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.

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Gray Catbird in NJ photographed with the Tamron 18-400mm VC + Canon SL2.

 

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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!

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Landscape Photography in Denville NJ

In the past I have traveled over much of my home state of New Jersey for outdoor photography.  I had a recent revelation that there may be some outstanding outdoor photography opportunities in my own town of Denville.  Photographing Denville Township’s picturesque lake communities under dramatic lighting sounded like a great new challenge to undertake.

Recent inclement weather set the stage for impactful landscape photography as I visited Lake Arrowhead, Indian Lake, Cedar Lake, and Rock Ridge Lake on separate mornings.  The below images were all taken on my new professional Canon 5DsR camera which should allow for very detailed prints at nearly 4 feet in length.  I might like to exhibit the following views of Denville and others locally in the future.

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The morning clouds begin to break after a snowfall at Cedar Lake in Denville Township, New Jersey. Photographed with the Canon 5DsR by Dave Blinder.

 

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Morning view of a dock and lake community at Indian Lake in Denville Township, New Jersey. Photographed with the Canon 5DsR by Dave Blinder.

 

Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse in Denville NJ Picture

Fresh snow coats a dock at Lake Arrowhead in Denville Township, New Jersey. Photographed with the Canon 5DsR by Dave Blinder.

 

Rock Ridge Lake Beach Denville NJ Picture

Fresh snow lines the swimming beach at Rock Ridge Lake in Denville Township, New Jersey. Photographed with the Canon 5DsR by Dave Blinder.

Do you have any questions on the photography techniques used in the images or my upcoming fine art exhibits?  Leave a comment or send email to daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

Winter on the Ogden Mine Railroad Bed

Winter view of trail and pond

New Jersey Fine Art Landscape Photography from Jefferson in Morris County by Dave Blinder.

 

March 3, 2018 in Jefferson, New Jersey.

This must have been quite a view for the rail workers many years ago when the Ogden Mine was operational. Per the Morris County Park Commission​: “This is the largest park in the Morris County Park System, encompassing 3,346.07 acres of beautiful near-wilderness and recreational areas.”

Plan your visit to Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

5 shot panorama off the Canon 5DsR + EF 40mm STM lens

I recently purchased a “gray market” Canon 5DsR dslr camera brand new in box on ebay for $2100.  That is incredible savings as I see the USA version selling for $3700 today (March 4th) on B&H!

Several friends have asked me if I bought a 50 megapixel camera so that I can crop more often.  Quite the contrary, I hope to not crop AT ALL! My goal is to achieve the most detailed images I can in-camera and to offer massive prints of landscapes, wildlife, macro, and possibly even some street photography.  I do think it is important to “go big or go home” with visual arts especially when the subject matter has the potential to create an immersive experience.

I have been underwhelmed by the impact of some of my past photography exhibits.  I have often printed to 12″x 18″ from previous 18 megapixels camera like my trust old Canon 7D.  While I was happy with the image quality, I find that typical photograph print sizes are easily lost in the shuffle and quickly forgotten to most viewers.  If you truly believe in your technique and your subject matter you must push your activity to the limit and rise above.  When there is an opportunity to overachieve, why not do so?

The final pixel county of my merged wintery image is 21227 x 8469 pixels.  If printed at 300dpi for extra find detail that could be a projected size of 70″ x 28″.  A 150dpi print resolution which can still render a nicely detailed print I could print to 141″ x 56″!  Does the average person need an 11 foot print?  No, most decidedly not.  However, the local hospital, college campus, or hotel lobby might be looking for some original nature art to spruce up their facility.

Do you have any questions or comments on the location, my photograph, photography techniques, or New Jersey Fine Art Print Installations?  Leave a comment here, or contact me at dave@daveblinder.com

 

Wells Mills County Park

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Wells Mills County Park in Waretown NJ can make for a great quick visit or even a lengthy nature hike.

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Included are a few quick cell photos from today in Ocean County.

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Only my 3rd visit, not sure why I haven’t been here more. Outstanding scenery in boggy and upland habitats. Also noteworthy that the park offers canoe rentals for $3 for 30 minutes which is a nice price.

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We saw a few friendly people picnicking and barbecuing which are also good activities to enjoy at Wells Mills.

Visitor info here – http://www.oceancountyparks.org/ContentPage.aspx?ID=41fee2db-374d-49a2-a7ae-f17b5acc6c92

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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.

Firefly Festival

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.

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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

“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