The Sirui N1204X tripod Special!

Posted in Equipment I Use with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

I have been using, and am a huge fan of the Sirui NX Series of tripods. I have been using the N3204X as my go tripod for use with my Gimbal Head and my Landscape images. I recently was interested in getting a smaller and lighter version of the tripod, the N1204X. I found out that Hunt’s Photo and Video had purchased all of the stock and were doing a great promo on them. This means the only place you can get it is Hunt’s! Regularly $359.99, but they are offering them at $219.99! I talked with Gary Farber and ordered mine. He asked if I would do a short review on the tripod as to what I thought about it. I knew I would be pleased with it, but I didn’t realize I would be this excited about it.

First, like all Sirui tripods it comes with a carrying case and all the tools and gear you need for the tripod. The tripod is constructed of 8 ply carbon fiber making it extremely strong while keeping it lightweight. In the image I have put on my G10KX ballhead, but any ballhead can be used, but it comes without one. The tripod folds up to 18.3 inches and can be packed with a head attached. It weighs a mere 2.4 pounds!

It will extend out to 52 inches without the using the center column and to 63 inches with the center column. It is capable of holding 26.5 pounds! I have used it with my Canon 5Diii and the Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 and it supports this combination very well. One leg can be removed to be used as a monopod as well! The monopod height is 61.6 inches. The tripod is shipped with an extra base for use with the monopod so you can leave the tripod head in tact.

Another great feature of the tripod is that the center column can be removed to give you the ability to go to ground level with the tripod. It is 5.5 inches when in this configuration. A cap for the reduced center column is included as well. This is great for macro photographers or wildlife photographers who want or need to go really low.

As with all Sirui tripods it comes with their 6 year warranty. I can’t say enough good about the tripod and definitely can’t say enough about the fantastic price it is being offered at. Remember, Gary has purchased all the tripods from Sirui and this is an exclusive offer from them. It is available online or by calling one of the stores. Thanks again Gary for making this available to me and other photographers at an incredible price! I know they won’t last long, so get yours today!

Here is a link to order the tripod: https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=N1204X&mfg=Sirui&show=yes

Taking a Break

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Taking a Break.
 
It is a particularly interesting time at the nestbox right now. Dad is busy with the 5 juveniles while Mom is sitting on 6 more eggs. She comes out and stretches, fluffs, eats a few mealworms, drinks, then goes back into the nestbox for an hour or more, then comes out later and repeats the process. Dad will grab a few worms and go feed Mom in the house, checking up on her too.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“hAngry Birds”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

“hAngry Birds”
 
No its not a typo, its a play on words. Watching the antics of the young Eastern Bluebirds as they jockey for position, beg for food, and just generally look cute is very amazing and fun. They are the same size as the adults but they seem to like looking small and fluffy when they are perched. A few of them have learned that Dad will give them mealworms, Mom ignores them (she is buzy sitting on 6 more eggs) and they will go to the feeders themselves and eat. They still like that attention they get, and will pitch a fit if ignored. Lots of cute moments with this brood. Lots of images for the next calendar!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, Auto ISO (1600-2500), shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Delivery Service

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

Delivery Service.
 
Yesterday was the first day that 5 of the youngsters came down to the feeders for their mealworms. It was a lot of fun to watch as they pleaded their case to Dad as he got a mouthful of worms. The others were on a flat branch but this one didn’t budge from its perch and finally was rewarded with a flyby feeding from Dad. Hopefully as the weather improves over the next few days, I can capture a few images in better light. I love watching the behavior of the babies as they position themselves for that meal. They are pretty good fliers at this point and could easily fly down and grab a worm for themselves but haven’t figured that out yet. I had just watched on in the front yard hunting insects on the ground. Cute kids, tired Dad.
 
Thank you to all those who attended my presentation last night for the NE Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. It is always nice as a speaker when we have to add chairs to accommodate everyone! Thanks again.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 5000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy”
 
There is a fine line between nemesis and favorite bird. For my wife, Evelyn, it is the Carolina Wren. I am an early riser and wake up to hear the “dawn song” of the birds each day. Evelyn sleeps a little later. A couple of weeks ago she woke up early and asked which one of the birds was “Jimmy”? I looked at her puzzled and she said “which bird is it that sits outside the bedroom window singing “Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy”? I laughed, as did she, and showed her it was the Carolina Wren. She was amazed that the small Wren could be so loud. It may mess with her sleeping, but she loves watching Jimmy and the kids when they play around the feeders and the yard. The kids still have a little yellow around the beak as seen in the second and third images. Yep, Jimmy is her favorite, after he is her nemesis at 6:30 each morning.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Yellow Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

Yellow Warbler.
 
Yesterday morning during my coffee on the back porch time, I saw a flutter of yellow go to the base of a crepe myrtle tree. I slid my camera into position to capture whatever it was. I immediately recognized it was a different tone than that of a Goldfinch, but at that point wasn’t sure what it was going to be. As soon as it emerged from the heavier foliage, I saw the red or rust bands on the chest and knew it was a Yellow Warbler. It stayed and foraged for insects for about 30 seconds, which was long enough for me to capture about 20 really nice images. I can never emphasize enough how important it is to have your camera ready when you are sitting and observing, with the hope of capturing images. Having to set up to capture an image often will result in not getting your image. It is okay to sit and enjoy, I remind myself of that fact often, but it is nice when your goal is to capture images (and drink coffee) to be prepared before hand.
 
With that thought in mind, don’t forget I will be presenting “Bird Photography” to the NE Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association tomorrow night at 7pm. Come on by!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Open Wide!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Open Wide!
 
This is one of those reasons I love sitting and watching the Bluebirds, and other birds, in the backyard. This is one of the reasons why I put out mealworms. This is one of the reasons why I sell calendars to pay for the mealworms. That moment when one of the baby Bluebirds builds up the courage to fly to the feeders to be fed before its siblings. The others will follow suit soon, but for today, this one has figured out the routine. You can see the bright yellow inside the juvenile’s mouth. It helps to give the parents a good target to get in and out quickly. I will have to post an image showing how the membrane over the eyes closes allowing the bird to see but protects it from injury during feeding and other times. Sort of a clear eyelid, it is called a nictitating membrane.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 5000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second to stop motion, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear