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Looking Back at 2017 part 3

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 3.
 
One image that was high on my list was to get a Bison deep in snow. Somehow between writing that list and getting the image someone got confused. The Bison was in good snow and had it all over its face, but the snow wasn’t as deep around the Bison as I had hoped for on my list. However, I was standing in and deep snow. So I guess I got the image I hope for…a Bison, and deep snow…with a twist.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Preparing for Winter Photography

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

Preparing for Winter Photography.
 
I get this question often as folks prepare for trips during the winter months. My winter photography trips usually entail outings that last a couple hours of exposure to the elements (at most), so these tips are based on my experience. For longer adventures, I think these principals will work, but I can not speak from experience. Earlier this year my trip to Wyoming confirmed my research and advice from friends. Winter is tough on photographer more so than gear. The biggest issue noticed was battery life. Your camera battery’s life will drop as it gets cold. I carry no less than 2 or 3 extra batteries in a pocket that is close to my body for warmth. One thing I noticed is if you have a camera mounting plate that does not allow the battery door to open easily without removing it will make it a little more difficult. You would have to remove the plate, change the battery, then replace the plate. I use “L” brackets that allow me to change the battery without interference. One way to improve battery life, during prolonged breaks from shooting, I keep my camera under my jacket to keep it warm. This won’t work with long lenses obviously if you are shooting wildlife.
 
I have been told that sometimes the LCD screen will turn a slight “blue” tint, but that goes away when it warms back up. Be careful taking your camera to and from cold to humid interiors. Condensation forms and that becomes ice when you go back outside. Let your camera acclimatize when you go out to shoot. When our group traveled to our morning shoot (that is when it was coldest) I would leave my camera out of the bag while we drove, this helped. Unless we were traveling more than 30 minutes the car never reached a warm temperature that would cause condensation. Camera lenses seemed to function very well and we had no instances of any problems with the functioning of lenses. There were a couple times though the contacts between lens and body caused an error on the photographer’s camera body. Re-seating the lens usually fixed the problem. I tend to use manual focus for landscapes, so focus was not an issue either. For wildlife, my Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 lens never failed or had any problems. Most of the time we were in temps below zero degrees.
 
My Sirui tripod worked flawlessly. I prefer tripods with twist locks, which for me in cold conditions is much easier to operate. On the coldest of mornings, -30 degrees and colder, the ballhead became a little stiff but was still operable. It just took a little time to set up the composition.
 
As for the photographer…dress warm, and dress in layers. I use 2 sets of gloves, a thin layer then a normal glove. When I am shooting I remove the thicker glove from my right hand. Dress as warm as you need to dress to stay comfortable, but make sure you can move. You don’t want to trip and fall with your gear. Face planting in the snow is not fun, I tested that theory one time. My feet on a -34 degree morning got a little chilly, so in the off season I purchased a pair of Sorel boots to combat that. One photographer, not with our group, actually got frost bite on his cheek from pressing his face against the back of his camera for a prolonged time. We saw him later in our stay and he showed us his “spots” on his cheek. Be careful. And oh, try not to breathe on the viewfinder while standing there, condensation on the viewfinder means frost, you have to clear it to see!
 
Have fun and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. If I don’t have the answer, I will direct you or get the answer for you if I can. Winter can be a great time to capture really unique images, so get out there and enjoy!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Let’s Enjoy the Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Let’s enjoy the sunrise.
 
Bison are just beautiful animals, put them in great early morning light and it can be spectacular. I really liked how these two paused from their morning activities to enjoy the sun as it peaked through the clouds to our east. I guess they never get tired of seeing the sunrises either.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens @600mm on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

What Did the Man Say?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2016 by lilybug1960

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What did the man say?
 
What did the older man say to the younger man as he left for college? Bi-son.
 
Nothing wrong with a little stupid Wednesday morning humor, right? Bison are magnificent animals and need to be respected when visiting their areas. You look into their eyes and think it is nothing more than a large wild cow. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. They are tight knit herds, extremely fast and ready to defend their territory and themselves. Like all wild animals have a comfort zone, get inside that comfort zone and well, like the saying goes, “mess with the bull, get the horns”. Bison charge, stomp and gore a lot of idiots, I mean tourists, each year. Not because they are evil but because people ignore warnings of how close is safe and want to get that selfie with one. I truly believe that anyone who ever has an encounter resulting in an injury because of their ignoring the rules, should be banned for life from all parks. Instead, too often we destroy the animal the person harassed. Kill the victim, glorify the perpetrator. Get smart people, respect their space. For this image, I am well over the minimum distance for viewing the Bison, using a lens equivalent to 900mm and the image is cropped.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

Bison, Land Between the Lakes

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2015 by lilybug1960

Bison, Land Between the Lakes.

I was so busy with the images from Shutterfest, and there will be more, I didn’t get to post any images of the bison from the Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. Signs are everywhere telling you not go get out of your car within so many feet of these guys but I bet folks still do and endanger themselves. This was zoomed all the way out to 150mm and you can see how close the bison are to me.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority, f8, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, handheld using the VC, Vibration Compensation, feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom 5.

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Bison in Black and White.

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by lilybug1960

I got so busy yesterday that I didn’t get to post an image. Lily decided she was going to pull one of the “strings” on her incision and earned us a trip to the Vet and “the cone of shame.” I can’t stand to see her stressed like she gets wearing the cone so I went to Petsmart and got her one of the inflatable cones donuts. She loves it. It is doubling as a pillow. She can still reach the incision just a little plus the area is draining a little, so I have attached a t-shirt as well. She is so happy to not wear the cone, she thinks she is going to the beach and is happy with her new attire.

In the down time though I was able to do some conversions on some of the images I shot from the Tetons in June. When the clouds are out, the scenes scream Black and White. This was an afternoon when the Bison were crossing the street one by one.

Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Canon 7D, Aperture Priority, f6.3, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom 5.

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