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Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities.

One of the big benefits of the new series of Tamron lenses for the Sony full frame is its ability to focus very close, 4.7 inches to be exact. I know a lot of people, myself included, that like to do a close up of a flower and show it in the surrounding environment. Well this is your lens! I do a lot of my lens testing in my yard so I feel comfortable when I get into a great scene, I will know and feel confident with the gear, so I went out this morning to do some images of the leaves that have fallen beside the driveway. In this image I am about 8 inches away from the leaf that is sharpest, and when I say sharp, I mean super sharp. I have the tripod at ground level and tilted at about 45 degrees so even at f11 the depth of field isn’t going to be great, but definitely enough to show the surroundings. I will release a video in the next few days with the unboxing and showing how doing macro work takes on a fairly new realm.

Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#Tamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Tamron24mirrorless#SiruiUSA#Acratech#BearWoodsPhotography

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

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

A Little Macro Monday

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2019 by lilybug1960

A little Macro Monday.
 
As I have been outside photographing the birds and “The 3 Chairs” I have been telling myself to not forget to photograph the Zinnia that are in the garden as well. Finally yesterday I did get a chance to do just that. I haven’t done as much macro photography as I would like this year, but hopefully will as I visit some gardens in the next week.
 
I finally finished a video yesterday of some time in my backyard photographing the birds. I uploaded it to YouTube last night and if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. It will give you just a sample of what it is like in the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary. Here is a link to the video. If you like it, please give it a thumbs up, and Subscribe to my channel on YouTube too so you won’t miss any of the videos I release.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Di VC USD lens on a Canon EOS RP, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series Tripod and Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90Macro, #FotoproUSA, #FotoproEagleSeries, #BearWoodsPhotography

Summer is Here

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

Summer is here.
 
I can say that I am not a fan of high heat and humidity. I melt. However I do love the summer flowers that come with that dreaded heat and humidity. We have lots of flower varieties blooming right now and I have to make sure I put on a macro lens some and capture images of the great colors in the gardens now. I was photographing birds in the backyard and this coneflower just kept calling for me to shoot it. So I did, but with the long lens I usually use for wildlife. I like the smooth background I was able to capture by using the 600mm lens.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, 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

Missing Macro

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Missing Macro.
 
I have a Macro presentation/workshop to the Georgia Nature Photographers Association at their Annual Expo in a couple days. Because I enjoy all types of nature photography, sometimes I don’t get to do all of them regularly. The past year and upcoming weeks will offer a great variety of subjects, but the weather here has sort of had us stuck between winter and spring for a long while. Beyond the fact that we just wanted beautiful gardens around the house, the flowers help to keep our bees busy, and offer me photographic opportunities. I love photographing our Coneflowers in the summer. It always keeps my technical and composition skills honed and sharp. This image was from a couple years ago from the front yard. I loved the way I was able to compose the 3 flowers with different hues and patterns to help lead the viewer through the frame. I look forward to seeing all my friends with the GNPA, and looking forward to a great Expo! We are going to be visiting some good friends today and tomorrow morning so my post for tomorrow may be later in the day.
 
Tamron SP 90mm Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 70D, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional