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What we saw…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

What we saw…
 
I do admit, I am envious of the beautiful total eclipse images I am seeing and will probably travel to the 2024 line of totality. However, I am very pleased with our experience and what we experienced. The opportunity to view such an incredible event over your house, was worth staying home. Not dealing with the traffic was also worth it! During the eclipse, to be more accurate, about 1 minute after the maximum coverage, I took off my solar filter and clicked off a few frames. I wasn’t expecting much, but digital film is cheap. After I viewed them on the computer, I was disappointed that I didn’t do the same thing during the max coverage. You could see some of activity on the surface of the sun, which I totally didn’t expect. The brighter exposed area of the Sun was blown out, so I decided to try my hand at a composite image. I wanted to get some of the corona which was visible in the non-filtered image and also the less bright area of the exposed area the Sun. I am not great at composites and envious of those who do them really well, but here is my composite of the eclipse.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400 and 100, shutter speeds 1/100th and 1/8,000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and VH-10 video head, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC, composite blended in Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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The Solar Eclipse over Bear Woods

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Solar Eclipse over Bear Woods.
 
Yesterday’s eclipse was truly fascinating to me. We made the decision to stay in our backyard and not drive anywhere. I am not a fan of traffic and the stress it will introduce to my life, definitely took a back seat to seeing Bear Woods during the event. I might add after seeing some of the beautiful images captured by some of my friends, I am very envious of them and their experience, but I will still treasure our experience. During the darkest part of the eclipse, the crickets began to chirp as well as other night time insects, and as soon as the light began to brighten, my birds returned to the feeders. We were concerned we would have a cloud block the time of totality (99%) but the lack of heat and light dissipated the clouds completely. That was truly amazing. I am looking forward to April 8, 2024 and the next total Solar Eclipse, but I will have to travel for that one…oh Canada…
 
My image today is a composite of 5 during the eclipse. From left to right with the center one representing what it looked like during the peak of the event. The equipment for the images were the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200 and 400, shutter speed between 1/100th and 1/125th, Sirui N3204X tripod and VH-10 video head, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 sling bag for additional weight on the center column, processed in Lightroom CC and combined in Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Lean and Lanky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Lean and Lanky.
 
Deer fawn and I do not share the same features, they are lean and lanky, I am not. They are quick and agile, well..you get my point. It is amazing to me how quick these little guys are at such a young age. Again, Mother Nature at work giving them the speed and the agility that could help them to survive. I was very impressed with the low light capabilities of the Nikon D-750. This was well before any direct light made its way to the fields. This was shot at ISO 10,000 and you can see it is very acceptable. The lens performed flawlessly in such low light, even as the fawns ran through the grass, it stayed locked on and tracked perfectly.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 10,000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Camouflage

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

Camouflage
 
Nature knows what it is doing. When Whitetail deer fawn are born, the seem to stand out with white spots, but in reality it helps to break up the solid colors, thus allowing the fawn to blend in with areas of forest undergrowth. If you have ever walked upon a fawn in the woods, you know what I mean. Typically you see it as you are getting ready to step on or over it, or after you have passed it. They will lay perfectly still not to alert you to their presence. It is how they can avoid predators while Mom is out feeding. Once they get to the point they are a little larger like this fawn, they are able to run fairly quickly if needed to the safety of Mom’s stomping hooves. This is with a very long lens and the deer is still very comfortable with my being nearby. It is watching a group of people walk by on the sidewalk about 20 feet away. The reason the deer lead their fawns near the buildings is they know they are safer there than in the woods with the coyotes. Coyotes don’t like going anywhere near the buildings and people. Nature is much better at what it does than we are by trying to manage and regulate it. We should let it do what it does best.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

More Cute Fawn Overload!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

More Cute Fawn Overload!
 
I took a one day hiatus from the cute fawn overload, but they are back for another day. These 3 took turns napping while one would stay on alert. That is common among herd animals for their safety and protection. This was the rare moment when all 3 were mostly awake, the one in the back is fading quickly again.
 
If you get a chance, stop by my website, www.bearwoodsphotography.com, for the latest updates on lectures, presentations and workshops. I will be presenting to the Big Canoe Photographers July 8 on Landscape Photography. I will be at NECCC in Amherst in a few weeks doing my “Designing a Landscape” presentation, and at SWMCCC in Holland, MI a couple weeks later doing several different presentations. I have lots of local Georgia presentations on the calendar and would love to see some old friends there. In October I will be at Photo Plus Expo in NYC doing a presentation on October 28 on “Travel and Landscape Photography” at the Javits Center. All these and others are all listed on the website. I hope to see you soon!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 360, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Who are all you kids”?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Who are all you kids?”
 
One of the really interesting behaviors observed at Berry College, while photographing fawns, was the “communal” feeding. One fawn would begin to feed on a doe, presumably their mother, then others would join in and feed. Then they would all stop and go play. I hate to say this but it was like when we were kids and one of my friends moms would say, “everyone come have a sandwich before you go back out and play”, but in deer speak. We would see them go from doe to doe between play sessions. The second image is the gang after feeding getting ready to run and play.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100 (1st image), 1250 (2nd image), shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Cuteness Part 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Cuteness Part 2
 
I did warn you that this week would feature a lot of cute images of fawns. What is cuter than a sleepy fawn hanging around with one of his buddies? The one up front is checking out some of the runners jogging by as the other one is having trouble keeping its eyes open. Again for the image, I lowered my perspective getting low down to the ground and using a shallow depth of field, which f8 at 600mm is fairly shallow.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear