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on Apr 1, 2010 in Wildlife Photography

Sunrise on the Platte

The alarm went off. Got up, stuffed the sleeping bag, policed the area, set up the tripod and 600mm to the sounds of cranes calling outside. Opened the window slowly to see the cranes hadn’t walked up closer during the night.

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Now that might sound bad and if you have a short lens, it can be a little bit of a heartache, but time does cure it. The birds move about and some fly off and in a little while, there are shots to be made. Especially when the stragglers start to think about flying off.

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“The Dance” is something I just love watching, so much so I all too often forget to hit the button. When pairs are forming or bonding, they do the most entertaining dance. The D3s was killer because of its video, I got some amazing footage! I shot the entire evening and morning with the TC-20e3 and it performed beautifully! The AF wasn’t happy with the gray on gray so I often manually focused but the images quality, well you can see it here. This isn’t the project I bought it for, but it worked great!

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-20e3 on Lexar UDMA digital film