Archive for Bear Woods Photography

An incredible week

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2020 by lilybug1960

An incredible week.
 
I’m back in Bear Woods after an incredible week in Wyoming. I was hired to do promotional photography for the Triangle X Ranch in Moose. It is no secret the Ranch is Heaven on Earth for Evelyn and I, and the Turners feel like family to us. I was honored they would ask me to come out to do the work. We love the place so much we do an annual winter workshop there each January. I easily shot over 5,000 frames, although many of those were for time lapse videos.
 
This image may be one of favorites so far. We had an “incident” on Saturday morning as we were preparing for a sunrise shoot with some riders where a horse decided he wanted to go for a walkabout and removed the chain from the gate at the corral. He escaped along with three other horses, but were quickly retrieved without incident of course. I think I may have earned my honorary Junior Wrangler badge in the process, but as I was heading down to meet the riders I had a few minutes to spare. I stopped at the pasture where the large herd of horses spend the evening before being wrangled in for the day. The light was pure magic on the mountains and I was happy to record beautiful horses and incredible light. I made so many new friends this week and look forward to returning to the Ranch soon.
 
Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Action X70 backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamronnewfelens, #TriangleXRanch, #Wyoming, #BearWoodsPhotography

Cinnamon Black Bears

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2020 by lilybug1960

Cinnamon Black Bears.
 
I had a few hours break from my work yesterday in Wyoming so I took a drive to see if I could find Bear #399. I didn’t but I found this Black Bear and her 2 cubs. The one cub is cinnamon colored as well, the other is normal black colored, I will post an image of the 3 of them together soon, but with questionable internet, just another short post today. I’m glad I threw the Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 into the bag and a D-500! #tamron, #withmytamron, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamronusa, #bearwoodsphotography, #tamron150600g2

Versatility

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2020 by lilybug1960

Versatility.
 
This is why I love using an All-in-One lens for travel photography and for a lot of landscape photography as well. One lens that covers a variety of focal lengths simply by zooming in or out. No changing lenses, no worries about dropping a lens, getting dust on your sensor, no rain drops getting in your camera…you get the idea. Add to that the lens is super sharp and you have images from any trip. All images were made using the Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii.
 
 
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The new Tamron 28-200mm Di III RXD lens!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2020 by lilybug1960

The new Tamron 28-200mm Di III RXD lens!
 
Only a few short weeks ago this lens was announced, and yesterday my lens arrived via FedEx! I have been extremely excited about this lens because I really like using a versatile zoom lens for my travel and landscape photography. This lens is perfect for my trek to going completely mirrorless at some point in the future. It will make me rethink how I pack for a trip. I could literally cover from 17mm to 200mm on a full frame Sony with 2 lightweight, compact lenses that are sharp and fast focusing. It is also the first all-in-one to start at f2.8! I opened the box yesterday afternoon, recorded the lead in segment for my soon to be released “Unboxing video”, then did a time lapse video. I woke up early this morning visited Dick’s Creek Falls, then Gibbs Gardens. I am super impressed with the sharpness, and speed of this lens. I will share some images over the next few days and the details in the images are so clean. This lens may stay attached to one of the camera bodies at all times!
 
Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, at 28mm, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1.3 seconds, H&Y Filters CPL, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #Tamron28200, #newtamronfelens, #TamronImageMaster, #hyfilters, #hyfiltersglobal, #sirui, #siruiusa, #acratech, #bearwoodsphotography

Always look behind you

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2020 by lilybug1960

Always look behind you.
 
That is something I teach at all of my workshops. Even though you may get focused on what is in front of you, always look behind you as sometimes the subtleties of a landscape are equally as good as what is in front of you. This was looking downstream from the image I posted yesterday. It was one of my favorites from the day.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1.3 seconds, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y Filters CPL, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron1728mirrorless, #HY_Filters, #HYFiltersGlobal, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Middle Prong and Spruce Flats Branch

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Middle Prong and Spruce Flats Branch.
 
This is along a section of the Middle Prong of Little River where water forming Spruce Flat Falls on the Spruce Flat Branch join together. Every time I go by this, I think it will make a beautiful image, but I always envision the image being made from the rock in the foreground so I climb down, work several compositions, then come away disappointed. This time I decided to take a few images from the road before going down to the rock. I am more pleased with this image than others I have made, and I think it is because I included the rock as an element in the composition as seen from the road. Often we feel we need to get “into” the scene more to capture it, but sometimes the best image is from where we saw it and were attracted to it. Remembering that digital film is cheap, you should leave no composition un-captured.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 6 seconds, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y Filters CPL, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron1728mirrorless, #HY_Filters, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Abstracts along the Tellico River

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2020 by lilybug1960

Abstracts along the Tellico River.
 
After visiting Bald River Falls we drove up the road to Baby Falls for some imagery. I wasn’t as impressed with the falls as I was some of the rapids above the falls and spent most of my time capturing details with the new Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD lens. I am just so impressed with the sharpness of the lens, especially in such a small and lightweight package!
 
I released my video from the trip yesterday, and if you haven’t had a chance to view it, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq3jpsQLGLQ&t=1s
 
Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/8 seconds, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y Filters CPL, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron70180mirrorless, #HY_Filters, #hyfiltersglobal, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Lynn Camp Prong Cascades

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2020 by lilybug1960

Lynn Camp Prong Cascades.
 
I didn’t know the name of these falls/cascades but it is great to have friends like George Mraz who will do research and find the name of them. Thanks George Mraz. The Lynn Camp Prong Cascades are on the trail you reach when the road along Tremont ends. It is about 1/4 mile, maybe a little more, hike on a gravel trail to the beginning of the cascades. The hike down to this spot is about a 50 foot decent. You then need to climb big boulders to get to this vantage point. After doing this image I began to climb to the right and do some additional images until I eventually reached the rock ledge visible at the top of the frame. It wasn’t easy with a camera backpack on and if you do it, take your time as the rocks can be slick, but it is worth it. Or you could just climb back the way you came and walk the trail to the top of the area. I will show and discuss the whole process of my thoughts on my compositions tonight in our Webinar “All about Composition” at 7pm EDT. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ywgFJhHrRCia3a_fa4-NxQ?fbclid=IwAR1MEaRW7IqlNR2SZZJYIEjZlU9rOa_WbgkI9hqcxlocKoNA_JGk4ne5yKs
 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y Filters CPL, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron2875mirrorless, #HY_Filters, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

A visit to Tremont

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2020 by lilybug1960

A visit to Tremont.
 
I didn’t get to do my normal post yesterday as I was pretty busy spending a day photographing along Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains. I met Cecil Holmes and George Mraz up there to do some river therapy and a vlog. I’ll get the video out in a few days hopefully. It was really great up there and not too crowded along the river. I didn’t even attempt to go into Cades Cove or Gatlinburg. The river had a nice flow to it and the “greens” were very rich. This image was part of a series of images dealing with composition. This was my final and favorite of the series. Speaking of composition, don’t forget this Thursday our webinar on “All about Composition”, 7pm EDT. Here is the link for registration:
 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y Filters CPL, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron2875mirrorless, #HY_Filters, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Fading into the night…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2020 by lilybug1960

Fading into the night.
 
We had some pretty nice storms the past few nights up here on the mountain. This was the last of the light over “The 3 Chairs” 2 nights ago. Pretty spectacular color for a summer sky here in the southeast.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP via the Canon adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1 second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron1735, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #The3Chairs, #BearWoodsPhotography