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Posts tagged “Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4.0

Week 22 – Working At the Limits of My Equipment – Handheld, Low Light, Too Far

Great Horned Owl in Palo Pinto Hills

I saw the great horned owl fly over from a nearby hill and land about 30 yards northeast of my elevated stand.  He saw me and wasn’t concerned in the least.  I am sure he sees himself as the meanest thing the area, and he might be right.  This bird is beautiful and huge.  I was again using the Nikon D300 and the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4.  This was hand-held and out of the 8 images I took this is one of perhaps tow that were of marginal value.

This is heavily cropped and processed.  It won’t be featured on a magazine cover but I think it shows how impressive these birds are.  It was fun seeing him in the wild and being just close enough to get some kind of image.

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

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Week 21 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Low Light and High ISO

  yearling whitetail after sunset

This is a young “button buck” that came by my stand after sunset.  You can only tell that he is a buck in the first image if you look close at where the antlers will be.  The light was obviously very low so the ISO is crank up to 3200.  The Nikon D300 doesn’t handle such high ISO’s very well.  The high ISO really pulls in the available light but at the cost of very grainy images.     I was about 25 yards away in a blind using a monopod with the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4 and a Nikon 1.4 TC2.  If this guy survives the predators maybe he will be show up next year as a small 4 or 6 point.

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Yearling Whitetail 2

Yearly Whitetail 2