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“Knock, Knock”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Knock, Knock”
 
Every time I see a Pronghorn Antelope I think of this joke…sorry. “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Cantelope. Cantelope who? Cantelope tonight, Dad’s got the car.”
 
As I drove across the valley floor up to the Shonshone National Forest, I would see the occasional Pronghorn, this one stood close to the road and actually allowed me to get out and set up the gear! He trotted off as I got back in the car as it knew the shoot was over.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Happy Father’s Day

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Happy Father’s Day.
 
Evelyn and I made it back to our beloved Bear Woods about 2 a.m. this morning. We left behind Wyoming, a state we feel is our second home at times. I look back on the trip and didn’t really get to shoot many images, or nearly the number of images I would normally have made, but I walk away with many memories of my first trip there with my Dad in 1976. I remember on that trip seeing a landscape for the first time. On this trip I spent time discovering, for me, the Shoshone National Forest and the Apsaroka Mountains. It was so quiet and untouched that it made me feel like that 15 year old wandering in the woods. A Dad can guide you and help to form the man you will become. My Dad guided me to love photography, and to love the land among many other things. All of my trips out there make me thing some 41 years back, but this one was special in my memories. Thank you Gunny for all of my life’s lessons and for introducing me to Wyoming.
 
Tamron SP 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X tripod, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter and holder, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MIndShiftGear

Overlooking the Wind River Range

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

While I ventured into the Absaroka Mountains the other day via the Shoshone NF, looking back over the valley to the Wind River Mountains was incredible. This is definitely a place I would love to come visit again and explore the mountains and all they have to offer. I was very limited on time this trip, but sometime down the road, I will be back. Once again a trip to Wyoming was good for my soul. I really love this place.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 100, -1 stop of exposure compensation, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #LazyLBRanch

Against a Wyoming Sky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Yesterday Evelyn and I took a drive down to the Apsaroka National Forest and rode a ridge line for a little while. It is incredibly beautiful there and we will go back today for a while. On one of the ridges I saw there beautiful old weathered pine tree standing against the contrast of puffy clouds and blue sky. Wyoming’s beauty is often in its simplicity with nature, that is why I love visiting so much.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 100, +1 stop exposure compensation, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Big Wyoming Skies

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

This has been a very different trip for me this year in Wyoming. It isn’t primarily a photography trip, just being able to make images is a bonus. The ranch where we are staying is beautiful. It sits in an area between red rock cliffs and hills. Our cabin sits near the river that flows through the ranch. In the evenings I go out and watch the color disappear into darkness. Color in a big Wyoming sky is just breathtaking. Even when you don’t have the reds and oranges, just the clouds with light are fantastic. This was our view looking northeast last night over the Absaroka mountains. This morning we had breakfast on benches in the same spot. Our stay at the Lazy L&B Ranch is very relaxing and beautiful.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #LazyLBRanch

Rainy Day Ride

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

We are in Wyoming at the Lazy L&B Ranch with the Bent Tree Saddle Club. What a beautiful place, and someplace new in Wyoming for me to explore. The riders got up this morning for their ride with a little rain, mist and lots of great views. Evelyn is in the blue jacket, what a trooper. Me, I am just relaxing chasing birds with my camera!

Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30 ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Will it be there?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Will it be there?
 
I am headed in the near future to Apalachicola for some work and it has me reflecting on sights I have seen and whether they will still be there when I return. Recently Florida announced the allocation of funds to clean up the abandoned boats around Apalachicola. I understand the need to do that but they sure were great subjects for some images. There are plenty of other things to shoot down there beyond abandoned boats, so it will be fun searching for a few additional things to use as subjects.
 
Now for a short rant. Recently a new photographer with 3 or 4 years experience, the name is unimportant, made the statement about shooting film vs. digital and how film makes you actually a better photographer. Why? Because you have to select apertures, shutter speeds, ISOs, focus and compose as opposed to digital where you could just point and shoot. I had to listen to that statement several times, because I had to be hearing it wrong, but I heard it correctly. They have only been shooting for a couple years, but talked about the old days. Folks, a digital sensor is just like film. A photographer can get point and shoot results with film as well as digital. A good photographer who knows his craft, does the exact same thing with digital that they did with film but the only difference is the latitude you can get with digital, plus you aren’t doing the harm to the environment by dumping chemicals down the drain. I’m not saying this person is doing this because I don’t know how they are capturing their chemicals. A skilled photographer, takes the time to select an aperture, set their exposure, compose and focus. They develop their image on a computer vs. in a darkroom. It truly bothered me and was honestly an insult to photographers who work on improving their craft. There was the suggestion that digital photography is lazy and film photography is not, when in reality it isn’t the type of photography being done, but the photographer. You may be fine with what comes straight of out the processor in a camera, but I like to do the processing myself. If a photographer wants to point and shoot, great, but those that are wanting to master their craft learn why and how. For a photographer to suggest digital photographers are, well, lazy, is such an insult. I guess it I should not let it get to me when a photographer that has 40 less years experience talks about the old days, but I honestly have cameras older than they do experience. Learn your craft, know it, practice it, but don’t talk about things in which you truly have no idea. As my friend Andre says about photography, the only rule is “don’t lie”. And let me add, don’t pretend to be someone you are not, one of the best photographers I know openly talks about the fact they never shot a roll of film. Rant over.
 
This image could not have been done using film by the way, well not anywhere as easily as digital. Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA