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.
Gray Catbird in NJ photographed with the Tamron 18-400mm VC + Canon SL2.
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!
I recently completed a short digital video project on beekeeping to be used as a learning tool for the Denville Community Gardens. I filmed local resident, naturalist and beekeeper Mike Leone, of Rockaway Township New Jersey, to provide both the action and dialogue.
Conceptually, Mike and I wanted to keep the video informative but also upbeat. This was easy to achieve as Mike knows many pearls of wisdom about the importance of honeybees and the work which goes into beekeeping.
I found a terrific poppy royalty-free soundtrack online by Kevin MacLeod to set the tone. I created the intro animation myself by drawing a cartoon bee from reference images. I then drew basic animation paths to bring our pollinator to life.
The filming was done in two stages. For outdoor filming I utilized the Tamron 16-300mm VC PZD All-In-One lens. The broad zoom range lens allowed me to frame environmental and detail shots. Mike and I recorded the voice-over indoors using the R0DE VideoMic Go wired into my Canon SL2 DSLR.
I have received great positive feedback from this Beekeeping production and I look forward to taking on more educational projects in the future. Let me know if you have feedback or comments on this video. I have included a few affiliate links above if you wish to purchase the same equipment I use.
Are you interested in collaborating with me on your own video project? Get in touch today by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in Denville and Rockaway New Jersey, Jonathan’s Woods is owned in parts by Morris County Park Commission, as well as both townships.
Trails are maintained by Protect Our Wetlands, Water and Woods (POWWW).
Hiking trail at Jonathan’s Woods in Morris County NJ
Kiosk for Red Trail is located on Old Beach Glen Road in Denville.
Kiosk at Jonathan’s Woods on Old Beach Glen Road
A Google Maps search for Jonathan’s Woods will get you to the main parking area. Take the Red Trail from the parking lot on Old Beach Glen Road.
Red Trail at Jonathan’s Woods in Denville Twp
Turn Right at the Green Blaze on the old gravel road to head towards the wetlands.
Green Trail at Jonathan’s Woods county park
The Beaver Brook marsh is a great place to sit and look for wildlife or just unwind.
Beaver Brook marsh with Wildcat Ridge beyond
Beaver dam at Jonathan’s Woods
Following the Green Trail will take you across seasonal stream crossings before you return to the parking lot. You will also pass near the “Cathedral Pine” area which was largely toppled by Hurricane Sandy but has since been re-planted.
Seasonal wetlands on Green Trail
Former Cathedral Pine Area devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The area has since been re-planted and is being monitored by Morris County Park Commission and POWWW.
For any info on the trails at Jonathan’s Woods contact email@example.com