Archive for SWMCCC

2 Perspectives, 1 Lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by lilybug1960

2 Perspectives, 1 Lens.
 
This is one of the biggest reasons that I feel this lens is such a great lens for “Zoos”. I am standing in pretty much the same spot for both of these images the only thing that changed is the light and the zoom length. I can simply give an image 2 different “feels” by zooming in and out depending on the actions of the bird. I could step in if needed as well, but I am at about 7 feet away for the images. The first one with the wings spread is at about 100mm, the second is at about 220mm. I say it again, it could be the perfect lens for shooting in situations you need wide, and you want telephoto.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000 (wings spread) and 800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Peregrine Falcon

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Peregrine Falcon.
 
One of the obvious advantages of visiting and photographing birds of prey in a rehabilitation or discovery center is the opportunity to see birds like a Peregrine Falcon. Peregrines are birds that are usually seen high on cliff faces or zipping by at high rates of speed hunting song birds. This Peregrine was believed to have been injured in a collision with another Peregrine. It is fairly young and may have been in a territorial dispute. Its wing has some nerve damage and will not recover to the point it could hunt successfully in the wild. I have some images that need to be processed of where they fed it a song bird that had died in a collision with a window. Seeing the behavior of the bird with prey was really fascinating.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP 204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Eastern Screech Owl – Red Morph

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Eastern Screech Owl – Red Morph.
 
We were very lucky to have been the first visitors to the Outdoor Discovery Center after the arrival of the red morph of an Eastern Screech Owl. He had injured a wing and isn’t able to be released back into the wild. His first time as a model was great. They didn’t know how he would do and they said he may not want to be out there with folks, but I think he was enjoying the attention. He even fell asleep. Cute little thing. Visit and support your local Centers, they save a lot of birds and educate a whole bunch of folks as to the world around us!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Barn Owl

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

Barn Owl.
 
Another one of the great subjects at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI. The Barn Owl posed very nicely for us and having all the great flowers as a backdrop was a really beautiful setting. The detail in all of these birds was incredible to see. If you have a Center near you that offers the opportunity to view and photograph Birds of Prey like this one did, I highly recommend giving them a visit. Get a few friends and visit as a group even. Often places will do something for a simple donation. Today is the last day of SWMCCC’s event and I am planning one more quick visit this morning with some of the attendees out there to shoot some macro. Holland, MI is truly blessed to have such a jewel so close by for all to enjoy.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP 204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Barred Owl

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

Barred Owl.
 
I would love to say I was wandering around the woods and spotted this beautiful Barred Owl, but the truth is, it was one of the 9 or 10 birds displayed for us at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI last night. We had a photo shoot there as part of the SWMCCC. I can not emphasize enough that if you are a nature photographer and want to capture some beautiful images of macro or wildlife, visit the Center. The macro opportunities were incredible as well. I will share images over the next few days and weeks of the birds and macro images. I am going to say for the record, the new Tamron 18-400mm lens is the perfect lens for doing a shoot like this one. This image was made from about 5 feet away while the bird was perched on a pine branch. I actually was able to get even closer for a few images as well. The bird was at the Center due to the loss of its right eye. I wanted to capture an image to show the feather detail on the face while not including the injured side. The folks at the Center were wonderful people and it was very obvious they care greatly for the birds in their care.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Golden Eagle

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Golden Eagle
Yesterday I arrived in Holland, MI for SWMCCC, a conference for the camera clubs of southwest Michigan. I have found Holland and Hope College, the location of the event, a neat little area. The folks with the event are super nice and I look forward to the next few days. I met up with my friend and fellow nature photographer, Vinny Colucci, and we went out to the Outdoor Discovery Center to check out the Birds of Prey display. The place is an incredible birding location and I am going back this morning. The Birds of Prey display was really neat and we have an appointment to go back this evening for a show with the birds outside of their enclosures. One of my definite favorites was this big beautiful Golden Eagle. It was like the bird knew it was being photographed and went into its posing routine for us. Just a gorgeous bird and I am really excited to hear that it will be a star in the show for us this evening. This is shooting through a chain link fence with the lens pushed up close to the fence to do the best to remove any interference from the metal.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, ThinkTank Airport Commuter backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #ThinkTankPhoto