Monday, November 7, 2011

Using a technical camera for wildlife

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I currently use 2-camera systems to capture landscape images; medium format, technical camera Cambo WRS1000 with a Phase One P65+ digital back and a full-frame 35mm Leica M9.  Neither system is all that well suited for wildlife.  Anyone who knows me knows I like to think outside the box and decided to do just that last week. 

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We're in the middle of a weather pattern where fall is over and winter is around the corner.  There's no more color to shoot and there's too little snow.  The skies currently are very overcast with periods of just too much cloud coverage.  While I don't want to use the "U" word it has been somewhat ugly. 

So what can I do?  There's plenty of wildlife to shoot with buffalo, moose and some elk coming into the area.

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I've found the addition of the new wooden grips on the WRS has added to the comfort level of handholding the camera.  We took a day last week and traveled into Yellowstone National Park where we found the buffalo taken here. 
All the images were captured handheld with the Cambo WRS1000 and P65+ along with a Schneider 72mm lens.  I didn't use the 120mm lens as I couldn't risk getting out of the truck to get the lens and felt the 72 would be a good test.
So the question one might ask is can you use a technical camera to shoot wildlife?  My answer is yes.  It might not be the best system suited for it but it can be done.

I only had a few seconds to try and capture the color.

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Thanks for visiting and let me know if you have any question or comments.


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