Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Canon Brigade In Action: More Pennsylvania Elk Photos

Photographers who shoot similar equipment and share a passion for elk photography often strike up an acquaintance while discussing the craft of nature photography, which in turn often leads to long-term friendships.

Each year several of us spend large amounts of time discussing the merits of different cameras and lenses, and the mysteries of Photoshop. This in turn has led to us going on shooting expeditions together.

Ron Saffer, better known as "Buckwheat" is the unofficial leader of our group and is highly respected because of his meticulous craftsmanship with his cameras, and his extensive knowledge of the natural history of elk. He, along with Billie Cromwell provided much appreciated input when I was writing portions of the script for "The Truth About Pennsylvania's Elk Herd".

He consistently has photographs published in "Bugle "-the official magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and several of his photos are featured in their calendar.

"Buckwheat"-A true craftsman

Randy Quinn and Odie Swartz

Randy Quinn is an outstanding photographer who has spent a lot of time in Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has amassed an amazing collection of superb photographs of bears and whitetails while working there. He is a super bird photographer and has been published in Birds and Blooms magazine. He also has a fine collection of Pennsylvania Elk Photographs.

Odie Swartz, loves photography and is an all around great guy and excellent photographer. He has built several computers and as best as I can determine was the first of us to work with Photoshop and print photos with a computer and printer.

I am the oddball in that outfit, in that while I own and frequently use an excellent battery of still photography equipment, when it comes down to the crucial moment, I usually opt to carry the video camera on the tripod for the serious work and carry a DSLR with a lens that is image stabilized and rest this rig over top of the video camera in hopes of getting sharp shots.

This violates Buckwheat's statement that the three most important things in photography are: tripod, tripod, tripod, but he understands my addiction to video and excuses my malfeasance in this instance. (After all I always use a tripod with the video camera)

Coy Hill "Salty" of Country Captures

My brother Salty has been published in The Game Commission Calendar and writes the popular rural interest blog "Country Captures". This is his second year of photographing elk.

Salty and Odie photograph while Gary Willow looks on

The bull they were photographing

He has amazing potential if he reaches maturity

This is an up and coming young bull which many call Crazy Legs, Jr. because he has the same rack configuration as that famous bull had in his early years.


Marvin said...

Looks like a lot of talent, equipment and great elk all gathered in the same location.

Great post, Willard.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I bet you guys have great time together. Nothing like being in a small group that loves the same thing. The rack on Crazy Legs sure is distinctive!

The Birdlady said...

It looks like a great trip. That bull is magnificent!

DeeMom said...

What amazing information, cameras, talent as well as Photos.

Good looking young bull, STUNNINGLY handsome

Salty said...

Cool Bro!

I didn't know you were shooting us :) That sure was one awesome morning of shooting!!!

Ken Conger Photography said...

Enjoyed the read about your posse.

T and S said...

WOW...I completely agree with you, photography brings a lot of us together into long term friendships.

While you have descriped each member of your group adequately, you have been pretty modest when it came to describing yourself.

Finally that Bull is one massive fella

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing post, Willard. I really enjoyed reading it.

What are the details of the lenses these guys are using.

fishing guy said...

Willard: I for one am glad you use video. After watching your DVD I am so glad I bought it and can share it with my grand children. Wonderful shots today and a fun trip through the mountains of PA.

Bradley Myers said...

Another good post Willard, the closest I come to shooting in groups like this is in Yellowstone in the fall. I enjoy learning from the men and sharing stories of experiences.

When can I get my dvd set by mail order?

That is a fine looking bull, maybe next fall I will get to see him fight for his cows.

Dina said...

Wow, you guys have all the fun!
And even the camera wears a camo "jacket"! :)