Archive for Vibration Compensation

Flint Corn

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Flint Corn.
 
We all see it this time of year decorating mailboxes, doors, tables…Flint Corn, or Indian Corn. This particular type of corn is one of the oldest known varieties of corn. It was one of the types of corn the Native Americans taught the settlers how to grow. You see it everywhere, but does anyone eat it? Not very often. Why? It gets its name not for being a variety grown in Flint, but because the shell is as hard as Flint, the rock. Little did you know that when you started reading this post by a photographer would you learn so much more…
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 400, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation (VC) feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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“Bird Nirdvana” tonight at the Roswell Photographic Society

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Bird Nirdvana” tonight at Roswell Photographic Society.
 
Just a reminder that I will be presenting an all new program, “Bird Nirdvana” – Finding peace in being a Bird Nerd, to the Roswell Photographic Society. The meeting starts at 6:30pm, with a social, and the presentation is at 7pm. It will be held at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center. It was very tough for me to find my favorite bird images because it meant eliminating others that I really like due to time constraints. I could do a 4 hour presentation but it will be limited to 90 minutes.
 
I have seen 20 different Warblers in the yard this year and will share some of my favorite images of the birds. I will also share my ideas and techniques for attracting birds to your yard as well as capturing Birds in Flight. I hope to see many friends there tonight!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation Mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Black-throated Green Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2017 by lilybug1960

Black-throated Green Warbler.
 
The weather has been pretty windy and rainy here in Bear Woods with Harvey moving through our area. We feel very fortunate to have only received winds and rain after seeing the devastation Harvey left behind in Texas. It is going to be a long hard road for the folks down there to get things back to normal. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
 
One of the most common Warblers we see in the summer is the Black-throated Green Warbler. We have them nesting here each year and I see several at the feeders each day. Of course they are eating seeds or worms, but instead just chasing each other and the other birds. They are really funny to watch. They do grab an insect or worm sometimes from the crepe myrtles.
 
I am looking forward to seeing some friends at the Roswell Photographic Society on Tuesday for my presentation of “Bird Nirdvana” – Finding peace in being a Bird Nerd. Please join us, they do allow visitors!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation Mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

More of the Tennessee Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2017 by lilybug1960

More of the Tennessee Warbler
 
Prior to 2 days ago, I had never seen a Tennessee Warbler in the yard. After I saw the one 2 days ago, I had 3 on the same branch yesterday. I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of them together as they stay very busy chasing each other as well as other birds. The migration is a busy time and I expect lots of birds in the yard over the next 30 days or so. Harvey is moving through our area right now so that may slow them down or re-route them for a couple days though.
 
Don’t forget if you live in the Atlanta area, on Tuesday September 5, I will be presenting “Bird Nirdvana” with lots of great information and images to the Roswell Photographic Society.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation Mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Losing the juvenile feathers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

Losing the juvenile feathers.
 
It is an awkward time for the Eastern Bluebirds, and many other birds, as they molt their feathers for their winter coats. Birds molt their feathers at least once a year, often twice, some birds will even molt 3 times. It is a natural process since the feathers wear down and are as efficient for flight, and insulation. Seeing juveniles molting into their beautiful adult feathers is like seeing a teenager grow into adulthood. This one especially shows the beautiful feathers and color underneath the feathers that served more of a purpose of camouflage vs attracting a mate. If the Bluebirds return this winter like they have in past winters, there will be a lot of birds in my yard! I am still seeing as many as 8-10 in the yard at a time.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Vibration Compensation mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Don’t cut those dead flowers!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Don’t cut down those dead flowers!
 
One of the reasons the birds have visited very frequently this year has been the more natural approach to the garden areas. We compost all our leaves and plants, then use them for fertilizer in the gardens. We let the flowers we have planted dry up and go to seed where they stand. With the sunflowers, I wait until the birds have picked the seeds from the head, then cut the heads and place them on the ground for chipmunks and ground birds. This also attracts insects to the stalks, which is attracting the Warblers. After they all migrate, I will cut the plants and let them compost in the garden, then in spring till the soil and plant flowers again. This tip and others are going to be in my upcoming presentations to the Roswell Photographic Society (Sept 5) and the Alpharetta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (Sept 20). I have definitely decided the title will now be “Bird Nirdvana” – making your life more enjoyable, one bird at a time…yep, I’m a nerd. Come see this and many more images of the Worm-eating Warbler and his allies at the presentation.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Waiting for Worms

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Waiting for worms.
 
I have been so busy posting images of the great Warblers here that I haven’t updated the Eastern Bluebirds in a while. The babies from brood 3 have been coming down to the feeder area for about 3 or 4 days now. I have not seen Mom in about 3 weeks, so I feel that she either was predated or simply passed from natural causes. This was her 4th year that I have observed her at the nestboxes, so it may have been time. Dad along with the newest babies and at least 8 of the previous babies make regular visits to the feeder area. Bluebirds will always be my favorite birds and I am glad I am able to provide an area for them to thrive. In return, I am very lucky to observe and photograph these great bird’s behavior and lives. They have taught me so very much and I will continue to learn from them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional