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Star Letter
A moment of
anticipation
amera technology has
changed so much over
the years. As a
teenager back in
the mid ’60s, with
no money to spare,
I started photographing
rodeos with a Kowa camera
that had a split-lens focus.
I loved that method.
Frames per minute was the
norm, because it depended
on how fast you could crank
the film and refocus. In an
eight-second bull ride, or
18-second barrel race, that
usually meant only one – to a
maximum of three – shots
per ride. You learnt to
anticipate the moment a
horse was going to be at the
maximum length of his
stride, or a bull at the highest
point of his buck.
Flash forward through the
Zenit E, Konica T4, Nikon F50



  • all of those film cameras
    still work, if I wanted to buy
    film – then the Nikon D60,
    to Nikon D7000, and D7100.
    The Nikon D7000 has been
    a workhorse and given me
    amazing photos. In the early
    years, everything was
    manual. I learnt the basics,


including when to anticipate
that peak point in movement.
Now I am amazed and
appreciate the technology
that we now have to capture
amazing action images. I can
afford to buy the latest and
greatest full-frame camera,
but I don’t need it. However,
I am a little jealous of my
wife’s D500 that I bought
her for her birthday.
My year now is marked by
four seasons; snowy owls
(December to March); the
tundra and trumpeter swan
migration (March to June);
the great blue heron rookery
(June to September) and the

fall migrating bird season
(September to December).
What a ride so far. These
snowy owl photos are from
one session. They were shot,
handheld, with the Nikon
D7000 and Nikon
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED
lens, at 1/500 sec, f/7.1,
ISO1000.
Robert Wright

Great shots, Robert! Camera
technology may have moved
apace over the years, with
machine-gun-like frame
rates, but there’s no
substitute for anticipating
when to take your shot.

C


Robert’s patient style awards
him with fantastic shots.

Here, we can see the full
wingspan of the snowy owl.

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