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Hopefully, I picked the right lens. A friends is taking me to hopefully shoot somes snowy's this weekend. Now, I'm fully aware that mine will never look like Bill, MSnowy or Zombiesniper. but I have to try.

I rented a 70-200mm f/2.8 G AF-S IF ED VR II Nikon lens for the weekend. Mostly for the beautiful bokeh.

Since I've only ever photographed them twice, any suggestions?
 
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At 200mm it's going to be tough-very tough. A lot of times 600mm isn't enough and I'll still have to crop significantly, did you already rent the lens? If you haven't, I would suggest renting something with a bit more reach
 

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Should have went for more reach.Sigma or tamron 150-600 or Nikon 200-500 etc.
 

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A friends is taking me to hopefully shoot somes snowy's this weekend.

You didn't tell me you were coming up!

The 70-200 can be tight but it depends on the bird. The below pics show how close you could get. My lens is an F4 so you'll get better light than I did.
I park about 100' away then approach slowly, always watching so I don't stress the bird out. If it starts to move I stand still not looking directly at the bird but watching in case it takes off.
Sometimes you only get within 50-75' like in the first pic.
I know the second snowy and as you can see it is quite used to me as well and I know I can get within 20' and it doesn't mind.
Good luck!

Snowy200mm1 by seastud, on Flickr

Snowy200mm by seastud, on Flickr
 

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99% is being in the right place at the right time. Make sure you ready when you get your chance. I had days where I can't get with 150ft and they fly away and other days when they've landed with in 15 ft of me and have stayed there for hours. This was taken with 70-200 vrii w/ D7100. heavy crop. Good luck and enjoy the adventure.

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I know the lens doesn't give me much reach. And I really considered renting the longer lens. However, I'm going to an area where I actually won't need that much reach. There have been 18 snowys reported in a very small area. I also have issues with not having a tripod anymore for the longer lens (lost that too in the breakup) and having some arm issues meaning I can't hold the longer lens.

I will be ready and have everything set before we get there. If I find that I did need more reach, I'll rent the longer lens second time around when I finally get my tripod replaced.

99% is being in the right place at the right time. Make sure you ready when you get your chance. I had days where I can't get with 150ft and they fly away and other days when they've landed with in 15 ft of me and have stayed there for hours. This was taken with 70-200 vrii w/ D7100. heavy crop. Good luck and enjoy the adventure.

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I'm making sure I'm prepared before we get there. The reports are some of these owls have no issues with people being close by so keeping my fingers crossed. Even if I don't get one, this is a lens I'd really like to own someday so getting a chance to try it before buying will be good.
 
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Just notified that lens is on it's way, so can't change it. :( Hopefully, it will allow me to get at least some pictures. I am trying to post a picture the friend took of a snowy with his cellphone to show how "un skittish" they are, but it won't let me.
 
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At 200mm it's going to be tough-very tough. A lot of times 600mm isn't enough and I'll still have to crop significantly, did you already rent the lens? If you haven't, I would suggest renting something with a bit more reach

Should have went for more reach.Sigma or tamron 150-600 or Nikon 200-500 etc.
I will try this one and maybe rent the longer one next time. Really need to get a tripod.
 

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