Eagle in Fog

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Eagle in Fog
 
I mentioned the thick fog at Berry College when I was photographing the Bald Eagles. Fog, to me, can add to the mood of an image. The fog was starting to lighten a little when I made this image, but I still really liked the way it allowed me to capture detail in the Eagle as well as a little in the background. It gives it a little texture behind the Eagle without being “blown out”. This is Ma Berry. She is known for her fluffy hairdo, and this image shows her fluff very well.
 
I am going off to chase sunflowers this morning in hopefully some nice light!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/1250th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Bird in Flight Nightmares…no more…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Bird in Flight Nightmares…no more…
 
Photographing birds in low light with fog is scary enough, add to that flying from open sky to low contrast trees…nightmare. That was the situation yesterday morning as I photographed the Berry College Eagles. It was socked in with fog, and the sun still was not very high in the sky. The female started in a tree breaking branches for the nest, but then flew through an open area before entering an area with trees as a background. I was super impressed with the lens’s ability to stay focused for the entire time, as well as the camera (D-500) to keep shooting frames as I panned with the Eagle. The lens and camera could easily have gotten lost in the patterns and lack of light, but it stayed with it. Not one frame out of focus!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure Mode, f8, ISO 6400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/1250th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Fausett Farms Sunflowers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Fausett Farms Sunflowers
 
I had heard about this place down the road from me a couple months ago and have been keeping an eye on it to see when the flowers bloomed. Well…they are blooming and it is incredible. They will only be in great shape to photograph for about a week, so get there now! Google “Fausett Farms Sunflowers” for directions, but they are located just north of the intersection of Hwy 136 and Hwy 183 in Dawson County, Georgia. About a half mile from the intersection of Hwy 52 and Hwy 183. There are 15 acres of sunflowers blooming currently. The cost is only a $10 parking fee per vehicle. If you are planning to take a model, there is a $35 fee for each session. The fields are in a valley running north to south so anytime should be okay. The gate opens at 8 am and closes at 5 pm. On Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you can even take a mule driven hayride. Tripods welcome.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Aperture Priority, f16, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA

Angels on Horseback and Zaxby’s in Jasper fundraiser

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 26, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Tonight from 5-8 pm at the Zaxby’s in Jasper, Georgia. My wife Evelyn and her gang will be doing a fundraiser for their group Angels on Horseback (www.angelsonhorseback.org). They are a therapeutic riding facility that work with disabled children and adults, as well as Veterans in Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer Counties. They are needing to move locations and have a fantastic opportunity to not only improve their facilities but be able to offer classes year round at a new facility. It is only going to be possible with the help and support of great people. In addition to Zaxby’s donating 10% of the receipts during that time, they will be selling raffle tickets to win $1000 Visa card or one of several big screen TVS! You can even purchase your very own “Calvin for President” t-shirt, commemorating Calvin the pony’s bid to not win the White House but to simply buy the farm.

Come on out and spend a little money eating, give the cook at home a break, it is for a good cause. If you have a photography question, we can sit and have an Ice Tea and talk about it! Come on over and see us!

Stonington Harbor, Maine, the wider view

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Stonington Harbor, Maine, the wider view.
 
The image I posted yesterday is of the dingy in the foreground. I used a 70-200mm for the image yesterday to isolate the smaller boat. In this image I used one of my favorite older lenses the Tamron SP 28-75mm. I Tone-mapped a single RAW image, meaning I ran the RAW file through some software that increased the Dynamic Range of the image. It brought down some highlights and opened up some shadows. This makes this a single image HDR. It is one of the most photographed and picturesque harbors in North America. With any luck I will make it back there in a few weeks! #WithMyTamron, Tamron Lenses USA

Stonington Harbor, Maine

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Stonington Harbor, Maine.
 
I shot this back in 2009 when Evelyn and I visited Deer Isle in Maine. It has been many years since I have been back to beautiful Stonington Harbor. I hope I will be able to visit one morning in a couple weeks as we work our way to Acadia for our Workshop.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di lens on a Nikon D-200, Aperture Priority, f3.5, -1 stop of exposure compensation, ISO 100 resulting in a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second. #WithMyTamron, Tamron Lenses USA

Fall Moon

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Fall Moon.
 
The other morning while I was at Berry, the autumn moon was bright in the sky. Although Fall wasn’t officially to start for another 2 1/2 hours I did a few shots hoping I would be busy with Eagles at 10:20 a.m. when Fall started. The closest I came to seeing Eagles was hoping I might have captured the area where the “Eagle has landed”…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA