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Glowing Skies

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

Glowing Skies.
 
As I looked out my back door yesterday morning, I realized another thing I am thankful for, Bear Woods. Living here has been such a great blessing for us. I have studied nature most of my life, but yet this place has taught me that I have so much more to learn. This year was so successful in attracting more wildlife to the yard by returning much of it to a more natural environment. The view on any given morning or evening is incredible, but on days like this when the skies glow with the first light of the day it is breathtaking. Being able to step out and capture an image of it is truly a blessing. I truly believe the view from “The 3 Chairs” could be my favorite view.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Happy Halloween

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by lilybug1960

Happy Halloween.
 
I couldn’t just post an image of the perfect owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, for Halloween and not do a little research about the holiday. Halloween is also known as All Hallow’s Eve. It marks the start of a 3 day celebration of remembrance of those that have passed. A lot of the traditions are of Celtic origin. A lot of the foods that are associated with Halloween are based with Christians and the absence of eating meat on this day for things like apples, potato pancakes and other vegetarian items, lots of things that are associated with harvest as well I guess. So don’t feel guilty about eating the harvest of candy, its a tradition.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority mode, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #Halloween

Day 1 at PhotoPlus and Unrelated Hawk

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Day 1 at PhotoPlus and Unrelated Hawk.
 
This Hawk has nothing to do with this post, sort of. So yesterday was the first day of PhotoPlus up here in NYC. When I was boarding the airplane yesterday in Atlanta, I saw my friend and fellow photographer Rob Knight getting on board as well. I asked if he was headed to the show and he said yes. I asked if he was interested in sharing a cab, and again he agreed. Talking with Rob was a nice distraction for me in the cab because it took my attention off of the near 500 collisions we would encounter on the way to the Javit’s Center. Now it takes me a couple of trips to get used to style of driving up here, it reminds me of cars trying to merge at the drive thru at Bojangles if the Cajun Filet biscuits were 5 cents for a morning. I also realized they put a little tv screen in the back seat to cover up all the honking that goes on. I think if your horn is broken up here, you could be in serious trouble.
 
I checked in at the Javit’s Center and got my name badges, then started to wander. I saw lots of old friends up here so far. I talked with a lot of photographers, who are super interested in all the cool gear available. I saw and/or talked with photographers that were here for the networking, meeting folks and some hoping to get sponsors for their businesses. That is always kind of funny to watch. I know from experience of being here before, it is amazing how some folks will just come to the show to convince the manufacturers they “need” to send them free gear. Its part of the business, I know, I have sponsors, but some folks are pretty ruthless in their attempts.
 
I got to hang out with some great folks at the Tamron Booth, it is the one time of the year I can see all of them at once. What a great group of folks, I am honored to call them my friends. Same with the folks at the Sirui Booth. The photo industry is small enough where everyone almost knows everyone, much like my hometown of Jasper. One huge highlight of hanging out in the Tamron Booth was seeing and playing with the new Tamron 100-400mm Di VC lens. What a great lens! I did a few images to test it shooting fairly far away and was really impressed with the sharpness! It will be hitting the streets soon and at $799 it will be a huge hit!
 
My presentation at the Tamron Booth was a lot of fun and I had a crowd of “standing room only” folks, not because there were hundreds of people but because there were no chairs! Seriously though, they were super, very interactive with my presentation and had lots of great questions. Ken Hubbard, from Tamron, and I left shortly after the presentation to head over to the Lincoln Center for my presentation to the Sierra Photo NY group. The area of the Lincoln Center we were in was where the Julliard and NY Opera folks meet. I didn’t know what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised so many folks from the big city came to hear a country boy talk about photography. Again, lots of great questions, they laughed at my jokes (don’t judge them for that), and we went out to a great little diner after the presentation. Just a fantastic group and I look forward to seeing many of them again in the next few days as well as the future.
 
Back to the Hawk, it is a 6 month old Red-tailed Hawk from the picnic last week. I haven’t had the opportunity to get the camera out here yet so I had to post something! I added a few new birds to my life list so far, the Blue Light Warbler and the Red Light Warbler, both make the sound similar to sirens. Both are active during daylight and at night. My favorite so far is the Yellow Cab Horned Warbler, which makes the sound of a car horn. You hear a lot more than you see. 😉
 
I will say this, I really like the people of NYC, they are friendly, helpful and honest. I asked directions from several folks and it amazed me at how they would go out of their way to help. Very much like my hometown, just several million more folks here.
 
I won’t give all the details on the image, I’ve rambled enough, but it was made with the Tamron 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800E and a Sirui EP204S monopod. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Red-tailed Hawk, Adult female

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

Red-tailed Hawk, Adult female.
 
Along with the Eurasian Eagle Owl, the falconers brought 2 Red-tailed Hawks. One was a 6 month old juvenile female, the other a 5 year old female. The main way to tell the difference without sending in a feather for testing is the size of the bird. Larger birds of prey are typically females. I have photographed this particular bird two years ago at the picnic that year. She is a beauty for sure. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds, she is an incredible hunter according to the handler. He said she will be released back into the wild next year. By law the falconers have to release them again once they reach breeding age. It is still an amazing feeling to be this close to such a beautiful bird!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #MCTGA

Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic

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

Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic.
 
Yesterday was the Annual Member’s Picnic for the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia held at a private residence in Tate Mountain Estates near our house. Evelyn and I have been involved with them for about 20 years now and have been donating our services for them as well. They help to preserve the lands around us for future generations to enjoy, so we believe strongly in their mission. At yesterday’s meeting a newly acquired property, Forry Farms, was dedicated by the MCTGA along with the Forry family to their late parents who were long time supporters of the MCTGA. All I can say is what an incredible gift by the kids to keep their parents dream alive for generations to com.
 
Every year they have a group of Falconers bring in some birds for people to see and learn about their craft. This year there were 2 Red-tailed Hawks, a Lanner Falcon, and this beautiful Eurasian Eagle Owl. Although it looks similar to our Great Horned Owl, it is significantly larger and native to Europe. These Falconers are always a pleasure to talk with and we are going to do a Birds of Prey workshop with them in the future.
 
Get involved with local conservation efforts if you can. It is very rewarding and you meet some of the greatest people all of which share your love of the outdoors. If you live in Georgia, check out the MCTGA!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority mode, Matrix metering, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Bird Nirdvana”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

Bird Nirdvana.
 
I feel that with the year I have had viewing and photographing Warblers and other birds in the yard, it is only fair I am allowed to make up a word that properly describes the experience. Since many folks already shake their head and giggle at the extent of my bird nerdiness, I feel I have reached a state of nirvana as it could apply to bird watching. Therefore, the words I feel that should describe a very personally successful year in viewing and photographing birds is “Bird Nirdvana”! Yesterday morning as I was starting to gather up the gear I caught some birds chasing each other through the trees, like they do all morning, and a yellow bird was chasing a couple birds down towards the feeders. One of the birds, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, landed in the crepe myrtles. I thought at first it was an adult male Cerulean Warbler, and it wasn’t until later I noticed the black throat in the image. This is another first for me at the feeders and the first time I was able to capture a nice image of one as well. I had photographed a female Black-throated Blue a couple weeks ago, but now I have added a male to the images for the year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Solar Eclipse and The 3 Chairs

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The Solar Eclipse and The 3 Chairs.
 
One of the bonuses of staying home for the solar eclipse was wanting and hoping to capture it over “The 3 Chairs”. I had set up several different cameras to capture different aspects of the eclipse, one included pointing one southwest and very wide. At the point near our totality (about 99%) I removed the lens cap and metered and did a few images. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a clean eclipsed sun since we weren’t in totality, so I decided instead to go for a sun-star. I love the Tamron SP 15-30mm lens for night skies and I knew it would be perfect for this scene. At f11, the spires of the sun-star would be long enough and with the point source of light, would also be distinct. I knew I wouldn’t get any detail in the sun, so I concentrated more on getting detail in the chairs. One thing I had heard happens during the peak is you have a 360 degree sunset, meaning all the way around the horizon, color will appear just as it does at sunset. It really happened as the image shows. When I processed it, I could have boosted the colors a light, but the light I saw was more of a grey light and the vibrancy would have looked fake to me.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear