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The Upper Tallulah River with the Tamron 24mm

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2019 by lilybug1960

The Upper Tallulah River with the Tamron 24mm.
 
This is another image from my trip to test and shoot the new Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD lens. Below is the link to the “Unboxing” video I did about the lens. One question I have been asked is “how is the lens barrel distortion”? In the scenes I photographed distortion wasn’t going to be an issue, so I did a few test here in the house and found there is some with interiors and straight lines, but all of this is easily corrected or reduced in camera using the “Auto” selection in the “Lens Compensation” tab of the menu. This works on the JPEG image, for the RAW file, you can use the Sony Image Data Converter if Lightroom or Photoshop doesn’t correct it with the Lens Profile selected. With all mirrorless cameras comes an added amount of Lens Barrel distortion apparently, or so I am finding through research, it isn’t just this lens or any one lens. If you notice in most all mirrorless cameras there is a menu feature to correct this, some consumer level cameras just do it anyway. I like to quote a friend of mine, Ken Hubbard, who states “There is no perfect lens” and then goes on to tell you that is why there are Lens Profiles in the software we use. All lenses need some correction, this one is no different and will be a great addition to anyone’s bag looking for a super sharp wide angle prime lens.
 
 
Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD lens for Sony mirrorless on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, H&Y Filters 5 stop dark CPL, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron24mirrorless, #hy_filters, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #BearWoodsPhotography

Playing with long exposures and filters

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2019 by lilybug1960

Playing with Long Exposure and filters.
 
I will have a video out in a few days talking about some filters I have been experimenting with and testing different brands. Very often, we as photographers, walk away from scenes that are in less than perfect light. I like to use tough lighting situations to expand my creativity in the field. One such way is to use Neutral Density filters and Circular Polarizers to slow down the exposure and change the scene completely. This particular image was done on a cloudy and flatly lit day. In order to make something of the scene I tried different filter combinations to slow down the exposure and smooth out the water which had many ripples because of the wind. I will release a more in depth look at some of the filter systems I am using in a week or so, but for this image I used a new magnetic system from Marumi and filters. In the past when you start stacking filters you would have light leaks that did funky stuff to the image, but with the magnetic systems you don’t get that leak. I used a 2 and 10 stop Neutral Density filter for the image which changed my shutter speed from about 1/6th of a second to 144 seconds.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 144 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #MarumiFilters, #Argraph, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Night Skies and The Donna Kay

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

Night Skies and The Donna Kay.
 
One of the treats our workshop group did was to photograph the stranded Shrimp Boat, the Donna Kay, with clear skies and the Milky Way behind her. The skies were very, very clear, which is normally fantastic, but in this case worked against us. Typically the settings for the Milky Way in a scene are around 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and f2.8. That is on a dark, dark night, it could come down a little, but we will use that as an example. The exposure for this image was about 2 1/2 stops less due to a near full moon. The boat and horizon were lit very well, so the upper part of the frame was underexposed. It was probably one of, if not the hardest night sky image I have processed. I finally found that even with all the work I did it was necessary to crop in a little. I still like the image a lot, and will probably work on it more at some point to see if I can improve it more. I would normally have bracketed the exposures to get more detail up high and low, but I had the camera set up to do the images with an interval timer in the camera so I could work with the attendees. I think they all got some good images, at least as good as they could have under the conditions.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7iii, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 49L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #ForgottenCoast

The Flag in Eastpoint

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

The Flag in Eastpoint.
 
If you remember my posts from last year while we were in Apalachicola, you will remember the flag we found hanging on a post in Eastpoint. We felt it was very symbolic of the times after Hurricane Michael and how something like a flag might help someone there. Well this year we found the flag laying in the mud, and had probably had been there for some time, so we picked it up, hung it so it could dry off, did a photo and I have taken the flag to be retired. I will be doing a blog, and vlog in the near future talking about the conditions in Eastpoint and Apalachicola. It is sad to say that we didn’t see a single Oyster Boat in Eastpoint. From our conversations with the local folks we have come to know, there are few oysters in the Bay. The once “Oyster Capital of the World” is virtually oysterless. It breaks my heart for the area. I will share some images from 10 to 20 years ago from the area so you can see how it has deteriorated. Apalachicola is adapting and new businesses are opening up and it will thrive, but I hope it never forgets, it is the heart of the Forgotten Coast.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f16 (for the sun star), ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #EastpointFlorida, #BearWoodsPhotography

Epic Sunrise!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Epic Sunrise!
 
I had one of those mornings yesterday…a morning of doubt. I looked at my apps and they all said clouds, rain, chance of thunderstorms, but I could see a slither of a clearing on the horizon to the east. I was up so why not go out and see what happens. As I crossed the bridge it was raining, but I could still see that slither of space on the horizon…a little color peeking through now. I went to Scipio Creek, the far northwest side to be exact, and again doubted my decision to get out of the warm bed. It stopped raining about 15 minutes before the official sunrise though. A little more color appeared. I got out, set up my video gear and then my camera gear and walked out to the boats. As I watched it get more and more color I walked down the docks to find the right angle surprising a gator sitting on some wood. I’m not sure who was more surprised the gator or me, but now my adrenaline was pumping. The sky now was lighting like none I had seen before in this location. I moved left and right changing compositions as the light changed. I even did this 9 frame panoramic at the peak of the color. What an epic sunrise! I will have the video of the morning next week for you!
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, 9 frames, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, tweaked in Photoshop 2020 using Lumenzia. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Joe Taranto Seafood Co.

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2019 by lilybug1960

Joe Taranto Seafood Co.
 
One of my favorite places to take people to photograph in Apalachicola is the Joe Taranto Seafood Co. building. I have photographed it many times, but always look forward to photographing it again. Something new when I photographed it this morning…a For Sale sign out front. Hopefully someone will buy it and make it a neat spot for folks to have a beer or some seafood. We sure do love Apalachicola!
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens on a Sony a7iii, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Running Eagle Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2019 by lilybug1960

Running Eagle Falls.
 
This trip to Montana was an opportunity for me to not only scout for a workshop, but to finally test some gear that I have picked up recently.
 
First let me tell you about the falls. Easy .3 mile hike on level ground. The falls during lower water flow look like they are coming out of a tunnel in the rock, really cool. Late afternoon was a great time to be there for the sun star but you have to time it right to reduce flare in the foreground. Shooting there then ending at Two Medicine Lake is a great afternoon and evening.
 
Now for the gear. The Tamron lenses I used for my Sony a7Riii were incredible. They are so light and compact while not sacrificing any quality in the image is fantastic. I loved the sun star it generated when stopped down to f22. Hiking to and from the waterfall, not only that day but others as well, was the most comfortable I have ever done, all due to the Shimoda Explore 40L backpack. It is so comfortable! The Acratech Nomad Ballhead was absolutely rock solid and is living up to all of my hopes and expectations in it being the best ballhead I have ever owned. I still hope to have a video out soon, but I am having to work on some audio issues from our time driving. DJI please make an adapter for the Action to work with an external mic, your internal mic leaves a little to be desired.
 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD for Sony FE mount lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech Nomad Ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron2875, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography