Archive for Sunflowers

Drying out the Wings

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

Drying out the wings.
 
When you get to a sunflower field just after sunrise you will find insects that are drying out their wings from the dew that is covering them. This little honey bee didn’t make it back to the hive before the sunset obviously. I try not to get too close to them because it would stress them out. They are sure I am there to eat them. I wanted to isolate the bee from the background so I used a longer lens at its minimum focusing distance with a shallow depth of field. Get over to Fausett Farms Sunflowers in the next week or so, you won’t regret getting up early!
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/1000th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiLensesUSA, #MindShiftGear
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Its Fall Y’all!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Its Fall Y’all!
 
Fausett Farms Sunflowers are very photography friendly. It is very apparent as you drive up and see this beautiful bright red tractor parked in front of one of the fields. They have a trailer with hay bales to use as a prop for images as well. It is great to see all the ways they have done things that are photographer friendly. They only charge $10 per vehicle to enter. Have some fun out there if you can are able to go visit. You can see in the background the fall colors are just starting there, so in a week, with a cold front coming in Monday, late next week may allow you to combine sunflowers and fall colors.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui carbon fiber tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Fausett Farms Sunflowers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fausett Farms Sunflowers.
 
I was really happy to see the sunflowers at Fausett Farms were in peak bloom as I drove by the other day. It was cloudy and rainy, but I knew that would not be the case every day. They were predicting clear blue skies on Thursday so I met a photographer friend of mine over there. It is only a 5-10 minute drive from the house and that really made it even better. When I arrived I expected it to be packed with photographers, but I was the only one. When my friend Brad arrived, we had the place to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Fields and fields of sunflowers and nobody there. We shot for about an hour or so, then went down the road to Burt’s Farm, which is a huge pumpkin farm. If you are in Georgia and didn’t get your fill of sunflower photography this summer, this will definitely meet your needs and fill your memory card with images. There is a second area that is just coming into bloom but I recommend getting out there the next week or two.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui tripod and K40X ballhead, MindShift Gear Photocross 13L sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

What a Year for Warblers!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by lilybug1960

What a year for Warblers!
 
This has been an exceptional year around my house for Warblers and photographing them. I’m not sure why, but I have some theories. First, we changed our garden design slightly here this year. We let the sunflowers grow in the main vegetable garden and the birds have reacted very positively about the food source. In addition we have let some flowering bushes grow and bloom which has attracted other insects, which attracts the birds. The weather has played into it a little as well, but I’m not sure how much the mild winter effected it. Lastly the large number of webworms in the trees last year resulted in a high number of moths, which is a food source for the Warblers. For that reason I am letting my webworm’s nest to remain in the trees to see how it does next year. I haven’t ever seen a Worm-eating Warbler until this year, but now I have a pair that nested behind the house and I in turn have captured some great images of them. I will have to go through my notes and at some point after the fall migration list out all the warblers I have seen and photographed.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Gathering Pollen

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

Gathering Pollen.
 
The sunflowers Evelyn planted have almost finished blooming and the bees are taking advantage of gathering every piece of pollen. My bees usually arrive at about 9am where these bigger bees are there as early as 7am. It is neat to watch the Goldfinch and Chickadees pick the seeds from the heads that have finished blooming. I am getting some neat images of it! We are going to plant more sunflowers to take advantage of our warm summer and hopefully have more to feed the bees in a few weeks. Again this image was made using the new Tamron 18-400mm showing how versatile it is in capturing nature images. I really love the lens! I am off to Michigan this morning for the SWMCCC and a few more lectures. I plan on really putting the lens to the test with some night shooting and a visit to a birds of prey workshop. I will also keep everyone posted as to my adventures with the new TSA policy on removing camera bodies from your bags.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, camera mounted via Sirui TY350 bracket, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

White-breasted Nuthatch and Sunflower

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White-breasted Nuthatch and Sunflower.
 
One of the great things about a “living” studio is it changes almost daily. As flowers open, I move sticks. The birds don’t seem to be bothered at all by the slight movements of props. With the new setup I can shoot at 400-500mm and get the image filled with flowers and birds. I have about 30 or so sunflowers that should open in a week or so, it should be very interesting!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Tufted Titmouse and Sunflower

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

Tufted Titmouse and Sunflower.
 
Yesterday we rearranged some things in the “Bird Studio” to take advantage of the beautiful sunflowers that are blooming. I decided to take a morning away from cute fawn photos to post a cute bird photo. Not much says summer like a sunflower blooming so I thought with the season in full swing, it was a fitting image. This is one of the juveniles from a recent brood here in Bear Woods. I think they sort of enjoy sitting and looking at the sunflower, sort of like a big screen TV.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #TamronProfessional, #MindShiftGear