Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Elk Time

Canon 7D, Canon 300 f2.8 @f4 1/1600 ISO640

Joan and I spent last weekend looking for Elk and other wildlife in the benezett Pa area.  It is also a joy to go there and view elk.  This past weekend brought rain for part of Friday and most of saturday.  That did not hamper us as we have found that some of the best lighting for wildlife is during the rain or just after a rain.  It requires the use of fast lenses and sometimes elevated ISO, but the contrast and color saturation is superb.  We saw quite a few different mature bulls, but none as large as some previous years as most of them have been "harvested".   There was still some rut activity. We walked back away from the roads and viewing areas to find the bigger groups of elk and the larger bulls.  We were able to get a number of good images of the above bull who walked with a distinct limp.  Looks like his right front leg had been hurt.

Canon 1D MK IV; Canon 600 f4 @ f9 1/400 ISO1250

Canon 7D; Canon 300 f2.8 @ f4 1/400 ISO320

Canon 7D; Canon 300 f2.8 @ f4.5 1/500 ISO320

Canon 1D MK IV; Canon 600 f4 @ f6.3 1/1250 ISO1250

This next one was taken in the driving rain and hail-water was running off the camera rain cover and i could barely see-I am pleased with how the image turned out.
Canon 1D MK IV; Canon 600 f4 @ f4 1/320 ISO2000

The next image was also taken in hard wind and driving rain.
Canon 1D MK IV; Canon 600 f4 @ f4 1/250 ISO2000


I have been experimenting with a new mounting system for my 600 f4 lens on the wimberley.  I was previously disappointed with the number of keepers I would get at slower shutter speeds.  A friend and I analyzed the long lenses and believe they have too much cantilevered weight so we designed and built new feet for the lenses that support the lens in two places.  It has made a dramatic impact on keeper rate at low shutter speeds. 

Until next Time!!!
Jim Borden

5 comments:

Willard said...

Outstanding images, Jim. I am interested in learning more about how you are mounting the lens. I have problems with that too, especially with the 500mm F4.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, these are awesome shots of the elk. They are cool looking critters.

Coy said...

Excellent work Jim! It is hard to beat the wet days for great colors. Glad you found a solution for mounting the 600, maybe you can work out the details and bring it to market.

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Lubna said...

That did not hamper us as we have found that some of the best lighting for wildlife is during the rain or just after a rain. Suspended license