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Time at Home

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

Time at home.
 
It seems odd that I am home for almost a month. This has been a busy travel year, but it is good to be at home to enjoy Bear Woods, well except the Georgia heat anyway. It has been a scorcher this year. I have been able to work on some programs updating them for upcoming presentations like this Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center for the Smyrna Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I also have a presentation on Saturday to the Big Canoe Photographers, and then a big presentation in Orlando to the Orlando Camera Club on September 9. I have come up with a name for my project of photographing working animals, which will include service animals, therapy animals, Police K9s, and dogs that have “saved” someone, and I will soon announce the title after much thought. My goal is to have a page celebrating these special animals and avenues which you can directly support the organizations that make their service possible. For now here is a recent sunset over “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 17-35mm Di OSD lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1735, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography
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Southwest Florida Eagle’s Nest

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2018 by lilybug1960

Southwest Florida Eagle’s Nest.
 
While I was in Cape Coral I decided that I would take a drive to the SWFL Eagle’s nest that is featured on webcams. When we arrived at the nest we were greeted with incredible light. One of the Eagles, the female known as Harriet, was out on a limb sunning herself. She preened for a while and you could see movement every once in a while in the nest from the two Eaglettes. Some Grackles kept flying near the nest, probably trying to get scraps, and the adult Eagle was not happy. Finally she flew closer to the nest and began vocalizing. This did the trick and the Grackles kept their distance. I never get tired of watching Eagles. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do so in my life when I was a teen in the 70s.
 
Be sure to check out my website for the new lectures and workshops I have added. I will be in Fort Meyers, New Jersey, Toledo, Jackson, WY, and Grandfather Mountain during the next few months!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

More Cute Fawn Overload!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

More Cute Fawn Overload!
 
I took a one day hiatus from the cute fawn overload, but they are back for another day. These 3 took turns napping while one would stay on alert. That is common among herd animals for their safety and protection. This was the rare moment when all 3 were mostly awake, the one in the back is fading quickly again.
 
If you get a chance, stop by my website, www.bearwoodsphotography.com, for the latest updates on lectures, presentations and workshops. I will be presenting to the Big Canoe Photographers July 8 on Landscape Photography. I will be at NECCC in Amherst in a few weeks doing my “Designing a Landscape” presentation, and at SWMCCC in Holland, MI a couple weeks later doing several different presentations. I have lots of local Georgia presentations on the calendar and would love to see some old friends there. In October I will be at Photo Plus Expo in NYC doing a presentation on October 28 on “Travel and Landscape Photography” at the Javits Center. All these and others are all listed on the website. I hope to see you soon!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 360, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Lectures and Presentations

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

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Lectures and Presentations.
 
I love doing presentations and lectures for camera clubs and groups. This year is going to be a busy one! I am doing several presentations for the local chapters of the GNPA in the next few months, as well as the Roswell Photographic Society. I will also be presenting for the Huntsville Photographic Society in April and the Booth Museum of Western Art in April as well. I will be speaking again this year at the NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Convention, and a first time at the SWMCCC (Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs). In addition to those I will be at Out of Acadia in October for some classroom and field lectures and workshops. I hope you will take the time to come if you are in the area of these events. If you are interested in checking if I can come speak to your group please contact me. I don’t have a lot of open dates but I love talking photography! I am trying to keep up with the dates on my website so you can always check there for dates as well.
 
This is a beautiful Mountain Bluebird that makes an appearance during my Bird Photography presentations, not the bird, but the image from the Grand Tetons last year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA

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

The Importance of Evaluation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2016 by lilybug1960

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The Importance of Evaluation.
 
At least once a year you should take a day or more and evaluate your work. It gives you a great opportunity to do an honest assessment of where you are in your photographic endeavors. If you see some bad habits, identify them and stop repeating them. The things you see that you are pleased with, repeat as often as possible. Try to find things you would like to try that you normally don’t do, like long exposures, wildlife, macro, etc. At our workshops we take time after the first field session to sit and evaluate your work. We want to identify any camera issues as well as ensure that you understand our teachings. We have averted many equipment crisis by doing this. Go photograph with others as well. Tell them what you are doing and why. Have them do the same. It is amazing how much you will learn about yourself and your work. At our workshops we have goals for our participants. We want you to get some wall hangers, we want you to understand how you created the image, we want you to feel comfortable going out and doing it again on your own, and we want you to have a good time. I hope you will join us sometime on one of our workshops.
 
Have a great photographic year!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 5000, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro Flipside 500AW photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.