The Nikonian Eagle Expedition! Sign me up! I was delighted to read this story today. After seeing the wonderful eagle images posted here, I looked up where it was, told my husband about it, and we would like to get up there and see those amazing eagles and of course get some pictures! I'm not sure we can pull it off this year but if not this year definitely next year. Thanks for sharing your images. I've enjoyed looking at them and look forward to seeing more. Im so glad all of you got to go! Maybe we'll see some of you there one day!
Can someone tell me the make/model of the lens handle that the one fellow is using in the video? I really like the looks of how that may help in hand held situations. Do they make them for a smaller lens, say Sigma 150-500 or Tamron 150-600? Thanks
David, thanks for posting the clip. It was a fun two days. It was great to meet you and Scott yesterday. It is always fun when Nikonians can get together to capture light. Plus these birds are just amazing to watch and photograph. Gary and I had fun at the interview and are now celebrities!
Here are couple of my images (the whole reason we got together) from yesterday that I thought everyone would enjoy (not half bad for a newbie eagle hunter, I think, without real fast, long lenses):
Taken with D7000, Sigma 70-200mm at 200mm, -0.7 EV, 1/1250s, f/11, Aperture Priority, ISO 800.
Taken with D700, Nikkor 28-300 with Kenko 1.4 TC at 390mm, 1/1600s, f/9, -0.7 EV, ISO 1000, Shutter Priority.
Taken with D700, Nikkor 28-300 with Kenko 1.4 TC at 390mm, 1/1600s, f/10, -0.7 EV, ISO 1000, Shutter Priority.
Taken with D800, Sigma 50-500mm at 500mm, Shutter Priority, f/8, 1/1600, ISO 320, -0.7 EV.
These shots show the attraction of L&D 14 - Where else can you get a shot like your first one with a 200mm lens. While the big lens shooters have an advantage it is possible for just about anyone to get some decent shots as the birds fly directly over our heads.
John it was very nice to meet you & Gary. Great coverage in the news you guys are now famous! I like # 1 & 3, nice captures... I went back Fri, the inlet where we were shooting in at 14 was full of ice, probably to 100+ feet out. The light was not the best though.
Yes, gloves (and hand warmers) are good ... taking them off in frigid weather is BAD.
I took the group shot the a Nikon 1 V1 and the little IR remote. Those buttons are so small in needed to take off my gloves. It didn't take long before my fingers were painfully cold. Good this is we packed up and got in the warm car right after the taking photo.
During the day I used flip back mittens with two hand warmers in each mitten. I could shoot by exposing only one finder and then rewarm that finger on the hand warmer between shots.
Not only were John and I on TV, we were local celebrities the next day.
When we went to lunch on Thursday, the waitress said "you're the guys on TV." Somewhat surprised we told that we were and thanked her for recognizing us. The cafe was only a mile from L&D 14, so I guess it wasn't too surprising. After all the waitress was going to be sensitive to news about her local area.
That night John and I had dinner with Dave and his wife Mary. This was in Davenport, about 10 miles from L&D 14. The waitress there, Brittany, recognized us too. She even asked for, and gratefully received our autographs.
We had a great time at L&D 14, enjoyed spending time with Dave Summers (dm1dave)and Scott Sternberg (Bumps57) on Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day we met Gary Kramer (gkramer71).
All this just helps to show how fantastic a community Nikonians is. Five Nikonians at one shooting location on a 0 deg F (-18C) day. John and I decided separately to come based on Dave's pictures from the previous Sunday. We didn't know the other was coming until Dave mentioned it in a thread I had started. Gary Kramer had been there a couple of days before (probably inspired by Dave's posts) and was so impressed he came back. Scott has been there many times and keeps returning.
L&D 14 is sort of in Dave's backyard (about 45 min away), it's about a 1.5 hr drive for Scott, a couple hours for Gary K., 3 hrs for John, and 6 hrs for me. That we are willing to drive that far in the middle of winter is a testimony to how fantastic a photo op L&D 14 is. The experience was well worth the drive and I will certainly plan on doing it again. BTW in addition to 5 Nikonians there were easily 20 other serious photographers braving the cold for a good portion of the day.
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Sun 22-Jun-14 12:13 AM | edited Sun 22-Jun-14 12:23 AM by jdroach
Thanks, Preston. This is very nice to remember some 6 months later. I sure wish I could meet you at ANPAT 14 in Colorado as well as miss friends like Gary, Lance, Ruedi, JRP, Bo, and others I have seen on past ANPATs and Nikonians I haven't met before. It just was not in the cards this year, due to so many other travel plans. You will enjoy the experience. I look forward to seeing your images.