Archive for Sunflowers

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

Bird Feeding Bonus!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

Bird Feeding Bonus!
 
I have my bird feeders over an area we use as a vegetable garden and this year Evelyn decided it would be a sunflower garden. All the seeds that fell to the ground sprouted and have grown, some are now beginning to bloom! It is going to make a great background as well as an area to attract more birds. This morning as I took mealworms out to the feeders several warblers flew from the middle of the sunflower patch. In the image I wanted to have some of the flower in focus while keeping the background “suggestive” and lacking sharp detail. To do this I chose f5.6 and focus on the tip of the flower pedal.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 5Diii, Aperture Priority mode, f5.6, ISO 100, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Framing

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Framing
 
Years ago I had the privilege of studying under and teaching with Bryan Peterson. The most important thing I learned from Bryan was something I think of as making more than lemonade. That’s not a mistype, “making more” is what I mean. He would take nothing and create incredible images. One of the techniques he used was jamming a long lens into flowers and focus on a flower off in the distance. I loved the results and it is something I try when I am having trouble seeing creatively. Bryan’s true gift is his vision, and to see how he applied it and learn from that was a valuable part of my education. Thanks Bryan!
 
Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority mode, f6.3, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Monarch and Sunflowers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Monarch and Sunflowers
 
There was a section of the sunflowers at Fausett Farms that was covered in Monarch Butterflies. I don’t know what brought them to that section, but it was pretty well covered. 50 feet to the right or left, not much, maybe a few, but this one section was perfect for them. Sometimes when you are shooting and chasing insects, things come together perfectly for you. This time for me was the butterfly landing on the center flower of 3 isolated flowers. For me it was a perfect addition to a nice composition without the butterfly. Only a few more days of shooting left at the farm, so if you live nearby, get there soon.
 
Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority, f11, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters