Its Fall Y’all!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Its Fall Y’all!
 
Fausett Farms Sunflowers are very photography friendly. It is very apparent as you drive up and see this beautiful bright red tractor parked in front of one of the fields. They have a trailer with hay bales to use as a prop for images as well. It is great to see all the ways they have done things that are photographer friendly. They only charge $10 per vehicle to enter. Have some fun out there if you can are able to go visit. You can see in the background the fall colors are just starting there, so in a week, with a cold front coming in Monday, late next week may allow you to combine sunflowers and fall colors.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Fausett Farms Sunflowers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fausett Farms Sunflowers.
 
I was really happy to see the sunflowers at Fausett Farms were in peak bloom as I drove by the other day. It was cloudy and rainy, but I knew that would not be the case every day. They were predicting clear blue skies on Thursday so I met a photographer friend of mine over there. It is only a 5-10 minute drive from the house and that really made it even better. When I arrived I expected it to be packed with photographers, but I was the only one. When my friend Brad arrived, we had the place to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Fields and fields of sunflowers and nobody there. We shot for about an hour or so, then went down the road to Burt’s Farm, which is a huge pumpkin farm. If you are in Georgia and didn’t get your fill of sunflower photography this summer, this will definitely meet your needs and fill your memory card with images. There is a second area that is just coming into bloom but I recommend getting out there the next week or two.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear Photocross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Thunder Hole under the Moonlight

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

Thunder Hole under the Moonlight.
During my group excursion to “Above Boulder Beach” the conditions looked like they would not be favorable to capture the Milky Way above Otter Cliffs. The moon was bright and the tide was rising. I knew the area around Thunder Hole might offer some nice opportunities for moonlit images, so we stopped there first. It was really amazing how well the moon lit the shoreline. Processing the image for presentation was a challenge though. There is enough light to allow me to process the image like it was sunlight vs moonlight, but I wanted to truly show how interesting the area looked with the blue light of the moon. In Lightroom I decided to bring the White Balance down to around 3300K to show the blue better. It is a better representation of the actual scene vs the settings the program wanted to place it if I let it do the Auto White Balance setting. Thank you again to a group of photographers that are trusting enough to change locations on the fly like we did!
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

What is “Out of Acadia”?

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What is “Out of Acadia”?
 
I have mentioned it, but feel I should explain exactly what Out of Acadia entailed. It was a conference loaded with field excursions limited to 100 participants with more than 15 instructors leading classes and trips. The size of groups for excursions was limited to no more than 10. The big advantage for participants was the variety of styles offered by the instructors. You had classic landscape photographers, photographers that added techniques that digital photography offers to enhance dynamic range, photographers that specialized in macro and Lensbaby photography, even the opportunity to shoot in nature from someone who professes they aren’t a nature photographer. There was something for everyone, sunrises, sunsets, even night skies. You could sign up to pretty much shoot in one location with different instructors or follow that instructor to different scenes, or like most folks take the opportunity to see as much as possible from as many instructors as possible.
 
It was and is a great concept from Chris Smith (Out of Chicago) and with the help of his extremely capable crew, Michelle, Malinda, and Anne, they put on a fantastic conference. The team did a great job of organizing and implementing great scheduling and logistics for the event. As an instructor, the excursions went out on a timely basis and details down to drivers was planned in advanced. Often though a team shines when things go wrong, like a driver getting sick and needing to be replaced. Changes were implemented quickly and things went without a hitch. I can’t say enough good about the them, not to mention the Expo. Gary Farber had lots of goodies for folks to purchase and had several vendors there as well, my favorites of course were Tamron and Sirui! I would highly recommend looking at the events they do and see if you can make an event in the future. Next October is going to be “Out of Moab”!
 
Boulder Beach at sunrise. Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, 4 stop Sirui Neutral Density filter to slow down the water, Sirui Circular Polarizer to reduce glare, shutter speed of 13 seconds, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, Filters carried in Sirui Urbanite WP, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

A Warm Sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Warm Sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
 
The Bass Harbor Lighthouse is one of those locations I like to get my group there really early, but when doing an excursion close to prime time for tourists, you accept you may not be in a prime spot. Now bear in mind, there aren’t really “bad” spots but there are some that are better than others. I had 7 participants with me and encouraged them to get an area lower and to the left of my position. It is a better spot and allows you to capture more of the front of the lighthouse. I tried to get the others close to the area I was located on the edge of a rock. Its not a really good place because you are inches from an 8 foot drop to a certain visit to an ER. Once we all settled in, we waited for the light to happen, and when it did we fought the occasional person who stood in front of everyone. I think all in all, even with all the people (probably 70-100 one who hadn’t figured out how to turn off their flash…), everyone got some nice images. I am glad to have had an adventurous group! Thanks again Out of Acadia participants for sometimes working out of their comfort zone!
 
For the image I chose a fairly shallow depth of field, f4, which should help people to see that you don’t always need f8 or f16 for landscape work. I eliminated the first 50 feet of foreground due to people so the area of focus was fairly shallow, f4 was plenty for the image. Also this more shallow depth of field allowed a more subtle transition while using a Graduated Neutral Density filter.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density(ND) filter, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, filters carried in a Sirui Urbanite WP, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Boulder Beach Black and White

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Boulder Beach Black and White.
 
Not all images should be Black and White, not all images should be Color, some images work both ways. When I started in photography back in the 70s, I was very fortunate that my Father taught me how to process and print BW film. Seeing images by some of the great landscape photographers that did primarily BW were always inspiring. As Color film advanced it became apparent I could pick and choose which scene would look better processed one way or the other. I love to photograph portraits and weddings in BW, they just have “that” look. Big classic landscapes with great tonal range have “that” look as well. For the image to work you have to have rich blacks, nice whites and tones in between. In my opinion, it works best when it is a big scene, not that macro or wildlife can’t be BW, but it has to be special, again, my opinion. I don’t over do my BW processing, I keep it fairly simple, and I don’t do it except when I look at an image and it just has “that” look. You know “that” classic, never changing over the years look where tone is more important than hue. That is the key, when hue isn’t what makes the image, instead the tone does.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui Circular Polarizer for glare, Sirui 4 stop ND Filter, shutter speed of 13 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed and converted in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Liquid Gold

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2017 by lilybug1960

Liquid Gold.
 
During my sunset excursion to Jordan Pond our group had many opportunities for a variety of subject matter. The obvious was the grand landscape including all of the pond and the reflection. As the sun dropped over the horizon though, the peaks of the mountains were in sunlight while the pond was in shadow. This allowed us to capture nice images of the rocks and reeds mainly dark while the gold of the reflecting colors lit up the reflection. One of participants found a really nice section of clean rock, reed and reflection allowing a very simple composition without too many distractions. I asked if they minded me copying their composition and they said it would be fine. They commented that when someone wants to copy a composition, it is a compliment, I totally agree. Too many photographers feel someone doing something similar is “stealing” their work, but it isn’t something they created, they simply saw something. Especially at a conference like Out of Acadia sharing ideas and knowledge is what will help yourself as well as others to grow. It was very refreshing to see the interaction of the participants at the event. If someone doesn’t want to copy your composition, maybe it is time to recompose…
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional