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Sunrise near Nambe

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

Sunrise near Nambe.
 
We took our group of Tamron VIPs out for a sunrise shoot on Tuesday morning near Santa Fe. Just a little north of Santa Fe is a town named Nambe, which is the start of the High Road to Taos. About 6 miles down the road was a beautiful scene with a nice hoodoo in the foreground and the mountains in the background. One of the compositions I demonstrated to them was to take a wide angle lens, then find a nice strong contrasting element to place in the foreground. I used a Sirui 3-stop Graduated filter to help balance the exposure between the background and foreground. Last night we held an image review and several people showed their images of the sunrise as well. I am super impressed at the talent of the VIPs in attendance at the Summit this year!
 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated ND filter, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronVIPSummit, #Tamron1735lens, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography
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Snake River Overlook at Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Snake River Overlook at Sunrise.
 
One of the locations in the Tetons that make for both a beautiful sunrise and sunset spot is the Snake River Overlook. It seems each day the landscape appears completely different with the light, some days more spectacular than others. It is very different now than it was when Ansel Adams made this spot famous, but it is no less spectacular to see the incredible Teton Range at first light. It has been photographed millions of times before and will be in the future…and I will be one of those who continue to shoot there.
 
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 1/5th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

Blacktail Ponds Overlook

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Blacktail Ponds Overlook.
 
One morning in the Tetons we had decided we weren’t going to shoot a sunrise, but instead were just going to go up to the bears. We said if the sunrise was going to light up, we would stop along the way and shoot. As we drove out of Jackson the sky was a magnificent orange and pink…of course, but when we crested the hill and could see the mountains, the sky was less dramatic over them. We decided we would stop at Blacktail Ponds Overlook to capture the light. I had never done a sunrise from this location prior, but I will do more from this location. The sage bushes in the foreground and willows down around the ponds, combined with the pines, really helped to give the scene depth. It is one of my favorite scenes that I captured from the trip, and I will print it soon hopefully for my walls.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f11, 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

Schwabacher’s Sunrise

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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

TA Moulton Barn, a different perspective

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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

John Moulton Barn

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John Moulton Barn.

 

My posts the next few days will be very short. Not that I don’t want to share the images or information, but I am tethering my internet connection from my phone in the middle of nowhere! This was sunrise yesterday morning at John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in the Tetons.

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated ND Filter, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

A Warm Sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Warm Sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
 
The Bass Harbor Lighthouse is one of those locations I like to get my group there really early, but when doing an excursion close to prime time for tourists, you accept you may not be in a prime spot. Now bear in mind, there aren’t really “bad” spots but there are some that are better than others. I had 7 participants with me and encouraged them to get an area lower and to the left of my position. It is a better spot and allows you to capture more of the front of the lighthouse. I tried to get the others close to the area I was located on the edge of a rock. Its not a really good place because you are inches from an 8 foot drop to a certain visit to an ER. Once we all settled in, we waited for the light to happen, and when it did we fought the occasional person who stood in front of everyone. I think all in all, even with all the people (probably 70-100 one who hadn’t figured out how to turn off their flash…), everyone got some nice images. I am glad to have had an adventurous group! Thanks again Out of Acadia participants for sometimes working out of their comfort zone!
 
For the image I chose a fairly shallow depth of field, f4, which should help people to see that you don’t always need f8 or f16 for landscape work. I eliminated the first 50 feet of foreground due to people so the area of focus was fairly shallow, f4 was plenty for the image. Also this more shallow depth of field allowed a more subtle transition while using a Graduated Neutral Density filter.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density(ND) filter, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, filters carried in a Sirui Urbanite WP, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional