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There was not abundant activity on bottomward by the basin in the morning. With a appropriate wind from the east/northeast and some nice blush in the western sky, dusk photography was exciting. I got some added assignment done on compassionate the allowing of the S-96 Rehabilitation Project at Stick Marsh. Today is Tuesday 14 December 2021. The anticipation is calling for partly blurred skies aboriginal with a north/northeast breeze; I will be aggravating afresh this morning. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I achievement that you too accept a abundant day. This blog column took added than two hours to adapt — including the time spent on the angel access and the awning capture, and makes 35 afterwards canicule with a new one.
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BAA-friend and BPN associate Ravi Hirekatur is alms a Canon EOS 7D Mark II in accomplished action for $597.00. The bang calculation is 167,000; the anatomy was afresh bankrupt and arrested via Canon’s 18 point account and has not been acclimated since. The 7D II is rated for 200,000 bang actuations. The account accommodate the Array Grip BG-E16 (a about $130.00 value), the Kirk L catch BL-7DIIG (a about $80.00 value), and the Canon Remote Release Canon RS-80N3 (a about $50.00 value). The auction additionally includes the aboriginal artefact box, the advanced anatomy cap, the array charger, a absolute of two well-used Canon batteries LP-E6N, the manual, the camera abutting cord, and insured arena aircraft via UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. Your account will not address until your analysis clears unless added arrange are made.
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Both Patrick Sparkman and I acclimated and admired the 7D Mark II until about two years ago aback we both committed to application full-frame Canon bodies. We both fabricated some actually abundant images with it. Two of my three 2016 Nature’s Best accustomed entries were created with the 7D II, one still, and one video. One affair is for sure: the 7D Mark II is the greatest amount anytime in a agenda camera body. artie
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Blog approved Elinor Osborn is alms a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (WG) camera in abreast accomplished action (with extras) for a BAA record-low $1396.00. The auction includes the aboriginal box, the advanced cap, the strap, the array charger, 2 CD-s, 2 apprenticeship manuals, the interface cable, a RRS B7D2-L camera bowl (a $100.00 value), a Lexar Professional 1066x UDMA 7 64 GB 160 MB beam card, a LensAlign MK II kit (a $124.90 value), and insured arena aircraft via FedEx to lower 48 US addresses only. The auction does not accommodate a array or the cable protector. Your account will not address until I accept a coffer (cashier’s) analysis and affirm its authority via a buzz alarm to the arising bank.
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What can I say? The 5D IV was my favorite-ever Canon agenda dSLR. I endemic and acclimated three of them while my 1DX II sat on the shelf in my barn for the best part. A new 5D Mark IV, with its 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor, advertise new for $2399.00. If you accept been absent of a 5D IV, grab Elinor’s camera anatomy appropriate now and save able-bodied added than $1K! artie
Blog approved Elinor Osborn is alms a Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM in abreast accomplished action (except for “On/OFF” accounting on the lens foot) for $1425.00. The auction includes the aboriginal box, the Lens Case LZ1326, the Lens Hood ET-83D, the lens strap, the apprenticeship area and booklet, the advanced and rear lens caps, and insured arena aircraft via FedEx to lower 48 US addresses only. Your account will not address until I accept a coffer (cashier’s) analysis and affirm its authority via a buzz alarm to the arising bank.
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This abundantly able zoom lens — with its amazing .98 beat abutting focus — was my admired Canon telephoto zoom lens ever. By far. It is accessible to duke hold, abundant for bound portraits, for birds in flight, for quasi-macro stuff, and lots more. For flight, it is aces with an R5! The lens sells new for $2399.00 so you can save some adamantine banknote by avaricious Elinor’s archetype now. artie
Blog approved Elinor Osborn is alms a Canon EF 1.4X II Extender (teleconverter) in like new action (except for “1.4X” apparent on the lens cap) for $149.00. The auction includes the aboriginal box, the advanced and rear lens caps, the lens pouch, the apprenticeship sheet, and insured arena aircraft via FedEx to lower 48 US addresses only. Your account will not address until I accept a coffer (cashier’s) analysis and affirm its authority via a buzz alarm to the arising bank.
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Regular readers apperceive teleconverters are so important to what I do that I biking with back-ups for anniversary one. I actually accompany three 1.4X TCs on every trip! artie
Blog approved Elinor Osborn is alms a Canon EF 2X II Extender (teleconverter) in like new action (except for “2X” apparent on the lens cap) for $149.00. The auction includes the aboriginal box, the advanced and rear lens caps, the lens pouch, the apprenticeship sheet, and insured arena aircraft via FedEx to lower 48 US addresses only. Your account will not address until I accept a coffer (cashier’s) analysis and affirm its authority via a buzz alarm to the arising bank.
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Regular readers apperceive teleconverters are so important to what I do that I biking with back-ups for anniversary one. artie
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I created this angel on 8 January 2020 at La Jolla, CA. With the lens comatose on a railing, I acclimated the duke captivated Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 470mm) and Sony a9 ii, now replaced for me by The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless agenda camera. ISO 800. Acknowledgment bent via Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/800 sec. at f/7.1 (stopped bottomward 1/3 stop) in Chiral mode. As this was pre-RawDigger, this angel was about one stop too dark. AWB at 9:06am on a partly blurred morning.
Lower Center Zone AF-C was alive at the moment acknowledgment and formed aloof fine. Be actually abiding to bang on the angel to adore the hi-res version.
I aloof adulation the Pacific-race Amber Pelicans in aboriginal winter on the cliffs at La Jolla. The array of plumages and alone variations of the feathering and the soft-parts colors about boggles the mind. Best of the pelicans in this bird-scape are adults in abounding ancestry bunch with their atramentous breasts, atramentous or aphotic amber amber hind-necks, and fire-engine red and olive bill pouches. There are several pre-breeding birds with white-hind necks forth with one orange alternative and a distinct adolescent bird. The adolescent with amber upperparts and white abdomen is aloof to our larboard of the head-throwing developed in the high right. all of the cormorants are Brandt’s. They brand on a clay bluff aloof bottomward the acropolis a bit. Last is the distinct Heermann’s Gull in the high right.
Bird-scape, noun: An images of a distinct bird, a accumulation of birds, or a ample army of birds in adorable surroundings. AKA “habitat shots.”
#1: A adorable ecology arena is about the key to success. I’ve consistently had an eye for the aesthetic patterns of the whitewash-streaked sandstone cliffs at La Jolla.
#2: Anticipate average telephoto zoom or super-telephoto lenses. Abounding association anticipate that a 24-105mm zoom lens is ideal for creating bird scapes. That may be aback you are actual abutting to huge flocks of birds (or birds on all-inclusive ancestry grounds). Being aloft the arena helps aback you are creating bird-scapes with abbreviate lenses; the college the better. Best lenses acquiesce you to assignment with added abroad groups of birds.
#3: Aback alive with any telephoto focal length, it is about best to focus on the abutting bird or the birds in the advanced row. With added abroad groups of birds, it is bigger to focus 1/3 or 1/2 of the way into the flock.
#4: The ambit to the capacity that appear aback application best focal lengths about consistently provides acceptable depth-of-field. There is about no charge to stop bottomward abundant unless you are alive with baby groups of birds at about abutting range. At a ambit of about 100 yards, 470mm at f/7.1 provided added than 30 anxiety of depth-of-field coverage. Here, alone the Heermann’s Gull in the high appropriate bend is unsharp.
#5: Aback alive with zoom lenses, it is about consistently best to anatomy the angel a bit wider, rather than a bit tighter. Whenever you get acquisitive by framing too tightly, you wind up adulatory that you had zoomed out a bit more. Zoom added and crop afterwards the fact.
#6: Except aback creating authentic arrangement shots area huge numbers of birds absolutely ample the frame, strive to abstain acid any birds off on the frame-edges.
#7: Pressing the bang button aback and if a distinct bird in the army does article absorbing will about consistently aftereffect in a added absorbing photograph. Special acknowledgment to the head-throwing crammer in the high right!
Click on the angel to bigger apprehend the accomplished print.
Whether you catechumen your raw files in Photoshop or Lightroom (both with ACR), in Abduction One, or in DPP 4, the sliders are all similar; you can, therefore, apprentice a assemblage by perusing the settings above.
I began by blurred the blush temperature from 5250 to 4950 to abate the YELLOWs. Knowing that RawDigger had appear that the raw book actuality was about one stop too dark, guided me in ambience the Acknowledgment slider to 0.80. The White Point was set to bisected the speckle-value of 8. I confused the Atramentous Slider to -5 so that the aphotic adumbration beneath the bedrock shelf in the lower appropriate bend lit up with under-exposed warnings. Why? I capital my aphotic adumbration to be black. The Highlight slider was confused able-bodied to the larboard to accompany up the detail in the white hind-necks and the whitewash. The blow of the settings were as usual.
I’ve been visiting San Diego, California for added than 50 years, and photographing there for about four decades. It actually is one of my admired bird photography locations on the planet. The Pacific chase Amber Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive blooming bill pouches, are absolutely the stars of the show, but there are lots of added abundant birds there that are about accessible to photograph. Analysis out this bristles minute video to see the potential.
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San Diego offers a abundance of actual adorable accustomed history subjects, including and abnormally the Pacific chase of California Amber Pelican. With anniversary visits spanning added than four decades, I accept lots of accurate acquaintance there … Bang on the blended to adore a beyond version.
Join me in San Diego to photograph the amazing ancestry bunch Amber Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive blooming bill pouches; Brandt’s (nesting with eggs and possibly chicks) and Double-crested Cormorants; ancestry bunch Wood and Ring-necked Duck; added avoid breed accessible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Northern Shoveler, and Cream Scoter; a array of gulls including Western, California, and the attractive Heermann’s, all in abounding ancestry plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; abounding others are accessible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Atramentous and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seals (depending on the accepted regulations) and California Sea Lions. And as you can see by belief the IPT cards, there are some nice bird-scape and mural opportunities as well. Not to acknowledgment a ton of accomplished flight photography opportunities and instruction.
Please note: area acceptable and on occasion, ducks and gulls may be admiring (or re-located) with offerings of grains or advantageous bread.
Whether you like it or not, we will be assault the accountable of acknowledgment like a asleep horse. In every new situation, you will apprehend my thoughts on the acknowledgment bearings forth with my thoughts on both Nikon and Canon histograms and SONY Zebras. Whether you like it or not, you will apprentice to assignment in chiral approach and to get the appropriate acknowledgment every time as continued as a bird gives you ten abnormal with the ablaze constant. (Or two abnormal with SONY zebras…) And you will apprentice what to do aback the ablaze is alteration constantly. What you apprentice about acknowledgment is one of the abundant takeaways on every IPT.
Though the pelicans will be the stars of the appearance on this IPT, there will be abounding added handsome and arresting capacity in admirable settings. Bang on the blended to adore a beyond version.
With attractive capacity aloof sitting there cat-and-mouse to accept their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as accessible as attributes photography gets. With the apprehension from the east about every morning there is usually some accomplished flight photography as well, about with 70-200mm lenses! And the pelicans are about consistently accomplishing article interesting: preening, scratching, bill accessory cleaning, or squabbling. And again there are those crazy arch throws that are anticipation to be a anatomy of intra-flock communication. You will be guided as to how to accomplish the best of all of those opportunities. And depending on the acclimate and bounded altitude and tides, there are a array of added aces photo affairs accessible in and about San Diego.
Did I acknowledgment that there are lots of abundant birds and accustomed history capacity in San Diego in winter? Bang on the blended to adore a beyond version.
This IPT will accommodate bristles three hour morning photo sessions, four one and one-half afternoon photo sessions, four alive brunches that will accommodate angel analysis and Photoshop sessions. On attenuate blurred day occasions, we may — at my discretion, break out in the morning for a continued affair and skip that afternoon. To ensure aboriginal starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. And so that we can get some sleep, dinners will be on your own as well. In the acutely absurd accident that Goldfish Point is bankrupt due to bounded authorization (or whimsy) — that has never happened in the accomplished fifty years, I will of advance do my actual best to aerate our accurate opportunities.
An $899 drop is appropriate to authority your aperture for this IPT. You can accelerate a analysis (made out to “BIRDS AS ART”) to us here: BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Basin Estates, FL, 3385, or alarm Jim or Jennifer at the appointment with a acclaim agenda at 863-692-0906. Your balance, payable alone by check, is due appropriate afterwards you assurance up.
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Variety is actually the aroma of activity in San Diego. Bang on the blended to adore a beyond version.
On all BIRDS AS ART IPTS including and abnormally the San Diego IPT, we get into the acreage aboriginal to booty advantage of different and about amazing lighting altitude and we break out backward to aerate the affairs of analgesic ablaze and august dusk contour situations. We about access at the cliffs a abounding hour afore anyone abroad shows up to analysis out the mural and cosmos opportunities.
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