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Drying out the Wings

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

Drying out the wings.
 
When you get to a sunflower field just after sunrise you will find insects that are drying out their wings from the dew that is covering them. This little honey bee didn’t make it back to the hive before the sunset obviously. I try not to get too close to them because it would stress them out. They are sure I am there to eat them. I wanted to isolate the bee from the background so I used a longer lens at its minimum focusing distance with a shallow depth of field. Get over to Fausett Farms Sunflowers in the next week or so, you won’t regret getting up early!
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/1000th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiLensesUSA, #MindShiftGear
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Its Fall Y’all!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Its Fall Y’all!
 
Fausett Farms Sunflowers are very photography friendly. It is very apparent as you drive up and see this beautiful bright red tractor parked in front of one of the fields. They have a trailer with hay bales to use as a prop for images as well. It is great to see all the ways they have done things that are photographer friendly. They only charge $10 per vehicle to enter. Have some fun out there if you can are able to go visit. You can see in the background the fall colors are just starting there, so in a week, with a cold front coming in Monday, late next week may allow you to combine sunflowers and fall colors.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Fausett Farms Sunflowers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fausett Farms Sunflowers.
 
I was really happy to see the sunflowers at Fausett Farms were in peak bloom as I drove by the other day. It was cloudy and rainy, but I knew that would not be the case every day. They were predicting clear blue skies on Thursday so I met a photographer friend of mine over there. It is only a 5-10 minute drive from the house and that really made it even better. When I arrived I expected it to be packed with photographers, but I was the only one. When my friend Brad arrived, we had the place to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Fields and fields of sunflowers and nobody there. We shot for about an hour or so, then went down the road to Burt’s Farm, which is a huge pumpkin farm. If you are in Georgia and didn’t get your fill of sunflower photography this summer, this will definitely meet your needs and fill your memory card with images. There is a second area that is just coming into bloom but I recommend getting out there the next week or two.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear Photocross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

What we saw…

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

What we saw…
 
I do admit, I am envious of the beautiful total eclipse images I am seeing and will probably travel to the 2024 line of totality. However, I am very pleased with our experience and what we experienced. The opportunity to view such an incredible event over your house, was worth staying home. Not dealing with the traffic was also worth it! During the eclipse, to be more accurate, about 1 minute after the maximum coverage, I took off my solar filter and clicked off a few frames. I wasn’t expecting much, but digital film is cheap. After I viewed them on the computer, I was disappointed that I didn’t do the same thing during the max coverage. You could see some of activity on the surface of the sun, which I totally didn’t expect. The brighter exposed area of the Sun was blown out, so I decided to try my hand at a composite image. I wanted to get some of the corona which was visible in the non-filtered image and also the less bright area of the exposed area the Sun. I am not great at composites and envious of those who do them really well, but here is my composite of the eclipse.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400 and 100, shutter speeds 1/100th and 1/8,000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and VH-10 video head, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC, composite blended in Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Solar Eclipse over Bear Woods

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Solar Eclipse over Bear Woods.
 
Yesterday’s eclipse was truly fascinating to me. We made the decision to stay in our backyard and not drive anywhere. I am not a fan of traffic and the stress it will introduce to my life, definitely took a back seat to seeing Bear Woods during the event. I might add after seeing some of the beautiful images captured by some of my friends, I am very envious of them and their experience, but I will still treasure our experience. During the darkest part of the eclipse, the crickets began to chirp as well as other night time insects, and as soon as the light began to brighten, my birds returned to the feeders. We were concerned we would have a cloud block the time of totality (99%) but the lack of heat and light dissipated the clouds completely. That was truly amazing. I am looking forward to April 8, 2024 and the next total Solar Eclipse, but I will have to travel for that one…oh Canada…
 
My image today is a composite of 5 during the eclipse. From left to right with the center one representing what it looked like during the peak of the event. The equipment for the images were the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200 and 400, shutter speed between 1/100th and 1/125th, Sirui N3204X tripod and VH-10 video head, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 sling bag for additional weight on the center column, processed in Lightroom CC and combined in Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm.
 
I first want to thank the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for hosting me for my presentation last night. It was great to meet a lot of new folks with a love of nature and photography. I knew it would be nearly impossible for me to go that close to Callaway Gardens and not visit the Butterfly House. I also knew it would be impossible not to use it as a chance to test the new Tamron 18-400mm lens. I was again, imagine that, super impressed with how easy it was to use the lens chasing butterflies. Of course capturing the butterflies on the edge of the walkways is easy with any lens, but when I need a longer lens, in a fairly dark area, handheld, this lens performed flawlessly. It was actually easier to use it than the other setup I tested it against, a Tamron 180mm Macro lens. This lens allowed me to be farther away from my subject, which in turn allowed me to get parallel to the subject easier. In turn this allowed me to shoot with that narrower depth of field with the long lens and still get edge sharpness on the butterfly. The lens continues to impress me each time I take it out.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear