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January 23rd, 2015

BPN Newsletter 1, 24 January 2015

BPN Newsletter 1, 24 January 2015

  • Image of the Year selection
  • New Forum: Story Sequence
  • Recurring Payments and Subscriptions
  • Vertical Image Limits
  • Your BPN email address
  • CDLC Videos: BirdsAsArt Bird Photography Tutorials
  • Publisher’s Favorite
  • Our Sponsor

Image of the Year selection

Work on selecting the 2014 Image of the Year (IOTY) started a week ago. An IOTY winner from each forum–Avian, Eager to Learn (ETL) Wildlife, Landscape, Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB), will be selected and become a candidate for overall IOTY. Each forum (category) winner will be rewarded with a free one year BPN subscription. The overall winner will be awarded a Lifetime membership.

As a reminder, see below last year’s overall winner, “Good night sleep tight!” by Anette Mossbacher won the competition.


Good night sleep tight!
Find the original post here: “Good night sleep tight!” by Anette Mossbacher

Check out the current list of images of the week here: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/forumdisplay.php/29-Images-Of-The-Week

New Forum: Story Sequences

We are excited to announce a new forum: “Story Sequences”. This new forum will go live by the end of February.

This forum was an idea that developed from the regular visiters and moderators of the Wildlife forum, because many scenes cannot be captured in one image.

A sequence of images can of course better tell a story. The focus will be less on image quality, but more on the story. Of course, image quality will put the cream on the cake. We are confident that this new forum will add a new exciting dimension to visiting and posting on BPN.

The forum will be moderated by Gabriela Plesea, currently a very involved member of the Wildlife forum. Gabriela lives in South Africa, regularly visits the African bush and comes home with fabulous images. One of her images can be found below, called ‘Brotherhood’.


Brotherhood

The forum can be found at the following link: Story Sequences.

Recurring Payments and Subscriptions and BPN Subscriptions

As of 1 January 2015, BPN’s annual subscription fee was raised to $40. Why?

  1. Despite ever-increasing operational and maintenance costs during our seven years in existence, we have never had a rate increase.
  2. When we tried to raise funds by introducing ads, there was lot of resistance. We, as owners, agree that BPN should not be flooded by advertisements

Please help us keep our new low rate in place by supporting our main sponsors, B&H, Outdoor Photo Gear, and the BIRDS AS ART Online Store by using the logo links on the site.

For new members, the price increase will be straightforward. Their first payment will be $40 and will get them into the new scheme.

Existing members with an automatic Paypal renewal who wind up paying the old fee of $20, will receive a mail from staffbaa@att.net with detailed instructions as to how to proceed.

Existing members who currently have automatic Paypal renewals set up for the old fee of $20 are asked to follow the somewhat complex directions immediately below carefully just before their next recurring payment is due. Many of those are scheduled in mid-January through February so now is as good a time as any. Though most will have not trouble canceling their old $20 recurring payment, we do apologize for any inconvenience that we my have caused.

First log into your Paypal account and cancel the current $20 recurring payment. Yes, please cancel your existing $20 recurring payment.

Do this by going to Profile -> My Money -> My Pre-Approved Payments. Click on the Update button. Now Identify the line for BPN/BIRDS AS ART and then click on the active hyper link for Merchant. A new Billing details screen for BPN will pop up. Then click on Cancel.

Folks that do not see an active link for the word Profile should click on the gear icon (upper right). Then they will need to click on Preapproved payments. To cancel the $20.00 preapproved payment, click on the merchant name, in this case, Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Now comes the tricky part: in the upper left of this screen, below the words “Subscription details” and “active” you will see links for Cancel and View history. Click on the Cancel button and then hit the button that says Cancel Profile. No worries. You will not be making any changes to your Paypal profile, you will simply be canceling the Recurring payment.

If you have trouble canceling your $20 recurring payment , please let us know with an e-mail to us at samandmayasgrandpa@att.net and we can take care of it.

Next, please set up a new Recurring payment to BPN by going here http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/payments.php and then selecting your correct currency from the drop down menu at the top of the page just to the left of the order button. Then click on the Order Using Paypal box, enter your password, and click the Login box. On the next screen check all of the details and then click on the Agree and Pay box.

Go to Activity and you should see your payment.

Once we receive your $40 payment BAA/BPN will issue a $20 refund to your Paypal account. If you run into any problems along the way you can e-mail us at samandmayasgrandpa@att.net or call us at 863-692-0906 during weekday business hours or on Fridays before 2pm.

It took us about 8 hours of work to figure out how to implement these changes in a relatively seamless manner.

Vertical Image Limits

In our critique forums, there are limits to the image that can be posted/uploaded. Our new vertical limit will be 1000pixels, effective immediately. Now, image size is to be no larger than 1200 pixels on the horizontal or 1000 pixels on the vertical side. File size is not to exceed 400 kb. Further details on posting and uploading images can be found here: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php/125985-Posting-Instructions-and-Guidelines.

Your BPN email address

All registered BPN users enter a valid e-mail address upon registering. This e-mail address is used to receive thread/post notifications and various other communications like this.

Unfortunately, some email providers — most notably att.net and bell south.net and associated affiliates – block all BPN e-mails from this address: birdphotographers.net. They have marked us as a SPAM site. We have tried in vain to clarify things but have not been able to do so. If you have a BPN friend who uses has an att or a bellsouth e-mail address please forward this mail to them from you personal account. Else they will never see it :)

Here is a simple workaround: open a free e-mail account with–for example: GMAIL–and change the e-mail address in your BPN profile to your new e-mail address.

Canon Digital Learning Center: 7 Video Series: Bird Photography with Arthur Morris


BPN co-owner and birdphotographer veteran Arthur Morris features in a series of video tutorials, recorded on site in Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico. The recording were created by a skilled crew hired by the Canon Digital Learning Center.

They cover a wide variety of basics, tips and tricks for bird photography. In a series of 7 videos that can be found here: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/galleries/galleries/tutorials/birds_as_art_morris.shtml, Arthur will guide you through a number of valuable lessons on birdphotography.

Publisher’s Favorite

When you visit BPN, the home page features two side bars. The sidebar on the left, lists the current selection of ‘Image of the Week’, managed by Daniel Cadieux. The right sidebar represents a selection of striking images from all categories that drew special attention. The newsletter will select a special image that stood out, selected outside the voted IOTW. This time the image displayed here was one that displays the raw battle of the north pole. The image was created by Mark Needham, aptly named ‘Sibling Rivalry’.


Sibling-Rivalry
Click on the image to be directed to the post on BPN

Our Sponsor

Our main sponsor is B&H Photo Video. Support our site by clicking on the link below:



That’s all for now,

Best and great picture making,

artie and peter

Arthur Morris & Peter Kes—BPN co-owners

December 29th, 2014

Snow Snout


Winter arrived here in Switzerland. With 20-30cm of snow, the dogs are having a ball. They almost disappear in the snow blanket and at every opportunity they stick their noses in the snow. What interesting smell is buried there ?

April 25th, 2014

Keukenhof 2014

For second year in a row I went to the Keukenhof in The Netherlands. As last year, Birds As Art organised a photographic tour concentrating on visiting the tulip and bulb region. The Keukenhof is only open for 2 months of the year, displaying amazing gardens and flowers: an astounding 7 million bulbs are on display. The rest of the year the Keukenhof prepares for the next year. The Keukenhof attracts nearly one million visitors, of which 80% are foreign visitors. The Keukenhof is one of the main spring attractions in The Netherlands. The Keukenhof is an amazing place to visit to photograph and use your creative skills.

The group and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly: a summary of my photos can be viewed here: http://www.naturenotions.ch/blog-galleries/keukenhof-2014.

Part of the photographic tour is to visit some of The Netherlands’s historic sites. I only had time to visit Kinderdijk, where the above image is a true black and white image, created in photoshop using a threshold layer.

Click on the image(s) to enjoy a larger version. Click on the large image to return to the normal view.