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What a great combination!

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

What a great combination!
 
Yesterday was the first day I actually got to shoot the new Tamron 100-400mm lens with my Nikon D-850 in the yard, and I was really impressed. The focusing is as fast as the D-500 and stays locked on very well too. I did a little shooting in the yard, but enjoyed the warmth of the Bird Studio to do more shooting. I was hoping the Eastern Bluebirds would fly in for a visit and they did just as I was getting ready to call it a day. The detail seen in the sensor with that lens is incredible. Just like with the horse close up I shared a week ago, the detail on these birds was really good. I can’t wait to see what I can capture in Wyoming next week. It looks like conditions might turn out really nice for us with a little fresh snow and decent temperatures.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Looking Back on 2017 part 6

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 6.
 
The day I knew the “Year of the Warbler” started was when I had this Yellow Warbler visit. It only came to the yard for a day or two, but none had ever visited prior to that to my knowledge. It was also that day that I realized all the planning and work Evelyn and I had put into developing the yard to be more bird friendly was really working. It seemed like after that day, the Warblers started showing up in droves. It has given me ideas that I will put into place to increase the visits even more. I hope to be able to “share” the yard with other photographers this year in the form of very small workshop shooting opportunities. I am looking forward to seeing how 2018 will turn out for the bird photography!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Another Example of the Tamron 100-400mm’s Sharpness

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Another example of the Tamron 100-400mm’s sharpness.
 
I continue to be super impressed with the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens. This was in my Bird Studio 2 days ago. I wanted to test the quickness of the focusing so I purposely would make sure the lens was not focused when the bird landed, then acquire focus and release the shutter. I was using the single spot focus set just above the center of the frame to lock onto the eye. It locked on quickly and as you see, the image is absolutely incredibly sharp. You can use the 1.4x teleconverters from Nikon on this lens as well and I hope to do some testing with that setup in the near future. Again, one of the absolutely most impressive aspects of this lens is the price…$799!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Looking Back at 2017 part 3

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 3.
 
One image that was high on my list was to get a Bison deep in snow. Somehow between writing that list and getting the image someone got confused. The Bison was in good snow and had it all over its face, but the snow wasn’t as deep around the Bison as I had hoped for on my list. However, I was standing in and deep snow. So I guess I got the image I hope for…a Bison, and deep snow…with a twist.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”

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

“When I look at other people’s pictures…”
 
As an instructor one of the comments I hear that could be the worst thing you could do for yourself is “when I look at other people’s pictures, mine aren’t as good”. I hate to hear that statement most of the time. When you are just starting out, or even after several years, you should not compare your work to others (yet), but instead compare it to your own work from months or a year ago. As photographers, we should want to improve our skills, but with realistic goals. Those goals should be something along the lines of wanting to get one really good image each month or each outing. Eventually you want to get more “keepers” each outing. Most of all you want to get comfortable preparing for an image so that your settings become second nature and almost automatic. You want to start paying closer attention to detail and do editing before you release the shutter vs on a computer in post processing.
 
Once you take that step and make the decision to become a professional, the largest step to take is to be completely honest about your work. That is when you compare your work to your competitor’s work. With any other job, you are competing for work and if your work isn’t up to par with their work, you have to improve your work. I remember sitting with Art Wolfe in Fort Meyers, FL in 1995 having a conversation about all the people that were getting into photography as a profession. Art said something to me that has stuck with me, he said, “I see too many people see people above them and they try to bring that person’s work down to their level vs climbing up the ladder to a higher step on the ladder”. Incredible advice! Don’t try to lower the level of someone else’s work, improve your own to be better. Set that as a goal.
 
Don’t set standards too high for yourself when you just start out, but set really high standards when you intend to make your living off of your photography. It is simply growth in your confidence and skills.
 
Downy Woodpecker in snow. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

These Holiday Treats!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

These Holiday Treats!
 
This was an image I did this fall and when I was scrolling through images it caught my eye. This is how I think a lot of folks feel with all of the Holiday parties that happen this time of year! Unfortunately for us, we aren’t just fluffing our feathers to look big when another White-breasted Nuthatch approaches. These little birds are so amusing to watch and their games of dominance. Fluffed up he still isn’t the size of tennis ball, but no one messes with him. Try and stay unfluffed during the holiday! Happy Hanukkah to many of my friends!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Waiting

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

Waiting.
 
When I sit outside and photograph at one of my Bird Studios, I enjoy watching the competition for a spot near a feeder while the birds wait their turn. It seems like there are favorite spots the birds chose and that is why I try to keep changing the post they land on to encourage more perches for them. It is also interesting that they seem to all move from one feeder to another. There could be 5 at one feeder and none at another one moment then all them will move to a different feeder, and this goes on over and over. It would seem they would just spread out and all be at the feeders at the same time. This is one of the many Tufted Titmouse that visit each day. I have seen so many this year, it was a good summer for Titmouse apparently.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional