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The Barn Door

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

The Barn Door.
 
One thing I always like to do with our workshop groups is to photograph the doors and other things around the Triangle X Ranch while we are there. This door draws me back each time. It is the door to an old barn and the detail in the wood is just incredible. This time I got to use the Nikon D-850 and the Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 version. I am blown away by the detail and resolution this combination can give you. With a slightly overcast sky, the detail jumped and the colors of the door popped. You should join us next year!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #trianglexranch
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Reserved

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

Reserved.
 
One of the most beautiful horses I saw at the Triangle X Ranch was a white/grey/black horse. I am not a horse expert by any means so I don’t know what kind of horse it is, but it was beautiful. It was very reserved and shy around the group and wanted to just stand at a distance and observe. It was very content to just watch, never tucked back its ears, just wanted to enjoy a peaceful evening. I tried different attempts at images and one of my favorites was looking over the back of another horse. I thought it reflected how the one horse was most comfortable just observing. It did get curious a few times and approached me but you could sense the reservation every time the camera made the shutter noises. I look forward to visiting out to the Ranch again soon. Hopefully in May when I am out in Jackson again, I can go by and visit. Those folks become family, and they treat you like family. You have to visit the Ranch!
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 200, 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, #TriangleXRanch, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Triangle X Horses

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

Triangle X Horses.
 
When we decided to do our Winter Workshops in the Tetons, we knew there would be only one choice for our home base, the Triangle X Ranch. Nothing says Tetons and Wyoming to us more than this great location. We wanted our folks to wake up each morning with a great view of the mountains, enjoy nice cozy cabins, and to be able to walk a short distance and photograph some beautiful horses. We have become good friends with the folks that are at the Ranch and it is almost like visiting family each time we go there. Our participants feel the same way when they leave usually. We look forward to doing this workshop again next January and to see our “family” at the Ranch as well.
 
When I was walking through the horses I noticed this one white and grey horse between the two black horses. When the black horses both turned their heads to my left, it set the perfect composition for me. The snow made it even better, and I knew when I shot the image, black and white would be the way to process it.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed and converted to BW using Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TriangleXRanch

Just a month away

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

Just a month away.
 
In just a month from now, we head to Wyoming for our annual Winter in the Tetons Workshop. So far this winter the snow has been sparse in the valley, but that is supposed to change overnight. We want some snow out there. It has become one of, if not my favorite workshop Cecil and I do. The conditions can be tough, but very rewarding. I teach all the time that the best compositions in nature are those with simplicity as a theme. Simply using the blank canvas of snow to isolate a bare tree is, to me, a very pleasing visual composition. The negative space of the snow leads you to the tree and no where else. Simplicity.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Working with Challenging Exposures

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

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Working with Challenging Exposures.
 
If you were faced with this exposure, a black horse in snow, could you get the exposure right in one shot? I tell my students to concentrate on composition but understand your camera. In a situation like this, shooting in a matrix or multi-segment metering will give you fits. Back in my early days I was lucky enough to have learned the technical side of photography from John Shaw. There are none better at understanding exposure for nature images than John. We used to do exercises in the field where he would constantly ask me as he pointed at an object, “what’s the exposure?” At times it would be frustrating but it taught me how to properly calculate exposure. Today in digital, we aren’t often faced with a situation where we have to flip over to spot metering and manual exposure. I’m not saying it isn’t right to always shoot in manual mode and spot metering, just that it isn’t always necessary. The exposure latitude of film vs. digital was very limited and post processing allows you to make up for the difference often. If you can get it right out of camera, even better.
 
So, knowing the horse was black and the snow was white, I spot metered the horse and adjusted the meter to be 1 stop below zero. This means, since the camera always wants to zero things out, make everything a medium tone, I wanted it to be darker, so I made my shutter speed faster to allow less light to strike the sensor, thus making it darker than zero or medium (for those old film guys…18% gray). I purposely made it a little lighter than it should be in reality because I wanted to capture the detail in the horse. This is the very short version of how to do exposure, if you want a longer one, please visit my website BearWoodsPhotography.com and check out the workshops…we would love to have you join us.
 
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/80th of a second, spot metering, VC active, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiPro

Raven

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Raven.
 
One bird that has always fascinated me is the Raven. They are incredibly smart and very interesting to watch. You can see them applying logic when they are attempting to get food or when observing people. This one was trying to figure out a way to get into a trash dumpster by observing someone put a bag into it, then flew down to see if it could manipulate the handle. Of course it couldn’t but it watched, learned and applied what it had learned. Nature is so interesting to observe.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed 1/160th of a second, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens in Mode 1, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters

Tetons Workshop Recap

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Tetons Workshop Recap.
 
We are back in Bear Woods after a great workshop in the Grand Tetons. It was a very eventful week! We had to fly out there 2 days early to avoid the ice and snow here in Georgia. The workshop started on Sunday night and we were snowed in at the Triangle X Ranch for a couple of days due to winter weather. The road was closed at the entrance so we made the best of what we could shoot on the ranch. The participants were very creative and did a great job of capturing images of horses, moose, trees and snow. Once the road opened we grabbed all the opportunities that we could with sunrises and lots of wildlife. An absolutely great group of folks attended! Thank you again to the Triangle X Ranch and all of their folks for hosting us and making our stay fantastic.
 
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA