A nice little snow storm landed on Denver yesterday and they have been far and few between this season to use an overused cliche.
As a result, my friend Tim and I took the opportunity to spend Sunday morning at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Northwest of Denver.
We lucked out with a herd of about 100 or so Bison being positioned in good light near the road.
The kit today. Nikon D750 with the 200-500mm VR and the Nikon D7200 with the 18-140mm VR.
Bison are one of the more difficult larger animals I’ve photographed over the years. Reason being, their fur. Bison fur is very course and thick and doesn’t provide a lot of edge contrast for the autofocus on most cameras to accurately pick up on. End result, I get a higher than normal amount of out of focus shots with Bison. Therefore, I take lots of shots when I’m shooting Buffalo, just to add a little more water to the gravy so to speak.
Couple the fur/focus issue with the fact that we were working in large open fields of snow, and you’re just asking for trouble with the cameras focus and exposure. Today, I cranked in +.7 stops of exposure compensation to make up for metering in an almost solid white environment.