Morning at Ocean View Beach

A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Community Beach area of Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia to capture the sunrise and to test out a new lens and camera combination. The morning was a very windy and cloudy morning at the beach. Although there was not very much color with the sunrise, there were some good dramatic clouds in the sky.

As I walked along the beach area, I found an old piece of wood that had washed up onto the shore. It had a really old looking nail in it. I assumed this piece of wood was probably a part of some old shipwreck. I spent quite some time photographing various scenic compositions that included the wood. I used my tripod, my 15-45mm lens and my mirrorless camera to capture the image below. I also used a long exposure and my two second timer on the camera to capture the stillness of the water.

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Old wood with spike nail washed upon the shore at Community Beach at Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia.

Since the sun was behind the clouds as it came up, I focused next on photographing some sea shells in the surf. I always bring a few shells to the beach just in case the sunrise is not very good and to give me something to photograph besides the birds on the beach. Again, I used the same setup with my tripod, 15-45mm lens and mirrorless camera to photograph the shells in the surf. I had to use my two second timer that morning as my wireless remote was having some issues. With using the timer and having to anticipate wave moment, I had to take a lot of images to get the timing of the surf coming up to the shells just right in order to achieve the image that I was looking for. Again, I used a long exposure to capture the motion of the ocean water coming up to the sea shells.

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Once the sun came up over a bank of clouds at the horizon, I was finally given a little bit of color among the clouds in the sky to photograph. I continued to used my mirrorless camera and my 15-45mm lens for these images. For these images, I did use Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) with taking three images in my camera. Then I post processed and merged the three images as High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. In my post processing of my AEB images I used the Photomatix Essentials software and tried to keep my HDR images as realistic as possible when processing them. The below image was one of my favorites from this photo shoot at Ocean View Beach.

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Morning clouds in the sky at Ocean View Beach in Norfolk, Virginia.

Once I finished photographing the beach scenes, I turned my attention to focusing on trying out my new Tamron 18-400m f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF with my Canon M50 mirrorless camera that I had purchased earlier this summer. To use my Tamron lens with the M50 I have to use the Canon EF-M Lens adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lenses. So, I was really eager to try this new setup at the beach and, especially, with the birds. I have previously tried this setup with some macro and close up images and have really liked the images that I have captured so far with this combination of camera, lens and adapter. As for birds, this setup using a mirrorless camera, such as the M50, was great for still bird portraits on the beach, such as the image below. However, the M50 does not seem to be as suited for fast action bird photography, such as capturing the really fast-moving sanderlings along the surf. In addition, I did take some beach scenic pictures with this camera and lens setup. I was very pleased with those images and with this combination for scenic images.

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Herring gull standing on post looking to sea on the Community Beach at Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia.

This was a great morning at the beach in Ocean View as I was able to take a variety of different images at the beach. Even though it was really windy and the sand was flying into my face all morning, it was worth the sacrifice as I captured some really great images. Overall, I think I will keep using the mirrorless camera for my nature, macro, landscape and vineyard photography as I really like using the Live View mode for these types of images. As for my wildlife and bird photography, I will stick with using my new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens and my new DSLR, a set-up which I will be posting about in a future blog post. So, stay tuned.

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Lori A. Cash

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Norfolk Botanical Garden Summer Images

One of the nicest advantages of living in Norfolk, Virginia is living so close by to the Norfolk Botanical Garden. I frequently make visits to the Norfolk Botanical Garden throughout the year. One of my favorite photography spots and my favorite subject matter this summer has been at the garden photographing the American bullfrogs. But I have also found some time to photograph some other subjects on my many trips to the gardens this past summer.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a photographer’s paradise with so many beautiful flowers, roses, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, snakes, and other wildlife. But let’s not forget, as we are now in the fall season with the fall colors popping soon, that the Norfolk Botanical Garden is also a great place to photograph the change in the colors of the leaves this fall.

Below is an image I photographed late last fall at the Norfolk Botanical Garden after a raining morning.

Path along the Norfolk Botanical Garden after a morning rain with fall leaves on the ground.

Below are some of my favorite images from my summer photo shoots at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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Photographing Bullfrog at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

I went to the Norfolk Botanical Garden to photograph some flowers last week. After arriving at the garden and photographing some flowers, I heard a bullfrog calling. Of course, my instinct is to follow the call and check it out since wildlife photography is so much a part of me. In the pond behind the Sara Lee Baker Perennial Garden, I found a very large bullfrog hanging out in the pond. So, I switched gears from flowers to wildlife, and luckily, I had my 55-200mm lens with me so that I was able to switch gears and focus on photographing the bullfrog. As I always say, you have to be prepared for anything when going on a photo shoot, at least for me, as I am a diversified photographer with lots of different subject interests.  

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A bullfrog portrait while sitting on the side wall of a pond at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

After walking over to the pond from the perennial garden area, I discovered the bullfrog was in the water. Its head was just above the surface of the water, and the bullfrog looked very photogenic. In fact, the bullfrog was very cooperative and let me take pictures of it for quite a long time.

Once I located the bullfrog in the pond, I quickly changed my camera settings from those for flower photography to those for wildlife photography. I knew I would need more shutter speed and the widest aperture I could get to blur the background of the water as much as possible. I increased my ISO to 800 and got a shutter speed of around 1/100 to 1/250, and my aperture was around f/6.3. I first tried using my tripod, but I really wanted to get lower down to the ground and just decided to hand hold my camera while photographing the bullfrog. Of course, I was not expecting to be doing this type of photography so I had on a nicer pair of tan shorts and did not want to get them really dirty by lying flat on the pine needles and dirt ground. Therefore, I got down on all fours so that I could photograph the bullfrog at eye level. I kept my camera and lens as steady as possible in this position.

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Lori A. Cash on the ground with a low view angle photographing a bullfrog at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

While in that position taking pictures, I kept noticing in my viewfinder that the background had some distractions, such as light hitting the pond or floating debris in the pond, so, I kept moving around trying to find the best angle and position to get the image of the bullfrog that I was envisioning. I also started changing some of my camera settings and dropping my ISO to 400. In my wildlife photography, when I take pictures of my subjects, I really like the blurred background look, and this is what I was trying to achieve with the bullfrog. Although during the first part of photographing the bullfrog while it was in the water, I was not able to fully blur the water, but I kept all the distractions of the light hitting the water and the debris minimal by constantly moving around on the ground changing my position. After about 30 minutes or so, I decided to get up off the ground and take a break on a bench nearby.

After a short break, I checked on the bullfrog again, and it was now sitting on the wall edge of the pond. I grabbed my camera and lens and went back to photographing the bullfrog. Again, I got down on all fours and took pictures of the very cooperative bullfrog in various different positions. I was now able to get the bullfrog’s whole body in my frame and captured over 100 images of the bullfrog that morning. Eventually, after a few minutes of photographing the bullfrog out of the water, it quickly jumped back into the water, and my photo shoot of that very photogenic bullfrog ended.

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A bullfrog swimming in pond at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

I then found a second bullfrog with its head just above the surface of the water and photographed it for a while before the sunlight started hitting the nose area of the bullfrog. I adjusted my exposure compensation quite a bit, but I kept getting that blown out area on the bullfrog.    

A bullfrog up close swimming in pond at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

The pond was pretty much shaded as it is located under a big tree. We had arrived at the Norfolk Botanical Garden when it opened at 9:00 a.m. So, the lighting was pretty good except for some sunlight hitting the water through the trees. I now will most definitely check this pond area out each time we go to the garden. We go almost weekly, but I had never actually seen a frog hanging out above the water there before.

I wanted to share some of my photos of the bullfrog as I really got so many great looks and pictures.

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An American bullfrog floating in a pond at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hope you enjoy the bullfrog pictures. Let me know what you think of these pictures.

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Lori A. Cash

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