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Time at Home

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

Time at home.
 
It seems odd that I am home for almost a month. This has been a busy travel year, but it is good to be at home to enjoy Bear Woods, well except the Georgia heat anyway. It has been a scorcher this year. I have been able to work on some programs updating them for upcoming presentations like this Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center for the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I also have a presentation on Saturday to the Big Canoe Photographers, and then a big presentation in Orlando to the Orlando Camera Club on September 9. I have come up with a name for my project of photographing working animals, which will include service animals, therapy animals, Police K9s, and dogs that have “saved” someone, and I will soon announce the title after much thought. My goal is to have a page celebrating these special animals and avenues which you can directly support the organizations that make their service possible. For now here is a recent sunset over “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography
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In Camera Orton Effect Video

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

In Camera Orton Effect video.
 
Here is the video demonstrating my in camera Orton Effect (sort of) to create that dreamy effect. I use it for macro work often to create mood. It was windy, but I was able to hopefully give you an idea of how to do the images. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if it helps, and please click the Subscribe button if you don’t already.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 head, Shimoda Explore 40 bag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #ShimodaBags, #BearWoodsPhotography

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2019 by lilybug1960

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera.
 
Photography is no different than society as a whole when it comes to trends and “what’s in”. HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography was “in” for a while, then out, now sort of in again, even though we all do HDR when we adjust highlights and sliders technically, but I am speaking about combining several images. One such trend seems to be the “Orton Effect” which now-a-days is done in post processing. It is an effect where you give the image a “glow” that makes it dreamy. I don’t use it much for landscapes, but I do occasionally use it for macro work. As a matter of fact I have been using it since the early 90s. I’m old school though, I don’t do it in post processing, I do it in the camera. John Shaw taught me the technique years ago.
 
How it works is you first have to use a camera capable of doing Multiple Exposures, I found out my Sony doesn’t do it. You set the camera to do 2 exposures and “average” the exposure. Shooting in Manual Mode around f4 or f5.6 is best. You do the first exposure with your subject being very sharp, then your second exposure slightly out of focus. When it blends them together…pow! You get this dreamy looking flower! I guess I will have to do a video on this effect as well? It is fun and easy to do, and one cool thing is your image is done when you upload it, no extra time on the computer! Experiment and play, the effect increases when you make your second image more blurry.
 
Tamron SP 90mm Di VC USD 1:1 Macro on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

The Rock Factory

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Rock Factory.
 
A little TBT (throwback Thursday for you folks my age) from outside Page, AZ a couple years ago. I have been going through some images preparing for my presentation to the Booth Photography Guild next Saturday the 11th and came across some images from the Rock Factory. A long time great friend, Stan Burman, was kind enough to take Cecil Holmes and I out to this incredible location for sunset. He even made a mysterious phone call and got us some beautiful clouds and color for sunset! I would love to get back out to this location and spend more than one evening to see all of the varieties of clouds and light that appear. I have never witnessed sunsets like they regularly have in Arizona anywhere else in America. It does get a little warm for my liking though too. Earlier in the day we were going to walk out to Horseshoe Bend, but we stayed in the air conditioned car when we saw the current temperature was 108 degrees! Thank you Stan for sharing this beautiful location with us.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5DIII, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional

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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Tips for shooting at Driftwood Beach

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Tips for shooting at Driftwood Beach.
 
I just returned from 5 days on Jekyll Island while attending and presenting at the Annual Expo for the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I wanted to share some of my observations as tips for shooting on Driftwood Beach and some notes on the Expo as well.
 
Driftwood Beach is much like shooting on any beach with some special subjects to consider. The trees, or driftwood, is a key to the composition so make sure you scout to find the tree that appeals to you the most. The trees will be on dry land except for rising or falling tides near their peaks. I personally like to have swirls and wet sand around the wood to reflect the morning sky. Using a simple App to determine where the sun will rise on the horizon will help you to get set up for that perfect image. Plan to be able to shoot on a couple different days just in case the weather conditions are perfect. Lower humidity will hopefully eliminate some of the haze on the horizon and help if you want to shoot sunstars. A slight breeze will help with the gnats, and believe me, you want the help with the gnats! I put some type of bug spray on every 15 minutes, and if you miss a square inch, they will find it. I like the smooth water so for me using a Neutral Density filter is a must. A circular polarizer will remove the reflection, so an ND filter is better. You will want either a 4 stop or 6 stop. I use the square filters from Sirui. When the sun is rising and the detail in the foreground and sky are so dark due to the sunlight, a Reverse Graduated ND filter is needed. I used a 2 stop Reverse Graduated ND filter for my images. A good tripod is needed as well for longer images. Watch the legs to make sure they aren’t in the water because it will sink in the middle of your exposure and cause blur. Be ready to run around and work other trees as well, and most of all have fun.
 
The GNPA Annual Expo kicked off Thursday with some pre-conference classes and workshops. I taught a Macro class and then we went out to shoot around the building. On Friday I took a group to Harris Neck NWR, which is an incredible location and everyone should visit it, even if it is just to see the birds that visit and reside there. Once the Expo started officially and all the presentations were in one location, the break out sessions and meetups were great because you got to meet so many new folks, shoot with friends and people who share the same passion for nature. The Expo, to me, isn’t about all the presentations or workshops, its about the sharing of knowledge between photographers, the camaraderie that is there. I never leave one of these events that I don’t see the formation of lifelong bonds and friendships. For me, seeing so many people that come hoping to walk away with more knowledge is a personal goal to make sure I do my best to give them that which they seek. I hope most of all to inspire people to try new things, shoot new places and most of grow their passion for photography and nature. I hope everyone will check out the GNPA or NANPA, or the local equivalent, wherever you live. Go to their meetings and conferences, you won’t regret the experience!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 64, shutter speed of 15 seconds, Sirui 4 stop Neutral Density filter and 2 stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density 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

Finishing your vision

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

Finishing your vision.
 
I have posted 3 images from my experience on Thursday morning at Driftwood Beach, but when I left I was saying to myself…”if I only”. If I only had 5 more minutes to shoot that tree with the long branch in the foreground, if I only could be there when the tide was higher, and so on. You can never really finish your vision without visiting on different days and in different conditions. I went back Saturday morning with Ken Hubbard to shoot and it looked like we were set for an “epic” sunrise complete with some nice clouds and high tide. However as the sun approached the horizon, there was just enough haze to prevent the clouds above us to light up dramatically. It didn’t stop us though from working more compositions that we could visualize in our minds. One for me was to try and capture a sunstar in the crook of the branch. So I positioned myself to a point where I could capture that and used a 4 stop Neutral Density filter and a 2 stop reverse Graduated Neutral Density filter to hold back a little light on the horizon. I felt really good about the images I captured, but I did walk off the beach saying..If I only…
 
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 8 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Sirui 4 stop ND filter and 2 stop Reverse Graduated ND filter, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear