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American Kestrel

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

American Kestrel.
 
This is a male American Kestrel I photographed at the Outdoor Discovery Center last week in Holland, Michigan. I wanted to discuss two things relating to not only this image but many others. First, it is a captive animal in a center and can not be released into the wild. Birds in a center will often have jesses, the leather straps on their legs, don’t be dishonest and try to remove them and try to pass the bird as a wild bird. Quoting my friend Andre, “don’t lie”, just show the bird as it is. There is nothing wrong with photographing birds in a center. It teaches you how to apply things that you are learning when you do get out in the “wild” and are shooting the birds in their own environment. Plus it is a chance to just get a great image of a beautiful bird!
 
Secondly, I see birds like this or even in the wild cropped really tight in the image. I think back on one of the many lessons that John Shaw taught me, and that was to leave room in the image around the subject. He used to joke, “if you can’t make it good, make it big”. This really resonates with me because I like to get tight on the bird, but only when it shows perfect detail. Filling the frame with a subject to make up for sharpness or movement works against the photographer. In addition, you are killing any chance you have of marketing the image in either digital or print form. If it is too tight and you are making a print, often you will end up clipping part of the bird. Leave space, you don’t always have to fill the frame with the bird or any singular subject like in macro work as well. I think the background adds so much to the image.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

2 Perspectives, 1 Lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by lilybug1960

2 Perspectives, 1 Lens.
 
This is one of the biggest reasons that I feel this lens is such a great lens for “Zoos”. I am standing in pretty much the same spot for both of these images the only thing that changed is the light and the zoom length. I can simply give an image 2 different “feels” by zooming in and out depending on the actions of the bird. I could step in if needed as well, but I am at about 7 feet away for the images. The first one with the wings spread is at about 100mm, the second is at about 220mm. I say it again, it could be the perfect lens for shooting in situations you need wide, and you want telephoto.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000 (wings spread) and 800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Peregrine Falcon

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Peregrine Falcon.
 
One of the obvious advantages of visiting and photographing birds of prey in a rehabilitation or discovery center is the opportunity to see birds like a Peregrine Falcon. Peregrines are birds that are usually seen high on cliff faces or zipping by at high rates of speed hunting song birds. This Peregrine was believed to have been injured in a collision with another Peregrine. It is fairly young and may have been in a territorial dispute. Its wing has some nerve damage and will not recover to the point it could hunt successfully in the wild. I have some images that need to be processed of where they fed it a song bird that had died in a collision with a window. Seeing the behavior of the bird with prey was really fascinating.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP 204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Eastern Screech Owl – Red Morph

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Eastern Screech Owl – Red Morph.
 
We were very lucky to have been the first visitors to the Outdoor Discovery Center after the arrival of the red morph of an Eastern Screech Owl. He had injured a wing and isn’t able to be released back into the wild. His first time as a model was great. They didn’t know how he would do and they said he may not want to be out there with folks, but I think he was enjoying the attention. He even fell asleep. Cute little thing. Visit and support your local Centers, they save a lot of birds and educate a whole bunch of folks as to the world around us!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Ultimate “Zoo” lens has to be the new Tamron 18-400mm lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Ultimate “Zoo” lens has to the be new Tamron 18-400mm.
 
I have returned from Holland, MI and SWMCCC Weekend of Photography event. I did 5 presentations in 3 days, but still had some time to get out and really put the new Tamron lens through some tests. I went out to the Outdoor Discovery Center on 4 different occasions and I have to say, it worked incredibly well. I will go out on a limb and declare it to be the “Ultimate Zoo” lens. When I say zoo, I would define that as any place that allows you access to wildlife and even flowers in an environment outside of the wild. In other words, it would be pretty impossible to walk up to a wild Golden Eagle and stand within 10 feet and photograph it without it flying off. Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers are another example of this scenario. I found while other folks were struggling with minimum focusing distances, I was able to be off to the side or out of the way but still close enough to isolate smaller parts of the bird. I really think this lens is going to be incredible for anyone who has been thinking of reducing the amount or weight of the gear they are carrying, but not sacrifice quality of quantity of the things they are shooting. I actually placed it beside a mirrorless camera with the equivalent focal length lenses (at least 2 were needed to meet the range), and this lens on a D-500 is not only lighter, it takes up less space! Why go mirrorless to reduce the weight or bulk when this does it incredibly well! You gotta try this lens!!!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X Ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Barn Owl

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

Barn Owl.
 
Another one of the great subjects at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI. The Barn Owl posed very nicely for us and having all the great flowers as a backdrop was a really beautiful setting. The detail in all of these birds was incredible to see. If you have a Center near you that offers the opportunity to view and photograph Birds of Prey like this one did, I highly recommend giving them a visit. Get a few friends and visit as a group even. Often places will do something for a simple donation. Today is the last day of SWMCCC’s event and I am planning one more quick visit this morning with some of the attendees out there to shoot some macro. Holland, MI is truly blessed to have such a jewel so close by for all to enjoy.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP 204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Barred Owl

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

Barred Owl.
 
I would love to say I was wandering around the woods and spotted this beautiful Barred Owl, but the truth is, it was one of the 9 or 10 birds displayed for us at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI last night. We had a photo shoot there as part of the SWMCCC. I can not emphasize enough that if you are a nature photographer and want to capture some beautiful images of macro or wildlife, visit the Center. The macro opportunities were incredible as well. I will share images over the next few days and weeks of the birds and macro images. I am going to say for the record, the new Tamron 18-400mm lens is the perfect lens for doing a shoot like this one. This image was made from about 5 feet away while the bird was perched on a pine branch. I actually was able to get even closer for a few images as well. The bird was at the Center due to the loss of its right eye. I wanted to capture an image to show the feather detail on the face while not including the injured side. The folks at the Center were wonderful people and it was very obvious they care greatly for the birds in their care.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear