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The eye of the Friesian

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

The eye of the Friesian.
 
At the Triangle X Ranch, our host location for our Winter in the Tetons workshop, there are many beautiful horses that we visit and photograph. There are 3 beautiful and very friendly Friesians there that are always posing for us. They love to check out your gear, they love to nibble on your jacket, they just love the attention. I love looking into the eyes of a horse, there is just something that fascinates me about it. I also love to photograph the eye of the horse, it is like a window to a soul. I prefer to use a very shallow depth of field in order to give some visual separation of the eye from the rest of the horse. One lens that I utilize often for this work is the Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens. I am taking this lens to Iceland to utilize in photographing the Iceland horses if we are fortunate enough to get some nice opportunities.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron70210, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops
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A shy horse

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

A shy horse.
 
One of the favorite things our participants do here on our workshop is to photograph the horses at the ranch. We always make sure we go out to meet them slowly so they can adjust to our being there and wait for them to make a move to visit. Some of them, like this one, like to check us out from the safety of a few feet away while hiding behind a friend. It took a few minutes but she did come over and see what the commotion was all about.
 
Our workshop concluded yesterday with a great hike to Mormon Row and to the Moulton Barns. There wasn’t a trail cut yet through the snow, so we took turns cutting the trail through 3 to 10 inches of snow along the way. Today, I rest my legs and we are off for a fun day on a Snow Coach into Yellowstone. This will be a first for me and I am really looking forward to it!
 
Tamron 70-210mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, 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, #Tamron70210, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Reserved

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Reserved.
 
One of the most beautiful horses I saw at the Triangle X Ranch was a white/grey/black horse. I am not a horse expert by any means so I don’t know what kind of horse it is, but it was beautiful. It was very reserved and shy around the group and wanted to just stand at a distance and observe. It was very content to just watch, never tucked back its ears, just wanted to enjoy a peaceful evening. I tried different attempts at images and one of my favorites was looking over the back of another horse. I thought it reflected how the one horse was most comfortable just observing. It did get curious a few times and approached me but you could sense the reservation every time the camera made the shutter noises. I look forward to visiting out to the Ranch again soon. Hopefully in May when I am out in Jackson again, I can go by and visit. Those folks become family, and they treat you like family. You have to visit the Ranch!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 200, 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, #TriangleXRanch, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Looking Back at 2017 part 2

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 2.
 
When we were in Wyoming in January we witnessed a storm of historic proportions. Not only did they have heavy snow each night, but the high winds reduced the visibility to zero and they closed the main road in front of the Ranch and closed Teton County Schools for the first time in 27 years. Our group stayed on the Ranch to photograph horses, moose, birds, trees and anything else we could. We had a blast. The horses loved seeing us out there and enjoyed the attention. We all captured some wonderful images until the road opened and we were able to go to Gros Ventre and the National Elk Refuge. I think everyone agreed, if you are going to get snowed in for a few days, no where is better than the Triangle X Ranch! This image is one of the horses that worked as models for us during our visit.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Siam

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

Siam.
During our stay at the Lazy L&B Ranch, a frequent visitor was a Donkey and Siam. Siam had really great patterns on his side and was really cool for a mule. When it was going to rain Siam and Donkey would stand under these cottonwood trees facing the same direction, and sure enough it would rain within about 10 minutes. I thought Siam was very interesting and asked someone to tell me “the story of Siam”. They said years ago, one of the mares on the ranch was pregnant and there was lots of excitement when she was going to give birth. When the time came, the owner of the ranch waited and when the foal appeared, the owner thinking he was going to have a pretty new horse looked in amazement at the foal, realizing the father was none other than the donkey, he declared “shit, its a mule”, thus the name S.I.A.M. 🙂
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 5600, shutter speed 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #LazyLBRanch

Working with Challenging Exposures

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

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Working with Challenging Exposures.
 
If you were faced with this exposure, a black horse in snow, could you get the exposure right in one shot? I tell my students to concentrate on composition but understand your camera. In a situation like this, shooting in a matrix or multi-segment metering will give you fits. Back in my early days I was lucky enough to have learned the technical side of photography from John Shaw. There are none better at understanding exposure for nature images than John. We used to do exercises in the field where he would constantly ask me as he pointed at an object, “what’s the exposure?” At times it would be frustrating but it taught me how to properly calculate exposure. Today in digital, we aren’t often faced with a situation where we have to flip over to spot metering and manual exposure. I’m not saying it isn’t right to always shoot in manual mode and spot metering, just that it isn’t always necessary. The exposure latitude of film vs. digital was very limited and post processing allows you to make up for the difference often. If you can get it right out of camera, even better.
 
So, knowing the horse was black and the snow was white, I spot metered the horse and adjusted the meter to be 1 stop below zero. This means, since the camera always wants to zero things out, make everything a medium tone, I wanted it to be darker, so I made my shutter speed faster to allow less light to strike the sensor, thus making it darker than zero or medium (for those old film guys…18% gray). I purposely made it a little lighter than it should be in reality because I wanted to capture the detail in the horse. This is the very short version of how to do exposure, if you want a longer one, please visit my website BearWoodsPhotography.com and check out the workshops…we would love to have you join us.
 
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/80th of a second, spot metering, VC active, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiPro