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

The Window

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Window.
 
Looking back on my favorite images from 2018. My vision of what I wanted out of this scene was nothing like the actual scene that was appearing before me. The rain had just stopped and the sun was very bright, but still diffused through a layer of clouds. I was actually trying to scout out a location to photograph later that evening with the night skies. As I walked down the path, a lone hiker appeared in the North Window at Arches NP. My mind quickly shifted to isolate the hiker with the rocks around him, and I quickly metered to silhouette him against the sky. I spot metered the rocks and set them an -2 on my meter, recomposed the frame and was able to capture a couple frames before he walked off. Once I started to process the image, I moved my White Balance slider almost all the way to the right making the sky appear warm. I then brought the exposure down even more but “brushed” in a little light on the rocks to the right of the hiker. It is always a great feeling to “see” something, then capture a frame, then to complete that vision in the computer.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/50th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron18400mm, #BearWoodsPhotography
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“Kindness” or is it?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Kindness” or is it?
 
During the North Georgia Camera Club Council Shootout 2018 I was walking around looking for subjects to photograph for the 5 categories of subjects. One category was “Kindness”. I had done a few images of people being kind while waving me safely across the street. I had done a few images that were of “markers” of people who had done kind or generous things during their lives and as a way of recognizing their kindness or generosity, they had a marker placed or a tree planted, which to me was an act of kindness as well. As I explored the area around Hagan Chapel, I found a row of “Kindness” Rocks. Of course I had recently gone on a rant about people leaving these rocks in National Parks and how they shouldn’t be there, but I did find it humorous that my rant was now going to be something that I would use to fulfill my required image. Let me say this, I think Church grounds are a perfect place for Kindness Rocks, but I still feel the natural areas of National Parks or other “natural” areas is not the place these should be placed. It makes a natural area, unnatural.
 
Thinking I had hit the goldmine on one of the categories I was ready to move on, but it also hit me it was a huge gamble for one of the participants to enter a similar image. Judging a competition like this event is very subjective. The judge first of all may have never heard of a Kindness Rock and wonder why someone entered a painted rock. I saw examples in the final images of what, from my subjective view, would not have won because of an individual’s interpretation of the category. Is an act of kindness different when athletes are involved and it is customary to shake hands? Is that kindness or is it sportsmanship? If something reflects is it shiny, or is it an example of simply a reflection? Is a letter in a mailbox, mail, or is it a letter? I could go on, but that is what makes these events interesting, seeing all the individual interpretations of a word and how to photograph it, as well as how it is judged. This is also an example for me as to why you should approach these events with a mindset of having fun, and not too serious. I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years, but have never won a contest that I can remember. I photograph because I love the process, not necessarily the recognition. I continually judge my own images, but not against others but against my previous work. Perspective clients judge my work against others obviously, and I wont’ get a job because someone did or could do a job better than I could do it. My goal is always to learn and to improve, the recognition in my case is whether a client is pleased with the work and is willing to pay for it. I very often simply go out to “Create” for myself and have no intention of marketing an image. Again for me it is often the process, the idea of having an interpretation of a scene and then capturing that interpretation or “vision” on the sensor of my camera. Enough for now, in short, is it a painted rock, or is it an act of kindness, it is up to the individual.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

“Shiny”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Shiny”
 
Yesterday was the North Georgia Camera Club Council Shootout (NG3C) held at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. I was one of the presenters and the topic I chose was to go out and shoot the same subjects, without advance notice of what they were, as the participating teams. The teams would either break up into smaller groups for each of the 5 topics, or go out and then select the best ones for the judges. My goal was to get 5 images that I thought were good representations of the subjects, but I wouldn’t be entering them with the judges. The 5 subjects that were drawn (actually they had me draw the topics from a “hat” at the 8 a.m. meeting) were: Shiny, Letters, Arches, Kindness, and Winter is Coming. I went out in search of the obvious first to get something to fit the category and then went out searching for an “out of the box” image in case I felt I needed something different. The first thing I learned was the Post Office won’t let you photograph “Letters”, after being asked to leave I moved down the road in search of other subjects. Once I told myself, just to have fun, and think, subjects presented themselves. My final image, that I chose, to represent “Shiny” was this “Hog” ornament on the front wheel fender of a cool Harley Davidson that pulled into the Gas Station as I was refilling my coffee cup. I explained I was on a photo scavenger hunt and the riders were more than happy to show off their bikes. I don’t think any of my images would have won and I will share more images as the days go by, but I had a lot of fun, met some great folks, visited with good friends, and got to spend a day outside in the fresh air.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Schaffer Overlook

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Schaffer Overlook.
 
One morning in Moab, on our way back to the hotel from a morning session at Dead Horse Point, we saw this incredible fog rising out of the canyon below. We stopped at Schaffer Overlook to get a better view, photograph and simply appreciate nature. I couldn’t help standing and noticing the scope of the size of the canyon. I loved the contrast of the canyon walls and the winding Jeep trail rising up from the bottom. After shooting images of the details of the scene, I decided to attempt a panoramic image. My tripod was in the car so I did my best “twist and swivel” (I’m lucky I didn’t hurt myself) and did a 9 shot panoramic handheld. I stitched them together in Lightroom and am pretty pleased with the results!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, 9 image Panoramic stitched and processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Its all about the light

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

Its all about the light.
 
It is said that photography is painting with light, using the best paint is the key. When we were at Warner Lake, the light went in and out of clouds for several hours, setting up and grabbing the perfect light was my goal. I loved the subtle colors that muted light presented, but when the light painted the trees while leaving the mountain in shade, that was magic to me. For me it gave my image depth and the contrast I was looking for when I started setting up the image in my mind.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Big Landscape, Big Sky

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2018 by lilybug1960

Big Landscape, Big Sky.
 
When you visit an area like Arches National Park, or many of the other locations out west, standing in awe of the vastness of the landscape is common. Looking out and seeing miles off into the distance is incredible. When you are in a big landscape, it is only natural to see big skies and big storms. The first morning I was out there Armando Flores and I went out to shoot sunrise. Storms rolled, and I mean rolled, from the southwest giving us extremely dramatic light to shoot. We knew it was a matter of time before we were either going to retreat to the vehicle because of the lightning or the rain. Fortunately for us, it was the rain that pushed us to the car. I posted an image a couple of weeks ago that was a panoramic of the scene, but I remember standing on top of a hill (I know, not bright in an electrical storm) and just spinning around taking it in and shooting frame after frame, thinking it couldn’t get any better, but it did with every second that past. Always remember, bad weather can mean great light, get out and shoot, but be safe.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation (VC) feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Another from Warner Lake

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Another from Warner Lake…
 
The afternoon at Warner Lake, as well as Arches, has kept me busy processing images and I am finally seeing light at the end of the processing tunnel. It is so easy to be in a location and see the big picture, but ignore the details that make up the overall beauty. The snow on the trees, patches of blue sky, reflections, and the contrast of aspens and evergreens all make up the beauty of the location. Taking the time to isolate some of those details made for some nice images. I always make sure I take the time to explore both vertical and horizontal compositions of the same scene. Often a scene that just doesn’t work as a horizontal shines as a vertical. If you’ve ever worried that the pixels will fall off of your sensor if you turn your camera sideways for a vertical…it is just a nasty internet rumor…
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography