Time at Home

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

Time at home.
 
It seems odd that I am home for almost a month. This has been a busy travel year, but it is good to be at home to enjoy Bear Woods, well except the Georgia heat anyway. It has been a scorcher this year. I have been able to work on some programs updating them for upcoming presentations like this Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center for the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I also have a presentation on Saturday to the Big Canoe Photographers, and then a big presentation in Orlando to the Orlando Camera Club on September 9. I have come up with a name for my project of photographing working animals, which will include service animals, therapy animals, Police K9s, and dogs that have “saved” someone, and I will soon announce the title after much thought. My goal is to have a page celebrating these special animals and avenues which you can directly support the organizations that make their service possible. For now here is a recent sunset over “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography
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The Top of Rainbow Falls

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The top of Rainbow Falls.
 
The images I have shared of the area of Watkins Glen State Park show a bridge at the top of falls. This is a more isolated image I captured when I walked underneath the falls to the left side of the previous images. I really liked composing the image to have the falls appear to start in a “keyhole” formed by the bridge overhead. I love the green contrast in the area of the keyhole. This area is so beautiful, I definitely need to add it to my “must go back” list.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, Shimoda Explore 40, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Great Horned Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

Great Horned Owl, Captive animal.
 
I’m still going through all the images from two weeks ago at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI during the SWMCCC Weekend of Photography 2019. This GHO (Great Horned Owl) was super popular with the group, possibly because of the popularity of the bird, and possibly because it was a beautiful bird that posed great for the group. It was the last bird of the evening that we photographed and the light was amazing on the bird. With the heat outside, I hope to spend a little time getting caught up with all the processing I need to do. I am putting the finishing touches on my presentation, “Painting a Photograph” for Thursday with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association in Smyrna, and my presentation on “Landscape Photography” for the Big Canoe Photographers on Saturday.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6 camera, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #SWMCCC, #BirdsofPrey, #BirdNirdvana, #BirdPhotography, #BearWoodsPhotography

Along Glen Creek

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Along Glen Creek.
 
This is an image from Watkins Glen State Park about 10 days ago while leading a group on our field trip. Glen Creek winds through the canyon and under the right conditions you could literally spend a day photographing all the cascades on the creek as it twist through the rock walls. There is so much to see in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, but make sure you budget at least half a day to explore Watkins Glen State Park.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1 second, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, Shimoda Explore 40 backback, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #ShimodaDesigns, #BearWoodsPhotography

In Camera Orton Effect Video

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

In Camera Orton Effect video.
 
Here is the video demonstrating my in camera Orton Effect (sort of) to create that dreamy effect. I use it for macro work often to create mood. It was windy, but I was able to hopefully give you an idea of how to do the images. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if it helps, and please click the Subscribe button if you don’t already.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 head, Shimoda Explore 40 bag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #ShimodaBags, #BearWoodsPhotography

Screech Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

Screech Owl, Captive.
 
It seems like forever ago that I photographed the Birds of Prey in Holland, MI, but it was only 2 weeks ago! I still haven’t gone through and processed all the images from that shoot or from a week ago in Geneva, NY. At some point I guess I need to finish processing! This was a very cute Screech Owl at the Outdoor Discovery Center near Holland, MI. I’m not sure what got its attention, but the light was beautiful and perfect to light the bird. Please consider supporting rescue, rehab and educational centers in your area. They do such great work for animals on very limited budgets.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #SWMCCC, #BirdPhotography, #BirdsofPrey, #BearWoodsPhotography

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2019 by lilybug1960

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera.
 
Photography is no different than society as a whole when it comes to trends and “what’s in”. HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography was “in” for a while, then out, now sort of in again, even though we all do HDR when we adjust highlights and sliders technically, but I am speaking about combining several images. One such trend seems to be the “Orton Effect” which now-a-days is done in post processing. It is an effect where you give the image a “glow” that makes it dreamy. I don’t use it much for landscapes, but I do occasionally use it for macro work. As a matter of fact I have been using it since the early 90s. I’m old school though, I don’t do it in post processing, I do it in the camera. John Shaw taught me the technique years ago.
 
How it works is you first have to use a camera capable of doing Multiple Exposures, I found out my Sony doesn’t do it. You set the camera to do 2 exposures and “average” the exposure. Shooting in Manual Mode around f4 or f5.6 is best. You do the first exposure with your subject being very sharp, then your second exposure slightly out of focus. When it blends them together…pow! You get this dreamy looking flower! I guess I will have to do a video on this effect as well? It is fun and easy to do, and one cool thing is your image is done when you upload it, no extra time on the computer! Experiment and play, the effect increases when you make your second image more blurry.
 
Tamron SP 90mm Di VC USD 1:1 Macro on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography