Wildlife Photography near Calgary
by Duane Starr
August 21, 2012
Great Gray Owl
I am a self taught nature photographer with no formal photography training. I grew up in a very small town in British Columbia called Fernie. I was always fascinated by cameras, my Dad owned a Ricohflex camera and that is the camera I started out experimenting with. Fernie being such a small town, had no one around to ask my many questions, so I read books and mainly used the trial and error method of learning. The school needed a photographer so I stepped up to the plate to give it a try when I was in grade 7. They gave me a dark room for developing and all the time I needed to learn the best I could under those conditions. I shot sports, year book entries, graduation pictures and any other events that went on at the school. I made a lot of mistakes and I hate to think of how many rolls of film I messed up. I can laugh about it now, but in the days it sometimes was terrifying. The best thing of all was when something turned out right. I look back now and the experience was worth a hundred courses.
I started shooting pictures and capturing images around 1957 for my local high school. Became school photographer for 6 years through Jr. High School and Sr. High School in Fernie B.C.. That is where it all started.
My camera bag includes 2 Think Tank rolling bags. I try to take all my equipment with me when I go out to shoot. It's always in my car. I use a Nikon D4 & D3s bodies & Fuji 100, all my lens are Nikon which include 2 - 50mm f/1.8 & f/1.4, 12-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, 200-400mm f/4, 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/4, 105mmf/2.8 macro, 135mm f/2.0 D, 28-300mmf/3.5-5.6, 24mm f/1.4, Tele-Converters 1.4x VII, 1.7x VII & 2.0x. VIII, Gitzo Traveler 6x monopod, Gitzo Tripod with Wimberly Head wh-200 II and a bunch of smaller misc camera pieces too numerous to list.
Northern Hawk Owl
Raven and two bald eagles on fence
Great Horned owlets
leucistic rough-legged hawk
Young Grizzly bear in Kananaskis Provincial Park
My favorite lens for shooting wildlife is the 600mm telephoto, it is absolutely my go to lens when I am out shooting wildlife. The 400mm is supureb for low light as it is f/2.8 and both lens are sharp as a tack. I use the 200-400mm when I am not sure what I might be getting into. It does give me a lot of flexibility.
Biography : Duane Starr, born 1943. I live in Calgary AB. Canada. I am a retired
Administration Manager for the City Of Calgary (27 years). I am a self taught nature photographer with no formal photography training. I now do photography for a hobby. I get the most enjoyment out of sending out my weekly photographs to the 100 or so people on my site and getting their comments back about the pictures.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.duanestarrphotography.com