Archive for #macrophotography

What a camera sees vs. what I envision

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2020 by lilybug1960

What a camera sees vs. what I envision.
 
As I go through my creative process when I am making images, there are times I walk up to a subject and see the “finished” image vs what is in front of me. Photographing past their prime flowers yesterday was one such time. Seeing the delicate flower fade was pretty but giving it a warm black and white finish, to me, gave it more of a look that complimented the state of the flower. To me, it makes the small details in the flower stand out, whereas in the color version they would be lost competing with the soft pastels. What do you think?
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Dew covered Bee on Zinnia

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2020 by lilybug1960

Dew covered Bee on Zinnia.
 
I was out to photograph some of the birds in the backyard and noticed a few bees still dormant on the flowers waiting to dry off enough to fly. I didn’t use a “normal” macro lens, but instead used my Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. It has great close focusing capabilities for a long telephoto and being able to separate your subject from the background gives nice isolation in the image.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron150600g2, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Separation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2020 by lilybug1960

 

Separation.
 
When I made this image I concentrated on two factors to make the flower in the foreground standout against the busier background. First a shallow depth of field was needed, and secondly making sure no part of the tips of the flower “merged” with the flower that is out of focus in the background. These two factors would naturally help to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject. This simply helps give direction to an otherwise busy image.
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f3.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

A little garden time

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2020 by lilybug1960

A little garden time.
 
With all the rain and sun, our gardens up here are full of beautiful flowers right now. I decided to do a little macro work with the Z6 and the vintage Tamron SP 180mm Macro lens. I was wanting to use a longer focal length because I would be shooting through other flowers hoping for a natural vignette in the images. Right now the Black-eyed Susan are loaded with opportunities. You may see a few more over the next few days.
 
Tamron SP 180mm Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #withmytamron, #tamron, #tamronusa, #tamronlensesusa, #tamronimagemaster, #tamron180macro, #sirui, #siruiusa, #siruiimaging, #acratech, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #bearwoodsphotography

Glowing Waterlily

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2020 by lilybug1960

Glowing Waterlily.
 
I did a video a year or so ago about creating glowing, or in camera Orton Effect images. With the light being somewhat harsh on Friday when I visited Gibbs Gardens, it gave me a time to play a little. I decided to do a few multiple exposures, one sharp, one soft, combined in camera to create the effect. It was fun to say the least. I didn’t get to include it in my video I did while visiting the gardens, but I did include some really nice comparisons of with and without a circular polarizer. Here is a link to the video:
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, H&Y “K” Series filter holder with Circular Polarizer, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron100400, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #HYFilters, #GibbsGardens, #BearWoodsPhotography

Bloodroot

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2020 by lilybug1960

Bloodroot.
 
One of our Spring flowers here on the mountain is Bloodroot. When I went to get the mail 2 days ago there were a lot of them blooming in the woods nearby. Just another sign of Spring taking over the mountain. The trees are getting some leaves poking out so it won’t be long before we start seeing more and more Spring migrants coming through.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD M1:2 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP via the Canon adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron90macro, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #BearWoodsPhotography

Abstract on Diamond Beach

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2020 by lilybug1960

Abstract on Diamond Beach.
 
There is much more to photograph on Diamond Beach than big chunks of ice. There are lots of textures and patterns to play with as well. I spent some time finding rocks that the waves moved onto the ice chunks during a high tide, then I used the Tamron 20mm lens and its macro capabilities to photograph the cool patterns they formed. I show a little of this in my video I did while there. If you missed it, here is a link to the video:
 
Tamron 20mm Di III OSD M1:2 lens on a Sony a7iii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1 second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron20mirrorless, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #ThorPhotography, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

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