 15-17, 2005 (Limit 14, 4 openings), NOV 20-22 (Limit 14, 1 openings) & NOV 26-28 (Limit 14; sold out
Note: Because we have had several late cancellations for the first Bosque IPT, I am offering a late-registration discount.  Please call me at 863-692-0906 for details.
SW FLA, Post X-mas IPT. 3 -DAY: $929. DEC 28-30, 2005(Limit 12; 5 openings)
There is lots of room on this one, and we will have lots of great, ridiculously tame birds.  The Venice Rookery will be in full swing.  Includes White Pelican/Sunset Cruise courtesy of Grande Tours  (  Here are some pix from last year's trip:
SAN DIEGO 4-Day IPT: $1399 w/co-leader Ellen Anon.  JAN 5-8, 2006    (Limit 12, 10 Openings.)  This IPT is still shaping up to be a near-private affair.  Do consider joining us to photograph Brown Pelican and Heerman's Gulls in spectacular breeding plumage, loads of tame shorebirds, Lesser Scaup, and Wood and Ring-necked Ducks at close range.  In addition there will be lots of opportunities for great behavior and flight photography and some really good food.  You can see some San Diego IPT pix here:  Please e-mail to learn of our late registration discount for this IPT. 

HOMER AK Bald Eagle IPT #2:  MAR 8-12,  2006 5-day: $1699 (limit 12.  seven slots open).  Co-leader Todd Gustafson.   This fee does not include shared SUV (possibly mandatory...), meals, lodging, or flights.   Includes four slide programs, and image critique, a year's experience at Homer, in-the-field instruction and fish feeding. 

My understanding is that there is a well less than 1% chance that the local authorities might put some type of ban in place that would forbid eagle feeding anywhere on the spit this year.  If that happens, BIRDS AS ART will not be held liable for the cost of your plane ticket. You might, therefore, consider #1: using frequent-flier miles (as I did) for your ticket (which would then--in most cases--be fully refundable less a $100 fee).  #2: Purchasing a refundable ticket (quite expensive). #3: Waiting two or three months to purchase your plane ticket. 
In all likelihood the last four slots will go very quickly.  We accept credit card deposits by Paypal on line or by phone:  863-692-0906.   You can see some of my images from last year here:   Most amazingly, my Corbis editor Dave Ross selected an astounding 28 of my Homer images (including 25 eagle photos) for acquisition.
GALAPAGOS TRIP #2: June 28-July 8, 2006:  $4499 per person double occupancy.   Limit: 14.  

This trip is at priced at least $1,000 less than similar trips offered by Zegrahm ($5700) and Linblad ($5500) and neither of those trips have me as the leader <smile>.  An $800.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking.  The deposit is non-refundable unless we are forced to cancel.  We currently have five deposits for this trip.  We need to have the trip full by late January or we will be forced to cancel as the cost of the boat has increased so much that we need a full trip to make it a go.   We currently have the need for one female roommate.  If you are seriously interested in an amazing trip and a great value, call Janie Bullard right now to reserve a spot:  1-888-419-6677 or e-mail her at   5 down, 9 to go. 


Please e-mail for a tentative itinerary.  The itinerary is currently being fine-tuned to maximize the photographic opportunities and eliminate the touristy sightseeing-only islands.  The trip includes in-the-field instruction, on-board slide programs, image sharing, and critiquing sessions upon request.  For last year's trip report and images, please visit: and



Pied Kingfisher, image copyright 2005: Todd Gustafson




Ralph attended several IPTs in the early 1990s.  At the time, he was working for IBM.  We spent hours on the phone for several month.  Ralph was thinking of leaving IBM in hopes of becoming a full time professional nature photographer.  I advised him that all that it would take would be guts and hard work. Ralph wound up working for me for a bit after Elaine's death in 1994.  He is now one of the world's premier hummingbird and leads photo-tours all over the globe.   In a recent e-mail Ralph wrote:  "It was good to hear from you today. I really was reminiscing about our Cape May trip in the last few days, after seeing Richard Crossley’s photos triggered some good memories. I had already seen Mount Everest and the Taj Mahal, but you opened up my eyes to the incredible world of birds. I will never forget the spectacle of all those shorebirds. And the rest, as they say …   I’m honored that you want to include some of my images. You are still one of my biggest inspirations.  Ralphie-boy.  


 Ralph will be doing a break-out session at NANPA this February in Denver.  You can see more of his work here:


Snowcap, image copyright 2005: Ralph Paonessa

Rockhopper Penguins, image copyright 2005: Ralph Paonessa



Greg attended many IPTs in the mid-1990s and quickly developed into a skilled and gifted photographer.  He began leading photography tours soon after that...  <smile>   Of all the bird photographers on the planet, Greg probably has more images that I am envious of than anyone else.  Greg is now one of the top photo educators around.  Several years ago, he founded the world's premier nature photography educational site,  Greg and I have collaborated on several trips and we will be co-leading the sold-out Nome IPT in June 2006.  


Bald Eagle screaming, Homer, AK   Image copyright 2005: Greg Downing

Bald Eagle group, Homer, AK   Image copyright 2005: Greg Downing




JoJo attended several IPTs in the mid-1990s and has made (and sold) some great images over the years.  She leads photo safaris all over the globe.  You can check out her new Panama trip here:  Joanne lives in Lighthouse Point, FL and is currently without power so I am unable to post any of her images but you can see lots of them on her web site. 




I first met Ellen too many years ago to remember when husband Jack hired me for a private day.   Ellen today is not only a skilled and published nature photographer but is a noted Photoshop expert, author, and instructor.  She is one of the lead Photoshop instructors at Joe and Mary Ann McDonald's Digital Institute.  Her first book (co-authored with Tim Grey), "Photoshop for Nature Photographers," was released recently.  Ellen co-leads several BIRDS AS ART IPTs with me.  She almost always makes all three Bosque IPTs as well as the SW Florida President's Week IPT.  You can order a book or see more of Ellen's images here:



Orchid, finger-painted creation, Image copyright 2005: Ellen Anon




Snowy Egrets fighting, Image copyright 2005: Ellen Anon




Linda is a long-time friend and student.  As you will see from her images, she is as talented as any professional.  And when she is out photographing, she works harder than anyone I know.   You have to drag her off the beach or out of the woods.



Horned Lark, Image copyright 2005: Linda Robbins



Vervet Monkey, Image copyright 2005: Linda Robbins




Todd called me some time in 1997 asking about bird photography spots in Florida.  Soon after that he took me to Africa for the first time.  In exchange, I taught him nature photography.  Todd had the front cover and ten or so images in a recent Nikon product brochure.  In his short career he has sold a ton of images to a vast array of clients.  Todd and I co-lead Photo-Safaris to Kenya and Tanzania and he is co-leading the Homer Eagle IPTs with me this coming March.  I have no doubt that  Todd states that he owes every bit of his photographic and business success to me.   You can see more of Todd's great work here: and here:


Best and love and great picture-making to all,  

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