Archive for Nikon D-750

“Clouds are rollin’ in”

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

“Clouds are rollin’ in”
 
One of my all time favorite singer/songwriters was John Denver. He died way too early and I would love to have heard the songs he would have written if he had not passed. His song “Back Home Again” starts with these lyrics, “There’s a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin’ in, the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders”. That pretty much summed up how the afternoon took shape here in Bear Woods yesterday. I did however finally get a chance to shoot the new Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens! I have been hoping to get out and shoot some waterfalls with it, since I have had it a couple days now, but the sun has been limiting the opportunities for that! I wanted to shoot the lens handheld at slower shutter speeds to test how the Vibration Compensation handles it, and it did not disappoint. I will post more images and a review as I have more opportunities to shoot it. I will have it with me at my presentation this Thursday at the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association meeting where I will be presenting “Designing a Landscape”.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/25th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Lean and Lanky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Lean and Lanky.
 
Deer fawn and I do not share the same features, they are lean and lanky, I am not. They are quick and agile, well..you get my point. It is amazing to me how quick these little guys are at such a young age. Again, Mother Nature at work giving them the speed and the agility that could help them to survive. I was very impressed with the low light capabilities of the Nikon D-750. This was well before any direct light made its way to the fields. This was shot at ISO 10,000 and you can see it is very acceptable. The lens performed flawlessly in such low light, even as the fawns ran through the grass, it stayed locked on and tracked perfectly.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 10,000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Camouflage

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

Camouflage
 
Nature knows what it is doing. When Whitetail deer fawn are born, the seem to stand out with white spots, but in reality it helps to break up the solid colors, thus allowing the fawn to blend in with areas of forest undergrowth. If you have ever walked upon a fawn in the woods, you know what I mean. Typically you see it as you are getting ready to step on or over it, or after you have passed it. They will lay perfectly still not to alert you to their presence. It is how they can avoid predators while Mom is out feeding. Once they get to the point they are a little larger like this fawn, they are able to run fairly quickly if needed to the safety of Mom’s stomping hooves. This is with a very long lens and the deer is still very comfortable with my being nearby. It is watching a group of people walk by on the sidewalk about 20 feet away. The reason the deer lead their fawns near the buildings is they know they are safer there than in the woods with the coyotes. Coyotes don’t like going anywhere near the buildings and people. Nature is much better at what it does than we are by trying to manage and regulate it. We should let it do what it does best.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

More Cute Fawn Overload!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

More Cute Fawn Overload!
 
I took a one day hiatus from the cute fawn overload, but they are back for another day. These 3 took turns napping while one would stay on alert. That is common among herd animals for their safety and protection. This was the rare moment when all 3 were mostly awake, the one in the back is fading quickly again.
 
If you get a chance, stop by my website, www.bearwoodsphotography.com, for the latest updates on lectures, presentations and workshops. I will be presenting to the Big Canoe Photographers July 8 on Landscape Photography. I will be at NECCC in Amherst in a few weeks doing my “Designing a Landscape” presentation, and at SWMCCC in Holland, MI a couple weeks later doing several different presentations. I have lots of local Georgia presentations on the calendar and would love to see some old friends there. In October I will be at Photo Plus Expo in NYC doing a presentation on October 28 on “Travel and Landscape Photography” at the Javits Center. All these and others are all listed on the website. I hope to see you soon!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 360, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Who are all you kids”?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Who are all you kids?”
 
One of the really interesting behaviors observed at Berry College, while photographing fawns, was the “communal” feeding. One fawn would begin to feed on a doe, presumably their mother, then others would join in and feed. Then they would all stop and go play. I hate to say this but it was like when we were kids and one of my friends moms would say, “everyone come have a sandwich before you go back out and play”, but in deer speak. We would see them go from doe to doe between play sessions. The second image is the gang after feeding getting ready to run and play.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100 (1st image), 1250 (2nd image), shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Cuteness Part 2

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

Cuteness Part 2
 
I did warn you that this week would feature a lot of cute images of fawns. What is cuter than a sleepy fawn hanging around with one of his buddies? The one up front is checking out some of the runners jogging by as the other one is having trouble keeping its eyes open. Again for the image, I lowered my perspective getting low down to the ground and using a shallow depth of field, which f8 at 600mm is fairly shallow.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Whitetail Fawn

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

Whitetail Fawn.
 
I am going to warn you now, the next few days are going to be cuteness overload. Yesterday morning I met up with my teaching partner, Cecil Holmes, and a couple of longtime friends at Berry College in Rome, Georgia to photograph the fawns. When I arrived I watched as 7 fawns ran with boundless energy around adults in a field. Running and jumping, burning energy like any other kid. Trying to capture an image of this energy in low light is impossible, but when the energy dies down and they eat, then nap, that is when you can capture really cute images. We finally found a group of 5 fawns that settled into an area that we were able to just sit or kneel down low to the ground and let them relax as we photographed. Most of the fawns we saw were between 3 and 4 weeks old, but we did see one fawn that was just born, still wet and being groomed by its mother. We kept a much greater distance from this pair not to stress either of them. Some of the older fawns would walk within 25 feet or so from you as they are used to seeing people since they are on a college campus. They tend to stay close to the dorms and buildings because the coyotes tend to not come in close to the people.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear