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St Mary’s Falls, revisited

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2019 by lilybug1960

St Mary’s Falls, revisited.
 
I was talking with Cecil Holmes yesterday and we discussed how busy things have been and we realized we hadn’t even finished posting images from Montana before we got busy with different trips. We have been working hard to try and get a Montana workshop together for 2020 but it probably won’t happen until 2021. Logistically and timing may not be good for next year. We have to balance costs for the participant and crowds to make it an experience we would like for everyone. We look forward to doing one there in the next few years though, so stay tuned. This is St Mary’s Falls, a beautiful set of falls following a beautiful hike.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Nikon Z7, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1.3 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech Nomad ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #travelportraitzoom, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Using Neutral Density Filters for Dramatic Effects

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2019 by lilybug1960

Using Neutral Density filters for dramatic effects.
 
Below is the link to my video about using filters to slow down water and movement for a dramatic look. Hopefully you will chuckle at my obvious frustration of trying to exposures. At one point I felt I should contact NASA to figure out exposure coefficients. I will follow it up with an in depth video about the different systems that I use. As magnetic filters are becoming more popular hopefully the use of filters will be easier and their use will increase by photographers to expand their creativity. Here is the link:
 
 
This image information: Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 130 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #MarumiFilters, #Apalachicola, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops, #BearWoodsPhotography

Playing with long exposures and filters

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2019 by lilybug1960

Playing with Long Exposure and filters.
 
I will have a video out in a few days talking about some filters I have been experimenting with and testing different brands. Very often, we as photographers, walk away from scenes that are in less than perfect light. I like to use tough lighting situations to expand my creativity in the field. One such way is to use Neutral Density filters and Circular Polarizers to slow down the exposure and change the scene completely. This particular image was done on a cloudy and flatly lit day. In order to make something of the scene I tried different filter combinations to slow down the exposure and smooth out the water which had many ripples because of the wind. I will release a more in depth look at some of the filter systems I am using in a week or so, but for this image I used a new magnetic system from Marumi and filters. In the past when you start stacking filters you would have light leaks that did funky stuff to the image, but with the magnetic systems you don’t get that leak. I used a 2 and 10 stop Neutral Density filter for the image which changed my shutter speed from about 1/6th of a second to 144 seconds.
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 144 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #MarumiFilters, #Argraph, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

My “Epic Sunrise” Video

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

My “Epic Sunrise” video.
 
Last week while I was scouting for Apalachicola I almost stayed in bed one morning, but decided to push on and get out and photograph. I made coffee and ventured out to witness one of the most incredible sunrises I have ever seen. I did some video of the experience of my morning, and here it is:
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiImaging, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

More of the Donna Kay

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

More of the Donna Kay.
 
Sunset was really nice over the Donna Kay the other night. We are looking forward to taking the group out there for a sunset! We stocked up on a few cans of bug spray as I feel I may have made a donation of a pint of blood unintentionally the other night. I will say thanks to Carl for having the Deep Woods Off which stopped their feasting as my Cactus Juice acted like nothing more than seasoning for the bugs. We might get some rain and clouds this morning with the group, but it will give us a great opportunity to demonstrate Neutral Density filters and long exposure!
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #DonnaKay, #BearWoodsPhotography

The “Donna Kay”

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

The “Donna Kay”
 
A few of us, led by a great friend Carl Fredrickson, went out to Cape San Blas to scout and photograph the “Donna Kay”. She is a shrimp boat that apparently ran aground a little over a year ago when it is believed the boat captain fell asleep at the wheel (that is all that I am finding). Hurricane Michael and other storms have helped to plant it more firmly into the sand and efforts to extract her have been unsuccessful thus far. She is beginning to show the wear of being beached for 13 or 14 months now. However she makes for some great photographic opportunities! It is about a mile or so walk out to the Donna Kay over sand and through a little woods, but worth it! Keep your eyes open for an eagle or two that live out that way too!
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #CapeSanBlas, #BearWoodsPhotography

Epic Sunrise!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Epic Sunrise!
 
I had one of those mornings yesterday…a morning of doubt. I looked at my apps and they all said clouds, rain, chance of thunderstorms, but I could see a slither of a clearing on the horizon to the east. I was up so why not go out and see what happens. As I crossed the bridge it was raining, but I could still see that slither of space on the horizon…a little color peeking through now. I went to Scipio Creek, the far northwest side to be exact, and again doubted my decision to get out of the warm bed. It stopped raining about 15 minutes before the official sunrise though. A little more color appeared. I got out, set up my video gear and then my camera gear and walked out to the boats. As I watched it get more and more color I walked down the docks to find the right angle surprising a gator sitting on some wood. I’m not sure who was more surprised the gator or me, but now my adrenaline was pumping. The sky now was lighting like none I had seen before in this location. I moved left and right changing compositions as the light changed. I even did this 9 frame panoramic at the peak of the color. What an epic sunrise! I will have the video of the morning next week for you!
 
Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, 9 frames, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, tweaked in Photoshop 2020 using Lumenzia. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1728mirrorless, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography