“New” Tamron SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Mini Review





Ok, I know I promised you guys a review of the new Tamron 150 – 600mm lens and I promise I will be putting it through some serious testing soon but here’s a quick and dirty first impression!

Awesome…. oh, did I mention awesome, yes it’s an incredible lens but then again I expected no less from Tamron.

The lens is incredibly sharp and the focus was very quick to snap on. Now granted these are not the best subjects to showcase my work but they were good enough to highlighting the performance of the new lens.

The first set of images, (Robin in a bush) was taken about 200 feet from my front porch in the rain at 600 mm focal length. The second image is actually an insert of the original cropped to show the sharpness of the lens.

The third image of the horse was handheld using the VC feature at 240mm focal length. This was approximately 100 yards from my camera. The fourth is again an insert or crop of the original image.

These images were shot with a Nikon D3 and were processed for contrast and exposure with NO sharpening applied.

First impression… I’m extremely happy with this lens and can’t wait to really give it a work out.

Best of light,

Carter Shields Cabin



I’m finally making progress on editing my images from my workshop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Here, I was able to capture the Carter Shields Cabin and nice moody light. All subjects have a special light that they look best in and knowing when to to be in the correct position to capture that light is extremely important.

Best of Light,


Smokies Wrap-Up


2014-3885Good Sunday morning everyone,
Well I thought it fitting to post another image of Sparks Lane at the end of my workshop showcasing the difference between evening light which I posted in my earlier blog and early morning light. Of course light is very dynamic and is always changing, so whether morning or evening it’s always best to be prepared. In this image I was very fortunate to capture ground fog and I absolutely love the warm / cool color combination from one side of the lane to the other.

Best of Light,