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“Doing it wrong and normal”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

Doing it wrong and normal.
 
So this past week while I was in Wyoming a few good friends and I went out to shoot at Schwabacher’s Landing for sunrise. We were probably the 3rd car there and we decided we liked the reflections in the “curve” vs the traditional pond and set up there. We waited until the light lit the clouds in a way that only nature can produce. As we were there one of the other speakers came by and said hello then walked around with no tripod and did a few images holding their camera above their head. No biggie, it is their choice on how to compose. By the way, I won’t reveal the name of the photographer. The part that is humorous is that this photographer put an image of the 4 of us and an image of him (photographed by someone with him) side by side into his presentation and made the statement his was done “right” while we were wrong and normal. He then showed his image which he had manipulated to the point of ridiculously saturated (he made all the greens yellow and cooked the clouds) and minimal reflection since you had to be lower to get the best reflection. His overly saturated image is his choice and that is fine, but I’m not in the habit of calling out other photographers for their choice of image composition, especially in a presentation, but I do find it humorous that the incredible colors that nature produced weren’t enough to save his image and the idea of the need to over saturate in post was the choice needed. Again, his choice, but I will take “doing it wrong and normal” any day. I guess he missed the memo where I don’t go out and photograph for him, I photograph to capture the beauty of nature as it displays itself to the World. I would love it if he would put our images side by side for all to see, but that won’t happen.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, Sirui 2 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter set just enough to hold back a little of the exposure on the sky, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters
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Schwabacher’s Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Schwabacher’s Sunrise.

I am headed home, back to Bear Woods, but I am looking back on all the images I captured this week here in the Tetons. The first morning I was here I visited my favorite spot, Schwabacher’s Landing. As I parked and got my gear, I noticed there was one other car in the parking lot. As I walked down the trail, I saw a lone photographer by the river set up and shooting away. I asked if it was okay to pass by and he said yes. He asked what was down the trail, and I replied “the iconic view of the Teton Range”. He said he had never been to the Tetons and was wondering where that view was located. I said if he would like, I would wait for him to pack up his gear and he could hike with me. He did and we set up at “the spot”. After about 20 minutes other photographers should up, but only about 10 vs the usual hundred. The light put on a great show for us and as he packed up he thanked me for showing him the location. I am just glad I could share this incredible view of the range with someone. No trip to the Tetons is complete without a visit to Schwabacher’s Landing.

A special thanks to Ken Hubbard Photography​, for hanging out this week with me and helping with the NANPA event. It is always great to see you my friend. Thank you to Tamron for sponsoring me to the event. It was great to see and go shoot with my friend Kerry Stevenson​ this week as well!

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, Sirui 2 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

Oxbow Bend with the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Oxbow Bend with the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens.
 
Another bonus post today. This one is another of the landscape images I did with the new Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens. The sharpness and clarity of this lens is fantastic. I have really been enjoying doing a lot of landscape work with the lens here in Wyoming!
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

TA Moulton Barn, a different perspective

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

TA Moulton Barn, a different perspective.
 
This is the TA Moulton Barn again on Mormon Row in the Grand Tetons. This is one of the compositions I always like to work with when I am there. I love the texture of the old Cottonwood tree contrasting with the barn behind it, and then the mountains behind the barn. They added the foot bridge recently so it adds a different element to the scene as well for me. They say this spot is the single most photographed place in America. I can see why.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui Graduated Neutral Density 2 stop soft edge filter to hold back the light on the mountains and sky, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

The Tamron 70-210mm f4 as a landscape lens

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

The Tamron 70-210mm as a landscape lens.
 
I knew when I first picked up this lens that it would be a great landscape lens, and yesterday I proved to myself I was right. I shot all over the Tetons and the iconic locations with it and it lived up to every expectation that I had, it is sharp and very versatile! This was at the TA Moulton Barn and I wanted to simply capture the barn and the Tetons behind it with as little as possible around the barn. I wanted to “compress” the two by using a short telephoto so I set the lens at 70mm. I will share more of my results with the lens soon, but I am really loving the addition to my bag! It is great for landscapes, portraits, birds, and pretty much anything that range can cover!
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, 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

Jammed Pack

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Jammed Pack.
 
I plan on doing a post tomorrow, but just not sure what time. I am going to be en route to the NANPA Nature Celebration 2018 for my presentation. You can see I am loaded and ready for anything. I am taking my ThinkTank Photo Airport Commuter backpack loaded with a Nikon D-850 and 2 D-500s. I am hoping to get in a little video work thus the second D-500. For lenses I have the Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens, the Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens mainly for video this trip, the Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens, the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens, and lastly the Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 lens. I will primarily use the 24-70 and 70-210 for landscapes and the 100-400mm and 150-600 for wildlife. I am taking my Sirui SR 3204 series tripod with a PH20 Gimbal head for wildlife and a K40x ballhead for landscape work. I will also carry a Sirui N1204x series tripod with a VA-5 video head. So, don’t look for the usual early morning post, but I will get an image out there tomorrow.

A Review of Night Sky Settings

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

A Review of Night Sky settings.
 
I was really fortunate that in my 2 shoots on Driftwood Beach I was able to have the Milky Way present in the sky for one of them. It was questionable for a while with the haze, and never did clear completely, but it was enough for me. I wanted to take a moment and talk about the settings I use for night skies. They are a starting point and can vary from place to place and should simply be used as just a starting point. First, my lens of choice is a Tamron SP f2.8 Di VC USD lens set at 15mm on a full frame camera, in this case the Nikon D-850. I shoot in Manual Exposure and Manual Focus modes setting the shutter speed to 30 seconds, aperture at f2.8, and ISO to 3200. I use the RAW setting on the camera since I will be adjusting the White Balance in Lightroom. On this lens I set the focus ring to infinity, on otherslenses I will back it off just a little. A must is a sturdy tripod and ballhead, for this image the Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead. A cable release or self-timer is needed to minimize camera shake. When I did this scene I did my first exposure at ISO 3200, but it was a little too bright, so I brought the ISO down to 1600. You want the image to be bright on the LCD, but you do want to see your Milky Way, be careful about it being under exposed, you will need the extra light for the processing of the image. After your first exposure, zoom in on the LCD to make sure your stars are good “point” sources of light, if not, adjust your focus. That is why I love this lens, it is always spot on at the infinity mark.
 
Get to your location and let your eyes adjust, use an App to locate the “Galactic Core” and move around to set your composition. Be patient and learn to process the image in Lightroom or another program, because more than half the image is achieved in the post processing. Most of all have fun!
 
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