Saturday, April 20, 2013

Surprise Elk Shoot

Don't you (photographers) just love it when your significant other (non-photographer) offers to take you out elk hunting with your cameras at 6.30am on a Saturday?!

The weather forecast for this weekend was dismal (and lived up to it, too), but I couldn't turn an opportunity like this down! So off we trundled with my 1D mark IV hooked up to the 24-27 2.8L, and the 7D attached to the 70-200 2.8L, with iso wound up to 1000 on both to make up for the lack of light.

We didn't find many elk, and the few we did find were quite far away - and skittish, but I got this shot:

Then we headed to Lake Lilian to see if the reflections were any good, but the light rain combined with the slight breeze had already ruffled the surface. Despite that, I came away with this - love the colour of the water:

Out on the road on the Toby Bench, there were a few scenic shots calling me ... the colours weren't inspiring but I'm pleased with these b/w conversions:

On the way home we stopped to visit the newly-arrived osprey, looking rather bedraggled after the night's rain:

While waiting for the osprey to return (my fault that she took off, I approached too quickly), I also caught a couple more scenics and a smaller bird nearby:

PS: I'm still getting to know my 1D Mark IV - loving it so far! The Lake Lilian and the Toby Bench shots were taken with it. And, omg, isn't it wonderful to have two cameras to go on an outing with, and not have to dick around changing lenses every 5 mins?! I am SO grateful! I took some photos of Gordon with it last weekend, too.

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