Archive for Handheld

Bigger isn’t always better in an image

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2020 by lilybug1960

Bigger isn’t always better in an image.
 
Too often we get caught up on the idea that we have to make a wildlife subject huge in our frame, if possible a portrait of the face if we can. I believe a lot of that comes from carrying big, heavy, long lenses. If we are carrying it, we should use it to its full potential, right? I think there are many times though that including the environment is more meaningful for us to understand the wildlife we are viewing. I like backing off and showing where the animal is, and in this case the conditions it is living. Detail in portraits is nice, but telling a story when possible is just as nice if not more pleasing as a whole as well. The added benefit of backing off is there is less chance you are pressuring an animal in making the image. In making this image Cecil Holmes, Jerry Black and myself gathered close together vs standing apart so the Elk relaxed thinking we were just one of the horses in the pasture. We were able to get some great images of an Elk in the winter environment at the Triangle X Ranch.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z7, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #TriangleXRanch, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Where were all the Bison?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2020 by lilybug1960

Where were all the Bison?
 
In years past we would photograph Bison in the snow to a point where we were almost tired of it, but this year was a weird year for Bison. On the first day of our scouting we spotted a large herd and several big bulls just past the Ranch where we stayed. But when the workshop started, Bison were few and far between. We could see them way off in the distance but only a few times did we see single or maybe two bulls together. I guess the grasses they were looking for were farther away from the road this year. One classic image we try to capture is when the Bison lifts its head from pushing snow to the side to get to the grass beneath the snow. To us it shows how great nature is in providing an animal with a means to survive in harsh conditions.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z7, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking back at 2019, Oakley

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019, Oakley.
 
One of my favorite images from 2019 was of Oakley (captive) the Bobcat kitten at Triple D Wildlife in Montana. Just to be this close to such an incredibly cute animal, much less capture images was a thrill. We weren’t able to finalize a date to do a workshop in Montana for 2020, but we are working to do one in 2021. I will hopefully be releasing a whole list of workshops and lectures for 2020 very soon, so stayed tuned if you are interested. It is going to be an extremely busy year and I will be making stops across all of the US and look forward to seeing a lot of friends. Details soon!
 
I mentioned yesterday to keep my friend and teaching partner Cecil Holmes and his son Keegan in your prayers, please keep them coming. Today is a big day for Keegan as they are hoping to determine what is causing his illness. Cecil is exhausted, understandably, and could use the prayers.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 280, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #portraittravelzoom, #BearWoodsPhotography

A Waterfall kind of day

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2019 by lilybug1960

A waterfall kind of day.
 
I looked out the window this morning and saw clouds and heard a slight rain, or drizzle. My first thoughts were, time to find a nearby waterfall. I have one in mind and hope to visit it later this morning before the big rains come in this evening. I haven’t been to this one before, but if I can’t get to it, I will visit a nearby waterfall that I have been to before. I hope to do a video while I am there on either my filters or composition…or maybe both! I have to stack some firewood in preparation for the cold weather coming in behind this storm and then off to the river.
 
Tamron 24mm Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7iii, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #BearWoodsPhotography

Was 2019 my “Year of the Pano”?

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

Was 2019 my “Year of the Pano”?
 
I guess this should actually be another post in continuation of Looking back, but oh well. I mentioned in a post prior how I spent a lot of time working on panoramic images this year, and this was one, a non-traditional one at that. It is something like 9 images stitched together, but this one developed and happened so fast, I did it handheld vs with a tripod. After our May Workshop we were getting ready to head back to Denver to fly out and this happened. The incoming storm presented us with some absolutely incredible light. We did a few images from the Blacktail Ponds Overlook before heading up the road, and as we drove towards the Snake River Overlook the sky opened up enough to paint the mountains with some of the most incredible light I have witnessed.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon Z6, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld, stitched together and processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #portraittravelzoom, #BearWoodsPhotography

Winding Down

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

Winding down.
 
This has been an extremely busy year to say the least. I don’t schedule much in the month of December because I look at it as a time to wind down and hopefully recharge a little. Next year is going to be even busier than this year, and I hopefully will have some announcements on my schedule coming up soon. It is nice and chilly up here in Bear Woods. When we have the wood stove going it makes it really nice to sit and just relax. I use this time to go through images I might have missed, and to clean and prep gear for next year. Just a great way to usher out the past and welcome in the new.
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD lens for Sony FE on a Sony a7iii, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, handheld utilizing the in camera body stabilization, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #BearWoods, #BearWoodsPhotography, #The3Chairs

Sunset Philosophy

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2019 by lilybug1960

Sunset Philosophy.
 
I have long held a belief, an idea, a philosophy, that I try to live up to each day and it is with the setting of the sun each day, so goes the troubles of that day. I try not to hold onto things that bother me knowing that when the sun rises the next morning, it is a new day. Holding onto things from one day to the next can simply deter from the beauty that may present itself the next day and the day after that as well. I’m not always successful, but sometimes telling myself to let go helps. It doesn’t always mean you have something to let go, yesterday was a great day for me, I got a lot of work done, but that was yesterday and I have lots to do today, and I don’t want to miss a moment! Let go of the past, embrace the future, don’t miss out on what life can bring you. Become a Sunset Philosopher.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7iii, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the in camera stabilization, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735mirrorless, #BearWoods, #BearWoodsPhotography