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| p.1 #13 · Using Bushhawk with 500 f4 IS |
Rodney O wrote:
Interesting about the Camo and its effectiveness. I've been doing a bit of research on the Camo. What I seem to find so far is that only a small number of people actually seem to understand camo. And that good technique trumps camo most every time. And a lot of that good technique would "focus" understanding the "quarry".
Still for serious trekkers and trackers, there seems to be some pretty good camo stuff available. But only a small "school" that places any emphasis on the details of what animals, reptiles, and insects actually can see. And that seems to me to be a curious omission. After all, who do we want to camoflage ourselves from people or animals? Apparently a lot of camo is sold to "paint-ballers".
Still like you, I plan to get a camo cover for my 500. At the least, it will protect the lens from the occasional bump or scratch. And I hope reduce the heat absorption or at least make the lens feel less hot in my hands. Have been figuring on getting a "Winter Tree" camo set for reduced heat absorption and treating it with UV blocker. Also figured to treat my clothes the same way. Basically, I see no point in "shining like a beacon" in a portion of the spectrum that birds in particular can see pretty well.
But sometimes I wonder if going the opposite way might also work. That is wearing a sign or badge that says in animal language "This is a only photographer. Smile" would help get more superb photos. Almost evertime I set up my large tripod and bring out the 500mm lens at home in my front yard, one of the catbirds who "owns my yard" inevitably comes over and perches where I can see him. If I don't pay attention, he sings and sings until I do.
On BushHawk: Yes you can contact them directly. The person I talked with there was both knowledgable and helpful. Seems like a really good company.
Rodney, I have been getting paid for finding animals all my life, the fact is my daddy was a outfitter so I have something over 55 years of being out in the woods with wildlife. I don' know about other places but there are a few things you need to remember when you are stalking wildlife in the rocky mountains.
Spend the time necessary to understand your game.
Use a pair of binoculars & or a spotting scope. This is especially true if you are in new country.
Cameo can be a big help especially if you are trying to get close and there is little cover available.
The sun reflecting off anything is a NO-NO.
The wind can be your best friend or your biggest enemy. Always use it to help you.
Move as slow as you can and only move when the game is not looking or their ears are not moving around. Once you develop the slowest speed you can, cut that in half.
Here is something you can try to prove what I am saying is true. Sew some old gunny sacks together cut out the bottoms of them, cut a hole for your head and put it on like a long dress hanging all the way to your boot tops. Your camera and arms must be inside the gunny sack so no movement can be seen.
Once you get you photo another hint to get more than one keeper is to use wildlife calls to get your target to do things. This lets you get more results from your stalks.
Good luck with your adventures.