Category Archives: Tamron
Red-shouldered Hawk in Sussex County NJ
View from Sunrise Mountain
Incoming Storm over Old Farm
Stone House and View of Silo
Kayaking Potash Lake
Northern Gray Tree Frog
Canon EOS M50 – First Day Out
Canon EOS M50
24 megapixel mirrorless camera
My first day out with this new camera. I will be using it for filming wildlife in Ultra High Definition (4k) as well as general nature photography.
The articulating screen and touch screen are great features. Having a few less manual dials than a full sized DSLR will take getting used to. I love being able to use all of my Canon mount lenses onto a small camera though.
I should be able to run detailed prints up to 20″x30″ from this setup but will continue to use my Canon 5Dsr for heavy duty landscape work. Let me know if you have any questions about the Canon M50 which I may be able to answer for you.
High resolution birding sample – Tamron 18-400mm Di II VC HLD
Yesterday morning in Morris County NJ I had the good fortune of finding a cooperative and photogenic Gray Catbird during my walk. The photography equipment I used for this birding outing was the Tamron 18-400mm Di II VC HLD telephoto zoom lens paired with my Canon SL2 DSLR. A very nice compact and lightweight setup.
Clicking on the image below will to take you to the high resolution sample from my Google Drive account. Below the image is a little background on the shot and my original caption for facebook.
Parsippany, New Jersey
A gray morning outdoors this morning made for challenging photography conditions. The key to making usable wildlife shots in dim lighting is to make the main subject (i.e. catbird) just as bright as it would be on a sunny afternoon. Turning the dial to “M” (manual exposure) and raising the ISO (light sensitivity of the camera) will accomplish just that.
Handheld shot with the
Tamron Lenses USA 18-400mm VC HLD + Canon SL2
1/80th F/8 ISO 3200, 400mm
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!
Grand Canyon and Sedona Arizona Trip
Lisa and I recently got home from 1 week out west which was a terrific trip. We flew non-stop from Newark airport into Phoenix and I was able to secure tickets at $300 after some diligent research. Our first accommodations were Forest Houses Resort in Oak Creek Canyon (just outside of Sedona). For the 2nd leg of our trip we stayed at the Yavapai Lodge within Grand Canyon National Park. We found the rates at both to be reasonable and the rooms were more than adequate. I also booked a rental car from Phoenix at $16/day thanks to hotwire.
For photography equipment I brought along my Canon 5DsR dslr as well as my Canon SL2. I brought three lenses with me, the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC G1, Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2, and the Tamron SP 90mm VC G1 macro lens. I did not use my macro lens much as I was often on the go, and did not want to swap lenses in dusty environments.
For the sake of brevity I am not posting pictures from each and every park we visited, however I am happy to answer any travel questions that I can help with. Some of the many attractions we enjoyed include: Slide Rock State Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Red Rock State Park, Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, Palatki Heritage Site, Tuzigoot National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Little Colorado River Gorge, and of course Grand Canyon National Park.
I found the lighting conditions around Sedona to be challenging during my trip, yet I really enjoyed my time spent in the area. Photographic momentum picked up for me when we made it to the Grand Canyon. It would be difficult to take a bad sunrise or sunset picture when standing in front one of the natural wonders of the world. I also found the Navajo tribal land (just beyond desert view) to be very peaceful and a very immersive nature study area. Do yourself and check out the Little Colorado River Gorge when in the area.
Now that it is finally springtime here in New Jersey, I look forward to photographing the regularly scheduled birds and bees. Let me know if you have any questions about my Arizona pictures or any of my travel accommodations.