Archive for New York

Rent a Bike

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2019 by lilybug1960

Rent a Bike.
During my first photowalk at PhotoPlus, our group came across this really cool long row of blue bikes for rent. We talked about how the scene changed dramatically from chaotic to more of a story telling image when we reduced our depth of field from f8 or f11 to f2.8. It allowed us to isolate one bike, in this case the front bike, then let the viewer simply follow the visual path through the frame with out of focus bikes behind it. It was a short walk, but lots of subjects to photograph!
Here is a little video of my second, which was also my last day, at the Expo. There is a segment of the new Tamron lenses for full frame Sony cameras in there as well. I really look forward to adding a few of them to my lens line up! I wasn’t able to walk around and video the entire Expo floor due to so many booths playing music in the background which would have violated the licensing of the music and the video would have been pulled by YouTube.
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD for Sony FE mount lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the stabilization of the camera, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron2875mirrorless, #PhotoPlusExpo, #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

The Top of Rainbow Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2019 by lilybug1960

The top of Rainbow Falls.
 
The images I have shared of the area of Watkins Glen State Park show a bridge at the top of falls. This is a more isolated image I captured when I walked underneath the falls to the left side of the previous images. I really liked composing the image to have the falls appear to start in a “keyhole” formed by the bridge overhead. I love the green contrast in the area of the keyhole. This area is so beautiful, I definitely need to add it to my “must go back” list.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, Shimoda Explore 40, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Along Glen Creek

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2019 by lilybug1960

Along Glen Creek.
 
This is an image from Watkins Glen State Park about 10 days ago while leading a group on our field trip. Glen Creek winds through the canyon and under the right conditions you could literally spend a day photographing all the cascades on the creek as it twist through the rock walls. There is so much to see in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, but make sure you budget at least half a day to explore Watkins Glen State Park.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1 second, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, Shimoda Explore 40 backback, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #ShimodaDesigns, #BearWoodsPhotography

Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen, Vertical

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2019 by lilybug1960

Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen, Vertical.
 
I posted a horizontal image of the Rainbow Falls area in Watkins Glen State Park last week, but the vertical doesn’t show the depth of the canyon near as well as a vertical. The canyon walls are very steep and even though we weren’t at the park hiking in at sunrise, the walls shade various parts of the canyon for much of the morning. The area around the Finger Lakes contains many waterfalls and I hope to go back at some point and spend some time visiting and capturing more of them. The fall is supposed to be spectacular and from the images I saw I would have to agree. Thanks again to my wonderful class for a great week of learning and photography.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 3 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, Shimoda Explore 40 backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #FotoproUSA, #ShimodaExplore, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography

Another Grace Garden Daylily and my focusing technique

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another Grace Garden Daylily, and my focusing technique.
 
I created plenty of images in Michigan and New York to post for a while, but probably will just post them for a few more days. This is another one of the images I made at Grace Gardens below Geneva, NY. I could have spent several more hours photographing the backside of the daylillies but we had work to do in the classroom and had to return to the school. As the light changed different lily were illuminated and offered more opportunities. Grace Gardens had so many different varieties, the compositions were endless. I chose to handhold the camera because often I was having to lean in to capture the image. That is one of the reasons I love mirrorless for macro work. Most of the newer models offer “focus peaking” which when viewing the LCD screen or looking through the viewfinder, the objects in focus will appear to have a brighter edge, in my case I selected that edge to appear red. You could choose yellow or white, but red is easiest to see for me. I pre-focus to a particular distance and then simply move the camera in and out until the area I want to be in focus to appear red, then release the shutter. Maybe I should do a video soon to highlight this technique, what do you think?
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii via the Metabones adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of as second, handheld, Vibration Compensation active, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography

Taughannock Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2019 by lilybug1960

Taughannock Falls.
 
It was almost easier finding compositions of this beautiful waterfall than it was to pronounce it. We learned from a park worker it is pronounced Ta-gan-ic. He said think of Organic with a Ta in front of it. I had a great group in Geneva, NY PPSNYS Workshop 2019. We hiked a lot and were rewarded with some beautiful photo opportunities. After photographing from the top, where this image was made, we drove down to the trailhead and hiked all the way back to the falls. The images were well worth the effort. I want to thank the wonderful folks that organized and put on the workshop. Everything ran super smooth and the people in attendance were fantastic and seemed to have a great time! It is beautiful up in the Finger Lakes, but it is great to be back in Bear Woods.
 
You will notice there is some new gear in my bag (Sony a7Riii), and as a matter of fact, a new bag (Shimoda Explore 40) too! I will do a post soon about the new gear and how I am liking it.
 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di-III RXD lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series tripod and gimbal head, gear carried in Shimoda Explore 40 backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TarmonUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron2875, #FotoproUSA, #Shimoda, #MAC, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography