Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cattle Pond Smokey Atmosphere

Smokey day at the cattle pond in Lake California, soon after the Ponderosa fire roared to life. Another photo shot with the Tamron 70-300. I like to shoot landscapes in portrait orientation so I get a greater feeling of distance.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Red Sunflower with Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6

A red sunflower shot at the community garden here in Lake California. There are a lot of fires in northern California right now so the sky is actually hazy gray. This photo was taken with the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 vc lens. I am enjoying the reach of this longer lens; the picture quality is "good enough" for me.  The lens seems well-built, Tamron offers a 6 year warranty and with rebate the cost was only $350.00.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cutie with the Tamron 70-300 mm f4-5.6 DI VC lens

From the backyard this a.m., I love the pose of this dragonfly! Might have benefited from a deeper dof but always choices to make.  The Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 DI VC lens is "good enough"  better than I expected and I will get a $100 rebate which makes it inexpensive, too. I am not a pro photog nor can I afford the pro quality gear for the most part. But I do like background blur and dslr image quality and the ability to shoot RAW cuz that gives me more creative freedom as an artist.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 VC on Canon T3i

After much reading of reviews, I purchased the Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 VC lens and here are a couple of images I took this a.m. So far I am quite pleased with the quality of the pix and the lens as well. Many review sites are maintained by pro photogs with pro gear and it is a little hard to find recommendations for a "good enough" lens for an amateur with the entry level dslr.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Skyscape in Lake California

Smoke is good for adding some atmosphere to a sunrise landscape photo with clouds. I got up early ;^) and enjoyed the morning.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Log and Thistles in Red Bluff

Got a chance to photograph  some of my favorite things this morning, like an old log with dried up thistles. Slight cloudiness and smoke in the atmosphere made for a more delicate light than is usual in August in northern California.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Game Trail Distant Hills

I like it when the big things look little and the little things look big, as in this wide angle/portrait orientation shot in the pasture. Also I see an advantage to batch processing those raw files to keep the look consistant (which I did not do). Slowly working thru the mountain of info available re: photography today. Might keep me busy for the rest of my life...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Deer on the way to Water

Another from the Sunday walk; the river is to the right. I saw two does and their two fawns heading toward the water. One of the fawns was limping. Not many predators around, so hope it will be ok.