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What a camera sees vs. what I envision

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2020 by lilybug1960

What a camera sees vs. what I envision.
 
As I go through my creative process when I am making images, there are times I walk up to a subject and see the “finished” image vs what is in front of me. Photographing past their prime flowers yesterday was one such time. Seeing the delicate flower fade was pretty but giving it a warm black and white finish, to me, gave it more of a look that complimented the state of the flower. To me, it makes the small details in the flower stand out, whereas in the color version they would be lost competing with the soft pastels. What do you think?
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Dew covered Bee on Zinnia

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2020 by lilybug1960

Dew covered Bee on Zinnia.
 
I was out to photograph some of the birds in the backyard and noticed a few bees still dormant on the flowers waiting to dry off enough to fly. I didn’t use a “normal” macro lens, but instead used my Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. It has great close focusing capabilities for a long telephoto and being able to separate your subject from the background gives nice isolation in the image.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron150600g2, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Separation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2020 by lilybug1960

 

Separation.
 
When I made this image I concentrated on two factors to make the flower in the foreground standout against the busier background. First a shallow depth of field was needed, and secondly making sure no part of the tips of the flower “merged” with the flower that is out of focus in the background. These two factors would naturally help to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject. This simply helps give direction to an otherwise busy image.
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f3.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

A little garden time

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2020 by lilybug1960

A little garden time.
 
With all the rain and sun, our gardens up here are full of beautiful flowers right now. I decided to do a little macro work with the Z6 and the vintage Tamron SP 180mm Macro lens. I was wanting to use a longer focal length because I would be shooting through other flowers hoping for a natural vignette in the images. Right now the Black-eyed Susan are loaded with opportunities. You may see a few more over the next few days.
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Lying in wait

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2020 by lilybug1960

Lying in wait.
 
This is another example of balance. I liked the flower in the foreground, but then all the lines of the leaf lead you back to the spider as it lies in wait to strike as any unsuspecting insect lands in its web.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y “K” Series filter holder with Circular Polarizer, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron100400, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #HYFilters, #GibbsGardens, #BearWoodsPhotography

Balance

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2020 by lilybug1960

Balance.
 
When composing an image, balance is key. I teach classes on composition and talk about asymmetrical composition, which is placing the visual weight of the image to one side and then giving the image balance by placing a secondary element in a position to keep the eye visually interested in the frame. This is from Gibbs Gardens during my visit last week, and here is a link to my video I did while visiting.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y “K” Series filter holder with Circular Polarizer, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron100400, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #HYFilters, #GibbsGardens, #BearWoodsPhotography

Waterlily Reflections

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2020 by lilybug1960

Waterlily Reflections.
 
It is hard to believe that yesterday was my first visit to Gibbs Gardens this year. With everything that has been going on, I just haven’t had the opportunity or the weather wasn’t great for images when I could go. There was cloudy conditions predicted, but when I drove down the clouds mainly disappeared so I knew I wouldn’t be down there too long. I wanted clouds. My focus was waterlily because I have seen some great images in the past week of them down there. This image was probably my favorite from the morning. I had photographed some other waterlily and a tree reflection from a different angle and started to walk away, but I just felt there was more. I ran into a fellow Georgia Nature Photographer Association Member, Bill White, who said he had found a neat spot and pointed out where he had been. I went over and worked the image until I found raising my tripod just high enough to be between two branches on a tree was “the spot” I was looking for to capture my image. All that was left was to wait until a cloud moved in front of the sun long enough to capture the perfect light.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron100400, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #GibbsGardens, #BearWoodsPhotography

Macro Photography Webinar tonight

Posted in Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on May 28, 2020 by lilybug1960

Just a quick post for today shamelessly plugging the Macro Webinar tonight May 28 at 7pm EDT. Cecil Holmes and I will be teaming up to teach you all the cool stuff for macro photography. If you can’t make it live, you can watch it anytime afterwards as well. Recorded webinars are available for viewing as well.
Here is the link for tonight’s webinar:

Bloodroot

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2020 by lilybug1960

Bloodroot.
 
One of our Spring flowers here on the mountain is Bloodroot. When I went to get the mail 2 days ago there were a lot of them blooming in the woods nearby. Just another sign of Spring taking over the mountain. The trees are getting some leaves poking out so it won’t be long before we start seeing more and more Spring migrants coming through.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD M1:2 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP via the Canon adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron90macro, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #BearWoodsPhotography

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities.

One of the big benefits of the new series of Tamron lenses for the Sony full frame is its ability to focus very close, 4.7 inches to be exact. I know a lot of people, myself included, that like to do a close up of a flower and show it in the surrounding environment. Well this is your lens! I do a lot of my lens testing in my yard so I feel comfortable when I get into a great scene, I will know and feel confident with the gear, so I went out this morning to do some images of the leaves that have fallen beside the driveway. In this image I am about 8 inches away from the leaf that is sharpest, and when I say sharp, I mean super sharp. I have the tripod at ground level and tilted at about 45 degrees so even at f11 the depth of field isn’t going to be great, but definitely enough to show the surroundings. I will release a video in the next few days with the unboxing and showing how doing macro work takes on a fairly new realm.

Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#Tamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Tamron24mirrorless#SiruiUSA#Acratech#BearWoodsPhotography