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on Oct 19, 2010 in Wildlife Photography

You Can’t Hide Across the Pond

Quite often, a Moose will walk the entire shoreline of the pond. When that happens, photo opps still happen if you think about it prior to it happening. What do I mean by think about it? Some of the best images are lost because of the lack for forethought.

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My biggest lens with me this day was the 200-400VR2. 400mm is typically as long as I like to go with big game because it just visually compacts it too much. That’s is, when the critter is up close to the lens. When they are on the other side of the pond, that’s not an issue so going longer doesn’t bother me visually.

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So I put the 1.7x on and shot. In this low light situation, did it have problem focusing? No. Looking at the placement of the Moose in the viewfinder, did I have the AF sensor on the Moose? Nope. All I did was look for “telephoto landscape” photos along the path of the Moose and once it was in the scene, go click. Sometimes I would zoom all the way in and sometimes all the way out leaving the converter on. At the very least, it made for a killer spotting scope because watching is fun!

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film