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A Soft Focus Saturday

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2019 by lilybug1960

A Soft focus Saturday.
 
I am getting ready to head down the mountain to do a presentation to the Big Canoe Photography Club on “Creating Successful Landscapes”. These great folks are neighbors and incredible photographers, and it is always great to see them. I decided to celebrate the relaxed setting presenting up here in the mountains by posting a nice relaxing soft focus daylily image from Grace Gardens near Geneva, NY. I saw on the news this morning that the Atlanta area is currently in a streak of over 90 degree days. It is something like 9 straight now, but the record is 1995 when we had 17 days straight! I hope we start fall soon…
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii camera via the Metabones adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90Macro, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography
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One of the Barn Cats

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2019 by lilybug1960

One of the Barn Cats.
 
At Angels on Horseback there are 2 Barn Cats. It took them a little while to warm up to me and others, but now they love the attention. They were given to AOH when their previous owner sold their farm. It appears they were taken in as feral kittens and raised for controlling mice in the barn. They are super sweet and starting to pose for me, be it reluctantly though. I was at the farm yesterday getting some ideas for my new project, Heroes and Healers. I hope to be doing a lot of portraits in the near future for the project and get more images on the page. I have some appointments with K9s, SAR Dogs, and a few individuals lined up in the next few weeks. If you would like to be included in the project, please contact me so we can get something scheduled. Free portraits and exposure to your group if you would like. Send me an email at bearwoodsphoto@gmail.com.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 280, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, Shimoda Explore 40 backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #ShimodaDesign, #HeroesandHealers, #BearWoodsPhotography

Focus Peaking for Macro Photography

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Focus Peaking for Macro Photography.
 
I have been using mirrorless cameras for many years, actually since the Olympus EPL-1, and am loving the new features added the past few years that make it even easier to focus. You have always had the ability to zoom in on the LCD screen to focus, but I use a technique often where I am forced to handhold the camera and lens. Focusing can be an issue, but I have found that using a feature, focus peaking, helps me to work easier, quicker and more accurately. I will pre-determine and size I want my subject to be in the frame and simply move the camera forward to back to get the image. It is an old technique I learned using film camera and shooting butterflies, but with focus peaking it is easier. Here is a video that demonstrates the technique for you. Speaking of videos, if you like the video, please give it a thumbs up, and Subscribe to my channel. Thanks.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #BearWoodsPhotography

Another Grace Garden Daylily and my focusing technique

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another Grace Garden Daylily, and my focusing technique.
 
I created plenty of images in Michigan and New York to post for a while, but probably will just post them for a few more days. This is another one of the images I made at Grace Gardens below Geneva, NY. I could have spent several more hours photographing the backside of the daylillies but we had work to do in the classroom and had to return to the school. As the light changed different lily were illuminated and offered more opportunities. Grace Gardens had so many different varieties, the compositions were endless. I chose to handhold the camera because often I was having to lean in to capture the image. That is one of the reasons I love mirrorless for macro work. Most of the newer models offer “focus peaking” which when viewing the LCD screen or looking through the viewfinder, the objects in focus will appear to have a brighter edge, in my case I selected that edge to appear red. You could choose yellow or white, but red is easiest to see for me. I pre-focus to a particular distance and then simply move the camera in and out until the area I want to be in focus to appear red, then release the shutter. Maybe I should do a video soon to highlight this technique, what do you think?
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii via the Metabones adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of as second, handheld, Vibration Compensation active, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography

Grace Gardens Daylily

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2019 by lilybug1960

Grace Gardens Daylily.
 
Yesterday our class went down to Grace Gardens with one of the other classes lead by my friend, Jamie Konarski Davidson. They shared their space with us even though it is pretty competitive in the school here, the classes have fun together doing what they all love to do, create images. It was fun to talk with all the students and watch their approach to creating images. I demonstrated to many of them my favorite technique for photographing daylily, capturing the underside. There is so much detail on the top of the flower, but the beauty of the lines on the bottom or back is what I find so inspiring. I look for flowers that are back lit, almost illuminating the flower, and simply focus on a line with a shallow depth of field. Daylily are so colorful that the abstracts created and captured can keep you occupied all day. The folks here at the PPSNYS Workshop 2019 (Professional Photographer’s Society of New York State) have been great and it has been a tiring, but fun week. I have seen lots of beautiful images made by all the classes and different genres here. If you want a great learning opportunity check them out for 2020 and years after as well. Thank you to Tamron for sponsoring me to be at the event as an instructor.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii via a Metabones adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90Macro, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography

Summer Relief

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Summer Relief.
 
I am really enjoying the brief relief we are experiencing from the typical summer heat we have with a few days of mornings in the 50s and evenings in the low 70s. The birds are loving it too as their activity is high right now. Lots of birds, especially juveniles, flying in to check things out. Lots of Warblers and Vireo chasing the locals around. I know it won’t last long, so I am going to enjoy my coffee on the porch…I might even take my camera out with me!
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #The3Chairs, #BearWoodsPhotography

Peregrine Falcon

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2019 by lilybug1960

Peregrine Falcon.
 
This is another one of the great birds Wingmasters brought with them, a Peregrine Falcon. If you didn’t know, the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on Earth. The Cheetah may rule the ground at 75 mph, but it pales when compared to the Peregrine at 242 mph in the sky! Such a beautiful bird and to be able to be so close to study it and photograph it was a wonderful and welcome event.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron100400, #NECCC, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsPhotography