July 23, 2008



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PORTLAND MAINE: “The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain’t Just Birds” Weekend How-to Seminar 







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Photographic theme:  my favorite images from the recently concluded Galapagos Cruise.


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Galapagos Sea-lion with Bonita-Mackerel,  James Bay, Peurto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART


Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS lens (handheld at 165mm) and the EOS 40D. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/4.

This huge bull sea-lion herded some (relatively) small pelagic fish into a volcanic grotto along on the coast of James Bay.  With the fish confused, he would hunt and capture them, and then take them out into the ocean to devour them. (There were White-tipped Reef Sharks in the grotto trying to steal his prey.) Our guide alerted us to his behavior--he had seen it only three times before in his entire career. I was behind the action for the initial capture but heeding our guide's words, I sprinted to my right to the small point that jutted into the sea. The animal came to the surface briefly and dove again, but I was able to see him in the clear water. When he surfaced again, I was able to create this image.  The crab is actually the remains of a Sally Lightfoot Crab that had likely been partially eaten; its position in the frame was totally serendipitous.  Juan thinks that this was the first time that this behavior was photographed.  Various members of the group got some images of the animal with the fish at the surface inside of the grotto, but all were made from behind as the big guy was already planning to head out to sea. (I just wish that the sea-lion had opened his eyes…)



The Galapagos Cruise was amazingly successful.  On our catch-up day in Quito, many of us made a two hour trip by taxi-van to the markets at Otavalo and had a great time.  The next morning it was out to the Archipelago via commercial jet.  We were met by the world’s greatest Galapagos guide, Juan Salcedo.  The Beluga was in great shape and the crew was wonderful as always.  The 15+ year BAA great weather karma continued as we enjoyed cloudy bright conditions most of the time.   We had about 50 drops of rain, some blue skies, and some really dark dingy hours.  The group, which comprised of 12 IPT veterans and 2 newcomers, was a pleasure to work with; everyone was so, so nice and appreciative that it was hard to believe that I was working.  (Just another of my great blessings).   Lets see, we had Tom and Rosalie Kreulin who had been with me in Iceland, Greg Hritzo and wife Young An, who have been on several IPTS, roommates Mike Landwehr, and Dwight Tomes who had attended both IPTS and weekend seminars, Alan Nodes, a sweet as sugar IPT veteran roomed with the inimitable John Van de Graaff, who was back for stint #2 with me in the Galapagos, Brent and Louisa Thompson who have traveled with me before, Harold and Camille Buchanan who had been to more than one seminar, and Sara Mayhew and Patricia Ternahan, the newcomers who rounded out a great cast.


The amazing thing about our visits to the various islands was that each time that we were headed back to the ship on the panga (Zodiac), I said the same thing:  “That is the best that I have ever done on that island!”  I will not bore you with the additional details but do enjoy the trip vicariously through the images. 




Blue-footed Booby feet, North Seymour Island, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART


Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens with a 25mm extension tube and the EOS 40D on the Mongoose M3.5/Gitzo 3530 LS combination. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/125 sec. at f/8.

Having to add much less light with the 40D than with the Mark III takes a bit of getting used to.  I wanted to be sure that the serrations on the toes, which make scratching more efficient, were sharp so I focused on them.  An option would have been to have worked at 1/60 sec. at f/11 and focused on the spot where the two feet meet in a “V”.



Despite only a single mention in a BAA Bulletin, we received many more responses than we have slots for volunteers, so the Bulletin community has lots to be proud of and all of those who volunteered are both thanked and commended.  


The following folks will be joining me in New Mexico in mid-September to help clear lines of sight to the birds and to work on other projects that will free up refuge personnel to work on improving photographic conditions at the refuge for the coming season:  Steve Garner, Emory Moody, Jim Heupel, Debbie and Jerry Stevens, Gary Roleau, Kristen Westlake, Andrew Rakoczy, Richard Curtin, and Richard Kowalski and Sara Cole.


George Ruptier was good-to-go and kindly offered to bow out this year when he learned that I was inadvertently over-volunteered.  The following folks generously volunteered but I was unable to fit them in:  Lee Otsubo, Dan Oldfield, Patti Corapi, Paula Dittrick, Laurie Braman, Todd Frame, Helene Coner, Daniel Stevenson, Kent Downing, Bill Lloyd, and Shawn Marques.  Thanks also to the others who would have joined us but for scheduling conflicts.


Louise Darnell at the Socorro Super 8 has generously agreed to see if her boss can get the rooms comped.  If you visit Bosque, the Super 8 should be your first choice.  They have treated visiting photographers fantastically well for nearly two decades now, they have the earliest breakfast in town, and the rooms are spacious and clean.  You can make your reservations for this season by calling them at 1-505-835-4626.  And they are located right next door to K-Bobs where you can always grab a great burger or some tasty fajitas and add a salad wagon to boot.


Here is a note that I received from Shawn Gillette, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bosque del Apache NWR 



11 volunteers plus you works for us. Let's meet here at the Visitor Center at 9am on the morning of September 12.  We'll spend the first morning providing an orientation for your group.  It’s important to know the "Why" behind what we are mandated by Congress to do and to understand how the work we have planned for them will benefit both the wildlife and the public.

Since we anticipate a busy summer & fall, especially in regard to work that is being planned & conducted at the south end of the refuge, we've decided to stick with only one group this year. I appreciate your willingness to bring in a second group, but we've already lined out our maintenance priorities for the year and have to stick to our strategic plan.   As always, thanks for your continued support of this refuge!!! :-)

Officer Shawn G. Gillette




Galapagos Hawk, juvenile head portrait, Gardner’s Bay, Hood Island, Espanola, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART


Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens with a 25mm extension tube and the EOS 40D on the Mongoose M3.5/Gitzo 3530 LS combination. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/125 sec. at f/8.


I am doing a photo essay on the birds of Galapagos for WildBird magazine.  Editor Amy Hooper was hoping to have an image of this species as the piece is scheduled to run in their annual hawk special; I am glad that we ran into this amazingly tame young one.   Many of the creatures in the archipelago are inordinately tame as there are very few big predators.   




Tom Vezo, a skilled professional nature photographer from Green Valley, AZ, died of a heart attack this past  Friday after hiking in the Rincon Mountains. Tom, who lived in Bayshore, Long Island when we were both learning bird photography, was a great friend for many years.   Tom's images were published just about everywhere and he had several fine books to his credit.  He was passionate about preserving Madera Canyon  and helped publicize organizations like Friends of Madera Canyon and The Defenders of Madera Canyon on his Web site and in his monthly e-mailed newsletters  illustrating many of his causes with photos of the endangered areas. 


Tom specialized in birds for many years and later concentrated on landscape photography.  He was such a good photographer that I always urged him to do more flowers and landscapes…  Early on, we spent many hours together on the beach at the Sore Thumb area in Long Island in Tom's Land Cruiser photographing birds (but disguised as surf fishermen  because only fisherman could get beach vehicle permits). Tom was just one of the NY Connection, a group of bird photographers from in and around NYC in the mid-1980s who went on to be nationally published. Others in the group included Johann Shumacher, Kevin Karlson, Robert Villani, Harold Lindstrom (who has totally disappeared), and myself.  Every month we would have slide critiquing parties along with some burgers ; I have great memories  of these get togethers, many of which took place at Tom's home in Bayshore.  Condolences and love, strength, and energy go to Tom's wife Dorothy and his two step-daughters. 




Nazca Booby landing, Punta Suarez Hood Island, Espanola, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 


Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-40D. ISO 640.  Evaluative metering of the ocean +2/3 stop: 1/1000 sec. at f/4 set manually.


Nazca Booby was formerly Masked Booby but they were split several years ago. Punta Suarez is one of my very favorite places on the planet.  For the first time in five trips I had winds blowing out to sea and cloudy conditions; this was just perfect for flight photography especially of the birds landing. .

I got rid of some birds (including one that merged with the tail of the landing bird) on the bottom of the frame using a variety of techniques including protect and clone, Quick Masking, and the Patch Tool. The original frame is below.



You can learn all of the techniques that I used to clean up the bottom of the frame in our Digital Basics File PDF:   The latest update of Digital Basics includes the basics of Quick Masking.  (To learn the details of the protect and clone technique, see “Getting Rid of That Branch” on pages 74 and 75 of Digital Basics.) To learn the advanced Quick Masking techniques, check out Robert O’Tooles APTATS 1 CD:  To see how www.BirdPhotographers.Net  can help even experienced photographers (like me) to improve their images, check out this thread: First-time visitors will be asked to register; registration is free.


There are still three slots open on the last trip with Chris.  Here are the details:

Gannets Galore: Aug. 12-14, 2008.  Limit 6: Sold Out. CAD $1995.00.  Introductory Slide Program: 7pm on AUG 11.  Leader: Chris Dodds

Gannets Galore: Aug. 16-18, 2008.  Limit 6: Sold Out. CAD $1995.00.  Introductory Slide Program: 7pm on AUG 15.  Leaders: Chris Dodds & Arthur Morris 

Gannets Galore: Aug. 20-22, 2008.  Limit 6 - 3 openings.   CAD $1995.00.   Introductory Slide Program: 7pm on AUG 19. Leader: Chris Dodds

If you missed the original notice and the great images, click here:

Register with a spouse or a friend (double occupancy) and apply a $200 discount to each registration.  Come a day early and stay a day late to enjoy two more great days at the colony. 

Do consider joining Chris for the photographic experience of a lifetime.  You can find the complete details (including travel info and unsolicited testimonials) here:

You must contact Chris to register.   Try him at home at 1-450-827-1007or on his cell at 1- 514-945-6195.  Leave a message if no answer and Chris will get back to you. Please follow up your phone message with an e-mail to Chris at and please copy us at  Registrations will be accepted on a first come/first served basis.  Be assured that you will be in good hands with Chris.


Waved Albatross in flight, Punta Suarez Hood Island, Espanola, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 


Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS lens handheld at 150mm with the EOS-40D.  ISO 640.  Evaluative metering of the ocean +1 2/3 stops off the sky: 1/1000 sec. at f/4 set manually. 

My choice of going extremely light with the 400 DO (rather than the 500 f/4), the 70-200 f/4 (rather than the f/2.8), and the EOS-40D bodies (rather than the EOS-1D MARK bodies) turned out to be a great way for me to go. This is the same combo that I went with on the Wild Britain Cruise.  This image is a vertical crop from a horizontal original.

PORTLAND, MAINE: “The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain’t Just Birds” Weekend How-To Seminar


The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain’t Just Birds” Weekend How-To Seminar in Portland, Maine

October 11-12, 2008

Eastland Park Hotel, 157 High Street, Portland, ME


This seminar is for all nature photographers who want to learn how to make better photographs. On Saturday I will describe the methods and techniques that I have used and developed since 1983.  My comments on lenses and digital camera bodies, AF, light, and on composition and image design will be highly informative and educational.  And my tips on getting close to free and wild subjects and creating pleasing blurs will help you become a better photographer.  Everyone with a telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their images will benefit from attending. 


Since going all-digital in November 2002, I have—with the help of many wonderful friends—become a Photoshop expert.  My approach to optimizing images is to create master files of excellent quality in the shortest possible time.  I will share our workflow and numerous Digital and Photoshop tips on Sunday.  As more and more folks are using Digital Capture, I am finding on our IPTs that many good to excellent photographers have no clue as to how to use Photoshop to make their images look better.  In fact, many of them make their best images look worse!  I can and will teach you to do just that at this seminar.  


Do consider taking advantage of the opportunity to spend two days learning from one of the premier nature photography educators on the planet by joining me for this great weekend.  The October 11-12 dates were carefully chosen to coincide roughly with the average peak of fall color in southern Maine.  The likelihood is that if you are coming from out of town and would like to photograph the fall color the best bet (taking global warming and the trends in recent years) would be to schedule your photography in the days following the seminar.  Every year, however, is different, and this is nature photography so there are no guarantees, but chances are, whether you photograph just before or just after the seminar you should have many chances to create some great images.  Best bet: come a few days early and stay on for a few days…  (Hint:  hope for a pre-dawn rainstorm followed by the sun breaking through in the east while grayish-black storm clouds fill the western sky…)


The seminar will be held at the Eastland Park Hotel.   Folks staying at least two nights in the hotel will receive a free Lens Pen Combo Kit at the seminar.  As fall color time is peak season in southern Maine, hotel rates are high anywhere in the region.  We were able to negotiate a rate of $159 for folks registering early.  Once the block of rooms is gone, higher rates will apply.  The doors will open on both days at 8 am and the programs will begin at 9 am sharp.  There will be tons of great door prizes (including Delkin e-film Pro compact flash cards and some great stuff from Lowepro and Wimberley).  I hope that you will be able to join me for what will be an incredibly educational and fun-filled weekend.  (If anyone would like to help us set up or to hang out, be there at 7:00am.)  


The cost of the weekend seminar will be $169.  The cost of either single day will be $99.  Members of qualifying camera clubs are invited to apply a $10 discount.  (If you are a member of a camera club or other photography organization please e-mail us before registering to learn how your group can become a qualifying club).  Register with a friend or a spouse and take $10 off each registration.  Register in groups of four or more and take $20 off of each registration.   Register in a group of ten or more and take $30 off each registration.  It is highly recommend that folks purchase the buffet luncheon option ($15/day includes tip and tax).  Those purchasing the lunch option will receive their lunch coupon when they check in each morning.)  The cost of the weekend seminar plus the two lunches is $199.


There are three ways to register:


1- Send a check for the full amount made out to "Arthur Morris" to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.

2- Call us with a credit card at 863-692-0906.

3- Send us a Paypal (using either any link on our site or your Paypal account) to us at


In all cases, we will need your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your daytime and evening phone numbers.  


Here is our Cancellation Policy:  If for any reason you need to withdraw, please notify us ASAP. Once we receive your e-mail, your phone call, or written notice of your cancellation the following fees apply: cancel before July 10, 2008 and your fee will be refunded less a $20.00 cancellation fee; cancel by August 10, 2008 and your fee will be refunded less a $50.00 cancellation fee; cancel after September 10, 2008 and there will be no refund. 



Pacific Green Sea-Turtle, youngster yawning, Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 


Canon 400mm f.4 IS DO lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS 40D on the Mongoose M3.5.  ISO 400. Exposure was about Evaluative metering +1/3 stop determined by histogram check: 1/400 sec. at f/5.6 set manually.

There are only two or three places in the world where Pacific Green Sea Turtles leave the water to bask. Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos is one of those places.  Fortunately, I had just moved back when the turtle yawned.  For an interesting discussion on my choice of framing here, check out this BPN thread:  First-time visitors will be asked to register; registration is free.  And remember, it ain’t just birds!


By e-mail from Treve Willis:

Hi Art, I'm very happy with the Giotto’s Tiny Ballhead that I bought from you - I have written a review of it using it in a totally different set up to yours, in my case with a Gitzo Traveler tripod.

I've put in a link to your bulletin which reviewed it and if you wish you can see my review at

Best, Treve

Here are Treve’s relevant comments:

The smaller Kirk ballhead I use, the BH-3, weighs in at 560g rams  so is hardly the ideal partner for the lightweight GT1541T.  My search was pretty fruitless until I received a “BIRDS AS ART Bulletin from Art Morris extolling the virtues of the Giottos’ MH 1302-655 ballhead – if you go here and scroll down the page to the section titled “The Perfect Tiny Ballhead for Wimberley and Mongoose Users” you can see Art’s review. Essentially it met all the criteria and was as compact and light as I could imagine. Failing to find one for sale anywhere in the UK (there were some with non-Arca platforms) I bought one direct from BAA in the US; it arrived in about 10 days – pretty good and great communication from them as well.

You can learn more about this great product here:


Blue-footed Booby, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART


Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-40D.  ISO 400. Evaluative metering -1/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/5 in Manual mode.


Photographing from a rocking panga (Zodiac) with as many as seven other photographers in the boat is challenging at best.   Most others were using shorter lenses so as we pulled away from the rock I was able to remain standing and create this image.  (Everyone else had gotten images when we were very close).  Image stabilization allows for sometimes amazing results whenever you are working from various types of watercraft.  And as regular readers know, I am falling more and more in love with my 400 DO. 


CNPA,  the Carolina Nature Photographer's Association is hosting a full weekend program featuring Art Wolfe (Creative Sessions) on October 17-19, 2008 in Charlotte, NC.  For additional details or to register click here: .  If you are within a few hours drive of Charlotte, this is one event that you do not want to miss.  Art is a powerful and entertaining speaker as well as one of the great nature photographers of our time.   




 Striated Heron, immature, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 

Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens  handheld with the EOS 40D on the Mongoose M3.5.  ISO  1000.  Evaluative metering  at 0: 1/500 sec. at f/4 set manually.

 After a  great morning with the tortoises, we had a fabulous broiled chicken lunch at Juan's aunt's place and then had the afternoon for shopping and free play at the harbor.  I had been photographing Brown Pelicans and diving Blue-footed Boobies alongside of the pier when I saw two or three of the cruise participants photographing something in a tiny park on the waterfront.  I assumed that it was  the male Yellow Warbler that I had seen on my way to the pier, but when they were in the same spot five minutes later, I realized that they were not photographing a warbler...  Though I had planned on taking a panga back to the ship, my curiosity got the best of me.  After a two minute walk I was stunned to see that they had this young bird  and a gorgeous adult of the same species right in front of them.  Both were tamer than tame.  And amazingly, with careful positioning, it was easy to attain lovely backgrounds.  As it was near dark, shutter speed was my big problem, so I raised the ISO to 1000, braced my lens on my knee or my forearm on a park bench , and made lots of good images.


BAA is proud to announce that we have added a new line of LensCoat products.  Each is designed to protect your equipment, make travel easier, and make it easier to keep your gear safe and organized.  Each of the items below is available in a variety of patterns and (if applicable), in a variety of sizes for various lenses, camera bodies, and tripod heads.  For prices, sizes, costs, and more detailed product info please click here: and scroll down to see the complete line. 

 Hoodie Lens Caps

The LensCoat Hoodie helps protect the front element of your lens from dirt, dust, moisture and impact. The neoprene Hoodie fits easily and snugly around your lens hood or shade in either the shooting position or reversed. The Hoodie features a reinforced removable front element protection disc made from rigid plastic and firm foam to further protect your glass from damage. Great for travel and storing your lenses.

 Lens Pouches

The LensCoatTM Lens PouchesTM are soft neoprene bags to store, carry, and protect your smaller lenses, ballheads, and other incidental camera equipment during travel and transport in the field. Available in seven different sizes for the perfect fit, the LensPouch includes a removable reinforced front element protection disc for your lenses. An easy pull cord closure allows fast and easy access. A convenient 1" belt loop allows you to connect your LensPouch to a belt or to a belt system; the bag also includes a heavy duty snap hood to clip onto your belt, jacket, or camera bag. Flattens and compacts when empty for easy storage.

Wimberley Covers

The LensCoat Wimberley  Head Covers offer your valuable equipment protection from scrapes and bumps, preserving its appearance and resale value. They also help break up the shape, making  them less noticeable to wildlife. The Wimberley head covers are made of closed-cell neoprene and also act as a thermal barrier  helping to protect your hands in hot and cold temperatures. 

Body Bags

The LensCoatTM BodyBagTM Pro is a camera body cover made from soft shock-absorbing neoprene protecting your camera from the nicks, dings and scratches of accidental impact. It also keeps the camera body free from dust and dirt  and protects it from the elements  as well. The BodyBags Velcro closure makes storage and access quick and easy. The BodyBag is great for camera body storage and travel.


The LensCoatTM FlashKeeperTM is a neoprene pouch with Velcro« closure to protect your flash unit from nicks and scratches during transport. An exterior pocket accommodates up to eight AA batteries for your convenience. The 1" wide belt loop can be used to secure your FlashKeeper to a belt or belt system; the pouch also comes with a heavy duty snap hook to clip onto your belt, jacket, or camera bag.


The LensCoatTM BeamerKeeperTM is a neoprene bag fitted to organize, protect, and carry your Better Beamer Flash Extender. Store your flash arms and Fresnel lens in this protective pouch during travel and also during transport in the field. A convenient 1" belt loop allows you to connect the BeamerKeeper to your belt or to a belt system; the bag also includes a heavy duty snap hood to clip onto your belt, jacket, or camera bag.  



Galapagos Tortoise, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 

Canon  78-200mm f/4 L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC (at 246mm) with the EOS 40D. ISO 800.  Evaluative metering  -1/3 stop: 1/125 sec. at f/7.1 set manually.  Mongoose M3.5 on the Gitzo CF 3530 LS tripod. 

  I went super-light for our walk at the Highlands on Puerto Ayora.  Everyone knows that having a long lens for wildlife photography is an absolute must, especially when photographing tame creatures like this.  Not!  After the group had its fill of creating images of this wonderful creature, I sat in the mud and approached it by wriggling on my butt very slowly while lifting my tripod  in front of me an inch or two at a time.  When photographing brown subjects like tortoises or coastal Brown Bears on cloudy days or in shade I prefer to set (or to convert with) cloudy White Balance. 


 Wildscape Images’ Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Photographic Instructional Workshop with Robert Amoruso

In Oklahoma there is an oasis of prairie grasslands, forested areas dominated by oak and red cedar, peaks approaching 2500’ (one with  an auto road to top), twenty large lakes, rock outcroppings, herds of bison and elk, white-tailed deer , wild turkey ,  plus a prairie dog colony ; this is the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife near Lawton, OK.   Join award-winning bird and nature photographer Robert Amoruso on a three-day workshop that coincides with the area’s peak fall foliage.  The extensive road  system within the refuge allow us access to a bison herd over 500 strong with possibilities for elk. A prime draw will be the prairie dog town where scores of them are easily photographed. The workshop will be divided between landscape and wildlife photography.

Our landscape photography will concentrate on basic compositional techniques for arranging elements in the scene including DOF, using foreground elements to add interest, and enhancing depth in your images. We will also cover panoramic image-making and high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Basic exposure concepts will be covered including how to deal with a scene’s dynamic range when it exceeds that of the camera. Our mammal photography will cover lighting angle, subject choice, effective compositions, getting low and when it matters, and working around large species. A highlight of our workshop will be  incorporating the gorgeous peak fall foliage into our imaging making.   The workshop will include an introductory session the evening before, two hours of classroom instruction each afternoon, and morning and afternoon photography sessions each day. Robert will be reviewing your images during the workshop to ensure you are getting the results you want.

WICHITA MOUNTAINS PIW with BAA-Approved Workshop leader Robert Amoruso: NOV 7-9, 2008.  3-DAY: $999.  (Limit 10). All participants will receive a CD with presentations given during the workshop.   Contact Robert by cell phone at 407-808-7417 or by e-mail at Detailed informational brochure available for download at  after 7/21/08 or email for information. Visit Robert’s web site at




 Bison, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK

Image Copyright 2008:  Robert J Amoruso/Wildscape Images


Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4 IS + 1.4x TC.

1/1000 sec, f/6.3, Manual, Evaluative, ISO: 800.


In this image I was careful to wait for the bison to turn his head completely into the sun so no dark shadows existed on the body and his eye was clear and well lit and included a catch light. Though not a problem here, large mammals frequently have dark eyes; selecting the eye, doing a curves adjustment in Photoshop to lighten and sharpening enhances the eye. RJA. 



 Prairie Dog, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK

Image Copyright 2008:  Robert J Amoruso/Wildscape Images


Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4 IS + 2.0x TC.

1/500 sec, f/8, Av, Evaluative, Exp comp: +1 1/3, ISO: 800. 


Backlighting was used in this image to rim the prairie dog in a golden hue. Three different curve adjustment layers were created in Photoshop to tame the contrast and bring-out detail in the rim lighting. The image was created lying on my belly to create a nicely blurred background. This is where getting low matters.




Robert O’Toole at Bosque/Photography & APTATS/Photoshop Workshops


Robert O'Toole will lead two Photography and two APTATS Photoshop Workshops this year at Bosque. With 5 years of experience leading and co-leading workshops at Bosque, Robert can make sure that you maximize your opportunities in the field and then learn to produce high quality image files in Photoshop where he is an acknowledged guru.

Robert O’Toole BAA-Approved Photography Workshops: Nov 19-21, 2008 & Dec 3-5, 2008.  3-DAY: $999 (Limit 6).   Photography topics will include flight photography techniques, lighting, creative imaging, equipment set up, and in the field long lens techniques. The workshop includes one daily covering Photoshop techniques and image review session.  .

Robert O’Toole BAA-Approved APTATS/Photoshop Workshops.  Nov 26 or Nov 28, 2008: 1-DAY: $349.  (Limit 8). Photoshop workshop dates include a full day covering APTATS techniques from 10am - 5pm.  Participants will be encouraged to work with images provided during the workshop. Workshop materials will be supplied but a laptop with Photoshop is required. The small class size is designed to give you the best learning environment possible.

E-mail Robert for more information at or call 310.619.8017.

You can learn more about Robert at 


Flight School Goes to Bosque with Jim Neiger

With thousands of migratory birds in flight daily at Bosque Del Apache, what better site for Flight School Photography workshops?  Last year’s workshops were a huge success, so once again, Flight School Photography returns to Bosque.  We are anticipating improved conditions and even more outstanding photographic opportunities than last year. There will be two workshops each conducted by expert bird photographer Jim Neiger.  Jim has spent the past several years perfecting his unique techniques for photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses, hand held.  The focus of these workshops will be learning and practicing Jim’s hand held, long lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in action.  

The workshops will be held in November, before Thanksgiving, which provides important advantages.  First, the spectacular fall colors at Bosque are not to be missed and going early will provide that opportunity.  The fall foliage offers incredibly beautiful backgrounds for your photos, and adds even more majesty to the already spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  Second, going early means there will be less of a crowd, offering more opportunities for “front-row seats” and leisurely days in the field.  Each workshop will include 2 hours of classroom instruction on the first afternoon, a welcome dinner, and a morning and an afternoon photography session each day. 

Flight School Goes to Bosque BAA-Approved Workshops: NOV 14-17 and NOV 18-21, 2008.  3-DAY: $1000.  (Limit 8.)  

Contact Jim by cell phone at 1-407-247-5200 or by e-mail at  Visit his web site at:  



 Waved Albatross, yawning chick in nest by parent's feet, Punta Suarez Hood Island, Espanola, Galapagos

Image Copyright 2008:  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART 


Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens   with the EOS-40D. ISO 640.  Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/ 125 sec. at f/4 . 


 On our afternoon visit to Punta Suarez we were totally blessed.  We found this little guy on our way back to the landing only because another bird, not the mate of the adult on this nest, landed right nearby and caused the incubating bird to stand up thus revealing the days old at most chick.


Bosque IPT #1:  NOV 22-25, 2008.  Slide program on the evening of NOV 21.  4-DAY:  $1799  Limit: 10/Openings:  2. Co-leader: Robert O’Toole.

Bosque IPT #2:  NOV 29-DEC 2, 2008.  Slide program on the evening of NOV 28. 4-DAY:  $1799  Limit: 10/Openings: 3. Co-leader: Robert O’Toole.

SW FLA POST X-MAS IPT: DEC 27-29 or 30, 2008.  Slide program on the evening of DEC 26.   4-DAY: $1799   (3-DAY OPTION:  $1349)  Limit: 10/Openings: 4.  

Co-leaders: Robert O’Toole and Alfred & Fabiola Forns.

SW FLA PRESIDENT'S DAY IPT: FEB 13-17, 2009.  Slide program on the evening of FEB 12.   5-DAY: $2249   Limit: 10/Openings: 5.  Co-leader: Robert O’Toole . 

 Best and love and great picture-making to all,


Note: Arthur Morris has been a Canon contract photographer since 1996 and continues in that role today.  Hunt's Photo of Boston, MA is a BAA sponsor as is Delkin Devices.  Back issues of all BAA Bulletins can be found in the Bulletin Archives which may be accessed from the home page at To unsubscribe click here: unsubscribe.