Archive for Handheld

“Clouds are rollin’ in”

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

“Clouds are rollin’ in”
 
One of my all time favorite singer/songwriters was John Denver. He died way too early and I would love to have heard the songs he would have written if he had not passed. His song “Back Home Again” starts with these lyrics, “There’s a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin’ in, the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders”. That pretty much summed up how the afternoon took shape here in Bear Woods yesterday. I did however finally get a chance to shoot the new Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens! I have been hoping to get out and shoot some waterfalls with it, since I have had it a couple days now, but the sun has been limiting the opportunities for that! I wanted to shoot the lens handheld at slower shutter speeds to test how the Vibration Compensation handles it, and it did not disappoint. I will post more images and a review as I have more opportunities to shoot it. I will have it with me at my presentation this Thursday at the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association meeting where I will be presenting “Designing a Landscape”.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/25th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

Turk’s Cap Lily 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

Turk’s Cap Lily 2
 
Although yesterday’s image, to me, was more colorful and visually more pleasing, this image better reflects the environment of where the Turk’s Cap grows. As you drive down the road, you will see them back in the shadows more often than not. One peeking out in the sunlight. A lot of the work I do is to record natural history so this image is more of that concept vs a fine art image as was the other. If you have never seen one, take a ride in the mountains the next week or so.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 320, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

Turk’s Cap Lily are opening now

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

Turk’s Cap Lily are opening now.
 
As if I needed another reason to love the new Tamron 18-400mm lens… I usually carry a camera with me most all of the time. My standard setup was a camera body with the Tamron 16-300mm, but has recently been replaced by the 18-400mm lens. I was headed down the mountain to town yesterday morning and noticed some Turk’s Cap Lily on the side of our road were blooming. I parked the car and grabbed the camera heading to the side of the road. The flowers were a few feet off the road and the extra reach that the 400mm offered was perfect for me to capture nice tight images of one of my favorite mountain flowers. For the images I utilized the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens for stabilization.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

“No Hands”

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

“No Hands”
 
I have been going through the images I shot Sunday morning in Amherst during the NECCC FMX shoot. I am super impressed with the new Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens! This image was shot at 135mm and I tracked the rider from the launch ramp through the area of blue sky. It locked on super fast and tracked perfectly. This is not cropped and the only things done in LR was to bring down the highlights, bring up the shadows since the sun was coming in from my right side. A little exposure adjustment and finally minor sharpening in the Detail tab. No adjustment for edges or any cropping. The detail in the image is absolutely incredible! I am really going to love this lens!!!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, MindSpring Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindSpringGear

Flying Machines with the New Tamron 18-400mm lens!

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

Flying Machines with the new Tamron 18-400mm lens!
 
Yesterday was the last day in Amherst, MA for the NECCC. They had a demonstration of FMX bikes in the area behind the Student Center for everyone to photograph. It isn’t something I usually shoot, but I really wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens. The first image is zoomed in at 400mm, the second image is zoomed out at 18mm. Even at this distance the lens focused so fast and stayed focused through the entire jump. This lens is absolutely incredible!!!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f9, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1,000th of a second, handheld, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

Feeling Froggy?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

Feeling Froggy?
 
So I had a few hours to spare after my presentation this morning at NECCC in Amherst, so David Carrigan drove me out to shoot at the Arcadia Audubon Park. We started on the boardwalk behind the Visitor Center and then eventually ended up photographing Orioles, Tanagers, and Woodpeckers in some Mulberry trees in the parking lot. While we walked the boardwalk we found a pond fill with lots of duckweed and frogs. I decided to do some images shooting down onto the pond to show how well the frogs blend in with the duckweed. I am very impressed at how quickly the lens locked on to a confusing subject and maintained that focus point. Tomorrow morning I will photograph some motorcycles.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exosure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation (VC) feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear