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Steve Foss

From Ely to the North Shore: There and back again

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Hey all:

Ken (finnbay) and I left before sunrise yesterday from the Ely area and returned after sunset. Our destination? The North Shore and back. We had no specific itinerary, nor any particular place to go. Rather, we meandered and stopped when we saw a picture to make.

We traveled along back roads and blue highways. We photographed ice storm aftermath, people working, waterfalls, birds, animals, each other, and more. It simply an excellent, easy day in fine company with wonderful light waxing and waning. I ended the day with 10 Gb of images. I know Ken got a ton, too.

Ken and I will be adding to this thread as it goes on. I'll start it off with birds, but there will be many more non-bird images to follow from both of us.

All these first batch were shot with the Canon 20D/30D and Canon 500 f4L IS at isos from 100 to 400, apertures from f4 to f8, on Ai servo focus mode, handheld. There are a couple species of gulls, bald eagles, a redpoll, a raven and a merlin.

And Ken, thanks for the great day! smilesmile











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It was a great day! A lot of adventure, and even a bit of misadventure! Couldn't find an eagle shot that I liked, and my raven is the same as yours, so these will have to do for now:






Oops, sorry. Missed a bird!


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As I said a little earlier -

Wonderful images - it sounds like a terrific way to spend a day awaiting spring's arrival. I'll be watching for more---

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Now you guys have some kind of frenzy going. A minute ago there were 63 people viewing the forum. I do like this vicarious traveling we have today. Nice photos! Finnbay you seem to have the Maestro and the Diva with those Canadians.

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Here come the deer.

All handheld with the 500 f4L IS or 200 f2.8L, Isos from 100 to 400, except for the last one, which was at iso1600 after sunset, and 1/100 sec handheld.











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Wow, that sounds like such a fun day! Great shots from both of you. Steve, is that your 500mm or is it a loaner?

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I bet we saw close to 75 deer yesterday - some more cooperative than others. Note the change in the weather from morning to afternoon!




I guess yearlings would qualify as "children" - now I know where the deer and the antelope play!


Mutt and Jeff




Is this a "doe-et"?


Known in the industry as "kissing butt!"


And here is the world famous naturalist photographer stalking his prey - or is it the other way around?


And finally, you can draw your own conclusions!


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Very nice - both of you. I can't even pick a favorite, they were worth the wait! Thanks for sharing.

(I think that final image ought to be someone's new avatar!)

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Ken, I'm done photo processing for the day. The scenics (and the ones where I busted YOUR butt in the frame) will have to wait a day or two. gringrin

Now, Ken, that's no fun. With a little effort, we could have convinced Mike that it takes a special kind of woodscraft skill to approach wild animals so closely. With our close encounters (18 feet) with wolves and otters and these deer, we probably could have pulled it off. gringrin

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Sounds good, I've got a couple of other projects I'm working on.

Oh, and I'd rather have deer chasing me, then wolves! Although, I seem to remember that one wolf was comin' right for us until you yelled at him up the Echo. grin

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