Archive for Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens

I might be a Mushroom Nerd…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

 

Morel Mushroom

 

False Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail
I might be a Mushroom Nerd…
 
I have thrown out puns to my students when I show mushroom images at my classes like “you will have fun at the class, because I’m a Fungi”, or “You will Lichen it”, you know the good stuff, but yesterday I realized I my be a secretive Mushroom Nerd. I volunteer my services with a group, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, and yesterday was our first Mushroom Walk with the Mushroom Club of Georgia. We met at one of the new properties, Forry Farms, here in Pickens County. When we were given our instructions to locating and identifying mushrooms, they said “before you harvest one, let the photographers get a shot”, and she pointed at me. Nervously, I repsonded, “I’m here for the Bigfoot opportunities”…they saw right through my denials. I was carrying my Canon M6 and the Tamron 18-400mm lens for the wide variety of images that would present themselves. We hit the trail and it was only minutes later I heard the call…”Morel” meaning someone had spotted the king of wild mushrooms we had hoped to see, the Morel Mushroom. They called for me to capture an image. I found myself working quickly, even thinking of proper composition of this beauty. Click! On my sensor was the small mushroom everyone wanted to see. We then worked quickly going from Turkey Tails to False Turkey Tails, we even found on mushroom that got the award for most awesome name of the day, the Devil’s Urn, super cool mushroom but hard to photograph. We ended the day with a lunch where the folks placed their finds on a table. So many mushrooms, so many varieties. I asked if they were edible and was told they are, but they taste like cardboard. I responded “kind of like Oppossum, edible but not tasty”, they laughed…I like these people.
 
Check out this and other opportunities with your local groups or come and visit with us at the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia. You will be lichen it, because we are all fungis…sorry, I had to…
 
All images made with the Canon M6 and the Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens and a Sirui 3T-35 tabletop tripod. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MountainConservatonTrustofGeorgia
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From High in the Clouds

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

From high in the clouds.
 
We have a beautiful view from the Bear Woods Bungalow. We spend a lot of the time in the winter, especially when the weather if mild, up in the clouds. The fog gets really thick up here and driving is slowed to a crawl for the first few miles, then we leave the clouds and all becomes normal again. I have said in the past, but I really love the foggy view we get here. It gives a feeling of peace, and even serenity. Being 15 miles or so from the nearest town, we rely on well water, so often the clouds mean our well is getting “topped off” with the rain. It won’t be long when the trees start to get new growth and with it comes the tropical migrants, and that is when Bear Woods truly shines.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M100 via the adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Orlando Wetlands Park Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2018 by lilybug1960

Orlando Wetlands Park Sunrise.
 
Yesterday morning my field workshop was in the Orlando Wetlands Park. It is a wetlands that is also a water treatment facility for Orlando. We have found that there are several of these facilities that double as wetlands and are absolutely beautiful. What a great way to treat the water but an even better way to help create an environment for wildlife. Our group found a spot for sunrise with a nice cypress tree in the foreground and plenty of water to reflect the sun rising on the horizon. After sunrise we photographed a lot of birds that also take advantage of the wetlands.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Chapel of the Transfiguration

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Chapel of the Transfiguration.
 
St. John’s Episcopal Church, also known as the Chapel of the Transfiguration was built in 1925. It still holds services to this day. It is absolutely an incredible place to sit and reflect. I don’t understand how anyone can sit in the chapel, look at the window, and not believe.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6 via an adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f13, ISO 200, 1/160th of a second, Sirui N1204X tripod and K10X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Fire in the Sky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

Fire in the Sky.
 
Tonight we had a beautiful sunset over the Tetons. It almost gave the appearance the sky was on fire. It is so beautiful here!!! Tomorrow we have a big day in store for our participants!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6 via adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f13, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, Sirui N1204X and K10 ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Our Christmas Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

Our Christmas sunrise.

This was the incredible sky we were welcomed to yesterday morning. What a way to start the day. Santa was really good this year. He brought me a healthy family and that is always the best gift one can hope to receive. I got an awesome log splitter! Of course Santa is also a photographer so he brought me some great gear!

Today marks the day I start my next lap around the Sun. I completed my 57th and am looking forward to the next one. Being surrounded by so many friends it makes it much easier to do. Thank you for all the well wishes!

Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Sirui#SiruiUSA#SiruiProfessional#The3Chairs

Under Mom’s watchful eyes

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Under Mom’s watchful eyes.
 
I posted an image to some of my social media yesterday of an article in the inaugural issue of Tamron Magazine. It features my work with the 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens in Zoos and Nature Preserves. When Tamron had asked about images, I knew I needed to take a trip down to Zoo Atlanta for a variety that would meet their request. As I walked around capturing images, I was pleased with a few and kept a count in my mind as to how many I wanted and sort of rated them. When I was working on capturing an image with this pair I saw the infant gorilla gathering leaves and walking toward Mom. All of a sudden light shined down on the Mom’s face throwing beautiful highlights into her eyes. After I captured the sequence, I looked at the back of the camera and knew it was “the” image from the trip. When I sent it into the editor of the magazine, the reaction was what I had hoped for, they were as pleased with it as I had hoped. I decided not to share the image on social media until the magazine was released.
 
The Tamron Magazine will be available at shows and events where Tamron will be exhibiting, as well as local camera stores. I hope to be able to talk them into having them available at events where they are sponsoring my appearance. Post comments about the magazine on social media with the hashtag #tamronusamagazine. Thanks again Tamron for featuring the article with all of the images!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Sling bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamronusamagazine, #mindshiftgear