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“When I look at other people’s pictures…”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”
 
As an instructor one of the comments I hear that could be the worst thing you could do for yourself is “when I look at other people’s pictures, mine aren’t as good”. I hate to hear that statement most of the time. When you are just starting out, or even after several years, you should not compare your work to others (yet), but instead compare it to your own work from months or a year ago. As photographers, we should want to improve our skills, but with realistic goals. Those goals should be something along the lines of wanting to get one really good image each month or each outing. Eventually you want to get more “keepers” each outing. Most of all you want to get comfortable preparing for an image so that your settings become second nature and almost automatic. You want to start paying closer attention to detail and do editing before you release the shutter vs on a computer in post processing.
 
Once you take that step and make the decision to become a professional, the largest step to take is to be completely honest about your work. That is when you compare your work to your competitor’s work. With any other job, you are competing for work and if your work isn’t up to par with their work, you have to improve your work. I remember sitting with Art Wolfe in Fort Meyers, FL in 1995 having a conversation about all the people that were getting into photography as a profession. Art said something to me that has stuck with me, he said, “I see too many people see people above them and they try to bring that person’s work down to their level vs climbing up the ladder to a higher step on the ladder”. Incredible advice! Don’t try to lower the level of someone else’s work, improve your own to be better. Set that as a goal.
 
Don’t set standards too high for yourself when you just start out, but set really high standards when you intend to make your living off of your photography. It is simply growth in your confidence and skills.
 
Downy Woodpecker in snow. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Under Mom’s watchful eyes

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Under Mom’s watchful eyes.
 
I posted an image to some of my social media yesterday of an article in the inaugural issue of Tamron Magazine. It features my work with the 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens in Zoos and Nature Preserves. When Tamron had asked about images, I knew I needed to take a trip down to Zoo Atlanta for a variety that would meet their request. As I walked around capturing images, I was pleased with a few and kept a count in my mind as to how many I wanted and sort of rated them. When I was working on capturing an image with this pair I saw the infant gorilla gathering leaves and walking toward Mom. All of a sudden light shined down on the Mom’s face throwing beautiful highlights into her eyes. After I captured the sequence, I looked at the back of the camera and knew it was “the” image from the trip. When I sent it into the editor of the magazine, the reaction was what I had hoped for, they were as pleased with it as I had hoped. I decided not to share the image on social media until the magazine was released.
 
The Tamron Magazine will be available at shows and events where Tamron will be exhibiting, as well as local camera stores. I hope to be able to talk them into having them available at events where they are sponsoring my appearance. Post comments about the magazine on social media with the hashtag #tamronusamagazine. Thanks again Tamron for featuring the article with all of the images!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamronusamagazine, #mindshiftgear

Eagle Season

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Eagle Season.
 
There is so much going on this time of year. A lot of folks enjoy going to the malls and stores to shop, but me, give me the opportunity to get outdoors more and photograph or observe wildlife, especially Eagles. The pair of Eagles at Berry College have been really active this year. It could be the cooler weather, it could be that there are so many more Eagles in the area that they are hanging out near the nest more to make sure no other Eagles try and move in. Either way, we observers and photographers win with opportunities to see them close up and study their behavior. This image was on Thanksgiving when the female was returning to the nest to complete some nestorations. She flew so close to me, I had to zoom out to 500mm and was lucky to get all of her in the frame at the speed she was moving.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

The Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Eagle.
 
I shared on some of my social media a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5FAmUKeeE&t=94s) that I did from Bosque del Apache. In the video I mention an Eagle that flew over the south Crane Pond and triggered the “lift off” of all the Snow Geese. This was the Eagle. Eagles will hunt for geese or ducks and when they approach, well the birds fly off. It is a sight to see and hear. After the Eagle flew over he landed in a tree at the edge of the pond and perched for about 20 minutes, then circled the pond again flushing the Northern Pintails and other ducks from the water before leaving the area. If you get a chance to ever go to Bosque del Apache during November through February, GO!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Portland Head Lighthouse before Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

Portland Head Lighthouse before sunrise.
 
Just a quick post tonight. I am beat. My journey started at 5:45am yesterday morning. I always get up at 5:45am, except on workshops, then it is about 4am. I did my post Saturday, watched the birds, then spent the day with Evelyn and trying to get some rest. I caught the redeye out of Atlanta at 10:20pm to Boston, landing at 12:30am Sunday morning. I had forgotten my jacket so I drove to Freeport to LL Bean to pick up a cheap fleece, then down to Portland Head and Cape Elizabeth for sunrise. I was the only one there for about 30 minutes then a few other folks showed up. I wanted to do a few long exposures with the Sirui Graduated ND filters to see how well they did with the sky. I think they passed with flying colors! Or in actuality neutral colors!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, Bulb shutter for 103 seconds, Sirui 1.2 Graduated ND filter, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

Golden-winged Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

Golden-winged Warbler.
 
Another one of those jewels or gems that I have been hoping to capture a really nice image of is the Golden-winged Warbler. I was able to get a few images I am very pleased with yesterday. They don’t stay long and they usually aren’t in the area, so seeing one of them is always special. What a beauty!
 
I am headed to Maine tomorrow for the Out of Acadia Photography Conference so I will inundating you with images of Maine and the coast so be prepared! One more morning of monitoring the migration tomorrow then off to Lobsterland!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Grey Catbird

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Do I hear a kitten?
The Grey Catbird is a really interesting bird. My first encounter, years ago, with the Catbird, I was thinking I heard a cat or kitten “meowing” in the woods behind our house near Atlanta. It concerned me that a cat was probably hunting near the bird houses in the yard. I went out to look and became more concerned as I saw birds flying in the holly bushes and small trees at the end of the yard. The birds flew off when I approached and the cat meowing stopped as well. This went on several times before I finally discovered the bird was a Catbird and it was responsible for the calls. It amazed me a bird imitated its predator.
Also at first glance the Grey Catbird is very dull in color. It has a nice rusty patch under its tail. It is almost the polar opposite of the bright Oriole and Tanager I posted recently but every bit as interesting to watch and observe.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional