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Looking Back

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking back.
 
The title has double meaning in regards to this image. First, this time of year is a time I don’t get out to shoot much. I spend time catching up on unfinished business, planning things for next year, and simply evaluating where I am, where I have been, and where I am going. Photography, like sunsets, often will give you an idea what it is going to look like on the horizon by watching what it does to the landscape behind you. In order to see where my skills need to improve or my focus needs to be for next year, I have to look at the previous year. Did my skills improve? Did I lose focus or did my focus improve on what I wanted to achieve for the year? When I first started doing photography professionally, I loved doing landscapes although my income came from portraits. As I chased my dream of being a nature photographer vs a portrait photographer, the income shifted as I progressed. I am able to continue with nature photography while picking and choosing what portrait work I want to do, and in turn produce a better body of work. As I move forward I want to keep the trend constant and produce better work, while being pleased with the balance of photography I do. Sort of like having a great sunset behind you, then looking forward and seeing the sunset you hoped for develop to your liking. In reality though, could there ever be a bad sunset or sunrise?
 
Sunset, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/25th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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A Tip for Photographing Birds for Publication

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

A tip for photographing birds for publication.
 
I photograph a lot, and I mean a lot of birds. I offer my images for sale in publications. Most of the publications I deal with want to see details in the bird that will help to identify it. This requires photographing the bird in angles that aren’t that pretty portrait. It is hard to distinguish one bird from another when simply viewed from one angle. During my lectures I stress several points for those folks who are wanting to pursue photography as a source of income: leave room around the bird (it is possible for an editor to crop, but they can’t create what isn’t present in the image), make sure it is sharp, photograph the bird from different angles (even from underneath if possible to see the underside of the tail), and photograph the male, female, juveniles and seasonal plumage when you can. Explore online the avenues to sell your images. Look at field guide publishers to get information as to how to submit your images for consideration. Learn to live with rejection, many more images are rejected than accepted, so it is a law of averages, the more you submit, the better the chance of selling an image. Of all the tips probably the most important is to leave space. Clipping a part of a tail or wing is like going to get your family portrait done and the photographer crops you off at the knees for every image.
 
This is a Pine Siskin from 2 years ago in my original Backyard Bird Studio. Images made with the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speeds of 1/250th (top) and 1/400th (bottom), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #birdnirdvana

Just a month away

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

Just a month away.
 
In just a month from now, we head to Wyoming for our annual Winter in the Tetons Workshop. So far this winter the snow has been sparse in the valley, but that is supposed to change overnight. We want some snow out there. It has become one of, if not my favorite workshop Cecil and I do. The conditions can be tough, but very rewarding. I teach all the time that the best compositions in nature are those with simplicity as a theme. Simply using the blank canvas of snow to isolate a bare tree is, to me, a very pleasing visual composition. The negative space of the snow leads you to the tree and no where else. Simplicity.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Northern Harrier

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

Northern Harrier.
 
One of my pet peeves, sort of…”you were in the right place, at the right time”. Often as a photographer people will look at an image and say those very words. I want to correct them and say, “no not at all, I put myself in the right place, waiting for the right time”. Notice the subtle difference? I wasn’t randomly standing someplace and a Northern Harrier flew by, instead, I went to an area that the Harriers and Eagles fly by often, hoping they would come by while I was there. Harriers don’t wait for you to set up, you have to be ready…quickly. As I stood at an opening in front of a large wood snag, I noticed this juvenile Northern Harrier approaching from my left. As soon as it cleared the brush, I panned with the bird as it flew by me. It even looks like he is saying hello as he zips by my location. This all goes to my teachings that the more you learn about your subject, the more you will “put yourself in the right place”, and when you do, well, you capture images you hope to capture. Now there will be times you were in the right place at the right time, like all the images of Bigfoot we see…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui PH-20 Gimbal head on a Sirui N3204X tripod, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Eagle.
 
I shared on some of my social media a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5FAmUKeeE&t=94s) that I did from Bosque del Apache. In the video I mention an Eagle that flew over the south Crane Pond and triggered the “lift off” of all the Snow Geese. This was the Eagle. Eagles will hunt for geese or ducks and when they approach, well the birds fly off. It is a sight to see and hear. After the Eagle flew over he landed in a tree at the edge of the pond and perched for about 20 minutes, then circled the pond again flushing the Northern Pintails and other ducks from the water before leaving the area. If you get a chance to ever go to Bosque del Apache during November through February, GO!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Happy Thanksgiving

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

Happy Thanksgiving.
 
Today in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday is a day to give thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. Tradition has it that we eat Turkey and lots of other stuff including my favorite Pumpkin Pie! This isn’t a Turkey, but I didn’t get any good images of the many Turkeys in New Mexico, so I am posting this Sandhill Crane. Sandhill Cranes are so graceful in flight and are fun to watch and listen to as they fly. The sound is so distinctive and when they are migrating I love hearing them high in the sky circling overhead as they form large groups.
 
I am so very thankful for all the previous year has brought me. So many great images opportunities have been harvested (like how I did that?), and I have been blessed with many friends. I have been blessed with an incredible family and look forward to many more Thanksgivings together. So today, appreciate what you have, who you have in your life, and enjoy the day. Be kind today to all those around you, some folks don’t have the friends or family to spend the day with and a little kindness can go a long way today.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Spectacular Sunsets!

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

Spectacular Sunsets!
 
New Mexico sunsets do not disappoint the viewers and photographers. Yesterday a cold front blew through and lots of clouds were present for sunset. What made this even better is that I was leading my “Creating Landscape Images” workshop group! We started earlier in the afternoon learning some of the basics of exposure and composition with the hopes of a beautiful sky at sunset. We arrived at the “Flight Deck” finding our compositions about 45 minutes before the sky would light up. I emphasized to the group that when the action was in the sky forget the “Rule of Thirds” and go with the “Rule of 9/10ths”. This simply means if nothing or very little is happening in one part of the scene, let the area that stands out take over the image.
 
A couple of neat things about this area is in the center of the water at the bottom is a wood snag that the Refuge actually places in that location to help with the stress of the ducks and geese. There are several in the area and those like this are there to reduce the stress of the birds by giving the Eagles and other birds of prey a place to perch. When the birds fly around there was a higher instance of death from stress of the birds. This allows them to relax vs constantly moving as the Eagles fly over head. We did get to see a Golden Eagle who apparently didn’t get the memo however and was flying around looking for dinner.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 100, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear