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Golden Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2019 by lilybug1960

Golden Eagle.
 
I am in Holland, Michigan for a couple of days presenting to the groups on Backyard Bird Photography and Landscape Photography. I was fortunate enough to join the group that went out to the Outdoor Discovery Center to photograph Birds of Prey. The center has some of the most beautiful birds I have seen. The rich thick green backgrounds were perfect. I used the Nikon Z6 with the Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens and was super impressed with the combination’s performance. I look forward to presenting today and meeting more great folks and saying hello to friends.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdNirdvana, #BirdPhotography, #BirdsOfPrey, #BearWoodsPhotography, #SWMCCC

Gus the Golden Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2018 by lilybug1960

Gus the Golden Eagle.
 
After my post yesterday, I was reminded by a friend of this Eagle’s name. It is Gus. I can’t express enough that if you are in the Jackson, Wyoming area for any reason, go a few miles down the road to Wilson and visit the Teton Raptor Center. The folks there were super friendly, informative, and very dedicated to their work and cause. If you have known me for even a day, you know I am supportive of any group that does the kind of work these folks do. As an educator, I was super impressed with the way Becky presented the information to us. I am sure a lot of her presentation is based on young kids, but I think she quickly realized that she was simply speaking to some overgrown kids with cameras when she started talking with us. I am returning to the Tetons in May for NANPA’s 2018 Nature Celebration as a presenter, but I am going to make sure I take the time to go over and visit and shoot. Even if you don’t have the time to shoot or sit for a presentation, just seeing the historic Hardeman Barns, the location of the TRC is worth the drive. I was told that I need to make enough time to visit Nora’s for breakfast while I am in Wilson as well. I went there years ago, I think, but obviously need to return. Thank you again to the Staff of the Teton Raptor Center for making our visit great, our group really loved it!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TetonRaptorCenter, #MindShiftGear

Golden Eagle Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

Golden Eagle Portrait.
 
We took our workshop group to a educational photo shoot at the Teton Raptor Center Monday. I will simply say, it was incredible. We met great people, learned about some raptors and were able to capture some great images. I have forgotten this Golden Eagle’s name but will find out what it is when I can email them. He was injured in the nest and can’t extend his right wing. He can’t fly so he will be part of their educational program. What a beautiful bird. We will go back to the center again whenever we do workshops out there because of not only the great opportunities but the great folks we met, who are dedicated to a great cause.
 
On a side note, I am blown away with the sharpness of the Tamron 100-400mm lens combined with my Nikon D-850! Handheld using Vibration Compensation, just wow!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TetonRaptorCenter

The Ultimate “Zoo” lens has to be the new Tamron 18-400mm lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Ultimate “Zoo” lens has to the be new Tamron 18-400mm.
 
I have returned from Holland, MI and SWMCCC Weekend of Photography event. I did 5 presentations in 3 days, but still had some time to get out and really put the new Tamron lens through some tests. I went out to the Outdoor Discovery Center on 4 different occasions and I have to say, it worked incredibly well. I will go out on a limb and declare it to be the “Ultimate Zoo” lens. When I say zoo, I would define that as any place that allows you access to wildlife and even flowers in an environment outside of the wild. In other words, it would be pretty impossible to walk up to a wild Golden Eagle and stand within 10 feet and photograph it without it flying off. Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers are another example of this scenario. I found while other folks were struggling with minimum focusing distances, I was able to be off to the side or out of the way but still close enough to isolate smaller parts of the bird. I really think this lens is going to be incredible for anyone who has been thinking of reducing the amount or weight of the gear they are carrying, but not sacrifice quality of quantity of the things they are shooting. I actually placed it beside a mirrorless camera with the equivalent focal length lenses (at least 2 were needed to meet the range), and this lens on a D-500 is not only lighter, it takes up less space! Why go mirrorless to reduce the weight or bulk when this does it incredibly well! You gotta try this lens!!!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X Ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Golden Eagle

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Golden Eagle
Yesterday I arrived in Holland, MI for SWMCCC, a conference for the camera clubs of southwest Michigan. I have found Holland and Hope College, the location of the event, a neat little area. The folks with the event are super nice and I look forward to the next few days. I met up with my friend and fellow nature photographer, Vinny Colucci, and we went out to the Outdoor Discovery Center to check out the Birds of Prey display. The place is an incredible birding location and I am going back this morning. The Birds of Prey display was really neat and we have an appointment to go back this evening for a show with the birds outside of their enclosures. One of my definite favorites was this big beautiful Golden Eagle. It was like the bird knew it was being photographed and went into its posing routine for us. Just a gorgeous bird and I am really excited to hear that it will be a star in the show for us this evening. This is shooting through a chain link fence with the lens pushed up close to the fence to do the best to remove any interference from the metal.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, ThinkTank Airport Commuter backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #ThinkTankPhoto