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Looking Back at 2017 part 2

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 2.
 
When we were in Wyoming in January we witnessed a storm of historic proportions. Not only did they have heavy snow each night, but the high winds reduced the visibility to zero and they closed the main road in front of the Ranch and closed Teton County Schools for the first time in 27 years. Our group stayed on the Ranch to photograph horses, moose, birds, trees and anything else we could. We had a blast. The horses loved seeing us out there and enjoyed the attention. We all captured some wonderful images until the road opened and we were able to go to Gros Ventre and the National Elk Refuge. I think everyone agreed, if you are going to get snowed in for a few days, no where is better than the Triangle X Ranch! This image is one of the horses that worked as models for us during our visit.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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Looking Back at 2017

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2017

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how it seems that 2017 has flown by so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was in Michigan photographing a Barn Owl at a Nature Center, but that was July! So I decided to start going over some of my favorite images from 2017. The year in photos started out in Wyoming. I remember we were supposed to leave on a Saturday, but a Winter Storm Warning was issued and Delta said if we were going to be guaranteed making it out of Atlanta we would have to leave Thursday. We made it out and were welcome to the Jackson Hole airport that night to -26 degree temperatures. It was beautiful out there! One of the first images I shot was of this Coyote as it wandered down the road and past us in Gros Ventre. His right hip showed an injury probably from a dispute with a Wolf or other Coyotes, but he was pretty bold as he approached us from over a hundred yards down the road and eventually directly past us. Other than the wound, that looked to be healing, it seemed healthy and we heard it had been seen in the same area a few days later.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #SiruiProfessional

Preparing for Winter Photography

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

Preparing for Winter Photography.
 
I get this question often as folks prepare for trips during the winter months. My winter photography trips usually entail outings that last a couple hours of exposure to the elements (at most), so these tips are based on my experience. For longer adventures, I think these principals will work, but I can not speak from experience. Earlier this year my trip to Wyoming confirmed my research and advice from friends. Winter is tough on photographer more so than gear. The biggest issue noticed was battery life. Your camera battery’s life will drop as it gets cold. I carry no less than 2 or 3 extra batteries in a pocket that is close to my body for warmth. One thing I noticed is if you have a camera mounting plate that does not allow the battery door to open easily without removing it will make it a little more difficult. You would have to remove the plate, change the battery, then replace the plate. I use “L” brackets that allow me to change the battery without interference. One way to improve battery life, during prolonged breaks from shooting, I keep my camera under my jacket to keep it warm. This won’t work with long lenses obviously if you are shooting wildlife.
 
I have been told that sometimes the LCD screen will turn a slight “blue” tint, but that goes away when it warms back up. Be careful taking your camera to and from cold to humid interiors. Condensation forms and that becomes ice when you go back outside. Let your camera acclimatize when you go out to shoot. When our group traveled to our morning shoot (that is when it was coldest) I would leave my camera out of the bag while we drove, this helped. Unless we were traveling more than 30 minutes the car never reached a warm temperature that would cause condensation. Camera lenses seemed to function very well and we had no instances of any problems with the functioning of lenses. There were a couple times though the contacts between lens and body caused an error on the photographer’s camera body. Re-seating the lens usually fixed the problem. I tend to use manual focus for landscapes, so focus was not an issue either. For wildlife, my Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 lens never failed or had any problems. Most of the time we were in temps below zero degrees.
 
My Sirui tripod worked flawlessly. I prefer tripods with twist locks, which for me in cold conditions is much easier to operate. On the coldest of mornings, -30 degrees and colder, the ballhead became a little stiff but was still operable. It just took a little time to set up the composition.
 
As for the photographer…dress warm, and dress in layers. I use 2 sets of gloves, a thin layer then a normal glove. When I am shooting I remove the thicker glove from my right hand. Dress as warm as you need to dress to stay comfortable, but make sure you can move. You don’t want to trip and fall with your gear. Face planting in the snow is not fun, I tested that theory one time. My feet on a -34 degree morning got a little chilly, so in the off season I purchased a pair of Sorel boots to combat that. One photographer, not with our group, actually got frost bite on his cheek from pressing his face against the back of his camera for a prolonged time. We saw him later in our stay and he showed us his “spots” on his cheek. Be careful. And oh, try not to breathe on the viewfinder while standing there, condensation on the viewfinder means frost, you have to clear it to see!
 
Have fun and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. If I don’t have the answer, I will direct you or get the answer for you if I can. Winter can be a great time to capture really unique images, so get out there and enjoy!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Setting Super Moon

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2017 by lilybug1960

Setting Super Moon.
 
Let me start by saying, this was not last night, it was this past January. I was not able to go out and shoot the “Super” Moon last night, but I did notice that there is going to be 2 more in the next two cycles. I won’t be in Wyoming for the full moon, but a day or so after, so I will see if we can’t incorporate that big moon in some landscape. This was a special morning though. The Snake River Overlook, snow and minus 28 degree temperature, harsh conditions but well worth getting out there! We don’t force our workshop attendees to go out in these conditions, but we give them every opportunity to capture images that will be a lifetime of memories.
 
We are still finalizing more dates for 2018, and hopefully they will be posted within the next few weeks. We are looking at some local, southeastern US, north Georgia, north Alabama, southern Tennessee workshops that would be one or two day workshops. I wanted to make sure we do some smaller group things, but intensive workshops, meaning everything from basic exposure to composition to finalizing your image. I am planning on opening up the Bear Woods Backyard Bird Studio for morning sessions of bird photography as well (coffee included). We will keep you posted.
 
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Just a month away

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2017 by lilybug1960

Just a month away.
 
In just a month from now, we head to Wyoming for our annual Winter in the Tetons Workshop. So far this winter the snow has been sparse in the valley, but that is supposed to change overnight. We want some snow out there. It has become one of, if not my favorite workshop Cecil and I do. The conditions can be tough, but very rewarding. I teach all the time that the best compositions in nature are those with simplicity as a theme. Simply using the blank canvas of snow to isolate a bare tree is, to me, a very pleasing visual composition. The negative space of the snow leads you to the tree and no where else. Simplicity.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Happy Father’s Day

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Happy Father’s Day.
 
Evelyn and I made it back to our beloved Bear Woods about 2 a.m. this morning. We left behind Wyoming, a state we feel is our second home at times. I look back on the trip and didn’t really get to shoot many images, or nearly the number of images I would normally have made, but I walk away with many memories of my first trip there with my Dad in 1976. I remember on that trip seeing a landscape for the first time. On this trip I spent time discovering, for me, the Shoshone National Forest and the Apsaroka Mountains. It was so quiet and untouched that it made me feel like that 15 year old wandering in the woods. A Dad can guide you and help to form the man you will become. My Dad guided me to love photography, and to love the land among many other things. All of my trips out there make me thing some 41 years back, but this one was special in my memories. Thank you Gunny for all of my life’s lessons and for introducing me to Wyoming.
 
Tamron SP 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X tripod, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter and holder, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MIndShiftGear

The National Parks, Then and Now

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

The National Parks, Then and Now.
 
I am doing the final preparations for my lecture this Friday to the Southeastern Photographic Society on “Celebrating 100 years of the National Parks”. While I looked at many of my images that were made over 20 years ago vs more recent images, some changes were very dramatic. One of the most dramatic is at probably my single most favorite place, Schwabacher’s Landing. The first image was made on slide film in 1994, the second image was made 20 years later in 2014. The beaver dams that form the pond have washed away, moved, and expanded over the years. Through all of that, the location is still incredible. I remember when there weren’t trails out to the location from the parking area, you wandered through sage brush and pines on alert for sleeping bison and bears. I used to walk out in the dark often by myself armed with nothing more than my sharp wit and camera gear. With the increase of bears, now I tend to carry spray with me if I am in wild areas. I have been enjoying seeing the differences, and hopefully you will join me Friday night and see some of the changes as well.
 
The second image’s information is: Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Canon 7D, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 100, -1 stop of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster.