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Sirui’s Reverse Graduated ND Filters

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2017 by lilybug1960

Sirui’s Reverse Graduated ND Filters.
 
A problem I face as a landscape photographer is a setting or rising sun on the horizon and what it can do to exposure. When the sun is on the horizon, the brightest part of the frame tends to be that area right where the sun is located. Typically a photographer would use a Graduated Neutral Density Filter to “reduce” some of the light and balance the exposure. The graduation has been from top to bottom, dark to light. The situation I described above though dictates a graduation from light to dark, then clear for the foreground. My friends at Sirui have just released a Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter that will eliminate the problem. There is one other filter on the market that does it as well, it is made with Optic Resin, as opposed to German manufactured Schott Plate Glass B270. The optical quality of the Sirui Filter is absolutely incredible! They are made in 3 and 4 stops. I had the honor and pleasure to use them on my trip to Maine in October and was super, super impressed with them. The Bass Harbor Lighthouse image was made on this trip using the 3 stop reverse filter. I did a cellphone capture of the filter beside a traditional Graduated ND Filter for quick comparison. I will really enjoy shooting with them in Wyoming in a couple weeks!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, Sirui 3-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter and Sirui Filter holder, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters
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Glowing Skies

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

Glowing Skies.
 
As I looked out my back door yesterday morning, I realized another thing I am thankful for, Bear Woods. Living here has been such a great blessing for us. I have studied nature most of my life, but yet this place has taught me that I have so much more to learn. This year was so successful in attracting more wildlife to the yard by returning much of it to a more natural environment. The view on any given morning or evening is incredible, but on days like this when the skies glow with the first light of the day it is breathtaking. Being able to step out and capture an image of it is truly a blessing. I truly believe the view from “The 3 Chairs” could be my favorite view.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

My thoughts are with the people of NYC

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

My thoughts are with the people of NYC.
 
I was very shocked and saddened at the terrorist attack yesterday in NYC. My first thought was for some of the wonderful people I met last week, hoping none of them were victims. I then started wondering if any of the victims were people I crossed paths with on the street during my short 3 days there. Sadly the victims were simply people just riding their bikes or out enjoying the weather or on their way to shop, or to work. Random people who had their lives ended for being in the wrong place when a terrorist decided to kill. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims, and to the people of NYC.
 
I mentioned last week was my first opportunity to try a bagel from a street vendor. I feel bad, but I didn’t even get his name as I placed my order and talked very briefly with him. There was a fairly long line waiting for his food. I had the opportunity to watch and observe him as he helped those in front of me. He smiled and talked with each and everyone of them. He was simply doing his job, but doing it well. He made each and every person feel they were his one and only customer. He was extremely personable in a city of millions, he is NYC. I’m not a New Yorker, I’m just a country boy, but one thing we can all agree on is to keep these wonderful folks and their healing in our thoughts, prayers and actions.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Aperture Priority, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed and converted in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Brooklyn Bridge

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

The Brooklyn Bridge.
 
One of those “iconic” images you have to take is the skyline of Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. The last place our little group of friends shot was from the park at the base of the bridge. I chose Black and White for my presentation of the image simply because it just looked like a BW image to me as I processed it. There is a challenge going around on Facebook about posting BW images and encouraging others to do so as well. I have received a few messages asking if they could challenge me and have been nominated a few times already. I would love to see lots of folks posting images for everyone to see even if they aren’t challenged, but instead just to share and hopefully someone learns and is inspired with their image. If I accepted all the nominations and challenges, I would never get to share my regular images, but I try to at least participate in an effort to inspire or encourage others to try new things and to see different ways. Seeing a world loaded with colors in black and white is something that is not an easy task. However when you learn to do so, you learn tones and shapes very well. Get out and shoot at least one image every day, process it, and post it, that is my challenge to everyone. It will keep you sharp and help you with your workflow as well.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui T2205X tripod and G20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed and converted in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

NYC Panoramic

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

NYC Panoramic.
 
After doing several images from the area with the pylons, one of our group suggested we walk out to the end of an old dock area to see if we could do an image of the Brooklyn Bridge as well. From the corner of the dock, I could see it was just calling for an attempt at a panoramic of the Bridge and the Skyline. I decided to shoot with the camera in “portrait” or vertical and then I would stitch those images together using PS. I should have mentioned yesterday, but will do so today, to give a much more desirable look I remembered the numerous times I have heard one of my teachers, Bryan Peterson, instruct his classes to put the camera in “Fluorescent” White Balance. It makes a huge difference. I then adjusted the zoom to 46mm, made sure my tripod, ballhead and camera were all level, then shot image after image overlapping about 25% to make it easy for the software to stitch. I did 7 images for this image. This was the initial stitching and processing so a little fine tuning is needed before printing, but I am impressed with the job the software did on its first attempt. I will eventually print, probably a metal print, and will offer this image for print sale as well. The full sized image is almost 400 megabites! You have to love the resolution of that full frame camera and incredibly sharp Tamron 24-70mm G2 lens!
 
All 7 images were shot with the Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui T2205X carbon fiber travel tripod and G20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, stitched in Photoshop 2018 CC, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Manhattan Skyline

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

The Manhattan Skyline.
 
So this is my third trip to NYC in the past 5 years or so, and it marked many first for me. Yesterday I had my first bagel and coffee from a street vendor. Good stuff, I know there is better in the city though at some of the deli’s, but I was in a rush. I also took my first ride on a subway train. During the ride back, I got to listen to a traveling piano man on the train who supported his piano around his neck with RG59 cable and duct tape. Actually he was very entertaining. I saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Awesome, even from the distance I saw her. I saw the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. And I photographed the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn! I had been scouting images for a while in hopes to go shoot it this trip. So along with some of the folks from Sirui and a couple other friends, we made our way over to the Promenade Park and to the pylons near the piers. I was mesmerized just seeing the incredible view that was before me. It is a great thing to see and such a iconic image of what makes America.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, Sirui 6 stop ND filter, shutter speed of 114 seconds, Sirui T-2205X tripod and G20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

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