Archive for Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens

Spruce Flat Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2020 by lilybug1960

Spruce Flat Falls.
 
Don’t worry, I’m not violating any laws or orders by visiting the Great Smoky Mountains right now. I am simply going through my calendar of images for April and reviewing them. Often I find images I did years ago, in this case 4 years ago, and think about what I would do differently if I could go back today (if it were possible). Sometimes if it is close and the conditions are good, I go and see if I can improve on an image. I may be totally happy with an image but I may feel I have learned something new or technology may have progressed to help me make it better. So many places to revisit…
 
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Circular Polarizer to reduce glare, Sirui tripod and ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron2470, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #BearWoodsPhotography

18 Years

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

18 Years.
 
18 Years ago, I sat at my desk, processing images, having a cup of coffee, just normal things I do every morning. When I am working I usually have a TV on as background noise. I remember sitting and hearing a plane had hit one of the World Trade Centers. I stopped working and started watching. I was thinking to myself, “How can you fly into such a large building in daylight”? How could you not see it? I was thinking it was a small private plane at first. The news had conflicting stories as to the size of the plane. Then the second plane flew into the other tower. I remember sitting and staring at the TV in complete shock. It took me what felt like an hour, even though I know it was just a minute or so, to stand up and tell Evelyn and then Eric what had happened. Eric knew right away what it was and who had done it, and why. Evelyn and I were more in shock. The events of that day 18 years ago are etched in my mind like it was yesterday. Today as I sit and work on my computer, it seems for me many things are still the same, but I know in my mind they aren’t. Almost 3,000 people were on their way to work or simply doing what they did every day, but would never see their tomorrow. Since that day many more have died as a result of those attacks in NYC, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. It didn’t end for some that day, or even that week, depression, injuries sustained that day, Serviceman and women have died helping to keep us safe, and cancer has taken many more from us. Things can never be the same as they were that morning before that event.
 
Never Forget, we owe it to all of those people who perished on that day and each day since in keeping us Free.
 
This was an image I made of the Manhattan Skyline in 2017, an image very different from 18 years ago.
 
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed of 114 seconds, Sirui tripod, processed in Lightroom. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron2470, #SiruiUSA, #NeverForget, #BearWoodsPhotography

One lesson…”stop taking pictures”!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2018 by lilybug1960

One lesson…”stop taking pictures”!
 
For many years I have been asked to speak to groups in clubs, at conferences and during workshops, and I am asked for that one piece of advice that will help them with their photography. My answer is this, stop taking pictures, start creating images. These 6 words can improve your photography more than anything else. Why? A picture is nothing more than a moment in time, meaning the shutter speed simply captures that moment in our life. It is a snapshot of an event or a place, where an image is a memory of that moment in time. When I go out to create an image, I slow down, choose a place, a lens, an angle of view, shutter speed, filters, in other words, there are lots of decisions that I make. I arrange the elements within the frame to visually lead the viewer through the frame. I want the viewer to be there with me, to feel what I felt as I stood in that spot. Every image I have ever made, I can remember vividly the circumstances of that moment.
 
So if you could ever learn anything from me or my images, I hope it is to stop taking pictures and start creating images. Your love for photography and the World around us will simply get better.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-700, Aperture Priority mode, f8, ISO 200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!
 
First let me wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year. I didn’t make it to see the clock strike midnight, we celebrate Mountain Midnight which is 10pm. I sit this morning in 12 degree weather looking forward and back. My message on New Year’s Day is always the same, but I will post it anyway.
 
Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new year, yesterday was the celebration of a year’s end. As we sit today and look down the road ahead of us, we face a lot of unknowns. It is much like driving down a foggy road. We know what is behind us, some good, some bad, we could just put the car in park and be satisfied with where we have been. There is nothing wrong with that. My life is filled with incredible people, my wife Evelyn, the kids, our family, and our friends. My professional life is filled with great folks. All the people I work with on a regular basis, other photographers whom I have come to know more each and every time I work with them, great folks with partners and sponsors (many of which I consider great friends as well), and wonderful folks who come to my lectures and workshops. I could stop right here and know I have had a great life. I have been truly blessed.
 
However, there is that road ahead, draped in fog, lots of unknowns. As long as there is a road ahead, I know my journey isn’t over and I have to continue. There will be lots of smooth road, and I know a few potholes, but the journey is worth all of the trips. It isn’t one trip that defines your life, instead it is all of them that make your journey and define who you are. It is time to put your foot on the gas pedal, let go of the brake, and continue on your journey. That is what I am going to do, it is easy though when you look in your “car” and it is full of family and friends who will be there to help guide you and even change a flat tire or two when needed. Happy New Year and I hope to see everyone often in 2018.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Siui Circular Polarizer, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.
 
It has been fun going through the images I made last year as we worked our way up the Maine Coast heading to Bar Harbor. Pemaquid Point was one of those places I wished we had been there for better conditions, i.e. sunrise or sunset, but we made the best of what we were offered and captured a few images that I am happy with the results. One of these years I will spend a week or so just driving the coast and capturing the lighthouses in perfect light. We created images of 5 lighthouses in a 24 hour period! I look forward to my trip to Maine next month even if I will only see a couple of lighthouses. There better be some lobstah’ left!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Creating Fog

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

Creating Fog.
 
This image is similar to the one I posted the other day and was made within a few minutes as well. The immediate question some folks will have (that remember the previous one) is how come this image has fog in it? Did a front move in so quickly to cover the coast with fog? I used an old portrait photographer’s trick to create fog, I “breathed” on the front of the lens lightly. On mornings when it is fairly cool and crisp, simply breathing on the lens, lightly at first, can give you the feeling and perception you are on a foggy coast. The “fog” goes away within a few seconds and you can make it lighter or heavier after reviewing the image.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Akoubian fog filter, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Portland Head Lighthouse

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2017 by lilybug1960

Portland Head Lighthouse.
Keeping with my theme of things to come in the near future, here is the Portland Head Lighthouse from October of last year. We landed in Boston and decided to drive up the coast to Acadia visiting several lighthouses along the way. This was our 2nd stop on the trip. We did a sunset and sunrise there which turned out to be incredible, as you can see. I am doing a similar route this year, but have a much more limited schedule on the drive. I may only hit one lighthouse and this will be my sunrise location, although it is going to be hard to beat the conditions we had last year.
For those that live in or near Atlanta, please come by the Roswell Adult Recreation Center tomorrow night, September 5th for my presentation “Bird Nirdvana” – Finding Peace in being a Bird Nerd. It starts at 7pm, but there is a social starting at 6:30pm. Thank you again to the Roswell Photographic Society for having me out to do my presentation.
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 8 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

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

Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
 
I have been posting a lot of bird images recently so I thought I would give you a break for a day or so. I am looking at my schedule for the upcoming weeks and months and realized it is about a month from now I will be back in Maine for the Out of Acadia event. There are about 20 instructors and only 100 participants! We finalized our schedule recently and I have some awesome locations. One of those locations is the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. I made sure we limited the group size to only 7 to ensure the ability to have hands on instruction in this great location. It will be a sunset location for us and will be really enjoyable with cool breezes coming off of the ocean. Last I had heard, they had sold out the event, but there is always a chance of late cancellations. The first week of October will be a beautiful time up there…and of course they will have lots of lobster!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 15 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Dude Needs a Hat too!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Dude Needs a Hat Too!
 
Another image from my time in the Tack Room at the Lazy L and B Ranch in Dubois, WY. I love shooting Tack Rooms and the character of the tack inside. The wear and tear of leather and straw has great texture and color. Perfect for photography. Folks find it odd that I probably enjoy shooting things at a Ranch vs. actually riding, but it is to me capturing a part of our history. I could spend hours in these rooms exploring and shooting.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens due to tight space in the room, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Need Boots Dude?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Need Boots Dude?
 
If you show up at the Lazy L and B Ranch and you forgot your boots, they have about 40 pairs for the Dudes to choose from during your stay. I always enjoy visiting the Tack Rooms at Ranches to see the saddles, reins, boots, hats and everything else they have inside. There are so many stories sitting on those selves just waiting to be told, waiting to be recorded, wanting to be shared. For me, its not always about the horses, but the stories around the folks that ride them as well.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 450, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens due to space limitations, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear