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Another of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
 
 
This was another from my short session with the Hummers in the front yard. Don’t forget to watch the video for a few tips. If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet, please do!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424s monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana, #BirdPhotography, #BearWoodsPhotography
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower (plus video)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2019 by lilybug1960

Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower (plus video).
 
Yesterday I finally was able to do something I have hoped and planned to do for about a year, photograph the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and the Cardinal Flowers. Wind back the tape for a minute…I was given several bunches of the flowers by a good friend and we planted them last year, but rabbits and deer did a number on the young plants so we didn’t get the tall stalks like I had hoped. This year there are plenty and they are blooming beautifully. With the bright overcast sky, the conditions were perfect to set up a chair on the porch and do some images with my trusty Tamron lens and Nikon D-500. I placed my chair in a position where the plants would have about 40 feet between them and the background so I could get an isolated subject. I decided since the conditions were so good I would do a little video as well, the link is below. The hummingbirds are busy fueling up for the long migration they will have in a couple months, so they are super busy and don’t mind my presence.
 
Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTNBjgmcAKQ
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Flying off the handle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2019 by lilybug1960

Flying off the handle.
 
There are some mornings you are tired, you have a cute photo of a cute bird, but search for a title to a post. Today is that day. This Juvenile Eastern Bluebird landed on the handle of our gardening fork, which is like a pitch fork but for digging in the garden. It posed for me for a few images, then flew off. Since it was on a handle, I feel it is accurate to say it flew off the handle. It wasn’t upset, it didn’t scream or holler, it just flew off the handle…sometimes you are tired and simply state the obvious.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Workflow

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2019 by lilybug1960

Workflow.
 
Photography, like any other job, requires practice and a routine. A good practice and routine is what makes you proficient in your work. A huge part of the photographic process is the work done once the shutter is released. It is also the part that frustrates so many photographers. Like any other work, if you only do it occasionally, it is tougher to remember all the right steps. In post processing the steps are often referred to as “Workflow”. The way you become proficient in your workflow is to do it each day. I constantly mention in my lectures that I do, and you as a photographer should take one image each day and process it as well. This makes you proficient in the use of your camera and especially in your workflow. For me it is easy when I am at home, I just step into the backyard and photograph “The 3 Chairs”. Frustration down, Proficiency up…less stress…
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiUSA, #The3Chairs, #BearWoodsPhotography

Peregrine Falcon with jesses

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

Peregrine Falcon with jesses.
 
It is up to the individual photographer of course, but when I photograph birds of prey that are captive I leave the jesses in the image. First of all, it is a lot of work to clone them out in Photoshop. Secondly, I don’t want anyone to think, even for a moment, that I used my catlike Ninja skills to sneak up on an unsuspecting Peregrine Falcon and was able to grab a few snaps before it took off. Even if it is obvious that I am fully capable of sneaking up on the fastest animal on Earth. There is nothing wrong with being honest when sharing the image and showing the bird’s hardware. It doesn’t make the bird less beautiful, it is still a Peregrine Falcon. If you want them out of the frame, simply crop for effect, but always be honest when sharing. Save your catlike Ninja skills for another day…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdsofPrey, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Time at Home

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

Time at home.
 
It seems odd that I am home for almost a month. This has been a busy travel year, but it is good to be at home to enjoy Bear Woods, well except the Georgia heat anyway. It has been a scorcher this year. I have been able to work on some programs updating them for upcoming presentations like this Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center for the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I also have a presentation on Saturday to the Big Canoe Photographers, and then a big presentation in Orlando to the Orlando Camera Club on September 9. I have come up with a name for my project of photographing working animals, which will include service animals, therapy animals, Police K9s, and dogs that have “saved” someone, and I will soon announce the title after much thought. My goal is to have a page celebrating these special animals and avenues which you can directly support the organizations that make their service possible. For now here is a recent sunset over “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

Great Horned Owl

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

Great Horned Owl, Captive animal.
 
I’m still going through all the images from two weeks ago at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI during the SWMCCC Weekend of Photography 2019. This GHO (Great Horned Owl) was super popular with the group, possibly because of the popularity of the bird, and possibly because it was a beautiful bird that posed great for the group. It was the last bird of the evening that we photographed and the light was amazing on the bird. With the heat outside, I hope to spend a little time getting caught up with all the processing I need to do. I am putting the finishing touches on my presentation, “Painting a Photograph” for Thursday with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association in Smyrna, and my presentation on “Landscape Photography” for the Big Canoe Photographers on Saturday.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6 camera, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #SWMCCC, #BirdsofPrey, #BirdNirdvana, #BirdPhotography, #BearWoodsPhotography