Archive for Canon EOS 5Diii

The Rock Factory

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Rock Factory.
 
A little TBT (throwback Thursday for you folks my age) from outside Page, AZ a couple years ago. I have been going through some images preparing for my presentation to the Booth Photography Guild next Saturday the 11th and came across some images from the Rock Factory. A long time great friend, Stan Burman, was kind enough to take Cecil Holmes and I out to this incredible location for sunset. He even made a mysterious phone call and got us some beautiful clouds and color for sunset! I would love to get back out to this location and spend more than one evening to see all of the varieties of clouds and light that appear. I have never witnessed sunsets like they regularly have in Arizona anywhere else in America. It does get a little warm for my liking though too. Earlier in the day we were going to walk out to Horseshoe Bend, but we stayed in the air conditioned car when we saw the current temperature was 108 degrees! Thank you Stan for sharing this beautiful location with us.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5DIII, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional
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Get Ready for Night Skies!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Get Ready for Night Skies!
 
Obviously we can photograph night skies and the Milky Way at any time during the year, but the peak of the season is considered from mid-April to the end of July. That is when the galactic core is visible the longer during the night. It is when I like to photograph it to be able to place an object into the bottom of the frame and improve the composition. A few settings I use for my starting point are: Manual Exposure, 30 seconds, f2.8, ISO 3200, and infinity focus on my lens set to manual focus as well. I prefer the Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens. A good sturdy tripod, like my Sirui N3204X tripod, is a necessity. These settings are a starting point and some adjustments will be made to optimize your image exposure. All you need to do is get to a really dark place and then check Apps like Photopills to see where the core will align and the optimum time to shoot and then have fun! The lighting in the image on the rock and tree was done by a passing car as it rounded the curves in the road.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 30 seconds, manual focus set to infinity, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSAMagazine, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Disclosing a Location continuation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

Disclosing a Location continuation.
 
I was impressed with some of the discussion yesterday when I brought up the reasons some photographers will give for not disclosing a location vs. not posting it or going there at all. Honestly though, no one could present a decent reason for just not posting it in the first place. I get it, you go to a great location, you get a great image, you are proud of your image, you want to share it, but you feel by simply removing the location information you are saving that location from exploitation. The problem is this, in this day of the selfie, there are those in this world that feel one way to improve a beautiful scene is to put their face in front of it. Then others feel the challenge and have to do it as well. As an experiment I simply looked at a few images that the locations were withheld and did a few things. First I simply Googled a key word (like slot canyon) near a location like “Northern Arizona” and more than 75 percent of the time just a description got me the information I needed. Then using Google images I tried to closely match the image. There were no locations that I couldn’t find. Time to go do a selfie! Guess what though? When I had no image to work off of, I had no way to find something I didn’t know was there! Hmmm… My point is this, posting a great image is an ego boost and you want to share your skills, but don’t try and fool yourself into thinking that you can feel better about being a good steward by simply adding the phrase “I’m not going to disclose the location” because it doesn’t work. Be a good steward, don’t post the image.
 
This is a “Secret Canyon”, no really it is. The name of the Canyon is Secret Canyon and is only accessible by a guide service who has an agreement with the Navajo tribe who owns it.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 5 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30x ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Disclosing the Location of an Image

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Disclosing the Location of an Image.

There have been some articles and posts recently about disclosing the location of an image. By not disclosing the location you are protecting a sensitive area from irresponsible people or too many people. My thoughts are this: If you are morally troubled by posting the location, don’t go to that location, don’t post an image and by all means don’t lead a workshop group to that location. Your moral dilemma should have kicked in before you went, not after you posted the image. You are simply dangling a carrot out there for others to find the location. I know with a few folks it is more of them being worried someone else is going to get a better image than they got, or they advertise it as a “secret” location of which they are willing to take a group to if you simply sign up for their workshop. It is simple, if your visit or other’s visiting will damage the area, stay away and don’t post an image so the “Likes” and heart shaped emojis boost your ego. Making the statement that you won’t disclose a location doesn’t stop people from finding it, it simply may ease your conscience about being part of the problem. If you want to confront people that are contributing to the destruction, look first in the mirror to make sure you aren’t one of them. Let your morals kick in before you visit, not after you leave. I will not post an image, much less visit an area my presence will damage that location.

The image attached is of an area in northern Arizona that I can’t disclose, not because I am being hypocritical, but instead because I was following a friend down some dirt roads and couldn’t find it again if I had to without assistance. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Be a environmentally aware photographer with your actions, not your words.

Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30x ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!
 
First let me wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year. I didn’t make it to see the clock strike midnight, we celebrate Mountain Midnight which is 10pm. I sit this morning in 12 degree weather looking forward and back. My message on New Year’s Day is always the same, but I will post it anyway.
 
Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new year, yesterday was the celebration of a year’s end. As we sit today and look down the road ahead of us, we face a lot of unknowns. It is much like driving down a foggy road. We know what is behind us, some good, some bad, we could just put the car in park and be satisfied with where we have been. There is nothing wrong with that. My life is filled with incredible people, my wife Evelyn, the kids, our family, and our friends. My professional life is filled with great folks. All the people I work with on a regular basis, other photographers whom I have come to know more each and every time I work with them, great folks with partners and sponsors (many of which I consider great friends as well), and wonderful folks who come to my lectures and workshops. I could stop right here and know I have had a great life. I have been truly blessed.
 
However, there is that road ahead, draped in fog, lots of unknowns. As long as there is a road ahead, I know my journey isn’t over and I have to continue. There will be lots of smooth road, and I know a few potholes, but the journey is worth all of the trips. It isn’t one trip that defines your life, instead it is all of them that make your journey and define who you are. It is time to put your foot on the gas pedal, let go of the brake, and continue on your journey. That is what I am going to do, it is easy though when you look in your “car” and it is full of family and friends who will be there to help guide you and even change a flat tire or two when needed. Happy New Year and I hope to see everyone often in 2018.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Siui Circular Polarizer, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Fall Colors and Fog

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fall Colors and Fog.
 
This time tomorrow I will be looking at brightly colored trees, probably some fog, and smelling the salty air along the coast of Maine. I will be working my way, fairly quickly at that, up the coast to Bar Harbor for the Out of Acadia Photography Conference. Maine anytime of the year is beautiful, but in fall it is incredible. Through in Lobster and Blueberries and the State rockets to the top of places to be this time of year! So here is to hoping for crisp mornings, bright colors and a little fog.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Aperture Priority mode, f5.6, ISO 400, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Preparing for Fall Colors

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

Preparing for Fall Colors.
 
Today is the first full day of Fall. I am a huge fan of Fall. I wish I could change the calendar so we have 5 months of Fall, 4 months of Spring, 2 months of Winter and 1 month of Summer. It is time to start shooting Fall colors so here are a few tips to help you capture the colors this year.
 
Camera sensors tend to make the colors a little cooler than they should be so I will often shoot selecting the “Shade” or “Cloudy” setting in the White Balance menu. I shoot RAW and could easily change it in Lightroom, but it gives me a better idea of how it will look. Another tip is to use a Circular Polarizer to help reduce the glare off of the foliage and in turn it will give a more saturated color on the leaves. I use it carefully when the sky is included in the frame, if the sky is clear blue, because it can cause an uneven “blue” from one side of the frame to the other. Using a cable release will help to keep camera movement to a minimum when shooting Fall color macro images. If you don’t have a cable release, you can use the Self-timer feature.
 
I will be starting my pursuit of Fall Colors in Maine this year as an instructor at Out of Acadia and hopefully get many opportunities over the next weeks and month to capture lots of Fall images.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 5Diii, Aperture Priority, f22, ISO 100, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, shutter speed of 2.5 seconds, Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional