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Other Options for Wildlife Photography

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Other Options for Wildlife Photography.
 
It is interesting to talk with all the photographers out there who photograph wildlife and birds. We all want longer lenses, but we don’t want the extra weight. My go to lens, the Tamron 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens is only 4 pounds, but that is a lot for people for some folks, and for me if I am carrying if for a long period of time. I have spent a few days talking about the new Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens, but for those that want a little more length without a lot of added weight, the perfect lens for you is the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens. This is my lens when I am walking through the woods, especially on our mountainous terrain, because of the smaller size and less weight. It has the LD (Low Dispersion) glass and weighs in at about 40 ounces! You can get a tripod collar for it so using it on a gimbal head is easily done as well. The lens focuses very fast and tracks very well, and being so light is easy to pan with birds in flight as well. It has the dual MPUs, one for focus, one for Vibration Compensation, so all the great new technology is at work. There are lots of great options out there for birds and wildlife, many under $1000!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Scarlet Tanager

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

Scarlet Tanager.
 
One of my favorite summer birds up here is the Scarlet Tanager. We have them nesting in the area and they visit the backyard often in spring, summer and fall. Part of our efforts to eliminate using pesticides has resulted in the return of so many birds to the yard. The Scarlet Tanagers come down to gorge themselves on Japanese Beetles each summer and I will see them grab a few bees near the hives as well. This image was made as I was waiting to get a few images of the female Blackburnian Warbler the other day. The Tanager flew in to check out my activities.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
I took a few minutes yesterday morning to walk around the local park here near Bear Woods. It is called Eagle’s Rest and sits on top of Mt. Oglethorpe in Pickens County. I wanted to check on the Warblers migrating through. I spent some time photographing this beautiful Chestnut-sided Warbler gleaning insects and searching for a mate. The light was incredible and he obviously was enjoying the sunshine. Every once in a while he would fly down and check out my gear then return to his morning activities. I did see a female as well so hopefully he was successful in establishing his territory and they will reside here for the summer.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, ISO 720 and 800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Great Egret in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Great Egret in Flight.
 
First, I want to thank the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs for hosting myself and Ken Hubbard for their Photorama 2018 yesterday. There were about 150 folks in attendance for our presentations. I met many new friends and was treated like family from the minute I arrived. A special thanks to the Photo Center and to Patty from Tamron for all her hard work in setting it up and helping to make it happen. Lou from the NJFCC was a great organizer and made the show run smoothly. I look forward to coming back up in the future. Today it is time for a little bird photography on Cape May! I have been studying eBird and have some specific birds to look for today!
 
This is an image from Harris Neck NWR during the Georgia Nature Photographers Association Annual Expo. The birds in the rookery started taking flight and I had just talked with the group about setting for birds in flight and this Great Egret decided he wanted to help our group practice! My settings for birds in flight are typically no slower than 1/500th of a second and f8, I will utilize the auto ISO feature of the camera if the birds are traveling from shadow to light or in and out of shadow. I prefer 1/1000 or even 1/2000 of a second. Larger and slower birds are fine at the minimum speeds.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 140, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Who delivers babies to Storks?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Who delivers babies to Storks?
 
So the question is this, if Storks deliver babies to humans, who delivers babies to Storks? I waited to find out while I was at Harris Neck NWR watching the Wood Storks on their nest, but never found out the answer. This was an image from our field trip to Woody Pond. It is a great place to see a lot of nest with adults incubating eggs and we even got to see several times when the adults came into feed the chicks. I will really have to look at doing a workshop at Harris Neck NWR, it is such a great location.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Mom has my back!

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

Mom has my back.
 
While our group was at Harris Neck NWR last Friday, we were entertained with a moment of nature. We could hear the grunts of baby alligators but had not seen them until we saw movement from a White Ibis. There were 2 very nervous young alligators on an open area and a White Ibis was foraging the shoreline. The gators were backing up as the Ibis approached, but then Mom emerged from the water on the bank and one of the baby alligators suddenly became brave and started leaping at the Ibis. The Ibis stopped in its tracks, stood still for a little while, weighed out its options, and flew off. It is amazing how possible prey becomes predator when Mom shows up!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Immature White Ibis

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Immature White Ibis.
 
I have to be honest, I am kind of unprepared with my post today. We experienced a fast moving wildfire, due to high winds, on the mountain yesterday and sleep did not come easy last night. Living on a mountainside, has great benefits like the view, wildlife and a mostly peaceful life. What we all fear up here is a fire that starts downhill from us because fires naturally move quickly up a mountain, add high winds and it can be deadly and devastating. It started around the mountain to the east and notifications went out to our neighbors to be prepared to evacuate. The winds kept the fire to our east, but it didn’t make it any easier. We live in a community of like minded people who love our lives up here and when one person suffers we all suffer. Bulldozers and Firetrucks raced up the hill and began digging firebreaks below 3 houses. They started wetting down the area to help as well. With their hard work, the fire was contained and I believe there was no damage to any of the houses. Thank you to those who rushed into harm’s way to keep all of us safe.
 
With that, I did photograph many things beside Driftwood Beach. I led a group on a field trip to Harris Neck NWR. One subject that jumped out visually to me was this immature White Ibis on a perfect diagonal snag. Time for a little rest…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana