Archive for Handheld

San Francisco de Asis at Sunset

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

San Francisco de Asis at Sunset.
 
Yesterday we led our Tamron VIP Group along the High Road to Taos. We made a few stops along the way before our final stop of the day at San Francisco de Asis for sunset. While there we explored many photographic options, even trying to recreate Ansel Adams famous image. We did abstract images of the adobe sides, images of birds taking flight from the bell towers, and images of the incredible blue skies and clouds. The sun had been hiding behind the clouds for a little while but put on a nice light show for us just before sunset. Most of the VIPs I talked with shot well over 500 images with a few saying they did over 1000 for the afternoon! We topped off the evening with a great dinner at Antonio’s Restaurant in Taos, and I am guessing more than a few slept on the drive back to our host hotel, La Posada, in Santa Fe. What an incredible outing so far!!!
 
On a separate note, I am absolutely loving the new Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di OSD lens! This was the first time I took it out and shot it without the aid of a tripod since we had a large group. Being so lightweight made handholding extremely easy. It is so incredibly sharp!!!
 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, at 17mm, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSAMagazine, #TamronVIPSummit, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735mm
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The American Black Bear

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

The American Black Bear.
 
I posted an image from this series the other day on some social media, but here was eye contact between the bear and myself. Here is the story behind it and why I was never in danger or feared the bear. First and foremost, we live in bear country so we have gotten to know our neighbors. No, we didn’t go and meet each one, but instead we have learned about our neighbors. What is their behavior and what are the do’s and don’ts. First we don’t feed bears, we don’t interact with the bears really, when we meet we treat them with the respect they deserve. If the bear pays attention to me, then I am invading its space and I move away. When I move away, it is slowly and facing the bear. I have encountered many bears but never felt I was in danger, they pretty much have ignored me.
 
So with this bear, I was getting ready to pull into our driveway when I spotted him in a clearing. I parked waited to see his response, when there was none, I got out of the car. I walked to a point where I had a chance to make a clear image, and began photographing. He looked up momentarily when he heard the camera’s shutter, then ignored it from then forward. I was about 50 feet away and using a 400mm lens so he had plenty of room and there was a lot of woods between us. He dug for grubs and sniffed the trees and air. He could smell me and even though there vision is poor, he knew where I was and fine with my presence. A totally non-eventful bear encounter simply by treating the bear with respect and giving him room. It pays to learn about your neighbors.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f6.3, ISO 5600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

“Mickey”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Mickey”
 
Today’s post is not really about photography techniques, more so about my idea of doing more than simply taking a photograph. A photograph is just a moment in time, where an image is a memory of that moment. This memory is of our house guest this week, Mickey, a long haired miniature Dachshund. Mickey is staying with us for a week while his parents are vacationing. Mickey is a lot of energy and is such a sweet boy. He loves to play, play, cuddle and then play again. He is learning to be a canine model while he is here and I am learning to photograph a quickly moving canine. It is also helping me to heal the hole that has been in my heart for a couple of years with the loss of my girls. The hole will always be there, but Mickey is helping me learn how to work around it. Photography is about a lot more than capturing moments in time, it is about memories and life for me.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 720, 1/1500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Lifting Off

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Lifting off.
 
After the approach, the grab, comes the lifting off and eventual delivery of the catch to the nest. This was a few seconds after grabbing the fish. The Eagles are pretty strong and their wingspan allows them to lift off with a fish or other catch. Being a fairly small fish, the Eagle lifted off without getting too wet. Just seeing it was a special and spectacular moment.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

The Grab

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Grab.
 
One image I have always wanted to capture, or the sequence I have always wanted was an Eagle grabbing a fish from the water…got it. That moment of contact I hoped for finally. When an entire sequence last less than a few seconds, and you are in a moving boat, I am so glad I had the gear I had. The D-500 can shoot 10 frames per second for 20 seconds continuously (before pausing to buffer), and although I didn’t use all 20 seconds, I used 4 or 5. There are some that hate hearing that rapid fire of the shutter, but for those who love shooting birds in flight and birds of prey, you know the feeling. I know back in the days of film I missed so many images because of the slower rates and limits of a roll of film. My motto when shooting birds in flight and high continuous frames…”it is cheaper to delete images than going to therapy for missing the shot”. I loved how quickly the Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 lens locked on focus and tracked flawlessly throughout the sequence. The only non-keepers were due to clipping wings partially because even at 320mm, it was too tight for a couple frames.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirvana

The Approach

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Approach.
 
The next few images I will share over the next few days were from Big Canoe after our incident with the fawn. It had been windy all morning and the Eagles were pretty much doing nothing, but the wind settled down around 9:30 or so and the lake began to smooth out. The male Eagle had been perched in a tree on a point the whole morning, except for a brief moment when he “snagged” a Bluejay that had been harassing him all morning. Yes, he caught the Bluejay and relocated it to the nest as brunch for the Eaglets. The Bluejays left him alone after that. No, I didn’t get the image.
 
We talked with several fisherman that morning, one on a paddle board, who told us about an incident where he had caught a fish and in an attempt to put it into his creel bag, it got loose. One of the Eagles came down and took it from the water fairly close to him. While Mark was fishing he hooked a fish and I noticed the Eagle watched closely as he landed the fish. Later he caught one that was too small and he was returning it to the lake. The female Eagle appeared out of nowhere and began circling the fish. We reacted quickly and started capturing as the Eagle swooped down and grabbed the fish (the image was at 350mm!). We learned something. The Eagles have adapted to fisherman and being opportunist as they are, they grab fish when given a chance. I talked with other friends who live in Big Canoe and they have said they have had the Eagles circle their canoes or kayaks when the catch a fish probably hoping the fish escapes.They seem to use the tree on the point not only as a perch to look for fish, but to watch the fisherman as well.
 
We have witnessed the Eagles fishing, successfully, on their own, but being opportunistic feeders, they obviously will take advantage of an easy meal. I know the Eagles at Berry College retrieve roadkill often and bring it to the nest. When you are feeding 2 babies, I guess an easy meal is a good thing, helping to save energy especially in the heat.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

The Liftoff

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Liftoff.
 
I wanted to share the final images of our adventure last week before I share some of the images from yesterday’s adventure. Our experience yesterday was pretty incredible and we also captured some awesome images of the female Eagle fishing. These were the final images from the scene the other day as the male Big Canoe Eagle lifted off of the branch to fish in the cove as we sat in the boat. It literally flew within probably 25 feet of us. My friend, Mark, shared with me that he watched as the Eagles fished between paddle boarders and kayakers on Sunday. He said he did a few images of people capturing great stuff with their phones! These Eagles are incredible to watch and photograph.
 
All 3 images have the same technical data. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, 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, #BirdNirdvana