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Upper Crow Creek Falls 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Upper Crow Creek Falls 2.
 
All 4 of us shot this view of the falls, but it was interesting how each of us approached this composition. Each of us started in different areas working our way left, right, higher and lower. It seemed though that we all ended up with the same composition or very similar. Our difference in our images is how we ended up handling the image. Some used a smaller aperture (f16 or 22) to slow the water down, one even did a pano focusing on the top, then the bottom, I used a Circular Polarizer and a Neutral Density filter to slow the water down while maintaining the focus, sharpness and depth of field I needed for the image. Which one is right, which one is wrong, they all look good, so they are all right. It just goes to show, it isn’t always how you arrive, it is the fact you make it there in the first place. Experiment with compositions until you find what is visually the most pleasing to you and then decide how you want to present it to your viewer.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui Circular Polarizer to reduce glare, Sirui 4 stop Neutral Density (ND) filter to slow down the water, shutter speed of 10 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L Backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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Upper Crow Creek Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Upper Crow Creek Falls.
 
I shared the image of Lower Crow Creek Falls a couple days ago, but if you continue hiking a couple hundred yards up the trail you will be rewarded with the Upper Falls. Rabun County Georgia is loaded with great waterfalls, many of which are easy hikes. When we arrived we noticed 2 trees down in the scene. To me it makes me work harder to find a composition that works with the trees included in the image. Walking around and viewing the scene without your camera is a great first step. When you find an angle that is pleasing then you start to work the scene with different focal lengths. In this case I set the lens at 24mm to bring the foreground into the scene and lead the viewer’s eye to the falls. In doing so, it tends to minimize the log, which I positioned in a darker part of the scene.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui 4 stop ND filter and Circular Polarizer, shutter speed of 10 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Minnehaha Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

Minnehaha Falls.
 
There are two Minnehaha Falls that I am aware of, surely there are more, but I know of and have visited two. One is in Minnesota and the other in Rabun County. Since I live in Georgia, I tend to visit the one in Rabun County more often. Minnehaha was the lover of Hiawatha immortalized in Longfellow’s poem. It is also a Dakota word meaning “waterfall” or “rapid water”. Since the Minnehaha Falls in Georgia more closely resembles a cascade where the water travels rapidly, we will go with the rapid water translation. I have been photographing the falls since I was a young adult and love going there each chance I get. It is peaceful and relaxing. I prefer it with about the water flow it has at this time, because with too much more and it becomes a little more “powerful” and loses that relaxing feel. I love photographing it most during spring and fall. The colors around the falls add to the scene so much more as well.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, Sirui 4 stop ND filter and Circular Polarizer to slow down the water and remove glare, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Drying out the Wings

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

Drying out the wings.
 
When you get to a sunflower field just after sunrise you will find insects that are drying out their wings from the dew that is covering them. This little honey bee didn’t make it back to the hive before the sunset obviously. I try not to get too close to them because it would stress them out. They are sure I am there to eat them. I wanted to isolate the bee from the background so I used a longer lens at its minimum focusing distance with a shallow depth of field. Get over to Fausett Farms Sunflowers in the next week or so, you won’t regret getting up early!
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/1000th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiLensesUSA, #MindShiftGear

Thunder Hole under the Moonlight

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

Thunder Hole under the Moonlight.
During my group excursion to “Above Boulder Beach” the conditions looked like they would not be favorable to capture the Milky Way above Otter Cliffs. The moon was bright and the tide was rising. I knew the area around Thunder Hole might offer some nice opportunities for moonlit images, so we stopped there first. It was really amazing how well the moon lit the shoreline. Processing the image for presentation was a challenge though. There is enough light to allow me to process the image like it was sunlight vs moonlight, but I wanted to truly show how interesting the area looked with the blue light of the moon. In Lightroom I decided to bring the White Balance down to around 3300K to show the blue better. It is a better representation of the actual scene vs the settings the program wanted to place it if I let it do the Auto White Balance setting. Thank you again to a group of photographers that are trusting enough to change locations on the fly like we did!
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Fall Impressions

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fall Impressions.
 
There is an old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. During one of my sessions at the Out of Acadia event, we were going to Sieur de Monts for a macro class. When we arrived, there was a brisk breeze and very little fall colors, with the exception of a few leaves and some ferns. We spent a little time photographing leaves on logs and such but I explained to the group that when the conditions are not right for what you had initially set out to do, do something else. If you spend all of your time trying something that will frustrate you with the results because of movement from wind, don’t do it. Instead I taught them a technique that will give a result similar to the paintings of the Impressionistic period. Simply reduce your ISO and increase you aperture until you can get a shutter speed of about 1 to 2 seconds then after releasing the shutter move your camera up and down in very small movements. The result will be similar to brush strokes on a canvas. The “look” isn’t for everyone, but I really like it and find it fun to try and compose for an image that is intentionally not sharp or defined. Next time you go out to photograph macro and the conditions aren’t right, don’t get frustrated, have a glass of lemonade instead.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod, HA77 macro arm, K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Leaf and Fern

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fern and Leaf.
 
Fall on the Maine Coast is just beginning to start the peak weeks. In the next few weeks the colors will be fantastic and leaf lookers will be everywhere. My Wednesday afternoon session was with some great folks in the Sieur de Monts area of Acadia National Park. We found the ferns were turning a warm gold and a few maple leaves that were turning red. I found a nice little maple leaf on a fern and moved it over a little for the image. I was showing my group how to maximize their depth of field by making sure their cameras were parallel to the subject and by using a circular polarizer they would increase the saturation of the image as well. I use a circular polarizer with all foliage to reduce or remove glare and in turn increase saturation.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f9, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and HA77 macro arm with K20X attached, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional