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Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly.
 
Most people that go to Bosque del Apache go to photograph the birds, me included. However when you teach a Macro class and one of your students is the Refuge photographer and a biologist, you never know what you will see. We went out to the cactus garden and she spotted several Western Pygmy Blues flying around the flowers. They were concentrated around a few flowers so the class was able to get a few images. The Western Pygmy Blue is one of the smallest butterflies in the World and the smallest in North America. The wingspan is only 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Amazingly beautiful little butterfly!
 
I used the Canon M6 with an adapter to use the Tamron Di lens because I really like using mirrorless for macro work. When I am having to handhold, it makes getting low easy and quick. Photographing little insects like this the ability to move quickly sometimes means getting the image.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon M6 via the adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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Eagle Season

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

Eagle Season.
 
There is so much going on this time of year. A lot of folks enjoy going to the malls and stores to shop, but me, give me the opportunity to get outdoors more and photograph or observe wildlife, especially Eagles. The pair of Eagles at Berry College have been really active this year. It could be the cooler weather, it could be that there are so many more Eagles in the area that they are hanging out near the nest more to make sure no other Eagles try and move in. Either way, we observers and photographers win with opportunities to see them close up and study their behavior. This image was on Thanksgiving when the female was returning to the nest to complete some nestorations. She flew so close to me, I had to zoom out to 500mm and was lucky to get all of her in the frame at the speed she was moving.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

HR Flufnstuf

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

HR Flufnstuf
 
I know at least 80% of you that read this are saying “What”? So when I was young, and yes we had TV, color too, there was a show HR Pufnstuf. It was our Sesame Street in a way, or not. It is kind of a Wizard of Oz thing with a creepy thing that saves the kid vs the Wizard and the slippers are a flute. Google it.
 
Anyway, this is the male, Pa Berry flying in with some “fluff” for the nest at Berry College. It was great he flew in with some really nice light striking him. Capturing a flying bird that is going in and out of trees with varying contrast can be tough, but my Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens never lets me down. I use Continuous focus and select Group focus area on the setup and find it gives me an extremely high percentage of tack sharp images. If it misses it is usually me missing the target on a shutter release, not the gear.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

A Regal Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Regal Eagle.
 
Yesterday I decided to drive over to Rome to photograph the Berry College Eagles. What a great way to reflect on and give thanks for what we have in our lives, since it was Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, I never imagined being able to drive nearby and see Eagles in the wild. I am so very thankful to all the conservation efforts that have been made to increase the numbers of these incredible birds. I arrived shortly after sunrise and met a friend out there. He and I watched as the female circled the lake looking for breakfast. Then the male flew in and met her in a tree at the far end. She then flew down and grabbed her morning choice, a coot, then flew off. The male flew down and grabbed something out of the grass and off to a tree he went. He had finished eating when we caught up with him, but the light was incredible. He posed for us for about 5 minutes before flying off. I have said it before and will say it many times in the future, I never get tired of seeing these beautiful and regal birds.
 
For a photographic note, since he was very cooperative, I positioned myself where there were no branches merging with his head giving me a really clean composition.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC.#WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

Water Dancers, Crane Impressionism #2

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Water Dancers, Crane Impressionism #2
 
I know this isn’t everyone’s “thing”, but I love doing it when the conditions are right. Having been a painter originally and having sat through endless hours of looking at paintings of the Impressionist period, I love it. As much as I learned from studying landscapes of the Renaissance Period, I still lean towards the Impressionist as my favorite period of art. Plus, as some folks know, I studied with Art Wolfe and his work of movement and panning was a big influence as well. Moving the camera and panning still reminds me of brush strokes on a canvas. Panning at 1/30th and timing the shutter release with the moment contact with the water is made is a challenge but lots of fun. Using Tamron’s new 100-400mm lens handheld was a great experience too. The lens is lightweight and very easy to use to pan. Birds in flight + low light = Panning for birds creatively.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 2 for panning, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Crane Impressionism #1

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Crane Impressionism #1.
 
I love to get sharp images of birds in flight, it is a challenge and very rewarding when it is accomplished. However, I really love to get images where I pan with the birds as they take off or land at shutter speeds around 1/15th or 1/30th of a second. When you get nice pastel colors in behind them, it to me, is as beautiful and relaxing as a stream in which you slow the shutter speed down to show the flow of the water. To achieve this look, I will set me shutter speed to a slow speed, my aperture to around f8, then adjust my ISO to give me a slightly brighter image, maybe .7 stops above the zero setting. This allows me to add contrast in post processing to get a little more detail as well. The trick is to pan with the birds at their speed. First I line the bird up with my viewfinder and keeping both eyes open I look through, with my right eye, and around the lens, with my left eye, to keep the bird in sight. It takes some practice but is really rewarding when you see the results on your LCD and monitor. I like catching the flight shots as well as when the bird lands. I didn’t have the tripod collar on the lens which would have allowed me to pan utilizing the gimbal head and tripod. To have stopped the bird in flight, I would have been somewhere around ISO 25,600, so again making lemonade when the light is lemons will give you a productive morning or evening.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens set to position 2 for panning, processed in Lightroom Classsic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Sleepy Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Sleepy Owl.
 
As Ken Hubbard and I made our last trip around the tour loop at Bosque del Apache yesterday afternoon, we drove by an area that one of the Volunteers had pointed out as being a Western Screech Owl’s nest/home. All week I checked this spot, but no Owl, but this time by the Owl was sleeping and enjoying the warm sunlight of the day. We maintained a good distance from the tree and found a spot where we could capture a nice image through the branches of the trees between us. Using a tripod was nearly impossible so I relied on the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens. I will miss this place for the next 11 months and 3 weeks.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens to limit any movement, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TarmonImageMaster