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Looking back at 2019, the Bear Cub

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019, the Bear Cub.
 
Seeing bears is not unusual for us up here, after all, we live in Bear country. That means our house is on their land. We live alongside them with no problems. We don’t feed them, they stay wild, and we never fear them, but we respect them as wild animals. This is the second year that the sweet grapes behind the house attracted a family of bears. It was fun watching and photographing them as they stripped the vines of the grapes. Hopefully the trees that support the vines will make it another year and we will be treated once again next year with seeing another family high in the trees like this one. This bear is about 25 to 30 feet in the tree, which luckily was eye level with the back of the yard! Even after the bear saw me, it continued to feed for about 20 minutes or so.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui tripod, Acratech Nomad ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #Acratech, #BearWoods, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

Looking back at 2019 part 6

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019 part 6.
 
Felicia and Pepper. One of the images that has a story, but not necessarily in the image, was that of Felicia and Pepper. They were located near the Togwotee Pass between the Tetons and Dubois, and photographed by many people…too many people. Felicia originally had 2 cubs but it is believed one was killed by a big male hoping to get Felicia to breed again. This happens with many bears. Pepper and Felicia were separated though by conflicting reports, one said too many photographers got too close, one said the wildlife folks used fire crackers to try and get here away from the road, either way they were separated for about a month before reuniting. Female bears will stay near the road with cubs to discourage the males from approaching. Pepper did well for the month and they have been spotted this fall, so hopefully all will be well. The lesson should be for photographers and onlookers to keep the 100 yard distance from the bears for the bear’s safety and the people, it seems to never end well for the bears. This image was made at about 110 yards and cropped fairly heavily, so it is possible to get nice images without getting too close.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 5000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking back at 2019 part 4

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Looking back at 2019 part 4.
 
Reynisfjara, the black sand beach. One of the most interesting places to not only photograph but to people watch is Reynisfjara. The beauty of the black sand is quick to lure you close to the water, but the “sneaker waves” quickly return you to the reality that you have to pay attention at all times. We watched as a lot of people would wander down to what appeared to be the water line only to see a 3 foot or larger wave come in and knock them down. We were easily 50 to 75 feet from that edge and still had waves 1 to 2 feet come up to us. It is very easy to get swept out if you aren’t paying attention. It was hard to relax long enough to get an image that I could dedicate the time to compose, this one was from almost at the edge of the parking area. One really interesting thing we learned was sunrise seem to last for hours as the sun never rose more than about 15% off of the horizon for a few hours.
 
Tamron 70-210mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron70210, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking back at 2019 part 3

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Looking Back at 2019 part 3.
 
Definitely a high for me in 2019 was visiting Iceland. It is such an incredible place. Visiting Diamond Beach for the first time was indescribable. Photographing those huge chunks of ice that wash up is so cool. I look forward to my next visit in 2020.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1 second, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1530g2, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

Looking Back at 2019 part 2

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2019 part 2.
 
This was one of my favorites of not only 2019, but possibly ever for me. We were at the Kelly Warm Springs in January and there were about 12 Trumpeter Swans taking advantage of the warm water. They had been preening when one looked up just long enough for a couple frames. In post processing I added a little more steam using the Dehaze slider in Lightroom, but moving it to the left, therefore adding haze.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Looking back at 2019

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019.
 
I decided that since it is the last month of the year I would take a little time this year and on some days review my images from 2019. We started, like several years prior, in Wyoming for our Winter in the Tetons Workshop. It continues to be not only one of our favorites, but most popular as well. We had a great experience with our friends at the Triangle X Ranch and the Teton Raptor Center, all while being treated to some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer. This was from the Snake River Overlook while I was doing some testing of the new Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens.
 
Tamron 35-150mm Di VC OSD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron35150, #TravelPortraitZoom, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography, #TriangleX, #TetonRaptorCenter

18 Years

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

18 Years.
 
18 Years ago, I sat at my desk, processing images, having a cup of coffee, just normal things I do every morning. When I am working I usually have a TV on as background noise. I remember sitting and hearing a plane had hit one of the World Trade Centers. I stopped working and started watching. I was thinking to myself, “How can you fly into such a large building in daylight”? How could you not see it? I was thinking it was a small private plane at first. The news had conflicting stories as to the size of the plane. Then the second plane flew into the other tower. I remember sitting and staring at the TV in complete shock. It took me what felt like an hour, even though I know it was just a minute or so, to stand up and tell Evelyn and then Eric what had happened. Eric knew right away what it was and who had done it, and why. Evelyn and I were more in shock. The events of that day 18 years ago are etched in my mind like it was yesterday. Today as I sit and work on my computer, it seems for me many things are still the same, but I know in my mind they aren’t. Almost 3,000 people were on their way to work or simply doing what they did every day, but would never see their tomorrow. Since that day many more have died as a result of those attacks in NYC, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. It didn’t end for some that day, or even that week, depression, injuries sustained that day, Serviceman and women have died helping to keep us safe, and cancer has taken many more from us. Things can never be the same as they were that morning before that event.
 
Never Forget, we owe it to all of those people who perished on that day and each day since in keeping us Free.
 
This was an image I made of the Manhattan Skyline in 2017, an image very different from 18 years ago.
 
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed of 114 seconds, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron2470, #SiruiUSA, #NeverForget, #BearWoodsPhotography