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Why use a circular polarizer?

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

Why use a Circular Polarizer?

I post a lot of images that leave some folks, mainly non-photographers, scratching their heads when I list the equipment I use. There are a couple reasons I list the technical stuff, one being if I don’t, I will get a question asking “what did you use”? Another reason I do it is to help photographers, new and experienced, learn or improve their work. As an educator it is obviously a requirement. I can’t just be funny all the time, right?

One crucial piece of gear is a circular polarizer. When you drive a car on a sunny day and the glare is limiting what you can see, you put on polarized sunglasses to remove the glare and increase the detail you see, same thing stands true in photography. Having the ability to rotate the filter is important since you are changing your angle to the sun which gives more or less glare in relationship to your subject. You are also able to vary the amount of polarization with your taste or desired effect. The image today is the exact same exposure and composition, the only difference is simply rotating the circular polarizer to remove the glare, it will also increase your saturation levels in the foliage. The most important addition you can add to your camera “bag” is a tripod, but the next thing you need to add is a circular polarizer.

Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SriuiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

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Waterlily, Gibbs Gardens

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

Waterlily, Gibbs Gardens.
 
This is a temporary reprieve from the birds in the backyard. My teaching partner, Cecil Holmes, and a great friend, George Mraz, came over yesterday to do some bird photography in the backyard and to make a quick trip to Gibbs Gardens. Birding was not as busy as I had hoped it would be, 24 birds, 6 Warblers, but I think they still enjoyed it. We had an “incident” with a Hooded Warbler that required a break from shooting while I did a little rehab. The bird flew into the fence while chasing another bird, remember they spend most of their time harassing other birds, but after letting the bird rest and keeping it safe from predators it flew off to the woods.
 
Our trip to Gibbs Gardens turned out to be very productive, the clouds offered great opportunities for some low contrast light over the waterlily. I haven’t been down there much this year and it was nice to get out and walk around the garden. I chose to shoot the Tamron 100-400mm lens on a Nikon D-850 since most of the waterlily are about 6 feet or more from the edge of the ponds. The use of a Circular Polarizer is critical when shooting the flowers to control the reflections and increase the saturation in the image. The photography was very good, the company and conversation was fantastic. A successful day of shooting!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui Circular Polarizer adjusted to allow a reflection of the flower, but remove glare from foliage, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SriuiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

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

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