Ken Papaleo: X Marks the Shot: Weekend Flash Back - Monte Vista Wild Life Refuge - 3/3/2008

Weekend Flash Back - Monte Vista Wild Life Refuge - 3/3/2008

                                                    "X-Shot" Information
                                            Camera - Canon EOS 1D Mark II
                                            ISO - 200
                                            Shutter - 1/500 sec.
                                            F/stop - 5/6
                                            Lens - 840 mm

When covering the sandhill cranes in 2008 I brought with me a 600 mm lens and a 1.4 extender, giving me a focal length of 840. My goal was to get a nice tight shot of a crane landing. These birds don't let you get to close so the long class would be needed to fulfill my task. The set-up was heavy so it was put on a mono-pod while shooting. Waiting for late afternoon light, I set myself up on a dirt road where the cranes were coming in from the west to feed in a field. At this location the birds would be coming right at me when landing and be nicely lit by the setting sun to the west. Shooting for a-couple of hours gave me plenty of opportunities to capture the desired image

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Photographer

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I worked for the Rocky Mountain News for 28 years, until they went out of business. I now do freelance work, post this weekly blog, ski and play with my four grand children. I still have the love to get out and take photographs, which brings me great peace and comfort.

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