Giving Thanks

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2019 by lilybug1960

Giving Thanks.
 
Today here in the US we celebrated Thanksgiving. Most think it is just a day to feast on Turkey, Ham, and all the sides and pies one can imagine, but it is as implied, a day for giving thanks. I have been so blessed with so many great things in my life, especially Evelyn, my family and friends, my health, the ability and opportunity to travel to some incredible locations and capture the beauty of God’s Creation, people and companies who believe in me enough to sponsor my efforts in photography, a beautiful home in an incredible location, simple things as well, food, heat, water, things we often take for granted that many don’t have. I see people waiting to rush out and get more things during sales today and in the upcoming days, but please don’t ever lose sight of being thankful for what you have. Be kind to those who may be alone and may struggle with holidays. Today I give thanks for everything and everyone in my life.

Wow! This lens is sharp!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2019 by lilybug1960

Wow! This lens is sharp!
 
I was able to take the new Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD lens for mirrorless Sony up to the Upper Tallulah River yesterday afternoon and I have come to the distinct conclusion this lens is super sharp! The details in the images were so sharp and the contrast was spectacular. It was very bright so I used a Circular Polarizer with a 5 stop Neutral Density filter built in from H & Y filters to get a nice slow shutter speed. A quick recap, compact 2.5″, light 7 ounces, weather sealed, 67mm thread size, native Sony mount (no adapters needed), what more could you want?!
 
Here is a link to the “Unboxing” video and a link is in the description to view some hi res images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swFjVgyj4nI
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD lens for mirrorless on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 50, shutter speed of 8 seconds, H & Y 5 stop dark CPL, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #HYFilters, #BearWoodsPhotography

Nature’s Palette

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2019 by lilybug1960

Nature’s Palette.
 
I looked out the back door and saw a tinge of color coming to life over “The 3 Chairs” and put the camera on the tripod and just waited for the sky to be painted. I had just bird the bird feeders back out and I know the birds were trying to figure out why I was just standing there instead of filling up on some seeds and dried mealworms. It was my time to appreciate what they see every day. A perfect crisp and beautiful fall morning. You can see I have extended my raised gardens by another 2×4 on the right side of the frame. Our backyard isn’t just beautiful it is functional to us as we grow a lot of vegetables each year. Our little slice of Heaven up here in Bear Woods.
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 50, shutter speed of .8 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorles, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #BearWoodsPhotography, #The3Chairs

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities.

One of the big benefits of the new series of Tamron lenses for the Sony full frame is its ability to focus very close, 4.7 inches to be exact. I know a lot of people, myself included, that like to do a close up of a flower and show it in the surrounding environment. Well this is your lens! I do a lot of my lens testing in my yard so I feel comfortable when I get into a great scene, I will know and feel confident with the gear, so I went out this morning to do some images of the leaves that have fallen beside the driveway. In this image I am about 8 inches away from the leaf that is sharpest, and when I say sharp, I mean super sharp. I have the tripod at ground level and tilted at about 45 degrees so even at f11 the depth of field isn’t going to be great, but definitely enough to show the surroundings. I will release a video in the next few days with the unboxing and showing how doing macro work takes on a fairly new realm.

Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#Tamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Tamron24mirrorless#SiruiUSA#Acratech#BearWoodsPhotography

Another composition with the new Tamron 24mm for Sony

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another composition with the new Tamron 24mm for Sony.
 
This was another composition I did with the new Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 mirrorless lens for Sony. I like doing the horizontal composition from straight on while the vertical is a little more pleasing from the right side in my opinion. I left out a critical piece of information in my previous post. This lens is only….$349! 7 ounces, minimum focusing distance of 4.7 inches, weather proof and only $349! I can’t wait to go shoot it a bunch more.
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 50, shutter speed of 10 seconds, H & Y magnetic filter system with ND32 dark Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImgeMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #HYFilters, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #BearWoodsPhotography

“Prime Time” Tamron’s new 24mm f2.8 mirrorless lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2019 by lilybug1960

“Prime Time” Tamron’s new 24mm f2.8 prime lens.
 
It is always great to get that text letting you know you have a package coming on FedEx from Tamron. I was a little under the weather yesterday, so the time at home was great. When the package made it in, I did a quick unboxing video, then drove over to Amicalola Falls for a few images. It was foggy, drizzling, and sort of miserable, but it felt good to take a hike in the rain. Of course it probably wasn’t good when you are fighting a cold, but oh well.
 
When I first started my career in photography prime lenses were the go to lenses, zooms just weren’t nearly as high quality they are now a days. My go to primes were the 24mm and 20mm wide angle zooms. I received my 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 mirrorless lens for Sony full frame and memories came back of the early days. A couple of great features that are important to me are it is light, just over 7 ounces, minimum focusing distance is just under 5 inches and will give you a 1:2 lifesize image. I can’t wait to go test that since I love jamming stuff in the foreground close. It has the OSD, Optimized Silent Drive (fast and quiet), and Fluorine coating which means if something gets on the front of the lens, it will be easy to clean. It is compact at 2.5 inches. One huge thing for me is Tamron has made all of their lenses for the mirrorless Sony system with a 67mm filter size. That could change down the road, but for now it is great having to carry one filter size, or in my case adapter ring. I will get out in the next few days and do a lot more testing, but the short session I had yesterday was impressive to me. I will release my unboxing video in a few days as well with some of the images I have and will shoot.
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 50, shutter speed of 10 seconds, H&Y ND 32 (5 stop) Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, MIndshift Gear Photocross 13L slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #MindShiftGear, #HYMagneticFilters, #BearWoodsPhotography

St Mary’s Falls, revisited

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2019 by lilybug1960

St Mary’s Falls, revisited.
 
I was talking with Cecil Holmes yesterday and we discussed how busy things have been and we realized we hadn’t even finished posting images from Montana before we got busy with different trips. We have been working hard to try and get a Montana workshop together for 2020 but it probably won’t happen until 2021. Logistically and timing may not be good for next year. We have to balance costs for the participant and crowds to make it an experience we would like for everyone. We look forward to doing one there in the next few years though, so stay tuned. This is St Mary’s Falls, a beautiful set of falls following a beautiful hike.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon Z7, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1.3 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech Nomad ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #travelportraitzoom, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography