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Another Nemesis…captured!

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

Another Nemesis…captured.
 
I posted a couple weeks ago about one of my nemesis, the Cerulean Warbler, was finally captured on digital film. I mentioned other nemesis that have taunted and haunted me for years. Another one of them was the male Hooded Warbler. I have captured them on my fence and in less than ideal light. Yesterday, that nemesis is taunting me no more, he is now another file on my hard drive! I was shooting on the back porch with a friend when he said he spotted a male Hooded Warbler coming in from the right. It landed on the fence and then hopped up onto the crepe myrtle. There he posed for about 30 seconds or so allowing me to capture some images of one of the most beautiful Warblers I have ever seen. Tomorrow, I will post another beautiful bird’s photo that we captured as well. This has truly been a great year in Bear Woods for Warblers. Now if I could just get that Ivory-billed Woodpecker or the Sasquatch that lives in the woods…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel.
 
As a bird nerd, I have a list of birds that are “Crown Jewels” on my list to hear, observe and if I am lucky, photograph. The first time I heard and saw a Cerulean Warbler was probably 15 years ago while birding on my road. I saw them a few times in the next couple years, but at least 10 years went by since my last encounter. When I heard one 2 days ago, I was very pleased, when it landed in my backyard, I hoped it would stay long enough for an image. I got a few images while it sat on the fence the other day, but yesterday it landed in the Crepe Myrtle bush and almost posed for me. They are incredibly beautiful birds as adults, but this juvenile male is every bit as nice with his green and blues. I had a great Warbler day in the backyard yesterday and will share a few more images in the next few days. I know, I am a total bird nerd. The fall migration of Warblers may be starting and I hope to capture some nice birds over the next few weeks and month or so. For now I can say I have placed another jewel in the Crown.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Got Bugs?”

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

“Got Bugs?”
 
I spent some time at the American Redstart nest yesterday morning after the rain stopped. Lighting under a canopy of trees on a cloudy day can be a challenge, but it can also offer nice lower contrast light. In order to maintain a decent shutter speed over 1/250th of a second for stopping action and to get a little more depth of field with f8, most of the time my ISO was over 2500. Thank goodness the Nikon D-500 handles low light so well. I set up my tripod and gimbal with a nice view of the nest and would just wait for the adults to come into feed the babies. Mom comes in, feeds and leaves quickly most of the time. Dad will feed and hang out for a few additional seconds usually. I waited to capture this image where a baby was looking up at Dad as he perched over the nest. To me he is hoping Dad has an extra moth that he forgot about. I haven’t spent much time studying American Redstarts before, but am fascinated by them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The American Redstart

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

The American Redstart.
 
Another beautiful, and harmonious, visitor we get up here in the summer is the American Redstart. It is a Warbler and will leave this fall. I was at the mailbox when I heard its song in the tree behind me. I looked and there it was! I quickly went and got my camera and spent the next 30 minutes waiting and chasing the singer of songs.
 
I am off this morning to try something new, a hot air balloon race. Not riding but photographing it. It launches from Helen, GA and ends when the first one reaches the coast, no particular part of the coast, anywhere between Maine and Miami. Should be fun!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Elusive Ovenbird

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Elusive Ovenbird.
 
I am by no measure a bird expert, but I have a passion for birding. I’m pretty good at identifying a lot of birds by sound as well as sight. One bird I have heard often, but seen rarely, and photographed never, is the Ovenbird. It is a small Warbler that stays low in the forest and builds a nest similar to an oven in shape. I have chased them around the woods many, many times with no success in capturing them on my sensor. Yesterday I was driving out of my driveway when a caught something fly to a branch beside the driveway. I had my camera with me and the settings were enough to capture an image or two. I had set my camera to manual exposure, matrix metering and Auto ISO due to the birds I had photographed the night before. It was perfect for this opportunity. I composed and released the shutter several times before the Ovenbird disappeared in the forest. It was then I looked down at the LCD screen, pleased with the image, and shocked to see the ISO was 18,000! I am super impressed to know that if I need to ever shoot my D-500 at ISO 18,000 I will get a very nice image with relatively low noise. Now if I could only spot that Sasquatch…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 18,000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld (since I was sitting in the drivers seat, car in park) utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, my tripod was being braced against the window opening of my Subaru Crosstrek 😉 , processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA

Hooded Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2015 by lilybug1960

Hooded Warbler.

By far the Hooded Warbler is probably my favorite Warbler. It is a fairly friendly and curious bird. They will often come check you out as you enter “their” territory. My favorite thing though is that “hood”! It is all that is great in nature. Taking a bright yellow bird with some olive feathers and then slap a cool hood on it! So cool. I have tried for many years to get a decent shot of one, then yesterday after having listened to this one warble in the same area, I knew it was worth trying. I was glad I did!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 70D, Aperture Priority, f8, +0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation feature utilized for movement of the lens, Peak Design Slide strap for extra stability, processed in Lightroom CC.

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