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Those Eyes…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

Those Eyes…
 
I didn’t expect that our group would be photographing Common Loons while we were Apalachicola, but it was a great treat. For several of them it was a life bird, in other words, the first time they had seen this bird. For even more it was a great chance to photograph this beautiful bird. The eyes are mesmerizing and with just the right amount of sunlight it is even more incredible.
 
We just announced our Apalachicola 2019 Workshop yesterday and are getting registrations already. For a 10% discount we have a code EARLYBIRD2019 to enter at checkout. We have also announced our Spring in the Tetons 2019 Workshop! TETONSEARLYBIRD will get you $100 off. Both of these offers are good until January 1, 2019.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops
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Approaching the Solstice

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Approaching the Solstice.
 
The Winter Solstice is December 21 and I would love to say that “The 3 Chairs” will line up perfectly with the Sun directly ahead of them, but unless things have changed from previous years, it will still be off to the side of our view a little. Last night was the first real night we had super clear skies during sunset and I wanted to take advantage of the scene. This morning is a chilly one here in Bear Woods, 13.3 degrees with the windchill, 19 without. I have had the wood stove going non-stop for a few days and there is something special about hearing the wood crackle as I sit at my desk. It is actually beginning to feel like the Christmas season. We have already had our first snowfall, albeit minor and actually more ice than snow, but a nice dusting would be pretty in a couple weeks.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Brown Pelican in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2018 by lilybug1960

Brown Pelican in Flight.
 
During our Apalachicola Workshop we had a couple of great opportunities to photograph birds in flight. I gave a quick lesson on settings and technique and shortly after the birds cooperated very well. I explained to the group to stop the movement you wanted a minimum of 1/1000th of a second for most birds. To get started, I said big slower birds with less movement are perfect to get the movements needed for sharp images. Enter the Brown Pelican and perfect lighting. We spent about an hour just waiting for the wide bodied jumbo jets to fly by at eye level offering plenty of images to be captured.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 2 (panning mode), processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

All the leaves are gone…almost…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

All the leaves are gone…almost…
 
As the sun rose yesterday to light the skies, there was an eerie pink fog that covered the landscape. With the vast majority of the leaves already off the trees, it was interesting to see “pink” in all directions of the sky. After it lightened up enough I decided it was time to get the leaves off of the porch and from out front. I got out the leaf blower and cleared the porch, then the driveway. Our driveway is about 300 feet long and when I got back to the porch, it looked as if I never cleared it. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait until spring to clear the leaves…
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

Joe Taranto Seafood Co.

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

Joe Taranto Seafood Co.
 
I have photographed this building many, many times as well as taking every workshop group to it during our workshops here. It has been photographed and painted hundreds if not thousands of times in all likelihood. I don’t know if I have ever shared the history of Joe Taranto Seafood Co. though. Joseph Taranto met his wife, Madeline, in Apalachicola and opened the Taranto Seafood Company in 1923. A son, Anthony, was born in 1932. As a child Anthony worked for his father in the seafood house and eventually took over the business as an adult. The current building was built in the 1940s and was operational until the late 1990s when Anthony retired and no one in the family wanted to take it over. The building still stands on Water Street and survived Hurricane Michael. You can see some of the roof was damaged, but the structure survived the surge and winds. Years ago my group photographed a man named Mike who was at one time the Harbor Master for Apalachicola during the “good years” of fishing. He told us the story of how the fishing industry started failing when fresh water didn’t flow down the Apalachicola River like it used to flow. Towns up river in Alabama and Georgia, with rivers like the Chattahoochee empty into the Apalachicola River, and without that perfect combination of fresh and salt water the estuary suffered. The fishing industry started to disappear in the late 80s and 90s. He told us how he had been living behind Taranto Seafood building for many years on the boat dock. He remembered it closing with the decline in the industry. Today, Apalachicola’s fishing and oyster industry is suffering greatly and many of the oyster houses there actually process oysters from as far away as Galveston. How long will it be before one of our greatest gifts, the Apalachicola Bay, will cease to exist as a fishery?
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M100, Manual Exposure mode, f5, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

“Kindness” or is it?

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

“Kindness” or is it?
 
During the North Georgia Camera Club Council Shootout 2018 I was walking around looking for subjects to photograph for the 5 categories of subjects. One category was “Kindness”. I had done a few images of people being kind while waving me safely across the street. I had done a few images that were of “markers” of people who had done kind or generous things during their lives and as a way of recognizing their kindness or generosity, they had a marker placed or a tree planted, which to me was an act of kindness as well. As I explored the area around Hagan Chapel, I found a row of “Kindness” Rocks. Of course I had recently gone on a rant about people leaving these rocks in National Parks and how they shouldn’t be there, but I did find it humorous that my rant was now going to be something that I would use to fulfill my required image. Let me say this, I think Church grounds are a perfect place for Kindness Rocks, but I still feel the natural areas of National Parks or other “natural” areas is not the place these should be placed. It makes a natural area, unnatural.
 
Thinking I had hit the goldmine on one of the categories I was ready to move on, but it also hit me it was a huge gamble for one of the participants to enter a similar image. Judging a competition like this event is very subjective. The judge first of all may have never heard of a Kindness Rock and wonder why someone entered a painted rock. I saw examples in the final images of what, from my subjective view, would not have won because of an individual’s interpretation of the category. Is an act of kindness different when athletes are involved and it is customary to shake hands? Is that kindness or is it sportsmanship? If something reflects is it shiny, or is it an example of simply a reflection? Is a letter in a mailbox, mail, or is it a letter? I could go on, but that is what makes these events interesting, seeing all the individual interpretations of a word and how to photograph it, as well as how it is judged. This is also an example for me as to why you should approach these events with a mindset of having fun, and not too serious. I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years, but have never won a contest that I can remember. I photograph because I love the process, not necessarily the recognition. I continually judge my own images, but not against others but against my previous work. Perspective clients judge my work against others obviously, and I wont’ get a job because someone did or could do a job better than I could do it. My goal is always to learn and to improve, the recognition in my case is whether a client is pleased with the work and is willing to pay for it. I very often simply go out to “Create” for myself and have no intention of marketing an image. Again for me it is often the process, the idea of having an interpretation of a scene and then capturing that interpretation or “vision” on the sensor of my camera. Enough for now, in short, is it a painted rock, or is it an act of kindness, it is up to the individual.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

“Shiny”

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

“Shiny”
 
Yesterday was the North Georgia Camera Club Council Shootout (NG3C) held at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. I was one of the presenters and the topic I chose was to go out and shoot the same subjects, without advance notice of what they were, as the participating teams. The teams would either break up into smaller groups for each of the 5 topics, or go out and then select the best ones for the judges. My goal was to get 5 images that I thought were good representations of the subjects, but I wouldn’t be entering them with the judges. The 5 subjects that were drawn (actually they had me draw the topics from a “hat” at the 8 a.m. meeting) were: Shiny, Letters, Arches, Kindness, and Winter is Coming. I went out in search of the obvious first to get something to fit the category and then went out searching for an “out of the box” image in case I felt I needed something different. The first thing I learned was the Post Office won’t let you photograph “Letters”, after being asked to leave I moved down the road in search of other subjects. Once I told myself, just to have fun, and think, subjects presented themselves. My final image, that I chose, to represent “Shiny” was this “Hog” ornament on the front wheel fender of a cool Harley Davidson that pulled into the Gas Station as I was refilling my coffee cup. I explained I was on a photo scavenger hunt and the riders were more than happy to show off their bikes. I don’t think any of my images would have won and I will share more images as the days go by, but I had a lot of fun, met some great folks, visited with good friends, and got to spend a day outside in the fresh air.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography