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Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th 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

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

Black-throated Green Warbler

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Black-throated Green Warbler.
 
One of my “regulars” here in the summertime is a Black-throated Green Warbler. They are very curious and I have had them fly up to me on the porch just to check out what I am doing. I have several pairs in the area and along with their offspring, I may see as many as 8 or so in the mornings. I enjoy hearing their song, “zee zee zo za zee”, each spring as it is a sign to me spring is finally here. They have posed for me very well on my sticks this year. This year has been an exceptional year for me with the Warblers in the backyard and I am excited to see what happens as the birds move south. There is no telling what we will have, but I am ready!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel.
 
As a bird nerd, I have a list of birds that are “Crown Jewels” on my list to hear, observe and if I am lucky, photograph. The first time I heard and saw a Cerulean Warbler was probably 15 years ago while birding on my road. I saw them a few times in the next couple years, but at least 10 years went by since my last encounter. When I heard one 2 days ago, I was very pleased, when it landed in my backyard, I hoped it would stay long enough for an image. I got a few images while it sat on the fence the other day, but yesterday it landed in the Crepe Myrtle bush and almost posed for me. They are incredibly beautiful birds as adults, but this juvenile male is every bit as nice with his green and blues. I had a great Warbler day in the backyard yesterday and will share a few more images in the next few days. I know, I am a total bird nerd. The fall migration of Warblers may be starting and I hope to capture some nice birds over the next few weeks and month or so. For now I can say I have placed another jewel in the Crown.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Lean and Lanky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Lean and Lanky.
 
Deer fawn and I do not share the same features, they are lean and lanky, I am not. They are quick and agile, well..you get my point. It is amazing to me how quick these little guys are at such a young age. Again, Mother Nature at work giving them the speed and the agility that could help them to survive. I was very impressed with the low light capabilities of the Nikon D-750. This was well before any direct light made its way to the fields. This was shot at ISO 10,000 and you can see it is very acceptable. The lens performed flawlessly in such low light, even as the fawns ran through the grass, it stayed locked on and tracked perfectly.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 10,000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Camouflage

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

Camouflage
 
Nature knows what it is doing. When Whitetail deer fawn are born, the seem to stand out with white spots, but in reality it helps to break up the solid colors, thus allowing the fawn to blend in with areas of forest undergrowth. If you have ever walked upon a fawn in the woods, you know what I mean. Typically you see it as you are getting ready to step on or over it, or after you have passed it. They will lay perfectly still not to alert you to their presence. It is how they can avoid predators while Mom is out feeding. Once they get to the point they are a little larger like this fawn, they are able to run fairly quickly if needed to the safety of Mom’s stomping hooves. This is with a very long lens and the deer is still very comfortable with my being nearby. It is watching a group of people walk by on the sidewalk about 20 feet away. The reason the deer lead their fawns near the buildings is they know they are safer there than in the woods with the coyotes. Coyotes don’t like going anywhere near the buildings and people. Nature is much better at what it does than we are by trying to manage and regulate it. We should let it do what it does best.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear