New Tamron 18-400 Di II VC HLD All-In-One

Introducing the world’s first ultra-telephoto 22.2X all-in-one zoom lens with extended range that covers 18-400mm. It’s amazing tele setting gives you a full-frame equivalent of 620mm for powerful close-up images. The new 18-400mm provides excellent image quality across the entire zoom range and is equipped with VC image stabilization, HLD AF system for quiet high-precision focusing. Photographers can now enjoy ultra-tele photography in a compact, easy to hold lens that provides the versatility only an all-in-one can offer. The ultra-telephoto range makes it the perfect lens to photograph animals and sports. Plus it’s ideal for travel photography and can be used to capture everything from stunning landscapes, neon-lit cities to portraits, and with the maximum magnification ratio of 1:2:9, you can even capture beautiful tele-macro images. The power of ultra-telephoto. The versatility of all-in-one. Stop by and give it a test drive! 

 

Looking for Something to Do? Butterfly Fest Sunday 8/13

Butterfly Fest

Sunday August 13th

Noon – 3pm

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further than New Jersey’s own Botanical Garden. Visit the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands, located in Ringwood, NJ on Sunday for their Butterfly Festival held by the Bergen County Audubon Society. Meet up at the Carriage House Visitor Center, to learn all about butterflies and how to attract them. Butterfly walks will also be led throughout the day. Guests will be able to walk through the Botanical Garden, and identify the butterflies that inhabit the area. 

The Botanical Garden at Skylands is also a great location for birding, and the 1117-acre property also includes a Tudor revival mansion built in the 1920s from stone quarried in the estate. Tours are led of the estate, and self-guiding tours are available of the grounds. Enjoy a stroll through history at the Skylands Botanical Gardens.

More information regarding this event and the Botanical Garden can be found on their website,  www.njbg.org/, as well as on https://www.mybergen.com/bergen-county-nj-events-entertainment-northern-new-jersey-plays-concerts-fundraisers-comedy/butterfl

 

Ellis Island Hospital Walk & Shoot Meet Up Trip

Ellis Island Hospital Walk & Shoot Meet-up

October 22, 2017 at 1pm

 

Join us for a meet-up at Ellis Island for a Walk & Shoot tour of the Southside Hospitals. This unique opportunity will allow you to photograph the un-restored Hospital complex. BCC staff will meet at the information desk at Ellis Island at 12:30pm (1/2 hour before our 1pm tour).  The cost for the tour is $50 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  This is a meet-up trip and does not include transportation or parking.  To reach Ellis Island you will need to take the Ferry from Liberty State Park in Jersey City or The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York. You can view the schedule and purchase ferry tickets at www.statuecruises.com  This trip is limited to 25 people so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

 

Please note:
  • All participants must be 13 years of age or older. Participants under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times during the tour.
  • These un-restored buildings do not comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements at this time. Participants must be able to climb stairs. We regret that visitors with wheelchairs or scooters are not permitted on the tour at this time.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Sandals, flip-flops, open-toed shoes and high heels are not permitted.
  • Tripods and lighting equipment are not permitted on this tour.

Tickets are extremely limited, and are able to be purchased here. 

ALternatives Focus Session

An Exploration of Exposures from Pinpoints to Pixels

Join us on August 5th at 9:30am for Alan Schwab’s Focus Session, ALternatives. Al will discuss various ‘alternative’ methods of photography, featuring infrared photography and pinhole cameras. He will bring in various homemade pinhole cameras he has constructed, as well as his infrared converted cameras. 

 

Solar Eclipse – August 21st

The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 21st 2017. The path of totality is scheduled to be seen from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Those who are located outside of this path of totality will be able to see portions of the eclipse, in a partial eclipse, with the moon covering a section of the sun’s disk. 

Path of totality, courtesy of NASA

Though New Jersey is not within the zone of totality, we are still located within the zone for a partial eclipse. At the height of the eclipse here, we should see the sun covered approximately 73%. The best time to look out for the eclipse in New Jersey is going to be around 2:45 pm. 

Regardless of a partial eclipse or not, it is extremely important to use eye protection when viewing the eclipse. Looking at the sun at anytime can damage your eyes, especially during an eclipse. Special glasses are produced for the solar eclipse, and should be ISO certified to ensure your safety when viewing this special sight. The only time it is safe to view the sun without glasses is at totality, when the moon completely covers the sun’s disk (this will not occur in New Jersey).

 

Some Tips to Help Photograph the Solar Eclipse

  • Use a telephoto/zoom lens and a tele-converter
  • Never look at the sun through your camera’s lens without proper eye protection
  • Use a solar filter for safe viewing at all times UNLESS the eclipse is at totality
  • You want a focal length under 2000mm on a full frame camera, or 1300mm on a crop sensor (this is to ensure you get the entire sun within your shot)
  • Get a sturdy tripod, and manually focus the camera to infinity
  • Practice, take a ‘test’ shot on a day before the eclipse, shoot various shutter speeds with a fixed aperture (between f/8 and f/16), and look for optimal exposures
  • Show what the solar eclipse does to the environment, find shadows, natural pinholes, and try some wide angle shots

More tips can be found online, like on Nikon’s website here