This weekend I got invited up to hang with some hunting friends of mine up in Chiefland Florida. Hunting is something I do not do. Besides the fact that I’m not really into it, I just do not have time to add another hobby right now. However, I would love to get this opportunity to get some wild life photos to share with you guys.
This is the property I was on… obviously the Florida location. www.talltine.com
Armed with my 400mm 2.8, and 2 camera bodies I was ready to shoot something different. The 400mm is a lens I rarely use due to the bulk and risk involved in carrying it around. It pretty much stays home for the most part. However it comes this time as I know it will be low light and I needed to get really close.
After picking my friend Krista up from Orlando, the 2 hour drive to the Chiefland was uneventful. Well if you count the worst BBQ I ever ate at a non event. We met up with rest of the crew, Gray, Go, and Diedra at the hunting grounds.(Gray’s place).
The place was cool. It was an old rustic Florida cracker home out in the middle of no where. Though fully modernize with fridge, hot cold running water, ac etc, they made it point to keep the look as authentic as possible down to the old tub, and types of plates they had. The place slept 6 quite comfortably. After a night cap of vodka tea Bo and Deidra forced up on us, it was time to get some rest.
The next morning Gray dropped me off. I got into a blind with all my gear around 730am. I manage to get a few photos of a buck and a couple of does. This was slow according to Gray. By 10am everything pretty much stopped. Gray tells me they were just not moving that morning.
We took a break and did some breakfast at the local eats. A nap ensued and we came back out around 330pm. This was when they decided to move. Bo and Diedra got two kills on a bow and I got some cool shots that evening, though with my camera instead.
I got more shots of deer as well as a flock of Osceola turkey to show for me efforts.
This guy was a big dog but I had no light. 6400 iso.
Sitting in that blind it was quite lonely but my Iphone was my friend. I put that sucker in silent mode, answer emails, text and shot images to instagram and fb while I wait. This made for the three to 4 hours sitting in one spot passed quite nicely. I even got some cool video clips on the iphone of some deer and turkey really close to me.
I will have to back to get more shots and hope to get an “epic” one as well as the spring time when the Turkey are in full strut!
This is the property I was on… obviously the Florida location.