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Gibbs Gardens Opens Today!!!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Gibbs Gardens Opens Today!
 
Today is a great day for garden lovers in the Atlanta area as Gibbs Gardens opens to the public for their Daffodil Festival. It runs until mid-April. This image was from a couple years ago and I have been super busy so I haven’t had an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the flowers this year. I think it is going to be a great year to see their over 20 million daffodils. The weather is a little iffy today, but this weekend and next week should be incredible!
 
Tamron 17-35mm lens on a Sony A7R via adapter, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/30th of a second, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #GibbsGardens
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More Gibbs Gardens

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

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More Gibbs Gardens
 
Just a few more images as to how beautiful it is at Gibbs Gardens right now. Today is supposed to be a beautiful sunny day and the daffodils will be lit up! If you want to see acres and acres of daffodils now is the time. I had made a commitment to go chase some Eagles again this morning but I may try and get by again this afternoon. Blue skies, yellow flowers, you can’t go wrong.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, varying f-stops, ISO 100, varying shutter speeds for all 3 images, Sirui N3204X tripod and VA-5 video head with LE-60 leveling base, MindShiftGear FirstLight backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiPro, #MindShiftGear

As the Sun peeks over the hill

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

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As the sun peeks over the hill.

 

One image I love to capture is as the sun peeks over the hill to the east of the large field of daffodils. That moment when you can see the rays of sunshine touching the flowers for the first time that day, it almost appears they are filling the flowers with the yellow of each bloom. This is the 4th year I have been honored to be one of the official photographers for Gibbs Gardens and I am constantly amazed at the beauty Mr. Gibbs has designed for all of us to see. Daffodils were his Mother’s favorite flower and his daffodil gardens were planted for that reason. What a great way to honor your Mother by sharing with so many others.

 

The second image is a cell phone shot of my set up for the morning. I have been playing with some video so I had the Sirui VA-5 video head and LE-60 leveling base on my N3204X tripod. My Canon 5Diii is my typical landscape camera these days and always will have a Tamron lens attached. This morning it was the SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens. For the panoramic I posted last night I changed the orientation to portrait and then shot the 8 frames and combined them in Lightroom CC. If you look at the front of the lens, you can see the Sirui Filter holder attached and the top of the Graduated Neutral Density filter (3 stop). I was constantly running from location to location to capture the light as it rises and on this morning and was using the MindShiftGear FirstLight backpack.

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f22 (to lengthen the spires on the sunburst), ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/2 second (I meter the foreground and set the exposure for that then move the filter into place), Sirui N3204X tripod, Sirui LE-60 leveling base with VA-5 video head attached, MindShiftGear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

Gibbs Gardens opens Saturday!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Gibbs Gardens opens Saturday!
 
So I went to capture some images yesterday morning for the folks at Gibbs Gardens. Due to the warm winter the daffodils are a couple weeks ahead of schedule. The main field of flowers is opening up nicely, the other fields are not far behind. It will be a great weekend to go and enjoy the outdoors. It was a little breezy yesterday so I had to shoot at a little higher ISO than I would liked to use, but it warmed up really well once the sun started hitting the flowers. The next 3 weeks are going to be beautiful at the Gardens for the daffodils!
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter to equal exposure, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShiftGear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #ThinkTankPhoto, #MindShiftGear

Daffodils Fill the Hills

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Daffodils fill the hills.
 
I had in mind some specific images that I wanted to shoot at Gibbs Gardens the other day. Naturally with a macro lens, you want to do some close up images. One thing I do to test a lens is to shoot at a wider aperture, f5.6, and back up a little and see how the lens performs edge to edge, and then how the out of focus area looks as well. I am very impressed with the details achieved with the lens on the edges but just as impressed with the background blur or often referred to as Bokeh. It is critical for me to have a macro lens that can do those two things, among others, because seeing detail is important but how it handles the rest of the scene is equally important.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, f5.6, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof carbon fiber tripod and K20X ballhead, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #withmytamron

It is time to get to Gibbs Gardens!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by lilybug1960

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It is time to get to Gibbs Gardens!
I have been seeing a few images and decided to make a drive down to Gibbs Gardens to see if the peak of the daffodils is happening. It is very close. I would say that any day between now and maybe the end of next week is going to be incredible. Today the temps should be in the mid to upper 70s, the flowers are at about 60%, so time to go. If you have never been, daffodils bloom at different times depending on the variety, some have finished, some are peaking (lots), some will be in the next days. If you want to avoid big crowds, go during the week and early or late. Be aware, you are not the only person at the gardens, if you are going to use a tripod, please get to the side of the paths, and whatever you do…DON’T crush the flowers trying to get a “better” shot. Let everyone enjoy the flowers, be patient, enjoy nature. Don’t forget to stop by the Arbor Cafe and have lunch, the Chicken Salad on Cranberry Walnut bread is the most popular, and is Mr. Gibbs favorite! All the bread is baked on location! I am partial to the Pimento Cheese on Jalapeno Cheddar bread.
I really enjoyed getting out there with the new Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens. There were some raindrops on some of the foliage so I decided to take advantage of it and do a few images with the drops sharp and the flower blossoms out of focus. In this image I like the two specular highlights balancing the stalk of the flower head. It gave me a little more balance in my composition by offsetting the weight of the composition placed in the foreground.
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, Spot Metering, f4, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof carbon fiber tripod and K20X ballhead, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #withmytamron

Gibbs Gardens opening March 1!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Gibbs Gardens opening March 1!
 
One of the most spectacular places in Georgia reopens for the season starting March 1, 2016. The season opens with a bang for the Daffodil Festival. The hillsides will have over 20 million daffodils and will last for several weeks. I hope to get down there and do some shooting to see how far into the season it is with all the warmer weather. It is such a relaxing place to visit!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority, f16, 7 frame HDR, ISO 100, combined in Photomatix, processed in Lightroom 5.