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A pleasant fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

A pleasant Fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler.
 
I’ve got a lot more landscape images to post, but yesterday I got to spend a few minutes on my back porch overlooking the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary(I love saying that), and observing the birds coming by to visit. There were great numbers of my usual suspects, then a group of Tennessee Warblers visited, then a few Bay-breasted Warblers, and finally this Cape May Warbler came in a few times, but stopped only once long enough for me to get a few images. This year was the first time I had seen Cape Mays at my house in the fall and it is great seeing them now 3 different times. I hope they continue to visit for a few days more.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary
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Can you use a Cropped Sensor to photograph the Night Skies?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Can you use a Cropped-sensor to photograph the night skies?
 
There has been a lot of attention on night skies and photographing the Milky Way recently. There are some who have the belief that in order to do night skies you have to use a full frame camera. I decided to put it to the test while I was in Arches National Park last week. I used the Nikon D-500 and the Tamron 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens for my testing. I will start by saying I, my opinion, feel the D-500 handles high ISO noise better than any other cropped sensor camera, definitely better than any that I have used. I found that when using the Live View feature to focus, finding a bright star, which happened to be Mars(I know its a planet) in this case, was easy and sharp focus was easy to achieve. There was no exposure variance from full frame even with the loss of 1/3rd of a stop due to the f-stop variance of the lenses I normally use. I was very pleasantly surprised with the results when the image appeared on the LCD after exposure. When processing there were some slight color shifts in some of the areas, a little more green in the sky, but I don’t know enough about the electronics to know if it was a characteristic of the smaller sensor or if there was a shift in the color of the sky in the 20 minutes that had passed since I had used the full frame camera.
 
So in a nutshell, I think the results are very nice using a cropped sensor camera when shooting night skies, in my honest opinion though, the full frame does do a better job overall. I would also add, that if the only reason you would purchase a full frame camera was to shoot night skies, I would probably just live with the slight difference and take a few trips instead.
 
Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f3.5, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 30 seconds, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SriuiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Skyline Arch

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2018 by lilybug1960

Skyline Arch.
 
There are so many arch formations in Arches National Park, and I know I have only visited a handful of them. The days I scouted my shooting locations the light and the clouds were incredible. I wanted to demonstrate how a lens with the versatility of the Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD is possibly the perfect lens for Arches NP. I started with an image of the arch from near the beginning of the trail, and I would zoom in to show how well the lens captured the scene simply by turning the zoom ring and stepping right or left. I did actually walk closer as well, since it would have been too easy to simply take the position of a tumbleweed in the landscape. When looking at carrying less gear while keeping the versatility of several lenses, this lens is very possibly a perfect choice.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Turret Arch

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2018 by lilybug1960

Turret Arch.
 
One of the arches we visited while in Utah was Turret Arch on the Windows Arch Loop Trail. I got some funny looks when I told folks where I had gone. Why? Well, I take pride in the fact that I was raised in Georgia, and have lived there for over 50 years, but my southern dialect pronounces this more like Turd Arch. Only in Georgia can we have a 2 syllable word that is pronounced as one syllable. There were a few folks in the room from Georgia that knew exactly where I was referring to and understood my dilemma. I will say this, by the end of the Conference, I had converted many to pronouncing this arch in proper southern English. However you pronounce the arch, it is a beautiful part of the landscape. This image took a little patience as I waited for the tree in the lower right to be completely inside the shadow to break up the space cast by that shadow.
 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di OSD lens on a Nikon D-850, at 17mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Aspen Leaf in Snow

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2018 by lilybug1960

Aspen Leaf in Snow.
 
I couldn’t help but notice the golden Aspen leaves that had fallen onto the snow at Warner Lake the other day. Some had begun to sink into the snow, while others lay on top. You could see dew or melted snow settling on top of the leaves, and that was probably what was pushing them down into the snow. When the sun would peek through the clouds the water droplets would glisten. Half the fun was looking for a near perfect leaf to photograph.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Warner Lake

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

Warner Lake.
 
On Tuesday I got to spend the afternoon with some incredible photographers at Warner Lake high in the La Salle Mountains. The Aspen trees were lighting up in a beautiful reflection on the lake. I had never been to this location before but will definitely return. With the warm weather we have been having in the southeast, it sure was good to spend a day needing to wear a jacket! I am looking forward to shooting with this great group of folks again!
 
My thoughts and prayers are with the folks on the Forgotten Coast and Panhandle of Florida this morning as they dig out of the devastation from Hurricane Michael. We are heading down in a month to do a Workshop in Apalachicola and look forward to supporting their recovery in any way we can.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8, Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 64, 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

Haystack Mountain Peak

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

Haystack Mountain Peak.
 
The Out of Moab Conference ended yesterday and after lunch a few of the instructors decided to jump into a couple of vehicles to explore an area of the La Salle Mountains we had been seeing lots of snowfall over the past few days. We loaded up into a couple of vehicles and ventured up to Warner Lake. There were still a lot of Aspen trees that had leaves and against the fresh snow it was really beautiful. The sun was pushing its way through the clouds at times and the trees and mountains lit up. For a few brief minutes the peak of Haystack Mountain to the south peeked out of the clouds. I really loved the bright peak with the dark clouds around it. It was a great afternoon getting to know some great photographers, and the light made it that much more memorable.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography