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Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods.
 
The year of the Warbler continues in Bear Woods. Yesterday, a Northern Parula stopped by for a visit. I hope it stays at least a few days. It is a beautiful bird with a great song. I had another 8 Warbler day from the back porch, which is better than some days I have had walking in the woods! I look forward to seeing what this morning holds for Warblers and other visitors!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
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 P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Orchard Oriole and Crepe Myrtle

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Orchard Oriole and Crepe Myrtle.
 
The great birds just keep on showing up this year at Bear Woods. I was shooting yesterday when this beautiful female Orchard Oriole showed up and hunted in the Crepe Myrtles for a while. She picked at the flower heads for insects for about 20 minutes or so before flying off to the trees nearby. As much as I don’t like the heat and humidity, I almost want summer to last a longer…almost…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Black-throated Green Warbler

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

Black-throated Green Warbler.
 
One of my “regulars” here in the summertime is a Black-throated Green Warbler. They are very curious and I have had them fly up to me on the porch just to check out what I am doing. I have several pairs in the area and along with their offspring, I may see as many as 8 or so in the mornings. I enjoy hearing their song, “zee zee zo za zee”, each spring as it is a sign to me spring is finally here. They have posed for me very well on my sticks this year. This year has been an exceptional year for me with the Warblers in the backyard and I am excited to see what happens as the birds move south. There is no telling what we will have, but I am ready!
 
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 P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Even the Chickadees approve of the new Tamron lens!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Even the Chickadees approve of the new Tamron lens!
 
One big advantage I have found when I am shooting the new Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens is image acquisition. Being a shorter and smaller lens, I find that when I am panning quickly to find a bird the feel of the smaller lens makes it quicker and easier at times. Granted, the angle of view is greater than a 600mm, but when shooting in my studio, that is a great advantage. Even backing the zoom on the 150-600mm back to 400mm does not achieve the same effect. The shorter profile of the new lens makes it quicker. That being said, I find I am getting more images of the really small birds like the Carolina Chickadee, which is quick and doesn’t stay still for very long. It won’t replace my “go to” long lens, the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens, but it will be a nice compliment to it when I need smaller and am shooting a range of subjects including landscapes.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, camera mounted to monopod via the Sirui TY350 bracket, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

New Babies

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

New Babies.
 
Not only do I have a new baby in the new Tamron 18-400mm lens but the Eastern Bluebirds have a new brood of babies. You can always tell when the eggs hatch, the parents bring in tiny worms the first day or two. If you look closely you can see the bright green worm in Mom’s mouth. I should have mentioned yesterday and will do so now, when you look at the incredible sharpness of this lens, keep this in mind…I am shooting through a double window! It is a clean window but a double window none the less. Pretty impressive, right? Great lens!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, camera mounted to monopod via Sirui TY350 bracket, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

An 18-400mm Birding lens…is that possible?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

An 18-400mm Birding lens…is that possible?

When I heard the rumors and saw the press release about Tamron’s new 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens, my first thought was “is it possible to have a lens that does both landscapes and wildlife?” I started thinking about how people use lenses in the upper range of 400mm all the time. Could it be possible that all of this could fit nicely into a small camera bag or sling bag? I couldn’t wait to put it to the test in my Backyard Bird Studio. Lighting has been so-so for the past few days but yesterday evening offered some decent light. I set up in the Studio window (office bathroom) and the male Eastern Bluebird soon posed for a few quick images. With those few images I found the answer to the question: “Could it be possible to make a landscape and birding lens in one small package?” The answer simply put is YES! This image isn’t cropped, it was shot at 400mm in a Nikon with its 1.5x crop at about 9 feet away. Look at the eye detail…Wow, that is sharp!

Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S and L10 head, Camera mounted to Sirui TY350 bracket, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear