The title of this post may be a little misleading for the simple fact I am not referring to people but rather camera gear. I don’t make it a point to have a lot of gear, only the gear that I need to get the job done. Early on in my career while shooting wildlife, I did not have the cash flow to afford big lenses. I made do with what I could afford. This valuable lesson taught me how to get closer to wildlife by using biology and reading the cues the critters were giving me. One of the early lenses I did purchase was the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens. A wickedly sharp lens that can be handheld and even paired with a teleconverter for longer reach.
Truth be told, I have been relying on my longer glass now that I have them for birding and such. While in the gear locker the other day, I grabbed this lens and thought that it was high time we got reacquainted. Having configured my backyard for birding photography, I grabbed my old friend and sat on the glider swing just enjoying the birds coming and going to the feeders. With the Nikon Z6II, the FTZ adapter and the 300 f/4 ED attached, a shooting I went and had a blast.
Most of the birds are the common deciduous species that frequent most feeders, but I didn’t care, just being out there shooting handheld was such a joy and I am glad that I got the chance to relax and enjoy some time shooting renewing old friends.
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