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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m).
 
I love snow, but hate ice storms, and yesterday we woke up to ice on everything. We lost power sometime in the middle of the night, but we have a generator so we were fine. Along with a constant fire in the wood stove, it was very cozy. I made sure I put out lots of seed for the birds since getting to any on plants would have been impossible. One bird that came to visit was a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The male is especially striking and posed nicely for me a couple of times. I really liked how the yellow from the bird reflected off of the ice on the post that it was perched.
 
It made me start to think about my youth a little. I could never run for any office because of my youth, and thank goodness that the internet was not around. I know that surely once or twice while daring one of my hooligan friends to do something crazy, like jump into a pond where we were sure there were snakes or giant snapping turtles, that I probably commented upon their hesitation, “what are you, a yellow-bellied sapsucker?” Where did this saying come from? And why? Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are very cool birds and weren’t afraid of anything in the yard. They were actually very brave. Having lots of extra time on my hands yesterday, I researched it and could only find the reference but no reason for the saying. So from this day forward when we see something that bravery is required, we should say “you can do it, you are a yellow-bellied sapsucker!”
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana
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Carving the Landscape

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2018 by lilybug1960

Carving the landscape.
 
It is amazing to think about how massive rivers and glaciers carved out the landscape around us. Often all we see that will remain of those massive rivers are small streams or even creeks. When I look at the water flowing over, under, and even around rocks in a river, I see how the force of the water can accomplish that carving process. Water is truly the root of life for us here. Yesterday we got our first winter storm of the season. It started as cold rain, turned to snow, then for most of the night was covered with freezing rain. The weight of the branches from the ice will cause some of them to snap off and fall to the ground. Water and insects will cause it to decay eventually becoming fertilizer for other plants, while the insects will feed other insects and animals. It is all such an incredible process that occurs every day around us.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 64, shutter speed of .8 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron70210mm, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

River Dance

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

River Dance.
 
I love taking a telephoto lens and isolating sections of rapids in the river. It takes a little practice and trial and error, depending on the speed of the water, to make the water appear to dance over the riverbed. Too fast of a shutter speed stops the movement, while too slow simply blurs it to that cotton candy effect. I like to have just a few drops of water or streaks to give the viewer a subject to lock their vision in a particular area within the frame. Scenes like this while offering plenty of detail still maintain their abstract qualities.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron70210mm, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Foreground Objects

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2018 by lilybug1960

Foreground objects.
 
When I do landscape photography, my objective is to create an image that will guide a viewer through the frame. I try to create, what I refer to, as visual tension by placing an object that works in a complimentary way with my subject to grab the viewer’s attention and then they study the frame. In this case I used my ultra-wide angle lens, the Tamron SP 15-30mm G2, moved in close to the rock as that foreground object. Your eye is captured there, then moved to the water, but if you are like me, you return to the rock to study all the details and colors. That is the main reason I love using ultra-wide angle lenses for my landscape work when possible.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1530mmG2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Details

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Details.
 
As the sun peeked over the mountains the other morning we concentrated on the details vs the big picture on the Upper Tallulah River. I put away, but only temporarily, the Tamron SP 15-30mm G2 and picked up the Tamron 70-210mm Di VC USD lens. I really like this lens for several reasons, its super sharp, compact, and very affordable. It is an f4 lens and that can save some weight and money for those looking for a great option in this focal range that shoot primarily landscape like I do. I’m typically shooting between f8 and f16 so I’m taking advantage of sharpness capabilities and I’m not concerned with a shallow depth of field. This will be my “long” lens for my trip to Iceland in February. I like that it also has the ability to use a tripod collar and that can offer more support and less stress on the camera mount.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1 second, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TarmonImageMaster, #Tamron70210mm, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

The “S” Curve

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

The “S” Curve.
 
My favorite section of my favorite river has to be this section of the Upper Tallulah River. I have stood on this rock and photographed up the river each time I visit. Years ago I never knew the reason why it was so appealing to me, but as I learned more about composition in photography, and art in general, breaking up a landscape with curved lines helps lead the viewer through the frame. Straight lines tend to divide a frame into left/right or top/bottom. When you look at classic portraiture even people in the images or paintings are typically curved. It is usually a case where men are posed in what looks like a “C” curve while females are traditionally posed in an “S” curve. A “C” curve tends to be thought of as masculine, while an “S” curve is consider more effeminate. I tend to think of “S” curves in a landscape to help with a smooth visual movement through the frame.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Fotodiox Circular Polarizer to reduce glare on the rocks and increase the exposure time, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron1530mmg2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

My Favorite River

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

My Favorite River.
 
I don’t know if its possible to have a “favorite” river, and if you can, you would think it would be some grand river like the Snake or the Colorado. Not for me though. It would have to be the Tallulah River, more specifically, the Upper Tallulah River in Rabun County and up into North Carolina. I first found the river with some High School friends back in the late 70s and have been going up most every year since. I have spent many a night camping alone or with family and friends. I have pulled many trout out of the river and cooked them up either over a campfire or on a portable stove. My preferred preparation is to clean them, place some butter and lemon slices in and on them, a little salt and pepper, then wrap them in foil, cook for a few minutes, then enjoy! I have hiked many miles around the river, taken my old Toyota Landbruiser on the trails and been stuck when some freak snow storms kept us there. I have seen bears, deer and even mink along its banks. Through it all, I always think on the emerald water that flows between its banks. You see, its much more than a river, its a lifetime of memories. My favorite river.
 
I spent the morning photographing with a good friend, George Mraz. My initial goal was to shoot the entire time with the Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens, which I did except when the sun crested the mountains and then I switched to a longer lens to isolate details in the river. The new G2 lens is very similar to the original, but with some advances in coatings the images were all extremely crisp and sharp. Ultra-wide angle lenses can present some obstacles, but Tamron’s engineers seem to have found the formula to eliminate or at least severely minimize distortion, flare and chromatic aberration. I used manual focus on the lens for the river images and was impressed on how easy it was to see the sharpness and contrast through the viewfinder, making focus very easy. Tamron continues to amaze me as to how they can take a great lens and improve on it to make it even better.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 3 seconds to give the water a flowing appearance, Fotodiox Circular Polarizer to reduce glare on rocks and slow the exposrue, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1530mmG2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography