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1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear
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It never happens overnight…

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by lilybug1960

It never happens overnight.

I am often approached by photographers that want to do this for a living. First, I encourage everyone to chase their dreams. I do try to warn folks that it never happens overnight, if it did it could disappear just as quickly. If a steady pay check that never varies week to week is a necessity, look somewhere else. Things take time. I truly believe if you are in a job that constricts who you are, that is when you learn to live with less money but much more happiness. I have Evelyn, my 2 golden girls, and I get to express my creative side each and every day…yes I am truly blessed in my opinion.

Today’s photo is an example in several ways as to how it takes time. Just as the caterpillar took time to become a butterfly, it took almost 2 1/2 years from the time Scholastic Books contacted me about using several of my images for a book. I don’t get paid until it was published. Hang in there, chase your dreams, it doesn’t happen overnight, but the chase is worth the reward. Keep your eyes out for “Fly Away” on Library Book shelves soon, I have 3 whole pages of the 8 page book! I know I have several friends that would pick it up because it has big print and lots of pictures…

Fly Away books copy