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on Apr 11, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

And Years Later …

Greater Prairie Chicken
captured by D5 / 800mm

There are lots of shots I would love, love to add to my files. The only reason, they are ones that have eluded me forever. They are ones I have hints of from other photos. Those hints led my imagination to wonder what would the real, final photo be like? Would the reality be as good as I imagine? This is just one example.

Greater Prairie Chicken
captured by D5 / 800mm

Here you have your average male, Sharp-tailed Grouse on the lek displaying. I’m watching him through the D5 / 800mm using back-button focus to lock on and then not hitting it when I take the photo. I do this because I know that when he jumps up, the plane of focus for the eye almost never changes when he jumps. What I don’t know is just how high he will jump. It changes every time. I have him at the very bottom of the frame, sometimes cutting his feet off so when he jumps, he’s all in the frame. What you see is the closest I’ve come to that shot taken yesterday morning. Been trying for years for that shot, looks like I’m still trying!

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