Lectures and Presentations

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Lectures and Presentations.
 
I love doing presentations and lectures for camera clubs and groups. This year is going to be a busy one! I am doing several presentations for the local chapters of the GNPA in the next few months, as well as the Roswell Photographic Society. I will also be presenting for the Huntsville Photographic Society in April and the Booth Museum of Western Art in April as well. I will be speaking again this year at the NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Convention, and a first time at the SWMCCC (Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs). In addition to those I will be at Out of Acadia in October for some classroom and field lectures and workshops. I hope you will take the time to come if you are in the area of these events. If you are interested in checking if I can come speak to your group please contact me. I don’t have a lot of open dates but I love talking photography! I am trying to keep up with the dates on my website so you can always check there for dates as well.
 
This is a beautiful Mountain Bluebird that makes an appearance during my Bird Photography presentations, not the bird, but the image from the Grand Tetons last year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA

Why don’t birds fall off a branch when they sleep?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Why don’t birds fall off a branch when they sleep?
 
Sometimes the timing of an image gives the image a feeling that probably has no real connection with the actual event. This guy was getting ready to drop down to the mealworm feeder below. Instead it looks like he is practicing his balance. Which brings me to a cool bird fact…why don’t birds fall off a branch when they sleep? When a bird perches, it causes flexor tendons to tighten, which is an involuntary response, and the toes tighten around the branch. The weight of the bird keeps the tendons tight, and therefore keeps the bird safely perched. It isn’t until the bird stands up relaxing the tendons that they release. So now you have learned a cool answer to a question that I know has kept all of you awake at night.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f6.3, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1,000th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindSpring FirstLight backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear, #ThinkTankPhoto

Gibbs Gardens opens Saturday!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Gibbs Gardens opens Saturday!
 
So I went to capture some images yesterday morning for the folks at Gibbs Gardens. Due to the warm winter the daffodils are a couple weeks ahead of schedule. The main field of flowers is opening up nicely, the other fields are not far behind. It will be a great weekend to go and enjoy the outdoors. It was a little breezy yesterday so I had to shoot at a little higher ISO than I would liked to use, but it warmed up really well once the sun started hitting the flowers. The next 3 weeks are going to be beautiful at the Gardens for the daffodils!
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter to equal exposure, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShiftGear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #ThinkTankPhoto, #MindShiftGear

The Weird Winter Continues

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

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The Weird Winter Continues.
 
In all the years we have lived here or even owned our place and lived here part time, I have seen maybe 4 or 5 Purple Finches in all that time. My feeders have always been covered with Pine Siskin. This year I haven’t seen a Pine Siskin since October and I have at least 10 Purple Finches that have been here all winter. I see a lot of plants greening and I know we will get a few more really cold spells and possibly some snow even. My poor bees don’t know what they are supposed to be doing right now. I am going to scout one of my favorite places this morning and will post some images over the next few days. Normally I wouldn’t be visiting this place for several more weeks but it is way ahead of schedule.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, ThinkTankPhoto Airport Commuter, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #ThinkTankPhoto, #MindShiftGear

Thoughts of Apalachicola

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Thoughts of Apalachicola.
 
I am thinking of the folks of Apalachicola this morning after a decision that said Florida failed to show how Georgia capping its water use would harm their environment and oyster industry. Obviously the person making the decision didn’t visit the area and see images of how it looked 20 years ago vs. today. They obviously didn’t take a moment to look at how the lack of fresh water has effected the estuaries and the bay. I hope the Supreme Court decides to still hear the case and give the folks and the area a chance to survive and thrive. Do we really need more houses and subdivisions in Georgia? Our roads and lakes can’t even support what we have now. The Forgotten Coast area has been special to me for many years and I love visiting down there, I even got married down there. I have seen the changes in the past 18 years. I have photographed the changes and will continue to do so. I will be heading down there in about 4 weeks, I will let you know how they feel as well when I return. This is an image from Eastpoint in 2014.
 
Tamron 10-24mm Di-II lens on a Canon 70D, Aperture Priority, f22, 5 frame HDR image combined in Photomatix and processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Happy Valentine’s Day.
Today is a day where you let that special someone in our lives know how much they are loved. We give them flowers, jewelry, take them to dinner, give them chocolates or mealworms…Evelyn would knock me out if I gave her mealworms…
Take some time, tell them you love them, show them you love them, let them know how important they are to you. Sing a song, do a dance, just let them know. You should be doing it everyday, but sometimes just that little extra effort lets your loved one know how special they are, and if all else fails…try the mealworms….
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiPro, #ThinkTankPhoto, #MindShiftGear

Father and Son

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Father and Son.
 
At my house I have 2 “Bird Studios” where I photograph the birds regularly. One is just outside my office bathroom window, the other is off the back porch about 15 feet. I am regularly searching the woods and roadsides for new stumps and limbs that I can use to give it a fresh look. Last week I found and really nice stump from a sourwood tree that formed a “cup” at the base where it had broken. The Bluebirds love it because I can place a bunch of mealworms and they have easy access to them. I like it because it makes for a great place to photograph the birds. I was treated to Dad flying in while one of the last year’s males was feeding. I will often set up the camera on the porch, sit there with my cup of morning coffee and just wait for the action. The birds are used to me being on the porch, so they aren’t alarmed at the sight of me or the sound of the camera. If you are in the Dahlonega area, I will be doing a presentation Friday night to the North Georgia Photography Club on Bird Photography. Details are on my website under the Events tab.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, ThinkTank Airport Commuter, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #ThinkTankPhoto, #MindShiftGear