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Mute Swan, Cape May

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Mute Swan, Cape May.
 
It has been many years since my last visit to Cape May, NJ but I was able to make a return visit yesterday with Ken Hubbard. After our lectures for the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs we found ourselves with a free day before doing a project today. Ken is doing a workshop there for Tamron and the Photo Center in a few weeks, so we decided to do a scouting trip. I am returning to Cape May the first week of May 2019 for the M.A.R.S. event, and this also will help me to do a little scouting. Cape May is a birding hot spot each spring and although we were at the beginning of the neo-tropical migrants, mainly songbirds, we still were rewarded with a 5 Warbler day. We saw lots of Yellow-rumped, several Prairie, and a few Palm and Black and White, while hearing several Pine Warblers. We spent awhile photographing the beautiful Mute Swans as well. They are beginning to nest on top of the Musk Rat dens this time of year. They would approach fairly close to us and it was an awesome feeling to be that close to these really incredibly beautiful birds. If you have never been to Cape May, you need to add it to your list of must visit locations.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 280, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, for this image I used a Sirui Monopod that is actually one removable leg from the N3204X tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Great Egret in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Great Egret in Flight.
 
First, I want to thank the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs for hosting myself and Ken Hubbard for their Photorama 2018 yesterday. There were about 150 folks in attendance for our presentations. I met many new friends and was treated like family from the minute I arrived. A special thanks to the Photo Center and to Patty from Tamron for all her hard work in setting it up and helping to make it happen. Lou from the NJFCC was a great organizer and made the show run smoothly. I look forward to coming back up in the future. Today it is time for a little bird photography on Cape May! I have been studying eBird and have some specific birds to look for today!
 
This is an image from Harris Neck NWR during the Georgia Nature Photographers Association Annual Expo. The birds in the rookery started taking flight and I had just talked with the group about setting for birds in flight and this Great Egret decided he wanted to help our group practice! My settings for birds in flight are typically no slower than 1/500th of a second and f8, I will utilize the auto ISO feature of the camera if the birds are traveling from shadow to light or in and out of shadow. I prefer 1/1000 or even 1/2000 of a second. Larger and slower birds are fine at the minimum speeds.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 140, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Who delivers babies to Storks?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Who delivers babies to Storks?
 
So the question is this, if Storks deliver babies to humans, who delivers babies to Storks? I waited to find out while I was at Harris Neck NWR watching the Wood Storks on their nest, but never found out the answer. This was an image from our field trip to Woody Pond. It is a great place to see a lot of nest with adults incubating eggs and we even got to see several times when the adults came into feed the chicks. I will really have to look at doing a workshop at Harris Neck NWR, it is such a great location.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Mom has my back!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

Mom has my back.
 
While our group was at Harris Neck NWR last Friday, we were entertained with a moment of nature. We could hear the grunts of baby alligators but had not seen them until we saw movement from a White Ibis. There were 2 very nervous young alligators on an open area and a White Ibis was foraging the shoreline. The gators were backing up as the Ibis approached, but then Mom emerged from the water on the bank and one of the baby alligators suddenly became brave and started leaping at the Ibis. The Ibis stopped in its tracks, stood still for a little while, weighed out its options, and flew off. It is amazing how possible prey becomes predator when Mom shows up!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Immature White Ibis

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Immature White Ibis.
 
I have to be honest, I am kind of unprepared with my post today. We experienced a fast moving wildfire, due to high winds, on the mountain yesterday and sleep did not come easy last night. Living on a mountainside, has great benefits like the view, wildlife and a mostly peaceful life. What we all fear up here is a fire that starts downhill from us because fires naturally move quickly up a mountain, add high winds and it can be deadly and devastating. It started around the mountain to the east and notifications went out to our neighbors to be prepared to evacuate. The winds kept the fire to our east, but it didn’t make it any easier. We live in a community of like minded people who love our lives up here and when one person suffers we all suffer. Bulldozers and Firetrucks raced up the hill and began digging firebreaks below 3 houses. They started wetting down the area to help as well. With their hard work, the fire was contained and I believe there was no damage to any of the houses. Thank you to those who rushed into harm’s way to keep all of us safe.
 
With that, I did photograph many things beside Driftwood Beach. I led a group on a field trip to Harris Neck NWR. One subject that jumped out visually to me was this immature White Ibis on a perfect diagonal snag. Time for a little rest…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

A Review of Night Sky Settings

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Review of Night Sky settings.
 
I was really fortunate that in my 2 shoots on Driftwood Beach I was able to have the Milky Way present in the sky for one of them. It was questionable for a while with the haze, and never did clear completely, but it was enough for me. I wanted to take a moment and talk about the settings I use for night skies. They are a starting point and can vary from place to place and should simply be used as just a starting point. First, my lens of choice is a Tamron SP f2.8 Di VC USD lens set at 15mm on a full frame camera, in this case the Nikon D-850. I shoot in Manual Exposure and Manual Focus modes setting the shutter speed to 30 seconds, aperture at f2.8, and ISO to 3200. I use the RAW setting on the camera since I will be adjusting the White Balance in Lightroom. On this lens I set the focus ring to infinity, on otherslenses I will back it off just a little. A must is a sturdy tripod and ballhead, for this image the Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead. A cable release or self-timer is needed to minimize camera shake. When I did this scene I did my first exposure at ISO 3200, but it was a little too bright, so I brought the ISO down to 1600. You want the image to be bright on the LCD, but you do want to see your Milky Way, be careful about it being under exposed, you will need the extra light for the processing of the image. After your first exposure, zoom in on the LCD to make sure your stars are good “point” sources of light, if not, adjust your focus. That is why I love this lens, it is always spot on at the infinity mark.
 
Get to your location and let your eyes adjust, use an App to locate the “Galactic Core” and move around to set your composition. Be patient and learn to process the image in Lightroom or another program, because more than half the image is achieved in the post processing. Most of all have fun!
 
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Tips for shooting at Driftwood Beach

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Tips for shooting at Driftwood Beach.
 
I just returned from 5 days on Jekyll Island while attending and presenting at the Annual Expo for the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I wanted to share some of my observations as tips for shooting on Driftwood Beach and some notes on the Expo as well.
 
Driftwood Beach is much like shooting on any beach with some special subjects to consider. The trees, or driftwood, is a key to the composition so make sure you scout to find the tree that appeals to you the most. The trees will be on dry land except for rising or falling tides near their peaks. I personally like to have swirls and wet sand around the wood to reflect the morning sky. Using a simple App to determine where the sun will rise on the horizon will help you to get set up for that perfect image. Plan to be able to shoot on a couple different days just in case the weather conditions are perfect. Lower humidity will hopefully eliminate some of the haze on the horizon and help if you want to shoot sunstars. A slight breeze will help with the gnats, and believe me, you want the help with the gnats! I put some type of bug spray on every 15 minutes, and if you miss a square inch, they will find it. I like the smooth water so for me using a Neutral Density filter is a must. A circular polarizer will remove the reflection, so an ND filter is better. You will want either a 4 stop or 6 stop. I use the square filters from Sirui. When the sun is rising and the detail in the foreground and sky are so dark due to the sunlight, a Reverse Graduated ND filter is needed. I used a 2 stop Reverse Graduated ND filter for my images. A good tripod is needed as well for longer images. Watch the legs to make sure they aren’t in the water because it will sink in the middle of your exposure and cause blur. Be ready to run around and work other trees as well, and most of all have fun.
 
The GNPA Annual Expo kicked off Thursday with some pre-conference classes and workshops. I taught a Macro class and then we went out to shoot around the building. On Friday I took a group to Harris Neck NWR, which is an incredible location and everyone should visit it, even if it is just to see the birds that visit and reside there. Once the Expo started officially and all the presentations were in one location, the break out sessions and meetups were great because you got to meet so many new folks, shoot with friends and people who share the same passion for nature. The Expo, to me, isn’t about all the presentations or workshops, its about the sharing of knowledge between photographers, the camaraderie that is there. I never leave one of these events that I don’t see the formation of lifelong bonds and friendships. For me, seeing so many people that come hoping to walk away with more knowledge is a personal goal to make sure I do my best to give them that which they seek. I hope most of all to inspire people to try new things, shoot new places and most of grow their passion for photography and nature. I hope everyone will check out the GNPA or NANPA, or the local equivalent, wherever you live. Go to their meetings and conferences, you won’t regret the experience!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 64, shutter speed of 15 seconds, Sirui 4 stop Neutral Density filter and 2 stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density filter, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear