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Star Letter
A moment of
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,
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.


Robert’s patient style awards
him with fantastic shots.

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

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