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“You looking at me”?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

“You looking at me”?
 
The only thing more mesmerizing than seeing the orange eyes of a Eurasian Eagle Owl would be to have them staring through you like this one did to me. She was fascinated by the sound of the camera and the feet on my Sirui monopod. The great thing about using a long lens, like I did, was the minimum focusing distance of the Tamron is close enough that I could fill the frame with the owl’s face almost with very little post process cropping and be far enough away not to scare the owl. The owl was moving so I had to move back a little to leave room in the frame as it shifted left and right slowly. I think people see an owl like this and don’t realize how strong it can be. This owl is over 2 feet long and almost 6 pounds. One person asked if they could move in beside the owl to get a photo with it. The falconer replied, “only if you don’t need that ear”. I thought that was the quote of the day for me.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic.
 
Yesterday was the Annual Member’s Picnic for the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia held at a private residence in Tate Mountain Estates near our house. Evelyn and I have been involved with them for about 20 years now and have been donating our services for them as well. They help to preserve the lands around us for future generations to enjoy, so we believe strongly in their mission. At yesterday’s meeting a newly acquired property, Forry Farms, was dedicated by the MCTGA along with the Forry family to their late parents who were long time supporters of the MCTGA. All I can say is what an incredible gift by the kids to keep their parents dream alive for generations to com.
 
Every year they have a group of Falconers bring in some birds for people to see and learn about their craft. This year there were 2 Red-tailed Hawks, a Lanner Falcon, and this beautiful Eurasian Eagle Owl. Although it looks similar to our Great Horned Owl, it is significantly larger and native to Europe. These Falconers are always a pleasure to talk with and we are going to do a Birds of Prey workshop with them in the future.
 
Get involved with local conservation efforts if you can. It is very rewarding and you meet some of the greatest people all of which share your love of the outdoors. If you live in Georgia, check out the MCTGA!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority mode, Matrix metering, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Upper Crow Creek Falls 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Upper Crow Creek Falls 2.
 
All 4 of us shot this view of the falls, but it was interesting how each of us approached this composition. Each of us started in different areas working our way left, right, higher and lower. It seemed though that we all ended up with the same composition or very similar. Our difference in our images is how we ended up handling the image. Some used a smaller aperture (f16 or 22) to slow the water down, one even did a pano focusing on the top, then the bottom, I used a Circular Polarizer and a Neutral Density filter to slow the water down while maintaining the focus, sharpness and depth of field I needed for the image. Which one is right, which one is wrong, they all look good, so they are all right. It just goes to show, it isn’t always how you arrive, it is the fact you make it there in the first place. Experiment with compositions until you find what is visually the most pleasing to you and then decide how you want to present it to your viewer.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui Circular Polarizer to reduce glare, Sirui 4 stop Neutral Density (ND) filter to slow down the water, shutter speed of 10 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L Backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Upper Crow Creek Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Upper Crow Creek Falls.
 
I shared the image of Lower Crow Creek Falls a couple days ago, but if you continue hiking a couple hundred yards up the trail you will be rewarded with the Upper Falls. Rabun County Georgia is loaded with great waterfalls, many of which are easy hikes. When we arrived we noticed 2 trees down in the scene. To me it makes me work harder to find a composition that works with the trees included in the image. Walking around and viewing the scene without your camera is a great first step. When you find an angle that is pleasing then you start to work the scene with different focal lengths. In this case I set the lens at 24mm to bring the foreground into the scene and lead the viewer’s eye to the falls. In doing so, it tends to minimize the log, which I positioned in a darker part of the scene.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui 4 stop ND filter and Circular Polarizer, shutter speed of 10 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Minnehaha Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

Minnehaha Falls.
 
There are two Minnehaha Falls that I am aware of, surely there are more, but I know of and have visited two. One is in Minnesota and the other in Rabun County. Since I live in Georgia, I tend to visit the one in Rabun County more often. Minnehaha was the lover of Hiawatha immortalized in Longfellow’s poem. It is also a Dakota word meaning “waterfall” or “rapid water”. Since the Minnehaha Falls in Georgia more closely resembles a cascade where the water travels rapidly, we will go with the rapid water translation. I have been photographing the falls since I was a young adult and love going there each chance I get. It is peaceful and relaxing. I prefer it with about the water flow it has at this time, because with too much more and it becomes a little more “powerful” and loses that relaxing feel. I love photographing it most during spring and fall. The colors around the falls add to the scene so much more as well.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui 4 stop ND filter and Circular Polarizer to slow down the water and remove glare, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Lower Crow Creek Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Lower Crow Creek Falls.
 
On Sunday I got to spend the morning photographing a couple waterfalls with some good friends. I always love photographing waterfalls and the hope of a little fall colors to boot made it more enticing to me. So along with my teaching partner Cecil Holmes, Rob LeRoux, and Max Hester, we set out before first light. We stopped first at Minnehaha Falls and were rewarded with some great images, of which I will share in the next days. Then it was off to Bad Branch Falls, but after a brisk hike lead by our speed hiker Max, we arrived to find the fall’s view were blocked by 3 downed trees probably from Irma as she worked her way across the state. Finally we went to Crow Creek to photograph the lower and upper falls. Conditions were really nice and it wasn’t until late in our shooting the sun started breaking through the fog and clouds. The image today is of Lower Crow Creek Falls. Photographing the waterfalls was really nice, photographing them with some good friends made it a great morning.
 
Tamron 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, Sirui 4 stop Neutral Density Filter and Circular Polarizer, 10 second shutter speed, Sirui Carbon Fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L Backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Finally Feeling Like Fall

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Finally feeling like Fall.
 
It has been unusually warm so far this fall, until yesterday anyway. Finally cool air has made its way in and the skies at sunset reflected the drop in humidity as well. The pastel colors that will fill the fall skies have always been some of my favorites. You can see in the image the fall colors are just starting to dot the landscape, and the tomato plants have finished for the year. It is a great time to take in the fresh air from one of “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f5.6, ISO 400, -1 stop of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #The3Chairs