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St Francis de Asis Church in Rancho de Taos

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

St Francis de Asis Church in Rancho de Taos.
 
I am in Santa Fe and Taos for a few days with a special group of people called Tamron VIPs. The Tamron VIPs are folks who are part of a program Tamron started to recognize some of their best customers. They are treating them to 4 days in Santa Fe with not only a great stay but some shooting opportunities as well. I am honored to be the Professional here to help them with their photography experience. We all met yesterday and they are some of the nicest folks, and they share my excitement for Tamron lenses!
 
One of the locations we are going to take them is the Catholic Church in Rancho de Taos, St Francis de Asis or San Francisco de Asis, as it is called as well. The front of the church is beautiful, but the back of the Church was made famous by a photographer named Ansel Adams. I enjoy shooting it from all angles, but one of my favorites is getting close with a wide angle lens, in this case the new 17-35mm Di OSD lens. I like how the lens is able to capture great detail in the foreground and still capture the pigeons and their shadows along the top rim of the Church. I shot the lens exclusively yesterday and it is living up to all my expectations for sharpness and clarity. The weather here is spectacular and we will have some fantastic opportunities, and of course I will post images from our trip.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron1735lens, #TamronVIP, #TamronVIPSummit, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional
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Golden-winged Warbler (f)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Golden-winged Warbler (f).
 
So very often we look at the colorful male for species, but to me, the female Golden-winged Warbler is every bit as pretty as its male counterpart. This year has been a great year for me to photograph the Golden-winged Warblers that are coming through. I have had this female, or several, hanging around for a few days now. She was in and out during fair light, but she finally was ready for her portrait and landed on my favorite stick for a few images. It won’t be long before I have to wait months for their return, but I am definitely enjoying seeing them for now. I love seeing the “golden-wings” on her pose.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

The Saddleback Caterpillar

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The Saddleback Caterpillar.
 
I had discovered the presence of several Saddleback Caterpillars on a plant on the front porch the other day and wanted to photograph them, but the wind did not cooperate. So after my birding session yesterday I brought the whole plant into the garage and put it on a table to photograph them. The Saddleback is part of a family of “slug” since they move more like slugs vs caterpillars on feet. They have venomous spines on their bodies and will cause much pain if touched. They are really beautiful, but you can see they mean business with their protective outer spines. They will eventually become a fairly dull looking brown moth. One of the caterpillars has already enclosed itself in a cocoon and I will have to see when it will emerge, they don’t have the beautiful cocoons like some butterflies, instead have a hard cocoon surrounded by silk webbing. They are less than 1 inch in length as caterpillars and are more of a medical pest than a pest to plants.
 
For the birding part of my day, I saw my first Red-breasted Grosbeak of the fall yesterday, and a Baltimore Oriole also came by for a visit. No great photographic opportunities though, maybe today…
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f36, ISO 400, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

Northern Parula

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Northern Parula.
 
Most of the Fall Warblers have some what drab colors, but there are a few exceptions, the Northern Parula is one of them. Its not that it is super bright and colorful, but it just has a beautiful combination of colors. Most of the time we see the front of a bird in images, but to me the back of the Northern Parula is just perfect.
 
I did have a new bird yesterday in the Backyard Bird Studio, a Nashville Warbler! It is a first for me up here. I have also had a Common Yellowthroat hanging around for 2 days now too. I did manage to get a couple “Bigfoot” photos of them and am deciding about posting them at some point. What is a “Bigfoot” photo, you ask? I also refer to them as ID photos. I will take an image of the bird, process it, could post it, but feel I can capture a better image. Hey, I have a reputation to live up to, right? I will share them with a few other Bird Nerd friends, but they definitely won’t make the calendar!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

Summer Tanager

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2018 by lilybug1960

Summer Tanager.
 
Yesterday was a great day here in Bear Woods, I didn’t do much photography, but instead got to spend the morning with an incredible birder on the back porch. Yesterday was the day for our certification by the Atlanta Audubon Society for our application for designation as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Just sitting and watching and listening to a birder with her knowledge is fantastic. She quickly identified little subtle noises as Wood Thrush and Swainson’s Thrush. She talked to me about the different calls and songs of the birds we were seeing and hearing. I am just hoping some of knowledge can rub off on me! The birds cooperated by sending in some non-frequent visitors for us to see. We had an Acadian Flycatcher, a Blue-winged Warbler (very briefly) and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. At the end of our morning we had recorded 34 species of birds!
 
We get Scarlet Tanagers up here all summer, but it isn’t until the fall I get to see their “cousins”, the Summer Tanager. I really enjoy seeing all the visitors up here and look forward to sitting and admiring the songs and sights each morning. I think the next few days will be very busy and hope to have some more new and fresh images of visitors to the newly designated Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

Chestnut-sided Warbler (f)

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Chestnut-sided Warbler (f).
 
This year was the first year that I knew I had nesting Chestnut-sided Warblers in the yard. They were in a patch of small trees and blackberry plants beside the garage. I would see the adults gathering materials and flying into the patch, but could never locate the nest. I finally did find it after they had fledged, but they have been hanging out in the area, with several friends as well. They are some of the “regulars” I get in the Backyard Bird Studio but are usually fairly quick and rarely come close to the porch. Yesterday one finally decided to check out the decaying sunflower stalks and pose for about 10 seconds. I am always excited when I can get a nice close up of the birds in the yard to show the details in the feathers and the beauty of the colors of the birds as well. Fall Warblers are tough to identify sometimes, but fortunately the Chestnut-sided Warbler has that brilliantly colored patch on the head. The lack of any chestnut coloring on the side, as well as her stance, makes me believe that this is probably a non-breeding female. When she returns next year she will have some coloration on her flanks.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Its not always the birds…

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Its not always birds!
 
Its not always the birds, or should I say, not only the birds that I go to the back porch to photograph in the mornings. As I set up my “office” on the back porch yesterday I was greeted by this incredible scene. We truly live in an incredible place. The day before there was a mother Black Bear and 3 yearling cubs climbing into the trees, down to the left, to eat ripe muscadines. Of course I got a few images! Those little cubs were almost 30 feet high in the trees. This has been an unusually high number of visits from the bears in the woods, it reminds us how important our commitment to making a more natural area has been. Providing lots of natural food sources to the wildlife has been a goal for us.
 
A reminder: I will be presenting my “Nature in America” show to the Roswell Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association on Tuesday Sept. 11 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center at 7 p.m., and would love to see lots of folks there!
 
Sunrise image: Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f6.3, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld. Black Bear Cub image: Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional