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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
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John Moulton Barn

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

John Moulton Barn.

 

My posts the next few days will be very short. Not that I don’t want to share the images or information, but I am tethering my internet connection from my phone in the middle of nowhere! This was sunrise yesterday morning at John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in the Tetons.

 

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 1/2 second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated ND 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

Looking Back at 2017 part 3

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 3.
 
One image that was high on my list was to get a Bison deep in snow. Somehow between writing that list and getting the image someone got confused. The Bison was in good snow and had it all over its face, but the snow wasn’t as deep around the Bison as I had hoped for on my list. However, I was standing in and deep snow. So I guess I got the image I hope for…a Bison, and deep snow…with a twist.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017 part 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2017 part 2.
 
When we were in Wyoming in January we witnessed a storm of historic proportions. Not only did they have heavy snow each night, but the high winds reduced the visibility to zero and they closed the main road in front of the Ranch and closed Teton County Schools for the first time in 27 years. Our group stayed on the Ranch to photograph horses, moose, birds, trees and anything else we could. We had a blast. The horses loved seeing us out there and enjoyed the attention. We all captured some wonderful images until the road opened and we were able to go to Gros Ventre and the National Elk Refuge. I think everyone agreed, if you are going to get snowed in for a few days, no where is better than the Triangle X Ranch! This image is one of the horses that worked as models for us during our visit.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Looking Back at 2017

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2017

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how it seems that 2017 has flown by so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was in Michigan photographing a Barn Owl at a Nature Center, but that was July! So I decided to start going over some of my favorite images from 2017. The year in photos started out in Wyoming. I remember we were supposed to leave on a Saturday, but a Winter Storm Warning was issued and Delta said if we were going to be guaranteed making it out of Atlanta we would have to leave Thursday. We made it out and were welcome to the Jackson Hole airport that night to -26 degree temperatures. It was beautiful out there! One of the first images I shot was of this Coyote as it wandered down the road and past us in Gros Ventre. His right hip showed an injury probably from a dispute with a Wolf or other Coyotes, but he was pretty bold as he approached us from over a hundred yards down the road and eventually directly past us. Other than the wound, that looked to be healing, it seemed healthy and we heard it had been seen in the same area a few days later.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #SiruiProfessional

Waiting

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

Waiting.
 
When I sit outside and photograph at one of my Bird Studios, I enjoy watching the competition for a spot near a feeder while the birds wait their turn. It seems like there are favorite spots the birds chose and that is why I try to keep changing the post they land on to encourage more perches for them. It is also interesting that they seem to all move from one feeder to another. There could be 5 at one feeder and none at another one moment then all them will move to a different feeder, and this goes on over and over. It would seem they would just spread out and all be at the feeders at the same time. This is one of the many Tufted Titmouse that visit each day. I have seen so many this year, it was a good summer for Titmouse apparently.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Fire and Ice

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fire and Ice.
 
I couldn’t help but look at the sky last night over “The 3 Chairs” and think about the real fires to the west in California. I have many friends and family who live out there and hope they stay safe. They are always in our thoughts and prayers.
 
As the snow storm pushed off to the east, I knew the sunset would be spectacular here in Bear Woods. As the sun dropped below the cloud line the snow glowed with warm light. Evelyn saw it and ran to the door to make sure I got the shot. Even we professional educators need teachers and guidance…
 
For the image itself, I quickly recognized that this was a perfect time to use the Sirui Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter since the brightest part of the image was along the horizon, and then above it in the sky. I wanted to capture detail in the foreground so this filter was perfect to simply line up the darkest part where the sun was located in the frame. I really am loving this filter!
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 head, Sirui 3 stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional