White Pelicans

Near my house is a wildlife refuge called Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  Typically, in November there are a large group, or groups, of white pelicans that stop there along their migration.  They usually hang around a few weeks and then they are gone.  There are many other birds there, but the pelicans steal the show in early to mid November.

This past weekend I took the kayak out to Wheeler to see if I could find some pelicans.  These birds are pretty smart and usually stay away from the easily accessible areas.  Often times they are on the opposite bank, that is not accessible by road.  Hence the kayak. The kayak also allows me to get closer to the birds without stressing them out.  So a paddlin' I went.

Aperture Priority, F/6.3, 1/3200th second, ISO 400, Exposure Compensation -1/3

Another advantage of being in the kayak was I could pretty much place myself to be able to shoot in the best light.  So I would position myself with the sun to my back, front lighting the pelicans.  Once I was in position the camera part was pretty easy.  I shot these with my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.  I made sure the camera was on continuous focus and high speed shutter.  Then I wanted to make sure my shutter speed was at least 1/1000th, which was pretty easy to do on this day.  I had my aperture wide open at F/6.3 and my ISO was set to 400.  This ended up giving me a shutter speed of 1/3200th...much faster than my desired 1/1000th speed.

I'll probably be making a few more trips out there before these birds leave, so stay tuned.

Old Plymouth

Over the Fourth of July holiday I took yet another visit to Old Car city USA.  I've been so many times now, yet I find so much to shoot each time.

Old Car City USA has gotten a lot of press lately.  If you haven't gotten over there, you definitely should...soon.

This is an image I made of an old Plymouth.  As many times as I have visited Old Car City USA, I've never been in the summer.  I thought the ivy growing through and around the grill of this care made for a very interesting shot.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11 @ 1/15th second

I normally shoot HDR a lot while I'm there, but this day it was very overcast and I could get away with a single exposure and achieve the mood I wanted.  

This was captured with my Sonay A7R, LA-EA3 and Tmaron 24-70mm Lens.  The image was processed in Lightroom and finished in OnOne Perfect Effects 9.5.

The Chief

This is another shot from Old Car City USA.  I've tried taking close-up shots of similar hood ornaments before and never came out with anything I was pleased with.  This one was pretty neat, though.  One of the workshop participants noticed the red "wings" on this chief ornament and everyone lined up to shoot it.

We had to "work the scene" a bit.  Initially the hood was raised and the sky behind the ornament was bright white, so shooting straight on gave you a blown out background.  I tried lowering the hood in an effort to capture more of the red color in the ornament without the blown out background.  After doing this, the background with the hood lowered was much more distracting than the blown out sky...onto something else.

I raised the hood back up and found an angle that I could shoot the ornament without a distracting background.  The only problem now is I couldn't get the color out of the red like I could when it was backlit.  Enter Lightroom....

After I made some slight adjustments to the raw file, I then made a virtual copy and using the HSL Luminous target adjustment tool, I increased the reds only.  Check out the difference below.

Here is the image without the HSL Luminous adjustment:

Chief Hood Ornament

And here is the image WITH the HSL Luminous adjustment added:

ISO 250,  70mm, F/2.8 @ 1/200 second

ISO 250,  70mm, F/2.8 @ 1/200 second

This one quick, little adjustment made a HUGE difference in this image.

This image was made using my Sony A7R, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  The maximum F/2.8 aperture of this lens really helped to blur the background.  Of course I used a tripod...my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT.

Calhoun's Go Go Lounge

During our recent workshop at Old Car City USA, I was pretty selective about things I photographed.  I tried to limit myself to things I had not shot there before.  And, even though I've been there a dozen times, there are still plenty of things I have not shot before!

We were walking down one of the trails and I noticed this bumper sticker.  I had to stop and capture this.  I'm surprised this bumper sticker is in this shape after all these years.  I'm also surprised someone from Ohio would come all the way to Calhoun, GA to visit the lounge....it must've been a heck of a go go lounge.

ISO 200, 31mm, F/16 @ 0.4 seconds

ISO 200, 31mm, F/16 @ 0.4 seconds

This image was taken with my Sony A7R and Tamron Lenses 24-70mm Lens.  I used my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT to stabilize my camera and lens.

Fungi Car

Breaking the Apalachicola Theme, I am going to share an image I made a few weeks back at Old Car City in White, GA.

I've passed this car many, many times in the years I have been visiting Old Car City, but never photographed it until this day.  The weather was very overcast which provided very nice, soft, even light over everything.  Since the light was so nice and even, I was able to capture all of the detail in the scene that I wanted without have to use HDR as a tool.  Sometimes this can be nice because it cuts down on processing time quite a bit.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11, 1/3 second

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11, 1/3 second

I used my Tamron Lenses 24-70mm Lens on my Sony A7R body via the Metabones Adapter.  You can see with a 1/3 of a second shutter speed I had to have a tripod.  I used my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT for the job.  I then processed the image in Adobe Lightroom and OnOne Perfect Effects 9.