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I received my Canon 500mm f4L IS VI lens via FedEx today! :D
Gotta go give it a workout at the local wildlife reserve before May rolls around and I head to Yellowstone!
Already have a 1.4 TC, got a 2X on the way...all I need now is a second body!

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:28 pm


Author: RikWriter
Posted: February 9, 2016, 10:28 pm
Sorry about the lack of cats but you still got out and made the best of it. :)

Bill

Statistics: Posted by wguss — Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:53 am


Author: wguss
Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:53 pm
I heard from one of the guides that there has been a coyote catching trout near Talus off and on. That would be cool... :)

~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:09 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:09 am
Thanks for the report, Katie. I like the close-up of the ice on the falls, and it's nice to see a decent amount of snow. Really too bad about the cats disappearing, though I suppose it holds to form as they've put on a show for a couple weeks and then vanished the last couple winters too. I've got a trip going in toward the end of the week and I'm not particularly optimistic right now.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:01 pm


Author: Max
Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:01 am
I had made plans to go with a private group that had chartered a snowcoach to seek the bobcats along the Madison for Saturday. Because the cats have been absent, that trip got cancelled. I had a non-refundable hotel reservation for West, so I booked a seat on a public snowcoach tour going to Canyon for Saturday. The conditions in the Canyon weren't great for photography (gloomy sky and wind-driven snow blowing like nails right in the face and lens), but we did make stops at Artist Point, Uncle Tom's (Upper Falls) and Lookout Point. Major drifting and whiteout conditions in the Hayden Valley precluded any travel south of Canyon, but the light at Norris over Porcelain Basin was another matter.

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~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:43 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:43 pm
Groups of photographers were chartering private coaches - but the cats haven't been seen for about 2 weeks. If they start making appearances again, I, for one, am keen to be part of a cat seeking private group.

~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:25 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:25 pm
atw527 wrote:
Are there winter tours that focus on this? I would be all for getting on a snowcoach if they spend the morning near Madison.


I doubt it. I might be wrong, but I think most winter tours are more diversified and don't spend all day or multiple days sitting in one spot.

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:33 am


Author: RikWriter
Posted: February 5, 2016, 4:33 pm
Are there winter tours that focus on this? I would be all for getting on a snowcoach if they spend the morning near Madison.

Statistics: Posted by atw527 — Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:21 am


Author: atw527
Posted: February 5, 2016, 4:21 pm
I had the opportunity to go on Shumway's snow coach. He even offered to pick me up at the airport in Billings. I balked at the $750+ airline ticket and didn't go. I am kicking my own butt over that...it would have been worth twice that much. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.


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Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:48 am


Author: RikWriter
Posted: February 4, 2016, 5:48 pm
A lot of people are seeing them from the road between West Yellowstone and Madison Junction. However, it still takes a guide to get in during the winter.

Some people have been skiing in up to 7 miles on the road to see them.

Statistics: Posted by atw527 — Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:36 am


Author: atw527
Posted: February 4, 2016, 4:36 pm
findurpassion wrote:
May I ask if a person needs to hike to see theses or is it just a chance to perhaps see them from the road. Thanks and I love the photos.


A few people have been lucky enough to see them on the northern road, but the majority of photo opportunities are coming along the Madison River. Most people have chartered snow coaches to go in and see the cat, though some have cross country skied in (over 20 miles round trip).

The Madison cat has not been seen in recent days, perhaps due to wolf activity in the area (or maybe the crowds, who knows).

Add Tom Mangelsen to the list of photographers who saw the Madison bobcat.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:29 am


Author: Max
Posted: February 4, 2016, 4:29 pm
May I ask if a person needs to hike to see theses or is it just a chance to perhaps see them from the road. Thanks and I love the photos.

Statistics: Posted by findurpassion — Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:32 am


Author: findurpassion
Posted: February 4, 2016, 2:32 pm
Don't miss Dave Shumway's photos: https://www.facebook.com/ShumwayPhotography?fref=ts

I get to make a try this weekend.

~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:02 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: February 3, 2016, 7:02 pm
I use BBF exclusively for everything. It doesn't speed anything up, only gives separation of metering and focusing. Didn't take long for me to get used to it.

As for tracking, you need to find the case that works best. Seems 2 was my go to. From there you tweak the setting for tracking.

I didn't find the 5d3 to be very good at BIFs, so I moved to the 7d2 and 1Dx. I've since moved to Nikon and find the 750 to be much better, but that's personal.

Statistics: Posted by bradipock — Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:38 pm


Author: bradipock
Posted: February 2, 2016, 6:38 am
BTW I have a chance to buy either a 500 in very very good condition with a replacement foot and lenscoat for $4200 or a 600 with a little paint wear and lenscoat for $5000. Not sure which to go with.

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:12 pm


Author: RikWriter
Posted: February 2, 2016, 12:12 am
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