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

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
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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

Fire and Ice

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

Fire and Ice.
 
I couldn’t help but look at the sky last night over “The 3 Chairs” and think about the real fires to the west in California. I have many friends and family who live out there and hope they stay safe. They are always in our thoughts and prayers.
 
As the snow storm pushed off to the east, I knew the sunset would be spectacular here in Bear Woods. As the sun dropped below the cloud line the snow glowed with warm light. Evelyn saw it and ran to the door to make sure I got the shot. Even we professional educators need teachers and guidance…
 
For the image itself, I quickly recognized that this was a perfect time to use the Sirui Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter since the brightest part of the image was along the horizon, and then above it in the sky. I wanted to capture detail in the foreground so this filter was perfect to simply line up the darkest part where the sun was located in the frame. I really am loving this filter!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 head, Sirui 3 stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Looking Back

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking back.
 
The title has double meaning in regards to this image. First, this time of year is a time I don’t get out to shoot much. I spend time catching up on unfinished business, planning things for next year, and simply evaluating where I am, where I have been, and where I am going. Photography, like sunsets, often will give you an idea what it is going to look like on the horizon by watching what it does to the landscape behind you. In order to see where my skills need to improve or my focus needs to be for next year, I have to look at the previous year. Did my skills improve? Did I lose focus or did my focus improve on what I wanted to achieve for the year? When I first started doing photography professionally, I loved doing landscapes although my income came from portraits. As I chased my dream of being a nature photographer vs a portrait photographer, the income shifted as I progressed. I am able to continue with nature photography while picking and choosing what portrait work I want to do, and in turn produce a better body of work. As I move forward I want to keep the trend constant and produce better work, while being pleased with the balance of photography I do. Sort of like having a great sunset behind you, then looking forward and seeing the sunset you hoped for develop to your liking. In reality though, could there ever be a bad sunset or sunrise?
 
Sunset, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/25th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Spectacular Sunsets!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Spectacular Sunsets!
 
New Mexico sunsets do not disappoint the viewers and photographers. Yesterday a cold front blew through and lots of clouds were present for sunset. What made this even better is that I was leading my “Creating Landscape Images” workshop group! We started earlier in the afternoon learning some of the basics of exposure and composition with the hopes of a beautiful sky at sunset. We arrived at the “Flight Deck” finding our compositions about 45 minutes before the sky would light up. I emphasized to the group that when the action was in the sky forget the “Rule of Thirds” and go with the “Rule of 9/10ths”. This simply means if nothing or very little is happening in one part of the scene, let the area that stands out take over the image.
 
A couple of neat things about this area is in the center of the water at the bottom is a wood snag that the Refuge actually places in that location to help with the stress of the ducks and geese. There are several in the area and those like this are there to reduce the stress of the birds by giving the Eagles and other birds of prey a place to perch. When the birds fly around there was a higher instance of death from stress of the birds. This allows them to relax vs constantly moving as the Eagles fly over head. We did get to see a Golden Eagle who apparently didn’t get the memo however and was flying around looking for dinner.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 100, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear