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Eastpoint

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

Eastpoint.
 
This weekend is the 55th Annual Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. I am so glad to see they are still having it after Hurricane Michael. It is going to be a welcome break for the locals and all the workers in the area. We have our photography workshop in Apalachicola in just under 2 weeks and I have been in constant communication with the Chamber of Commerce, hotels, rental homes and friends down there to make sure of 2 things. First, our coming down won’t infringe on their recovery efforts at all and secondly, making sure we put money into the local economy to help with the recovery of the local businesses as well. Everyone I have talked with is so excited that we are committed to coming down and showing off how resilient the people of Apalachicola and Franklin County are in life.
 
One of the areas we spend time in photographing and visiting is Eastpoint, the area between Apalachicola and St. George Island. We photograph sunrise and sunsets there often as well as just sitting and talking with some of the local and long time residents there. The area was hit hard earlier this year when a “controlled burn” got out of control and burned many homes, then throw the Hurricane in and it has been a tough year for them. This all on top of a struggling Oyster industry, partially to blame because of the lack of fresh water that should be coming down from Georgia and Alabama. Last year we met Carson, one of the locals who had just returned home from many years up north. Carson told us his life story and was actually very familiar with photography, and I think enjoyed talking photography with us. Carson was living a tough life trying to help with keeping alive the family’s legacy in the area. Conditions are tough, good paying jobs are tougher. The information Carson shared with us about some local areas to photograph was great and he even modeled for us for a few images. We explained that if he had been a guide or model for us he would be paid for his services. He laughed at first, but on our insistence accepted our fee. Carson, and the other locals, are what make the area special. These visits are what often make our trips special as well. The food is great down there, the people are even better. I look forward to sitting, talking, and sharing a beer with my friends down there soon. You may be the Forgotten Coast, but you are always in our thoughts.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5D Mark III, Manual Exposure mode, f3.2, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureinFocusPhotographyWorkshops
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Schaffer Overlook

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Schaffer Overlook.
 
One morning in Moab, on our way back to the hotel from a morning session at Dead Horse Point, we saw this incredible fog rising out of the canyon below. We stopped at Schaffer Overlook to get a better view, photograph and simply appreciate nature. I couldn’t help standing and noticing the scope of the size of the canyon. I loved the contrast of the canyon walls and the winding Jeep trail rising up from the bottom. After shooting images of the details of the scene, I decided to attempt a panoramic image. My tripod was in the car so I did my best “twist and swivel” (I’m lucky I didn’t hurt myself) and did a 9 shot panoramic handheld. I stitched them together in Lightroom and am pretty pleased with the results!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, 9 image Panoramic stitched and processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Haystack Mountain Peak

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Haystack Mountain Peak.
 
The Out of Moab Conference ended yesterday and after lunch a few of the instructors decided to jump into a couple of vehicles to explore an area of the La Salle Mountains we had been seeing lots of snowfall over the past few days. We loaded up into a couple of vehicles and ventured up to Warner Lake. There were still a lot of Aspen trees that had leaves and against the fresh snow it was really beautiful. The sun was pushing its way through the clouds at times and the trees and mountains lit up. For a few brief minutes the peak of Haystack Mountain to the south peeked out of the clouds. I really loved the bright peak with the dark clouds around it. It was a great afternoon getting to know some great photographers, and the light made it that much more memorable.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking down Park Avenue

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2018 by lilybug1960

Looking down Park Avenue.
 
Sunrise and sunset “light” has been tough this week at the Out of Moab Conference, but when it does present itself, it does it in grand style. We were overcast most all of the morning session but for a few minutes the light would peek through in beautiful beams moving across the landscape. As we stood at the top end of the Park Avenue area, the light lit the bottom giving us a fantastic image.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiImaging, #BearWoodsPhotography, #OutofMoab

The Milky Way and Balanced Rock

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The Milky Way and Balanced Rock.
 
Sunday night we, the Out of Moab group, had our Cowboy Dinner as a group. The skies were clearing as we ate, so when we finished Armando and I decided to make a run into the Park and see if we couldn’t shoot the Milky Way (the Galactic Center being visible) over or by Balanced Rock. My friend Rob Knight posted an image that he shot a couple nights ago from there and it really inspired me to see if we couldn’t capture it as well. We drove out and were surprised that we were alone there for about 25 minutes, and that there were no or very few clouds blocking it. We did about 10 exposures before the clouds interrupted our view for a little while. We did stay and shoot the stars over other things and eventually the clouds opened up again and we got to capture the center a few more times over other objects.
 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8 Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #OutofMoab

Lake Moab and Balanced Rock

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Lake Moab and Balanced Rock.
 
With all the rain in Moab we have had some unique opportunities to shoot the rock features. Depressions in rocks become puddles, but when viewed at water level with a wide angle lenses, puddles become lakes. With the puddle in the shade and the rocks in warm sunlight, it creates magical reflections. There should be some incredible puddles out there today with all of the rain we received last night.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, lens at 18mm, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Morning Storms at Balanced Rock

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Morning storms over Balanced Rock.
 
One of the first days here in Moab I was provided some of the most incredible light I have ever seen. It lasted a good hour before we were chased into our vehicle by rain. As folks have arrived for the Out of Moab event, they have been concerned about the clouds and how it would effect the photography. Simply put, it will effect it incredibly well.
 
This is a 9 frame panoramic image that I did using the Tamron 17-35mm lens stitched together using Photoshop. It was interesting to me that Lightroom Classic CC, in this case, was not able to complete the stitching but Photoshop did it easily. That is why I continue to maintain several photo editing programs, some do better jobs than others, so limiting yourself can work against you at times.
 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, lens set at 18mm, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, stitched in Photoshop, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #OutofMoab