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The Miller House

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Miller House.
 
While we were in town walking around one day, Evelyn noticed several images of this really beautiful scene with a 2 story log cabin in the foreground and the Tetons creating the backdrop. She said we need to find that place! Well, that day when we made a visit to the National Elk Refuge, we found it. It is the Miller House and a very brief history of the house is an early homesteader, Robert Miller, bought the property, went east to get married, then returned west with his bride. They began building the house and eventually sold their entire property to the Federal Government for the creation of the National Elk Refuge.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Looking Forward…Happy New Year!

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Looking Forward…Happy New Year!
 
First let me wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year. I didn’t make it to see the clock strike midnight, we celebrate Mountain Midnight which is 10pm. I sit this morning in 12 degree weather looking forward and back. My message on New Year’s Day is always the same, but I will post it anyway.
 
Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new year, yesterday was the celebration of a year’s end. As we sit today and look down the road ahead of us, we face a lot of unknowns. It is much like driving down a foggy road. We know what is behind us, some good, some bad, we could just put the car in park and be satisfied with where we have been. There is nothing wrong with that. My life is filled with incredible people, my wife Evelyn, the kids, our family, and our friends. My professional life is filled with great folks. All the people I work with on a regular basis, other photographers whom I have come to know more each and every time I work with them, great folks with partners and sponsors (many of which I consider great friends as well), and wonderful folks who come to my lectures and workshops. I could stop right here and know I have had a great life. I have been truly blessed.
 
However, there is that road ahead, draped in fog, lots of unknowns. As long as there is a road ahead, I know my journey isn’t over and I have to continue. There will be lots of smooth road, and I know a few potholes, but the journey is worth all of the trips. It isn’t one trip that defines your life, instead it is all of them that make your journey and define who you are. It is time to put your foot on the gas pedal, let go of the brake, and continue on your journey. That is what I am going to do, it is easy though when you look in your “car” and it is full of family and friends who will be there to help guide you and even change a flat tire or two when needed. Happy New Year and I hope to see everyone often in 2018.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Siui Circular Polarizer, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017, part 8

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Looking Back at 2017, part 8.
 
When I started these “Looking Back” posts, it wasn’t really meant to be my favorite 10 images of 2017, mainly just reflecting on 2017. But I have found myself looking and saying to myself, “oh that was definitely a favorite”, so with that in mind, this was one of my favorite landscapes this year. There is actually a whole series of images from that morning that I like. It was at the Out of Acadia Workshop and a morning I didn’t have a group to teach. Several of us headed out that morning and were very pleased that there was room on Boulder Beach for us. I started down along the water’s edge but the incoming tide quickly pushed me back to a different viewpoint. I liked being able to capture the warmth of the sun on the side of the boulders. I love all that Maine has to offer when I am there and this spot is always one of my favorites to visit and photograph. Now if I could just have some Maine blueberry pancakes…
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/4 second, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

One of my favorites from 2017, the Ospreys

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

One of my favorites from 2017, the Ospreys.
 
We decided earlier this year to do a bird photography workshop in Mobile, AL. One of the highlights was to witness and photograph these two Osprey building out their nest and at one point even mating. The nest was along the causeway down there and actually very easy to photograph. I think my favorite image of the birds, and even for the year, was this split second as the male approached the female. Seeing the talons on the male, but also seeing how gentle the birds could be during this interaction. We had great light to boot!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SriuProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017 part 5

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Looking Back at 2017 part 5.
 
One my favorite images from last spring was during a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove. Cecil Holmes and I were doing some bird photography along Hyatt Lane when we spotted this Coyote wandering along the creek. It stopped on several occasions looking for movement in the grass. I could have zoomed in closer and filled the frame more with just the Coyote, but felt including more of the scene created a better image. Don’t always make it big in the frame, a good environmental image can, in my opinion, be a stronger composition. When you do include more though, try to keep it simple and not too confusing.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30 ballhead. MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017 part 3

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Looking Back at 2017 part 3.
 
One image that was high on my list was to get a Bison deep in snow. Somehow between writing that list and getting the image someone got confused. The Bison was in good snow and had it all over its face, but the snow wasn’t as deep around the Bison as I had hoped for on my list. However, I was standing in and deep snow. So I guess I got the image I hope for…a Bison, and deep snow…with a twist.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2017

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how it seems that 2017 has flown by so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was in Michigan photographing a Barn Owl at a Nature Center, but that was July! So I decided to start going over some of my favorite images from 2017. The year in photos started out in Wyoming. I remember we were supposed to leave on a Saturday, but a Winter Storm Warning was issued and Delta said if we were going to be guaranteed making it out of Atlanta we would have to leave Thursday. We made it out and were welcome to the Jackson Hole airport that night to -26 degree temperatures. It was beautiful out there! One of the first images I shot was of this Coyote as it wandered down the road and past us in Gros Ventre. His right hip showed an injury probably from a dispute with a Wolf or other Coyotes, but he was pretty bold as he approached us from over a hundred yards down the road and eventually directly past us. Other than the wound, that looked to be healing, it seemed healthy and we heard it had been seen in the same area a few days later.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #SiruiProfessional