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Hopefully, changes for the best

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hopefully changes for the best.
 
Saturday August 1st, a 5 year closure to oyster fishing began in the Apalachicola Bay. I have seen over the past years, especially the more recent 3-5 years how the oyster fishing has gone to virtually zero because of many reasons. I’m not going to list them out here but there is plenty of blame to go around, that is for sure. I read something the other day that the number of wild caught oysters in the bay went down to near zero over the past 2 years especially. All the oysters from the bay are from aquacultured beds. Something needed to be done, something drastically, I hope this is a good start. They will rebuild the reefs needed, reseed the beds. They said they will reconsider and open before that if they can get to a point where they can harvest 300 bags per acre in several areas of the bay. I am hearing the oystermen support it, so that is good too. We need to give it a chance. Let’s keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

My favorite from 2019, the epic Apalachicola sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2019 by lilybug1960

My personal favorite from 2019, the epic Apalachicola sunrise.
By far, the most incredible, magical, epic light I experienced this year (and was able to capture on my sensor), was the sunrise in early November at Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola. I was able to not only do a panoramic, but to do a video as well, if you are interested the link is below. What an incredible morning! 2020 is going to have to work hard to give me better conditions than I had that morning.
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack, stitched and processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking back at 2019, the Donna Kay

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019, the Donna Kay.
 
One thing I really wanted to do with our group in Apalachicola in November was to hike out and photograph the Donna Kay, a stranded Shrimper at Cape San Blas. A few of us hiked out a couple days prior to scout and had decent conditions at sunset, but clouds moved in before we could get some nice images with the Milky Way in the frame. The group went out and had some nice light, but a full moon hurt our chances of getting perfect Milky Way images. Sadly, just a few weeks after we were there some self-entitled idiot decided to paint graffiti on the side of the boat. I will never understand the thought process that makes someone think that it is okay to do that. I read this morning though someone painted over the graffiti recently.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking Back at 2019 part 5

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2019 part 5.
 
I love Burrowing Owls and any chance I get to photograph them is special to me. When I was asked to present to the Florida Council of Camera Clubs at their annual meeting in Fort Myers, I of course went down early and photographed the Owls in nearby Cape Coral. I only had a morning and one evening to capture images, but it was great! What a treasure for the city to have so many residing there.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana

“The Oyster Capital of the World”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2019 by lilybug1960

“The Oyster Capital of the World”.
 
I remember going to this very same spot almost 20 years ago and not being able to stand where I was for this image because of all the oyster boats. As few as 5 or 6 years ago there were still many boats docked along the shoreline of Eastpoint, Florida. Last year there were maybe 1 or 2 boats in addition to this sunken boat, now it is alone. I remember when there were dozens of boats going out at sunrise, coming back in with sacks of oysters. We used to go into Apalachicola and have no problems ordering some oysters and they would place fresh Apalachicola Bay oysters in front of us. This year we weren’t able to get any local oysters for the first 3 days we were in town. We found one place advertising local oysters, all the other oysters were brought in from Texas or Louisiana. The lack of fresh water coming down from Georgia and Alabama has had dire consequences in the Bay, as well as over fishing during the BP Oil spill and parasites attacking the young oysters. Hurricane Michael added insult to injury. There have been several other issues that have possibly contributed to the continued demise of the Bay, and it may never recover, but it will always be “The Oyster Capital of World” to me, even if it is in my memories and my images.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Playing with long exposures and filters

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2019 by lilybug1960

Playing with Long Exposure and filters.
 
I will have a video out in a few days talking about some filters I have been experimenting with and testing different brands. Very often, we as photographers, walk away from scenes that are in less than perfect light. I like to use tough lighting situations to expand my creativity in the field. One such way is to use Neutral Density filters and Circular Polarizers to slow down the exposure and change the scene completely. This particular image was done on a cloudy and flatly lit day. In order to make something of the scene I tried different filter combinations to slow down the exposure and smooth out the water which had many ripples because of the wind. I will release a more in depth look at some of the filter systems I am using in a week or so, but for this image I used a new magnetic system from Marumi and filters. In the past when you start stacking filters you would have light leaks that did funky stuff to the image, but with the magnetic systems you don’t get that leak. I used a 2 and 10 stop Neutral Density filter for the image which changed my shutter speed from about 1/6th of a second to 144 seconds.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 144 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #MarumiFilters, #Argraph, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Juvenile Bald Eagle, Good News, Bad News…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2019 by lilybug1960

Juvenile Bald Eagle, Good news, bad news.
 
Sometimes images come with a “good news, bad news” disclaimer, and this is one of them. The good news is this Eagle perched across from the boat docks from our workshop group one morning this past weekend. It was waiting and wanting to fly in to feed on a deer carcass someone had dumped. Every time it would approach it got mobbed by a bunch of Grackles and Gulls. I am guessing from the location they dumped it, they were hoping for a gator to get it. No, this wasn’t in Bear Woods, it was in Apalachicola. So what could be the bad news? Well the day before 2 folks with us left a few minutes after us and captured images of a beautiful mature Bald Eagle sitting on the dock feeding…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 450, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

My “Epic Sunrise” Video

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

My “Epic Sunrise” video.
 
Last week while I was scouting for Apalachicola I almost stayed in bed one morning, but decided to push on and get out and photograph. I made coffee and ventured out to witness one of the most incredible sunrises I have ever seen. I did some video of the experience of my morning, and here it is:
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Night Skies and The Donna Kay

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2019 by lilybug1960

Night Skies and The Donna Kay.
 
One of the treats our workshop group did was to photograph the stranded Shrimp Boat, the Donna Kay, with clear skies and the Milky Way behind her. The skies were very, very clear, which is normally fantastic, but in this case worked against us. Typically the settings for the Milky Way in a scene are around 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and f2.8. That is on a dark, dark night, it could come down a little, but we will use that as an example. The exposure for this image was about 2 1/2 stops less due to a near full moon. The boat and horizon were lit very well, so the upper part of the frame was underexposed. It was probably one of, if not the hardest night sky image I have processed. I finally found that even with all the work I did it was necessary to crop in a little. I still like the image a lot, and will probably work on it more at some point to see if I can improve it more. I would normally have bracketed the exposures to get more detail up high and low, but I had the camera set up to do the images with an interval timer in the camera so I could work with the attendees. I think they all got some good images, at least as good as they could have under the conditions.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7iii, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 49L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #ForgottenCoast

The Flag in Eastpoint

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

The Flag in Eastpoint.
 
If you remember my posts from last year while we were in Apalachicola, you will remember the flag we found hanging on a post in Eastpoint. We felt it was very symbolic of the times after Hurricane Michael and how something like a flag might help someone there. Well this year we found the flag laying in the mud, and had probably had been there for some time, so we picked it up, hung it so it could dry off, did a photo and I have taken the flag to be retired. I will be doing a blog, and vlog in the near future talking about the conditions in Eastpoint and Apalachicola. It is sad to say that we didn’t see a single Oyster Boat in Eastpoint. From our conversations with the local folks we have come to know, there are few oysters in the Bay. The once “Oyster Capital of the World” is virtually oysterless. It breaks my heart for the area. I will share some images from 10 to 20 years ago from the area so you can see how it has deteriorated. Apalachicola is adapting and new businesses are opening up and it will thrive, but I hope it never forgets, it is the heart of the Forgotten Coast.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16 (for the sun star), ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #EastpointFlorida, #BearWoodsPhotography