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

Finally Feeling Like Fall

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Finally feeling like Fall.
 
It has been unusually warm so far this fall, until yesterday anyway. Finally cool air has made its way in and the skies at sunset reflected the drop in humidity as well. The pastel colors that will fill the fall skies have always been some of my favorites. You can see in the image the fall colors are just starting to dot the landscape, and the tomato plants have finished for the year. It is a great time to take in the fresh air from one of “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f5.6, ISO 400, -1 stop of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #The3Chairs
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Flint Corn

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Flint Corn.
 
We all see it this time of year decorating mailboxes, doors, tables…Flint Corn, or Indian Corn. This particular type of corn is one of the oldest known varieties of corn. It was one of the types of corn the Native Americans taught the settlers how to grow. You see it everywhere, but does anyone eat it? Not very often. Why? It gets its name not for being a variety grown in Flint, but because the shell is as hard as Flint, the rock. Little did you know that when you started reading this post by a photographer would you learn so much more…
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 400, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation (VC) feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

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

Liquid Gold

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2017 by lilybug1960

Liquid Gold.
 
During my sunset excursion to Jordan Pond our group had many opportunities for a variety of subject matter. The obvious was the grand landscape including all of the pond and the reflection. As the sun dropped over the horizon though, the peaks of the mountains were in sunlight while the pond was in shadow. This allowed us to capture nice images of the rocks and reeds mainly dark while the gold of the reflecting colors lit up the reflection. One of participants found a really nice section of clean rock, reed and reflection allowing a very simple composition without too many distractions. I asked if they minded me copying their composition and they said it would be fine. They commented that when someone wants to copy a composition, it is a compliment, I totally agree. Too many photographers feel someone doing something similar is “stealing” their work, but it isn’t something they created, they simply saw something. Especially at a conference like Out of Acadia sharing ideas and knowledge is what will help yourself as well as others to grow. It was very refreshing to see the interaction of the participants at the event. If someone doesn’t want to copy your composition, maybe it is time to recompose…
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

“X” Marks the Spot

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

“X” Marks the spot.
 
I don’t really title or name my images, but this one caught my eye as one that needed or had a name. “X” Marks the spot. What spot I am not sure beyond, this is the place to be! This was yesterday morning at our first session of the workshop from on top of Cadillac Mountain at sunrise. It was a very brisk wind and temps easily in the 30s. Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the US that sunrise strikes so lots of folks gather for the sight. They politely clap when the sun has risen and then go on their merry ways. We photographers find beautiful hills to create images for a while after that.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 200, 1/8th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear