|Young Bull Elk With Bachelor Group of Whitetail Bucks in Background: GH3-Lumix 14-140-ISO 800-1/30 Sec.@ f6.3|
|Long Range Bull: GH3-Canon 300mm f2.8 IS L-ISO 200 1/50 Sec.-severely cropped|
As a result, I usually carry at least one Canon L prime lens along and on my first back-country trip last week, I carried the 300mm f2.8. When it was not mounted on the camera, I carried it hanging from one shoulder by the lens strap, while on the other shoulder I carried a camera bag for spare batteries and lenses ( Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm and 100-300mm) and plastic garbage bags to protect the gear in case of thundershowers. I also carried the 5D MK III with 17-40mm around my neck. As it turned out I used the 14-140mm Lumix and the 300mmf 2.8 Canon L quite a bit, but didn't use the 100-300mm once
On the following evening I carried the 70-200mm f2.8 IS L II lens instead of the Lumix 100-300mm. I had an encounter with a bachelor group of whitetail bucks in which the fast lenses and the ability to shoot long range video paid off. The bucks never got close enough for good still photography, so I took only video and in many cases used the extended telephoto mode of the GH3 as in the video still capture below.
|Bull 2D: GH3-Canon 300mm f2.8 IS L-IS0 800-1/50 sec.f?|
It was definitely wide open on the last encounter of the evening when I found a bull grazing along the edge of a tree line at dusk.
|Bull 2D: GH3-Canon 300mm f2.8 IS L-IS0 3200-1/20 sec.f?|
On the next evening there was a strong threat of thunderstorms so I did not venture far from the vehicle, but that is a story for another post.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.