Wow this lens is heavy!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought that to myself while walking with my supertelephoto lens. Currently I have a Nikon 500mm F4. This lens, as well as the rest of the supertelephoto group, is heavy. These lenses come in at around 10lbs, give or take a pound. Lugging them around is a chore. While you might occasionally take a few handheld shots with these superteles, you need to have some form of stabilization in order to consistently get keeper shots. The solution is a mono pod or tripod with some type of head. Combining your camera, battery grip, lens, a tripod or mono pod and head together only adds to the weight and cumbersome nature of the whole rig. There has to be a way to carry your rig comfortably, over significant distance and have it remain immediately available for use, should a wildlife photography opportunity present itself. I have looked at a number of combinations and the one I find most useful is this. Continue reading “Wow this lens is heavy!”

Who doesn’t like a good photo of a Raptor?

Who hasn’t enjoyed looking at a great photo of a majestic Bald Eagle with a fish in it’s talons? The internet is full of them. As an aspiring wildlife photographer you probably wish you could capture a similar photo. Most of us would love to live in, or travel to, an area where bald eagles are native or migrating. Unfortunately a lot of us don’t live in those areas of the country. We can however find other raptors that are just as beautiful and majestic right in our own backyards. They’re called Coopers Hawks. The Cornell lab of Ornithology is a great source for facts about all kinds of birds. I use it all the time to research birds that I think are in my area and I might like to photograph.

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You’ll never see a Bobcat sitting on the couch.

I got up early in the morning as I usually do to head out before the sun came up. I like to be in position to catch the sunrise and see if any wildlife will present itself for the mornings shoot. On the two preceding mornings I was without luck and spent several hours watching small bluebirds flit in and out of the pasture I was scouting. This morning was different however. Just prior to sunrise, during that time when you don’t have enough light to actually take a photo without using an ISO so high it’s not worth it, I noticed some movement along the tree line at the distant edge of the pasture. Initially I thought it was a house cat from the farmhouse about 1000 yards away, but no, today was my lucky day, Bobcat. Continue reading “You’ll never see a Bobcat sitting on the couch.”