Firefly Photography Workshop at Duke Farms

On July 1st, I will be leading a photography workshop at Duke Farms where we will be capturing the luminescence of fireflies.

Each participant will hang their best image in the Duke Gallery for the annual Firefly Festival that attracts over 3000 visitors annually.  I think this will be a great challenge for all participants, a way to create very unique nature art, and also a great excuse to chase glowing insects around at night.

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A DSLR or camera with manual controls will be necessary, and don’t forget to bring your tripod.

Payment and registration info for the Firefly Photography Workshop at Duke Farms is in the link below.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/firefly-photography-tickets-24807047547

Sony A7R for Wildlife Video

As Spring warms up our Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, wildlife activity in general does pick up.  I am mostly resuming where I left off last year with local wildlife videography in attempts to challenge myself, and also to entertain viewers.  My “new used” Sony A7R has been my primary camera of late, and for wildlife jaunts, I have my trusty Canon EF mount Tamron SP 150-600mm VC lens paired using a Fotodio Pro adapter.

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Below are three recent wildlife shorts that I have filmed and edited in various natural areas in New Jersey.

 

March Waterfowl at the Manasquan Reservoir

 

Wood Duck at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

 

Tree Swallows at the New Jersey Meadowlands

 

More recent wildlife photography and videography is viewable on Dave Blinder Nature Photography on Facebook

Tamron SP 15-30mm lens, first impressions

It has only been a couple of weeks now since I purchased the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC  wide angle lens for full frame.  I bought the lens to further invest in my real estate / architectural photography work, but naturally I will still give the SP 15-30mm a workout with my outdoor shooting.  I am pairing the lens to both my Canon 6D and also my Sony A7R (via Fotodiox Pro adaptor).

As expected the lens was ready to go as soon as I opened the packaging.  The frontmost element is bulbous, which is just a fact of the matter when using such an extremely wide POV with a fast F/2.8 aperture.  The finely crafted incorporated lens hood and also the slide-on lens cap do well to protect the front element.  There is also no threading for filters on the SP 15-30mm, although after market adapters seem to be springing up.  I have not tried any filters with the lens yet.

So what do I really think of the SP 15-30mm VC?

It is wide on full-frame, very wide.  When effectively composing a landscape photo at the lens’s broadest field of view we get a grandiose amount of scenery captured in a single frame. Knowing how to use an ultra wide lens to its full potential will be a challenge to new comers.

The SP 15-30mm VC is also extremely sharp.  Fine detail is recorded throughout the entire frame.  I am confident that my landscape photography will come to life in large prints after reviewing my camera raws. Expectedly, there is an acceptable level of distortion in the corner of the frames. I actually enjoy the slight “cathedral-effect” on my nature photographs but distortion is easily corrected in all camera raw converters.

Tamron’s SP 15-30mm VC is a sleek and attractive full frame lens capable of creating sleek and attractive photos.  I look forward to using the lens for future low-light and night sky shooting.  With the current retail price-point near $1200 Tamron has provided a great deal of value at a nice price point.

To view my most recent uploads:

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For Fine Art prints or updates on my upcoming gallery showings contact me at daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

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Tamron SP 15-30mm VC + Sony A7R.  1/15th F/14 ISO 80.  Buttermilk Falls in New Jersey

 

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Tamron SP 15-30mm VC + Canon 6D. 1/50th F/11 ISO 320.  Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

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Tamron SP 15-30mm VC + Sony A7R. 15mm F/14 ISO 50. Black River Park in New Jersey

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Tamron SP 15-30mm VC + Canon 6D. 15mm F/14 ISO 100. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

2016 Maple Sugar Fest photos

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I volunteered for a few hours of photography and also videography yesterday with the Morris County Park Commission at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham New Jersey.  The event, 2016 Maple Sugar Fest, drew out hundreds of local families and got them involved in fun stories, hikes, and even tastings of local Maple products.  Maple Syrup use dates back to at least the Lenape natives and is an important part of our local heritage.

 

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My favorite part of the event?  Seeing so many happy faces of all ages and colors involved in high quality outdoor education.  I could see the faces of future conservationists and environmentalists in the children that attended.

 

 

My Winter Photography Article with Tamron USA

Hi everyone – I have just completed a new Q&A article with some of my thoughts on taking photographs throughout the winter season and detailed information on how I take the pictures and also how to prepare for them.

My Q&A interview was conducted by the very talented author, Jenn Gidman.  The article is an easy read and the entire e-newsletter is very informative and packed with recent photos taken with Tamron USA’s extensive digital lens line-up.  Check it out if you get a chance.

Click here to read Tamron’s February 2016 e-news

“The Landscapes of New Jersey” at Whippanong Library

My broad photography collection of New Jersey natural landscapes is currently on display at the Whippanong Library in Hanover Township, New Jersey.  I am very proud of these pieces as I feel it is some of my strongest work yet.  “The Landscapes of New Jersey” is my interpretation of the various natural terrains and views to be found throughout the entirety of my home state.  It is my hope that all of the views are both flattering and dramatic while also remaining honest recordings of natural history.

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I am excited to provide a walking tour of my exhibit at the Whippanong Library this Thursday, 02/25/2016, at 7PM.  I hope to discuss the ecological value and significance of the New Jersey landscapes encompassed by my exhibit.  There is a great deal of outdoor recreation to be found in this state if we seek it out.  I hope to encourage attendees to do just that.  The tour and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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All framed and signed pieces are available for sale.  20% of all proceeds will go directly to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey to help safeguard our local natural resources.  Custom prints and sizes are also available.

 

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Whippanong Library is located at
1000 NJ-10, Whippany, NJ 07981

Please direct all press and sales inquiries to daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

 

“For The Love Of Wildlife” NJ Photo Contest

I am excited and honored to be one of the judges for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s 2016 wildlife photography exhibit.  As a longtime nature artist, I find it very important to support the local nonprofits and conservation groups that protect New Jersey’s natural resources.

I am quite sure that many inspirational wildlife images will be in the running.  Picking a winner is going to a challenge.

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Please visit http://www.conservewildlifenj.com/contest for info on how to participate.

 

Do you need assistance with your juried photography contest?  I can help, contact me at daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Skate Photos – 11/2015

Both myself, and the rider Dave Smith, were really happy with the final photos from our skateboarding photography session at Bethlehem Skate Plaza a couple of weeks ago.  The pics were very successful on Facebook and Instagram, and hopefully some large publications in the near future.

Below are some of my favorites:

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Dave Smith rock and rolls a lip at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder

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Dave Smith kickflips to fakie at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder

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Dave Smith wallrides to fakie at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder

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Dave Smith crooked grinds a rail at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder

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Photo session outtake.  Photo by Dave Blinder

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Above photos are exclusive property of Dave Blinder, but are certainly available for licensing and commercial usage upon artist and model release.

Need some skateboarding photos or lifestyle pics for advertising? Book a shoot with me! – daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

Skateboard Photography Session with Dave Smith

I had a great day out shooting today at the Bethlehem Skate Plaza with accomplished and enthusiastic skateboarder Dave Smith.

Over the course of 3 hours we were able to capture a great variety of tricks and angles for Dave to provide to his skateboard sponsors and for his personal usage on social media.

Here’s a quick preview of the digital darkroom, and I’m looking forward to sharing the final photos in the very near future.

 

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The effects of a CPL (Circular Polarizing Filter) for landscape photography.

The effects of a CPL (Circular Polarizing Filter) for landscape photography.

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Circular Polarizing Filter before and after comparison.

For most landscape photographers, leaving the house without a CPL would be like forgetting your wallet on your nightstand.  CPLs increase saturation, help us see directly through clear water, and also cut through glares on foliage.

What don’t CPL filters do?  They don’t compensate for poor composition or shooting into extreme shadows and highlights.  CPLs work best on wide angle (slim mount filter required) and standard zoom lenses.  CPLs may degrade sharpness on telephoto or super zoom lenses.  CPLs also slow down shutter speeds slightly, by blocking 1 or 2 stops of light.

Specs for sample photo – Tamron SP 17-50mm + Canon​ EOS M2.  17mm, F/4.5, ISO 100, Aperture Priority Mode +2/3 stops of light.  Photo taken in Morris County, New Jersey.