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Natural Insect Control

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Natural Insect control.
 
Tonight I am doing lecture for the Griffin Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association on things we have done here in our yard that not only improves my photography but makes it a more natural order in life. I am doing a version of this lecture in Jackson, WY Sunday as well. It is titled “Avoiding a Silent Spring” and is how we have taken to heart some of the subjects that were talked about in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”. One of the points was how widespread we humans treated and still treat for Japanese Beetles. We treat the plants and soil with chemicals, but to no avail. Here in Bear Woods, we don’t treat with any chemicals, we use a product called Scarlet Tanager. The Tanagers love eating the beetles and I simply sit on the porch and photograph them as they come in for their meals. This will start to occur around the end of June, beginning of July and continue for a few weeks. We have slowly, 4 or 5 years, worked on returning many parts of our property to more natural settings and in doing so attracted a tremendous amount of migratory birds. My presentation talks about our efforts and how we have set up bird photography studios to capture the beauty of the visitors we have attracted. I will show lots of pretty pictures of the birds and help to give you ideas of how to do some simple common sense things to do the same, regardless of the size of your yard. It will be worth the time for you if you simply love seeing beautiful birds, photographing them, or just simply want to make your yard a safer, chemical free place to live.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th 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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The Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens and 1.4x tele-converter

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens and the 1.4x Tele-converter.
 
I like looking at all options for improving my results when I am out photographing. When I figured out that the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens is a viable option for bird photography, I decided to answer one of those “what if?” questions. What if I needed just a little more lens when I am out walking with the lens? Would the Tamron 1.4x tele-converter be an option to give me a little extra reach? The answer is yes! I went out yesterday morning and waited for the birds to come visit my studio while drinking my morning coffee. I set up using the 70-210mm lens with the 1.4x tele-converter. It didn’t take long for the birds to fly in and for me to find out just how nicely the combination worked. The idea of using an f4 lens is to have the extra speed of a wider aperture, the 1.4x tele-converter will take away one stop of light meaning the lens will be an f5.6 and at its longest zoom length it becomes a 290mm lens. Using it on my D-500 with the crop factor of 1.5x, the lens is the equivalent angle of view of a 435mm lens. Now, please understand, it isn’t a 435mm lens, but the angle of view it produces is the same as a 435mm lens. That is why I often use an APS-C sensor camera for wildlife is the more narrow angle of view it can produce. That is another post for another day.
 
When using this combination, the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens and the 1.4x tele-converter, I have a lightweight, very affordable option for when I am out hiking and doing some birding. Why not just use a 100-400mm lens, you ask? Again the added speed of the lens, f4, is great to isolate a subject with a narrow depth of field, and the size and weight are fantastic. There are so many great options out there for photographers right now and I strongly recommend getting into a dealer and try them out. Better yet, find out when a Tamron event is near you and get some hands on use with one of their sales and technical experts. Even better yet, come out to the NANPA Nature Celebration in Jackson, WY next weekend and take one out in the field, shoot with me, then you can even go back in and get the right lens for you! I will also be down in Griffin, GA this Tuesday doing a presentation to the Griffin Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association and I will show examples of images with all of the options that I use.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens with the 1.4x tele-converter on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Preparing for a 2nd Brood

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

Preparing for a 2nd Brood.
 
It has been less than a week since the 1st brood fledged, they are in the trees behind the house, but my Eastern Bluebird parents are busy building that second nest! When the 1st set fledged, I cleaned out the nestbox knowing they will build again and wanting to make sure there are no parasites like blowfly larva in the old materials. In the past my pair has waited a couple weeks, but these two have been busy and the nest is almost complete. I guess she wants to have a special Mother’s Day this Sunday!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Subtle Beauty

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Subtle Beauty.
 
Although female birds tend to be less colorful, their subtle beauty is apparent when you take time to study them. We have one pair of Northern Cardinals here in Bear Woods, and I have tried for a long time to get a nice portrait of the female. She decided to finally agree to a portrait yesterday.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

I missed the fledge…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2018 by lilybug1960

I missed the fledge…
 
I wasn’t home yesterday afternoon so I missed the fledging of the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds from the nestbox in the backyard. I had great plans to photograph and video the event but it didn’t work out that way. I attended a Celebration of Life for my friend Jeff Woodlee in Alpharetta. It was great to see so many old friends as well as meet some new ones with a common interest, their love of a super person. I couldn’t help but think of how Jeff would have given me a hard time for attending, knowing that the Bluebirds would fledge and I would miss the image. He would have told me to have get the shot. Well Jeff, this one is okay to have missed, being there to take a moment to remember the fun times and great images we captured together was more important. Jeff was there for me during some tough times in my life and I was there during some tough times in his for him. Yesterday was about being there for Ledra so she knew how much Jeff meant to everyone who had met Jeff and were lucky enough to call him their friend. We will miss you Jeffro.
 
Eastern Bluebird male, 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 P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, Tamron Lenses USA, Sirui USA

Carolina Wren Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2018 by lilybug1960

Carolina Wren Portrait.
 
The Carolina Wrens that raised their brood in my re-purposed watering can fledged earlier this week. They are now hanging around the woodpiles learning the tricks to hunting and flight. The parents are taking time to themselves playing in the yard, taking dust bathes in the garden, just enjoying life with 5 little beaks to feed. When they do visit the Backyard Studio, they don’t stay long, but I was able to catch one of the adults as he paused for a moment at a post. I love this time of year in the studio because the leaves are just giving the background color and it really forms a nice pallet of color. The trees behind the studio and about 50 feet away so they simply area blur. I am really looking forward to what the summer and fall will produce with all the Warblers visiting!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak Portrait

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

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak Portrait.
 
It is always interesting to me to see the counterpart of the brightly colored male birds. The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is as colorful and striking as one can imagine and is loved because of its beautiful coloration. The female though is a striking bird as well. She has beautiful coloration and patterns but on a much more subtle basis than her flashy counterpart. Hers are mainly on her underside, a beautiful yellow and orange can be seen. I have stated the reason before, but it always worth repeating, with songbirds, the female incubates the eggs and would be very visible to predators if she was as colorful as the male. In order to remain “stealth” she will blend in better with her subtle coloration.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana