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I didnt mean to say people, I was talking about animals the whole time, I was kinda tired when I made the thread.
Just a typo guys, no reason to be alarmed.
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Weather conditions are also an important factor as they directly affect usable shutter/ISO ratios. Sunny and clouded-over are the easiest.

Here's a quick example of some stranger I took many years ago, 300mm + 1.6x sensor crop equalling 480mm focal length. The distance is somewhere between 100 and 150 metres I think.


I think your "friends" would be perfectly recognizable.
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What was the light like when you took that? Looks pretty bright.

Id like to be have the option to do some of this in real low light. Not night obviously, but maybe like dusk. Thats when a lot of the interesting woodland critters come out to play.
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Dude, when you got the clear picture of the "big foot" please do let us know and kindly post it here.

post #25 of 45
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Im photographing animals, but I also dont want people to see me doing so because they'll bother me.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Its just nature photography. Photographing animals and such. They are easily spooked so Id like to be able to camp and wait for them to come by withotu seeing me.
Well your original post was misleading as you said "people" were the subject matter. Hence the onslaught of posts.

However, for nature photography you have some considerations.
I shoot sports and it is very similar.
For canon users:
A standard setup for a pro nature photog would include 1d mk IV with a 400mm 2.8 and a 1.4x extender then pair that with a serious monopod/tripod depending on your preference (see gitzmo with a wimberley head for maximum control) . This will cost you around 12k if you get great deals on all the equipment used.

Alternatively you could budget down to ~4k and get a 400mm 5.6 with a 7d and monopod. But you lose dof & IQ.

What is your budget?
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What is your photographic background full tilt?
Nature photography is not only expensive, it is fairly technical and requires good timing to get many shots.
post #28 of 45
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What was the light like when you took that? Looks pretty bright.

Id like to be have the option to do some of this in real low light. Not night obviously, but maybe like dusk. Thats when a lot of the interesting woodland critters come out to play.
Sky was sunny with complete cloud cover. To photograph anything in low light you need a really good lens with a large max. aperture. Keep in mind that an aperture of 2.4 is larger than 3.5, for example, but I guess you already knew that. Also go for a camera with as little noise as possible, so that you can use higher ISOs more freely when in a ditch.
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post #29 of 45
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Well since I already have a 200mm @2.5 could I use a teleconverter or a tube to get the effect of those more expensive lenses?

Do you know how much effect it has on the effective aperature. Would it be possible to use something like that in low light? or am I looking at getting some high end glass?
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Hahahhaha!

Get a 400-500mm telephoto.
screw that, get a gun.

I kid. If you're doing nature photography maybe a blind? or in some cases, I've heard of a large mirror being used but angled slightly downward to reflect the immediate surroundings rather than some generic image or pattern.

Intended for hunting but I dont see why photography is out of the question Ghost Blind
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