Archive for Georgia Nature Photographers Association

A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm.
 
I first want to thank the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for hosting me for my presentation last night. It was great to meet a lot of new folks with a love of nature and photography. I knew it would be nearly impossible for me to go that close to Callaway Gardens and not visit the Butterfly House. I also knew it would be impossible not to use it as a chance to test the new Tamron 18-400mm lens. I was again, imagine that, super impressed with how easy it was to use the lens chasing butterflies. Of course capturing the butterflies on the edge of the walkways is easy with any lens, but when I need a longer lens, in a fairly dark area, handheld, this lens performed flawlessly. It was actually easier to use it than the other setup I tested it against, a Tamron 180mm Macro lens. This lens allowed me to be farther away from my subject, which in turn allowed me to get parallel to the subject easier. In turn this allowed me to shoot with that narrower depth of field with the long lens and still get edge sharpness on the butterfly. The lens continues to impress me each time I take it out.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, 1/125th 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

Goals

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Goals.
 
As a photographer I have goals, or in this case, an image, that I really want to get on my sensor. I have only shot at Bass Harbor Light a couple of times since digital replaced film. Once it was raining so hard, you couldn’t get out of the car. Once there were too many people in the frame. Then this one opportunity I did have was a little early in the evening and I wasn’t able to get pretty colors in the sky for a perfect image. I will try several times in the next week to get that image I long to achieve. I will have a day or two prior to our workshop next week to capture “the” image. I will even post it or my attempts on capturing the image.
 
On a different note, if you live in the Atlanta area, my friend and co-leader of the Nature In Focus Photography Workshops will be doing a presentation tonight at the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. It starts at 7 p.m. and I will be there to cheer him on! Also, if you have been wanting to see the new Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens, we will have one with us!
 
This image is an HDR image done combining 7 frames captured on my Nikon D-200 and the Tamron 10-24mm lens.#WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Preparing to Land

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2015 by lilybug1960

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Preparing to Land
 
First, let me say a special thanks to the North Central Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for having me speak last night. It is always great to see some old friends as well as meet some new ones. The Georgia Nature Photographers Association has Chapters all over the Metro Atlanta area as well as the State of Georgia and is worth joining for the events they host as well as the knowledge sharing of some of the members. Check them out!
 
This is “Big Momma” Eagle at Berry College last week when I was testing the Spot Shot from Mix Camerawerx. Using the Spot Shot I was able to follow her through and behind trees as she flew to a perch. Using the device as a guide enabled me to lock on focus very quickly and effortlessly. I am really enjoying using it. I like how you see how magnificent a bird she is here. You can see how her long ago injured talon “hangs” oddly too. Watching her hunt though, you realize, she is more than capable with the one that works perfectly.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 1600, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 Head, Peak Design Leash strap, Lowepro Flipside 500AW photo backpack, Mix Camerawerx Spot Shot, processed in Lightroom CC.

Georgia Nature Photographers Association Lecture December 8, 2015

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by lilybug1960

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Georgia Nature Photographers Association Lecture December 8, 2015.
 
This Tuesday I will be speaking to the Georgia Nature Photographers Association, North Central Atlanta Chapter at 7pm. The lecture will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell and will be entitled “Chasing your Passion”. All of my lectures are constantly updated with images and thoughts as I continue to grow in my pursuit of photography. This will be the first lecture I have done here in Georgia this year. I was scheduled to do this lecture early this year but I was snowed in here at Bear Woods.
 
This lecture is about my pursuit of my passion for nature, art and photography. I will discuss how not only I but you as the photographer can chase a passion and with some patience possibly make a little money at doing something they enjoy. I heard a saying once “Do what you love, love what you do”.
 
Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache, Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Aperture Priority, f16, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, Sirui R4214X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, Peak Design Slide strap, Lowepro 500AW photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

“Chasing your Passion” GNPA lecture this week

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2015 by lilybug1960

I will be speaking this Thursday to the NW Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. The title of my lecture is “Nature Photography-Chasing your Passion”. I will talk about my personal path of transitioning from primarily being a portrait photographer to nature photography. I will be offering tips and suggestions as to how to make a little money in this business. Most of all, I will be stressing the importance of enjoying the art. I will share some ideas of improving your work and techniques for getting the most out of your time in the field. I hope you can join me for a fun and informative evening.

Here is a link with some information as to where the meeting is held.
http://gnpa.org/

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The Old East Thomaston Schoolhouse…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2014 by lilybug1960

East Thomaston School House.

Last night I had the honor and pleasure to speak to the Central Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I want to thank everyone that came out to listen. It was a pleasure to see old friends and make new ones as well!

On the way to the lecture we stopped in Thomaston, GA and shot one of the 3 buildings that made up the old East Thomaston School. They are renovating them for use in the Art’s Community and for special events. This is a 5 frame HDR combined in Photomatix and processed in Lightroom 5.

Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Sony a7R, Aperture Priority, f11, 5 images from -2 to +2, ISO 100, combined in Photomatix and processed in Lightroom 5, Vanguard Abeo Pro tripod and BBH-200 head.

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Discussing HDR in nature photography with GNPA

Posted in Equipment I Use, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by lilybug1960

Tonight when I present to the NE Atlanta Chapter of the GNPA, I will discuss the use of HDR in nature photography and how it can play a role in your images.  I still find lots of polarized discussions about HDR when I present but it seems more and more people are finding that it can be done to look very natural to the human eye.  I have fully embraced HDR and feel that if you haven’t at least tried it, you should play with it and see what you are missing.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-700, Aperture Priority, f22, 5 frame HDR image bracketed 1 stop apart, Vanguard Auctus Plus tripod and BBH-200 head, combined in Photomatix, processed in Lightroom 5.

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