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A Peaceful and Quiet Start to 2018

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

A Peaceful and Quiet Start to 2018.
 
2018 started very cold, but very quiet, and I am looking forward to many great adventures in the upcoming year. I was pretty lazy most of the day, but had to finish packing for our trip to Wyoming tomorrow for our workshop. It is kind of crazy when you are leaving the southeast and will be having warmer temperatures in Wyoming. Either way, I am excited to see the most beautiful landscape, in my opinion, in the winter again this year. What is nice is knowing I am always able to find a family member or friend that is willing to house sit for us. It is nice to know things on the home front are good. As we finish our preparations seeing a sunrise like this makes me realize home will be waiting with spectacular views. There is no place like Bear Woods.
 
Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Looking Back at 2017 part 7

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 7.
 
I always love photographing flowing water and waterfalls. I didn’t get to do it nearly as much as I would have liked in 2017, but I did still get a day or two in with some friends. This was in Rabun County, GA at Lower Crow Creek Falls. We had hoped for some fall colors but it was still a week or so before peak colors. This past year involved so many trips around the country, I am hoping to set a few days aside to do some local workshops and photo tours. I’ll keep you posted!
 
Tamron 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 10 seconds, Sirui 4 stop ND filter to slow down the shutter speed, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Our Christmas Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

Our Christmas sunrise.

This was the incredible sky we were welcomed to yesterday morning. What a way to start the day. Santa was really good this year. He brought me a healthy family and that is always the best gift one can hope to receive. I got an awesome log splitter! Of course Santa is also a photographer so he brought me some great gear!

Today marks the day I start my next lap around the Sun. I completed my 57th and am looking forward to the next one. Being surrounded by so many friends it makes it much easier to do. Thank you for all the well wishes!

Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Sirui#SiruiUSA#SiruiProfessional#The3Chairs

Merry Christmas to All!

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Merry Christmas to All!
 
We would like to take a moment to wish all of our friends a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just Happy Holidays. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. We are reminded of our blessings each and every time we look out our back door. Thank you all!
 
This was during the beautiful snowfall we had a couple weeks ago in Bear Woods and over The 3 Chairs.

Looking Back at 2017 part 4

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 4
 
My favorite Berry Eagle image was in late January. The day before I was there an intruder had harassed Dad in the nest. On this day he had been there for a few hours and I am pretty sure not resting easily still from the previous day. Mom preened on a branch near where the photographers hang out. Dad called her and she ignored him so he finally flew over to a branch near by. They fussed a bit, Mom appearing to mock Dad for a little while before Mom finally gave in and flew back to the nest.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH-20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”
 
As an instructor one of the comments I hear that could be the worst thing you could do for yourself is “when I look at other people’s pictures, mine aren’t as good”. I hate to hear that statement most of the time. When you are just starting out, or even after several years, you should not compare your work to others (yet), but instead compare it to your own work from months or a year ago. As photographers, we should want to improve our skills, but with realistic goals. Those goals should be something along the lines of wanting to get one really good image each month or each outing. Eventually you want to get more “keepers” each outing. Most of all you want to get comfortable preparing for an image so that your settings become second nature and almost automatic. You want to start paying closer attention to detail and do editing before you release the shutter vs on a computer in post processing.
 
Once you take that step and make the decision to become a professional, the largest step to take is to be completely honest about your work. That is when you compare your work to your competitor’s work. With any other job, you are competing for work and if your work isn’t up to par with their work, you have to improve your work. I remember sitting with Art Wolfe in Fort Meyers, FL in 1995 having a conversation about all the people that were getting into photography as a profession. Art said something to me that has stuck with me, he said, “I see too many people see people above them and they try to bring that person’s work down to their level vs climbing up the ladder to a higher step on the ladder”. Incredible advice! Don’t try to lower the level of someone else’s work, improve your own to be better. Set that as a goal.
 
Don’t set standards too high for yourself when you just start out, but set really high standards when you intend to make your living off of your photography. It is simply growth in your confidence and skills.
 
Downy Woodpecker in snow. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Thawing Out

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2017 by lilybug1960

Thawing Out.
 
This snowstorm over the weekend set records here in Georgia. Interestingly, there were parts of Atlanta that received as much snow as we did up here in the mountains. We never lost power, except for a few seconds here and there, but there are still folks in the flatlands without power after a couple days. We hope to be able to get off of the mountain finally today for a few hours. A neighbor plowed our road yesterday and I have shoveled the driveway. We actually went up to the mailbox yesterday, which is 1/3 of a mile away and there was only one patch of ice in the way.
 
I also shoveled a path to the feeders to make it easier to keep seed out and put some mealworms out for the Bluebirds and others. The ground seed eaters have really appreciated the clear ground too, so I leave some seeds in the grass to make it easier for them. It is good to see so many birds in the yard and at the feeders. I think their way of showing their appreciation is to stop by and strike a pose for me.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruUSA, #SiruiProfessional