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Other Options for Wildlife Photography

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Other Options for Wildlife Photography.
 
It is interesting to talk with all the photographers out there who photograph wildlife and birds. We all want longer lenses, but we don’t want the extra weight. My go to lens, the Tamron 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens is only 4 pounds, but that is a lot for people for some folks, and for me if I am carrying if for a long period of time. I have spent a few days talking about the new Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens, but for those that want a little more length without a lot of added weight, the perfect lens for you is the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens. This is my lens when I am walking through the woods, especially on our mountainous terrain, because of the smaller size and less weight. It has the LD (Low Dispersion) glass and weighs in at about 40 ounces! You can get a tripod collar for it so using it on a gimbal head is easily done as well. The lens focuses very fast and tracks very well, and being so light is easy to pan with birds in flight as well. It has the dual MPUs, one for focus, one for Vibration Compensation, so all the great new technology is at work. There are lots of great options out there for birds and wildlife, many under $1000!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Scarlet Tanager

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Scarlet Tanager.
 
One of my favorite summer birds up here is the Scarlet Tanager. We have them nesting in the area and they visit the backyard often in spring, summer and fall. Part of our efforts to eliminate using pesticides has resulted in the return of so many birds to the yard. The Scarlet Tanagers come down to gorge themselves on Japanese Beetles each summer and I will see them grab a few bees near the hives as well. This image was made as I was waiting to get a few images of the female Blackburnian Warbler the other day. The Tanager flew in to check out my activities.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

From High in the Clouds

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

From high in the clouds.
 
We have a beautiful view from the Bear Woods Bungalow. We spend a lot of the time in the winter, especially when the weather if mild, up in the clouds. The fog gets really thick up here and driving is slowed to a crawl for the first few miles, then we leave the clouds and all becomes normal again. I have said in the past, but I really love the foggy view we get here. It gives a feeling of peace, and even serenity. Being 15 miles or so from the nearest town, we rely on well water, so often the clouds mean our well is getting “topped off” with the rain. It won’t be long when the trees start to get new growth and with it comes the tropical migrants, and that is when Bear Woods truly shines.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M100 via the adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

A Peaceful and Quiet Start to 2018

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Peaceful and Quiet Start to 2018.
 
2018 started very cold, but very quiet, and I am looking forward to many great adventures in the upcoming year. I was pretty lazy most of the day, but had to finish packing for our trip to Wyoming tomorrow for our workshop. It is kind of crazy when you are leaving the southeast and will be having warmer temperatures in Wyoming. Either way, I am excited to see the most beautiful landscape, in my opinion, in the winter again this year. What is nice is knowing I am always able to find a family member or friend that is willing to house sit for us. It is nice to know things on the home front are good. As we finish our preparations seeing a sunrise like this makes me realize home will be waiting with spectacular views. There is no place like Bear Woods.
 
Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Our Christmas Sunrise

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

Our Christmas sunrise.

This was the incredible sky we were welcomed to yesterday morning. What a way to start the day. Santa was really good this year. He brought me a healthy family and that is always the best gift one can hope to receive. I got an awesome log splitter! Of course Santa is also a photographer so he brought me some great gear!

Today marks the day I start my next lap around the Sun. I completed my 57th and am looking forward to the next one. Being surrounded by so many friends it makes it much easier to do. Thank you for all the well wishes!

Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Sirui#SiruiUSA#SiruiProfessional#The3Chairs

Merry Christmas to All!

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Merry Christmas to All!
 
We would like to take a moment to wish all of our friends a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just Happy Holidays. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. We are reminded of our blessings each and every time we look out our back door. Thank you all!
 
This was during the beautiful snowfall we had a couple weeks ago in Bear Woods and over The 3 Chairs.

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”

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

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”
 
As an instructor one of the comments I hear that could be the worst thing you could do for yourself is “when I look at other people’s pictures, mine aren’t as good”. I hate to hear that statement most of the time. When you are just starting out, or even after several years, you should not compare your work to others (yet), but instead compare it to your own work from months or a year ago. As photographers, we should want to improve our skills, but with realistic goals. Those goals should be something along the lines of wanting to get one really good image each month or each outing. Eventually you want to get more “keepers” each outing. Most of all you want to get comfortable preparing for an image so that your settings become second nature and almost automatic. You want to start paying closer attention to detail and do editing before you release the shutter vs on a computer in post processing.
 
Once you take that step and make the decision to become a professional, the largest step to take is to be completely honest about your work. That is when you compare your work to your competitor’s work. With any other job, you are competing for work and if your work isn’t up to par with their work, you have to improve your work. I remember sitting with Art Wolfe in Fort Meyers, FL in 1995 having a conversation about all the people that were getting into photography as a profession. Art said something to me that has stuck with me, he said, “I see too many people see people above them and they try to bring that person’s work down to their level vs climbing up the ladder to a higher step on the ladder”. Incredible advice! Don’t try to lower the level of someone else’s work, improve your own to be better. Set that as a goal.
 
Don’t set standards too high for yourself when you just start out, but set really high standards when you intend to make your living off of your photography. It is simply growth in your confidence and skills.
 
Downy Woodpecker in snow. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional