Why I Carry the 2nd
My passion for critters takes me to some spectacular locales throughout North America! While not my main focus, I know these locations can offer up amazing photographic opportunities which is why I always have a second camera body on my shoulder to record those moments in between my critter shooting. Last night is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. I’m out working a large herd of Desert Bighorn Sheep and had a small band in the viewfinder as the sun slowly set. The afternoon thunderheads were being blown to pieces by the high winds and that process created gorgeous skies (what we call a small Sierra Wave). While I could turn the 180-400VR on the skies, the lens I was photographing the sheep with, it would have been a waste of time. Why I carry 2nd body is to bring back these memories and the Z6 is the best!
The ram all of a sudden had a glow of light on it so I knew the clouds behind me were lite up from the setting sun. I turned to see this gorgeous show of the heavens. On my side was the Z6 / Z14-30 which I had set to Monochrome. I slowly turned so as to not alarm my subject, brought the Z6 / Z14-30, made the click, slowly turned and went back to the ram. For the next forty-five minutes, I kept doing this, photographing the bighorn sheep in front of me, the landscape behind me. It’s the kind of photography I live for so I’m prepared for it. D5 / 180-400VR pointed at the sheep and on my side, the Z6 / Z14-30 on my side for the grandeur of the locale. It’s why I carry the 2nd.