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Eastpoint

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

Eastpoint.
 
This weekend is the 55th Annual Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. I am so glad to see they are still having it after Hurricane Michael. It is going to be a welcome break for the locals and all the workers in the area. We have our photography workshop in Apalachicola in just under 2 weeks and I have been in constant communication with the Chamber of Commerce, hotels, rental homes and friends down there to make sure of 2 things. First, our coming down won’t infringe on their recovery efforts at all and secondly, making sure we put money into the local economy to help with the recovery of the local businesses as well. Everyone I have talked with is so excited that we are committed to coming down and showing off how resilient the people of Apalachicola and Franklin County are in life.
 
One of the areas we spend time in photographing and visiting is Eastpoint, the area between Apalachicola and St. George Island. We photograph sunrise and sunsets there often as well as just sitting and talking with some of the local and long time residents there. The area was hit hard earlier this year when a “controlled burn” got out of control and burned many homes, then throw the Hurricane in and it has been a tough year for them. This all on top of a struggling Oyster industry, partially to blame because of the lack of fresh water that should be coming down from Georgia and Alabama. Last year we met Carson, one of the locals who had just returned home from many years up north. Carson told us his life story and was actually very familiar with photography, and I think enjoyed talking photography with us. Carson was living a tough life trying to help with keeping alive the family’s legacy in the area. Conditions are tough, good paying jobs are tougher. The information Carson shared with us about some local areas to photograph was great and he even modeled for us for a few images. We explained that if he had been a guide or model for us he would be paid for his services. He laughed at first, but on our insistence accepted our fee. Carson, and the other locals, are what make the area special. These visits are what often make our trips special as well. The food is great down there, the people are even better. I look forward to sitting, talking, and sharing a beer with my friends down there soon. You may be the Forgotten Coast, but you are always in our thoughts.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5D Mark III, Manual Exposure mode, f3.2, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureinFocusPhotographyWorkshops
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Barred Owl Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2018 by lilybug1960

Barred Owl Portrait.
 
There is something special about being able to look straight into the face of an Owl. Owls are the subject of so much lure and mystery, and to look deep into the eyes is an awesome feeling. Another reason I like to photograph falconer’s bird when possible is the opportunity it offers a photographer to get these types of portraits without extreme stress on the animal. The falconers we worked with had their bird’s safety and health a priority at all times. If the bird showed stress, he/she would have us back off and let the bird relax. The birds are well cared for and beautiful specimens. I can’t imagine it being possible to get 6 or 7 feet away from a Barred Owl in the wild, and in great light, to capture a beautiful portrait of it.Thank you again Georgia Mountain Falconry for allowing us to photograph your beautiful birds and we greatly appreciate the educational opportunities you offered us as well!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC using the Loupedeck console. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #GeorgiaMountainFalconry

Barred Owl Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Barred Owl Portrait.
 
If you walk out during the night, especially in the southern US, you might here a call that sounds like “who, who cooks for you”. You are hearing the sound of the Barred Owl. The Barred Owl is common in the woods around my house and I hear several at night calling back and forth to each other. Hearing them is often easier than seeing them. It was a special treat for our Birds of Prey Workshop group to be able to not only photograph this beautiful bird, but even do portraits. She was fairly new to the falconer’s line of birds but did well in her first shoot! With all of the birds that are native, they are regulated by the State and will be released back into the wild after a certain amount of time. Only non-native species remain with the falconers. The Red-tailed Hawks for instance all go back out into the wild when they reach breeding age or roughly at about 2 years of age.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSAMagazine, #GeorgiaMountainFalconry

Owly’s Eyes

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Owly’s Eyes.
 
Owls have always fascinated some and struck fear in others. Some folks feel they are a part of some bad mojo mystical thing. Me, I am simply fascinated. The feathers are always really beautiful, but by far, it is the eyes. The piercing eyes. In Owy’s case, bright yellow. Obviously they are needed to hunt with such accuracy, but they are simply beautiful. I also learned that a Great Horned Owl can hear a mouse’s heartbeat from 10 feet away. Owl’s are so important in fighting rodents, folks should want an owl hanging around their homes!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TetonRaptorCenter

The Chapel of the Transfiguration

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Chapel of the Transfiguration.
 
St. John’s Episcopal Church, also known as the Chapel of the Transfiguration was built in 1925. It still holds services to this day. It is absolutely an incredible place to sit and reflect. I don’t understand how anyone can sit in the chapel, look at the window, and not believe.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6 via an adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f13, ISO 200, 1/160th of a second, Sirui N1204X tripod and K10X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

The Barn Door

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Barn Door.
 
One thing I always like to do with our workshop groups is to photograph the doors and other things around the Triangle X Ranch while we are there. This door draws me back each time. It is the door to an old barn and the detail in the wood is just incredible. This time I got to use the Nikon D-850 and the Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 version. I am blown away by the detail and resolution this combination can give you. With a slightly overcast sky, the detail jumped and the colors of the door popped. You should join us next year!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #trianglexranch

Bull Moose

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

Bull Moose.
 
With little snow in the valley around the Tetons, the moose are taking advantage of the conditions and eating the grasses that would normally be under a few feet of snow. This time of year they would normally be eating twigs and small branches along the river. We saw several large groups of bulls, this day we saw one with 13 gathered together in the open. This probably helps to keep them safe from predators as well. They are such large animals, and their size alone dictates you should stay at least the minimum 25 yard distance required by the Parks.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops