Talons out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 16, 2021 by lilybug1960

Talons out.
So think about this for a moment. The grip strength of a healthy man is about 72 psi, and unless they have long nails there won’t be any sharp edges. However the American Bald Eagle has a grip strength of as much as 400psi with needle sharp talons at the end. The feet of a Bald Eagle are about as large as the human hand opened all the way. This image is probably my favorite from the trip that I have processed so far, the details in the feathers are incredible to me. We went out to the beach the first day I was in Alaska before the workshop started. I could have spent the entire day on that beach.
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a9ii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 1250 , shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Safely landed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 15, 2021 by lilybug1960

Safely landed.
I have finally landed back in Bear Woods. Since pretty much the middle of May I have either been in Wyoming or Alaska with the exception of 2 days to do laundry and repack. It has been a great few weeks of seeing 2 incredible places. The highlight of course is the new friends I made, but the images were pretty awesome too. I am guessing I used the new Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens for over 95 percent of all my images. I need to do a follow up video because the lens exceeded my wildest expectations for sharpness, focus and pretty much every test I put it through. It is a little bittersweet though as it means my 150-600mm G2 is going to spend more time on the shelf in semi-retirement. I still love it, but it could use a little break. This is another one of the Eagle images I made while photographing down on the Kenai Peninsula. Did I mention I love the new lens?
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a9ii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 800 , shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Stop and smell the roses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 14, 2021 by lilybug1960

Stop and smell the roses.
Well actually the air for other bears or who knows. I believe the greatest thing about where we visited for bears was the remoteness of their location. You can get there but it isn’t cheap, so a lot of people don’t do it. For instance we saw many people who would fly down on a bush plane and view for 3 hours, then fly out who were paying in excess of $1500. If you plan to do what we did and stay overnight it goes up, but to me was worth it. The good thing is space is limited as to how many people can stay there. A result is the bears don’t get over pressured and for the overwhelming most part are not aggressive to people. A bear can have a bad day, but it is mainly peaceful and calm. The opposite is when you go to an easily accessed park and bear jams form which can make it unsafe for people and bears. I guess what I enjoyed was we were visitors in their world, and they tolerated our presence. We had a couple of times bears strolled by us, while we were in our designated observation area, and the bears were 10 feet or so away. You learn a lot of respect when you see the size of the bears that close, but yet I never felt in danger. Alaska is truly an incredible place, I hope it can stay that way.
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a9ii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 500 , shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, Sirui tripod, Acratech Panoramic head with leveling base, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography

Siblings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 13, 2021 by lilybug1960

Siblings.
I can’t tell you how great Lake Clark and Chinitna Bay Alaska are when it comes to viewing and photographing Coastal Brown Bears, but I can show you through some images over the next few days and weeks. Our first night there after flying out in a bush plane, we got to watch as these 2 siblings reunited and played for several hours on the beach. This was at about 11:00 pm with fantastic light. They put on a show for us for about an hour or so. Thank you Lisa Langell Photography for asking me to do these workshops with you, and I am already packing for next year!
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a9ii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 250 , shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second, Sirui tripod, Acratech Panoramic head with leveling base, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography

Orange-crowned Warbler

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 10, 2021 by lilybug1960

Orange-crowned Warbler.
I have seen a lot of new birds so far on the trip to Alaska, and photographed a large number of them as well. When we were photographing at a location yesterday I heard an Orange-crowned Warbler and a couple of us set out to find it. It was fairly close and was begging to have its photo taken. Finding a moving Warbler is one thing, photographing it is another. It quickly moved through the foliage, but I did get many images of it. That is a testament to the new lens technology for sure as it was able to lock on an stay with the bird as it moved in and around branches. This Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens is quickly becoming my favorite lens!
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a6600, Manual mode, f8, ISO 1000 , shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Orca pod

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 9, 2021 by lilybug1960

Orca pod.
I’ve seen Ocras in the wild once or twice, but that was from a distance and didn’t get to photograph them. This time as we were moving along on our boat the pod swam beside us for a little while. Such an incredible sight. We counted at least 8, with 7 of them close together for most of the time. It is truly an awesome sight!
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a9ii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 4000 , shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography

Horned Puffin in flight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 8, 2021 by lilybug1960

Horned Puffin in flight.
Before I came to Alaska a couple weeks ago I was hoping to see a Puffin, it would be awesome to photograph one, the icing on the cake was to photograph one flying. Imagine how happy I am to have gotten one, flying, and while photographing from a rocking boat! I love this lens!
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 8000 , shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Eagle on Cliff

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 7, 2021 by lilybug1960

Eagle on cliff.
I have spent hours doing eagles in flight, but yesterday an image presented itself to me that I couldn’t pass up. There were 30 or so eagles on the cliffs behind us and the light was peeking over the cliff’s edge lighting up one of the birds faces as well as the ridge it was perched on. I loved the contrast that resulted.
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a6600, Manual mode, f7.1, ISO 1600 , shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Eagle in flight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 6, 2021 by lilybug1960

Eagle in flight.
In getting to Alaska before our workshop I had a couple of goals. My co-leader and organizer of all the great things we are doing here, Lisa Langell, arranged for a charter for birding and showed me several of the areas we would photograph. One goal the eagles on the beach allowed me to spend a tremendous amount of time putting the new Tamron lens through an extensive testing(goal 1). I shot literally thousands of images of eagles in flight, wanting to see if the lens could lock on focus, track and maintain focus through a series of images, whether the bird was flying, at or by me. Goal 1 accomplished! It is fantastic. Goal 2 was to get the best eagle images I have ever gotten…Goal 2 accomplished. I am so happy to look at the images thus far. This morning we take the group to the beach. I am going to spend some time just looking at the faces of the folks as they see hundreds of eagles congregating around them.
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 800 , shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography, #birdnirdvana, #birdphotography

Sea Otter and Pup

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 5, 2021 by lilybug1960

Sea Otter and Pup.
The first morning of my trip to Alaska we went out on a charter in Kachemak Bay. I hoped to find some Sea Otters with Pups to photograph and our guide Carl did just that. It is super cute how they play and groom all while floating on their backs. Again I will brag on the new Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens and how it locked on to my subject and maintained focus even while the boat rocked and the otters moved around playing. I love this lens!
Tamron 150-500mm Di III VC VXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual mode, f8, ISO 1000 , shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #withmytamronmirrorless, #tamronusa, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150500, #tamronglobal, #BearWoodsPhotography