Looking Back at 2017 part 2

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 2.
 
When we were in Wyoming in January we witnessed a storm of historic proportions. Not only did they have heavy snow each night, but the high winds reduced the visibility to zero and they closed the main road in front of the Ranch and closed Teton County Schools for the first time in 27 years. Our group stayed on the Ranch to photograph horses, moose, birds, trees and anything else we could. We had a blast. The horses loved seeing us out there and enjoyed the attention. We all captured some wonderful images until the road opened and we were able to go to Gros Ventre and the National Elk Refuge. I think everyone agreed, if you are going to get snowed in for a few days, no where is better than the Triangle X Ranch! This image is one of the horses that worked as models for us during our visit.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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Looking Back at 2017

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

Looking back at 2017

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how it seems that 2017 has flown by so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was in Michigan photographing a Barn Owl at a Nature Center, but that was July! So I decided to start going over some of my favorite images from 2017. The year in photos started out in Wyoming. I remember we were supposed to leave on a Saturday, but a Winter Storm Warning was issued and Delta said if we were going to be guaranteed making it out of Atlanta we would have to leave Thursday. We made it out and were welcome to the Jackson Hole airport that night to -26 degree temperatures. It was beautiful out there! One of the first images I shot was of this Coyote as it wandered down the road and past us in Gros Ventre. His right hip showed an injury probably from a dispute with a Wolf or other Coyotes, but he was pretty bold as he approached us from over a hundred yards down the road and eventually directly past us. Other than the wound, that looked to be healing, it seemed healthy and we heard it had been seen in the same area a few days later.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #SiruiProfessional

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”

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

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”
 
As an instructor one of the comments I hear that could be the worst thing you could do for yourself is “when I look at other people’s pictures, mine aren’t as good”. I hate to hear that statement most of the time. When you are just starting out, or even after several years, you should not compare your work to others (yet), but instead compare it to your own work from months or a year ago. As photographers, we should want to improve our skills, but with realistic goals. Those goals should be something along the lines of wanting to get one really good image each month or each outing. Eventually you want to get more “keepers” each outing. Most of all you want to get comfortable preparing for an image so that your settings become second nature and almost automatic. You want to start paying closer attention to detail and do editing before you release the shutter vs on a computer in post processing.
 
Once you take that step and make the decision to become a professional, the largest step to take is to be completely honest about your work. That is when you compare your work to your competitor’s work. With any other job, you are competing for work and if your work isn’t up to par with their work, you have to improve your work. I remember sitting with Art Wolfe in Fort Meyers, FL in 1995 having a conversation about all the people that were getting into photography as a profession. Art said something to me that has stuck with me, he said, “I see too many people see people above them and they try to bring that person’s work down to their level vs climbing up the ladder to a higher step on the ladder”. Incredible advice! Don’t try to lower the level of someone else’s work, improve your own to be better. Set that as a goal.
 
Don’t set standards too high for yourself when you just start out, but set really high standards when you intend to make your living off of your photography. It is simply growth in your confidence and skills.
 
Downy Woodpecker in snow. 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 Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Under Mom’s watchful eyes

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

Under Mom’s watchful eyes.
 
I posted an image to some of my social media yesterday of an article in the inaugural issue of Tamron Magazine. It features my work with the 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens in Zoos and Nature Preserves. When Tamron had asked about images, I knew I needed to take a trip down to Zoo Atlanta for a variety that would meet their request. As I walked around capturing images, I was pleased with a few and kept a count in my mind as to how many I wanted and sort of rated them. When I was working on capturing an image with this pair I saw the infant gorilla gathering leaves and walking toward Mom. All of a sudden light shined down on the Mom’s face throwing beautiful highlights into her eyes. After I captured the sequence, I looked at the back of the camera and knew it was “the” image from the trip. When I sent it into the editor of the magazine, the reaction was what I had hoped for, they were as pleased with it as I had hoped. I decided not to share the image on social media until the magazine was released.
 
The Tamron Magazine will be available at shows and events where Tamron will be exhibiting, as well as local camera stores. I hope to be able to talk them into having them available at events where they are sponsoring my appearance. Post comments about the magazine on social media with the hashtag #tamronusamagazine. Thanks again Tamron for featuring the article with all of the images!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamronusamagazine, #mindshiftgear

These Holiday Treats!

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

These Holiday Treats!
 
This was an image I did this fall and when I was scrolling through images it caught my eye. This is how I think a lot of folks feel with all of the Holiday parties that happen this time of year! Unfortunately for us, we aren’t just fluffing our feathers to look big when another White-breasted Nuthatch approaches. These little birds are so amusing to watch and their games of dominance. Fluffed up he still isn’t the size of tennis ball, but no one messes with him. Try and stay unfluffed during the holiday! Happy Hanukkah to many of my friends!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Waiting

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

Waiting.
 
When I sit outside and photograph at one of my Bird Studios, I enjoy watching the competition for a spot near a feeder while the birds wait their turn. It seems like there are favorite spots the birds chose and that is why I try to keep changing the post they land on to encourage more perches for them. It is also interesting that they seem to all move from one feeder to another. There could be 5 at one feeder and none at another one moment then all them will move to a different feeder, and this goes on over and over. It would seem they would just spread out and all be at the feeders at the same time. This is one of the many Tufted Titmouse that visit each day. I have seen so many this year, it was a good summer for Titmouse apparently.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Thawing Out

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2017 by lilybug1960

Thawing Out.
 
This snowstorm over the weekend set records here in Georgia. Interestingly, there were parts of Atlanta that received as much snow as we did up here in the mountains. We never lost power, except for a few seconds here and there, but there are still folks in the flatlands without power after a couple days. We hope to be able to get off of the mountain finally today for a few hours. A neighbor plowed our road yesterday and I have shoveled the driveway. We actually went up to the mailbox yesterday, which is 1/3 of a mile away and there was only one patch of ice in the way.
 
I also shoveled a path to the feeders to make it easier to keep seed out and put some mealworms out for the Bluebirds and others. The ground seed eaters have really appreciated the clear ground too, so I leave some seeds in the grass to make it easier for them. It is good to see so many birds in the yard and at the feeders. I think their way of showing their appreciation is to stop by and strike a pose for me.
 
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 Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruUSA, #SiruiProfessional