Archive for Apalachicola

God Beams

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 22, 2020 by lilybug1960

“God Beams”
By far one of my favorite elements during a sunrise or sunset is when God Beams appear. Scientifically known as Crepuscular Rays, also known casually as God Fingers, they create drama in a sky worthy of capturing. We were witness to them on our last morning in Apalachicola and they were fantastic. They are caused when the sun is either below the horizon or behind a cloud and light is passing around irregular shaped clouds. I have always said every day offers hope, and it is a great sign when you see the beams to start a day.
Tamron 70-300mm Di III RXD lens on a Sony a6600, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron70300, #newtamronfelens, #sirui, #acratech, #shimodadesign, #bearwoodsphotography, #natureinfocusphotographyworkshops

Brown Pelican with the new lens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 18, 2020 by lilybug1960

Brown Pelican with the new lens.
I spent a lot of free time testing and using the new Tamron 70-300mm Di III RXD lens in Florida last week. It is super light, fast focusing and compact, and at $549, it is a lens that Sony shooters should seriously consider adding to their camera bags. Although it is designed for full frame, I spent the majority of the time shooting it with a Sony a6600 to take advantage of the 1.5x crop factor. Having a lens that would have the angle of view equivalent of a 450mm lens that is this compact and light is great. I am very impressed with the lens and it will be with me on many of my trips! Even at f8 the background was rendered at a nice canvas of color.
Tamron 70-300mm Di III RXD lens on a Sony a6600, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron70300, #newtamronfelens, #sirui, #acratech, #shimodadesign, #bearwoodsphotography, #natureinfocusphotographyworkshops

The Fireball

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 17, 2020 by lilybug1960

The Fireball.
Our group had one incredible sunrise at Scipio Creek one day. Crystal clear skies, which normally I wouldn’t be pleased with but considering all the clouds we had the other days it was welcome. We lined up and waited for the sun to rise over the horizon, and we actually had a shrimper cruise out a few minutes earlier. I had attached the new Tamron 70-300mm Di III RXD lens to the camera hoping for a scene like this, and was very pleased with the performance of the lens.
Tamron 70-300mm Di III RXD lens on a Sony a6600, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron70300, #newtamronfelens, #sirui, #acratech, #shimodadesign, #bearwoodsphotography, #natureinfocusphotographyworkshops

The Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 8, 2020 by lilybug1960

The storm.
This was about a year ago that I woke up looked at my window and saw nothing but pouring rain waiting to greet me. I almost just closed my eyes and went back to sleep, but I didn’t. My phone apps that predict clouds and weather told me to get up. The storm should move out a few minutes before sunrise and make for some interesting photography. Well PhotoPills, Clear Outside and my local weather app were all right on the money. As I drove into Scipio Creek, the rain stopped and the sun began to peek through. I set up quickly and was rewarded incredible light. Maybe the same will happen in the near future…
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, multiple image panoramic, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron1728, #sirui, #acratech, #bearwoodsphotography

Hopefully, changes for the best

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hopefully changes for the best.
 
Saturday August 1st, a 5 year closure to oyster fishing began in the Apalachicola Bay. I have seen over the past years, especially the more recent 3-5 years how the oyster fishing has gone to virtually zero because of many reasons. I’m not going to list them out here but there is plenty of blame to go around, that is for sure. I read something the other day that the number of wild caught oysters in the bay went down to near zero over the past 2 years especially. All the oysters from the bay are from aquacultured beds. Something needed to be done, something drastically, I hope this is a good start. They will rebuild the reefs needed, reseed the beds. They said they will reconsider and open before that if they can get to a point where they can harvest 300 bags per acre in several areas of the bay. I am hearing the oystermen support it, so that is good too. We need to give it a chance. Let’s keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

We Need Some Sunshine!

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 18, 2020 by lilybug1960

We Need Some Sunshine!
 
Today I decided to simply post an image of something we all need right now…sunshine. We have had so many cloudy and rainy days, we could use some sunshine. Go sit on your porch, get a little sunshine if you can. Self isolate, but get some natural vitamin D. It will do you some good. I sat out on the porch for a while yesterday evening and the fresh air and sunshine was so extremely refreshing. Get some alone time in the sunshine if you can. We can get through the gloom. Hang in there.

My favorite from 2019, the epic Apalachicola sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2019 by lilybug1960

My personal favorite from 2019, the epic Apalachicola sunrise.
By far, the most incredible, magical, epic light I experienced this year (and was able to capture on my sensor), was the sunrise in early November at Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola. I was able to not only do a panoramic, but to do a video as well, if you are interested the link is below. What an incredible morning! 2020 is going to have to work hard to give me better conditions than I had that morning.
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack, stitched and processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking back at 2019, the Donna Kay

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019, the Donna Kay.
 
One thing I really wanted to do with our group in Apalachicola in November was to hike out and photograph the Donna Kay, a stranded Shrimper at Cape San Blas. A few of us hiked out a couple days prior to scout and had decent conditions at sunset, but clouds moved in before we could get some nice images with the Milky Way in the frame. The group went out and had some nice light, but a full moon hurt our chances of getting perfect Milky Way images. Sadly, just a few weeks after we were there some self-entitled idiot decided to paint graffiti on the side of the boat. I will never understand the thought process that makes someone think that it is okay to do that. I read this morning though someone painted over the graffiti recently.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Using Neutral Density Filters for Dramatic Effects

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2019 by lilybug1960

Using Neutral Density filters for dramatic effects.
 
Below is the link to my video about using filters to slow down water and movement for a dramatic look. Hopefully you will chuckle at my obvious frustration of trying to exposures. At one point I felt I should contact NASA to figure out exposure coefficients. I will follow it up with an in depth video about the different systems that I use. As magnetic filters are becoming more popular hopefully the use of filters will be easier and their use will increase by photographers to expand their creativity. Here is the link:
 
 
This image information: Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 130 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #MarumiFilters, #Apalachicola, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

“The Oyster Capital of the World”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2019 by lilybug1960

“The Oyster Capital of the World”.
 
I remember going to this very same spot almost 20 years ago and not being able to stand where I was for this image because of all the oyster boats. As few as 5 or 6 years ago there were still many boats docked along the shoreline of Eastpoint, Florida. Last year there were maybe 1 or 2 boats in addition to this sunken boat, now it is alone. I remember when there were dozens of boats going out at sunrise, coming back in with sacks of oysters. We used to go into Apalachicola and have no problems ordering some oysters and they would place fresh Apalachicola Bay oysters in front of us. This year we weren’t able to get any local oysters for the first 3 days we were in town. We found one place advertising local oysters, all the other oysters were brought in from Texas or Louisiana. The lack of fresh water coming down from Georgia and Alabama has had dire consequences in the Bay, as well as over fishing during the BP Oil spill and parasites attacking the young oysters. Hurricane Michael added insult to injury. There have been several other issues that have possibly contributed to the continued demise of the Bay, and it may never recover, but it will always be “The Oyster Capital of World” to me, even if it is in my memories and my images.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography