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Fog, Fall Colors, and The 3 Chairs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2019 by lilybug1960

Fog, Fall Colors, and The 3 Chairs.
 
When the cold front came through the other day dropping our temperatures 40 degrees in 24 hours, we stayed in the fog for almost a day. We are about 3,000 feet in altitude and often that puts us in the middle of rain clouds. I wanted to make sure I captured what would be the peak of the Fall colors for us because I knew the wind would blow down a lot of leaves. It also gave me a chance to play with Luminosity Masks in Lumenzia and Photoshop. To me it is the easiest program to learn and work with Luminosity Masks (software that helps to make precise adjustments to parts of an image). I am immersing myself in tutorials to learn more about using the software, so stay tuned. One thing I want to do with my videos is start to do screen captures and incorporate my processing into them as well.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD for Sony FE mount on a Sony a7Riii camera, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC and Lumenzia. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #The3Chairs, #BearWoodsPhotography

South of Heceta Head

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2019 by lilybug1960

South of Heceta Head, Oregon.
 
I am still visiting some images from my trip to Oregon to teach at the Out of Oregon Conference. On my “off” morning I went with Nick Page’s group to Heceta Head Lighthouse. Looking south from the lighthouse you could see this beautiful layer of fog rolling over the hills and trees. When the sun just rose above the mountain top it illuminated the fog. I cropped it down to this format because there was some bright sky above the ridge line and a tree in the foreground. I am playing with some new software, to me anyway, Lumenzia, and so far it is the easiest I have used in my attempt to do luminosity masks. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, or lack there of, as I go!
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f18, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpackc processed in Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC with Lumenzia. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #portraittravelzoom, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #OutofOregon, #BearWoodsPhotography

Foggy Summer Mornings

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2019 by lilybug1960

Foggy Summer Mornings.
 
We have been having some hot days and really high humidity for the past few weeks. The late evening thunderstorms are adding to the early morning humidity. It does make for some interesting sunrises though. Even when there is no “view”, there is a great view. It is always beautiful over “The 3 Chairs”
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #FotoproEagleSeries, #The3Chairs, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Mount Moran foggy sunrise

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

Mount Moran foggy sunrise.
 
During our workshop in the Tetons, we were faced with a variety of weather conditions that I honestly don’t remember such changes for any other workshop I have done there. We had mostly clear with 50s for temps, and snow with 20s for temps, then everything in between! The benefit was our group got to photograph the most beautiful mountains in such a variety of light. One morning our goal was to shoot at Oxbow Bend, but the fog was so thick you couldn’t see the mountains. However a quarter of a mile up the road was a great turnout just above the fog. The group worked quickly to capture the scene before the fog blanketed our view of the Mount Moran. We photographed the trees in fog until the fog lifted again. That was a great thing about this group, they adapted quickly to what nature dealt them and they captured the beauty that presented itself.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Fotopro E9 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #portraittravelzoom, #35150, #FotoproUSA, #FotoproEagleSeries, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

“Thick as Pea Soup”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Thick as Pea Soup”
 
Often heavy fog is referred to as being “thick as Pea Soup”, well at least where I come from. I’m sure there are many other comparisons in other areas, but this is the one that I know of anyhow. I believe it must refer to the notion that Pea Soup is so thick, you can’t see the bottom of the bowl. What this really means is it is going to be tough to do any birding this morning with visibility so shallow. I did go out this morning and watched the “usual suspects” come in, which is still 10 or so different birds. I’ll try again later, but they think it may be a “frog strangler” later today. Oh that’s what we folks in the south call a heavy rain. In case you were curious, when I have Pea Soup, I really like to crush a bunch of Saltines and put them in the soup, making it even thicker.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f6.3, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui W2204 waterproof tripod and K20 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional

A Full Moon and Fog in the Valley

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Full Moon and Fog in the Valley.
 
When I woke up this morning I had planned to post an image of the male Eastern Bluebird, but when I turned on the coffee maker I saw the scene in the backyard. A beautiful full moon setting over fog in Jasper. I quickly grabbed the camera and set up to capture my image for the day. The entire time, I was serenaded with the “dawn song” of all the birds waking up for the day. We truly live in paradise.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #The3Chairs

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

Foggy Drive

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

Foggy Drive.
 
I spent a few minutes processing images from our trip to the Smokys a month ago. I love photographing the fog and solitary trees along Sparks and Hyatt Lane. This image is from Sparks Lane as the sun peaked through the fog and lit the tree and grass. I took a little artistic liberty and flipped the image horizontally to place the tree on the right side of the road for composition purposes. In this instance I am creating art vs documenting natural history.
 
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, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Fence Line

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Fence Line.
 
As our group was parking in an area on Sparks Lane, I commented to many in the group that the fence line in front of our cars was incredible and we definitely needed to shoot it before we left the location. After shooting on Sparks Lane for about 30 minutes, I mentioned I was going to walk over and shoot the fence line I pointed out. You could see the light getting brighter and the fog would burn off soon. At the edge of the parking area there are signs warning “Horses can kick or bite”, so I made sure there were no horses in the field or lane then went out about 50 feet. As I set up, the sun peaked out for just a few minutes. My composition originally didn’t include the tree on the left, but once the sun slipped through I quickly recomposed and released the shutter. The majority of the group made it out in time to capture the fog, but not with the sun. I almost feel the composition without the sun actually worked better with the leading lines of the fence. Of course I didn’t have an opportunity to capture it. The large tree in the fog at the end of the fence line was the main subject I wanted to finish the image with for the viewer.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear