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The Phoblographer recently published an article on 5 photographers that are getting the most use out of the Sony A7R4, and I am grateful to be one of the featured photographers.

I have shot on numerous cameras in the past, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. I even shot on Pentax during the film days. Recently I made the switch to Sony from using primarily a Nikon D850. I had a Nikon D850 that I shot most of my wildlife with using the 500mm f4 lens, but when Sony came out with the 400mm f2.8, I decided to make the switch to full Sony. I shot with the Sony A7R when it first came out, and I noticed in looking at my prints over the years, the best ones seemed to come from that camera. That’s not the only reason, but was a big part of the switch.

Other reasons include the following:

  • Mirrorless cameras are smaller, more compact, and lighter
  • Video functionality is better and easier to work with in the field
  • Faster autofocus and silent shutter

By the time you add a 400mm f2.8 to the A7r4, it may not be that much lighter, but they are more compact, and make it easier to travel with, especially if you are traveling internationally.

Video function was a huge part, as with a DSLR you had to switch to live view, and shooting with longer lenses, a tripod was absolutely necessary. It is so much easier with the mirrorless cameras to switch back and forth and catch video in the field. Most of the time, that video opportunity will not last long, so you have to be able to switch quickly. The only downside with that is that with SD card buffer rates, you often have to wait for the buffer to clear before you can start video.

Mirrorless have both phase and contrast detection and can offer faster autofocus, which is a relatively new feature. DSLR’s used to be faster. The silent shutter is awesome to shoot with as well, as don’t have any mechanical movement if you are shooting longer exposure images. It is also nice to be close to wildlife and not have the constant loud mechanical shutter going off. It can present some opportunities that you might not get otherwise.

Please be sure to check out my instagram @jmdarter if you don’t already follow me!

Alaska- The Last Frontier ...

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Headed to Alaska for the bald Eagle 🦅 tour. Packing my @kuiu_official gear for this one. Change up in gear has been huge with the cold weather. I’m staying out longer, and in turn, getting more shots. Thanks to KUIU, @sorelfootwear and @theheatcompany for keeping me warm!

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Trumpeter Swan 🦢 on the Madison River, Yellowstone
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Wapiti wolf pack howling in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone
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We found this frosty bison hunkered down on the last morning, covered in frost due to the low temps.

Frosty bison are always one of the top shots we look for on the trip.
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One last look across the road toward the pack before disappearing over the ridge in search for their lone wolf. We held our position most of that day, watching them reappear and disappear again, and listening to them howling back and forth.

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Last day in the Hayden Valley, we got on a group of 9 wolves, and one black had been separated from the pack. This group was a ways out on one side of the road, and the other single black ew could hear behind us on the other side. It was an incredible experience, as it unfolded and two alphas crossed the road to get the other lone wolf.
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Another pan blur of the “bobby sock” trees in the lower geyser basin area of Yellowstone. This makes a great phone wallpaper! Link in bio to download yours!
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Bison crossing the Madison River near Three Brothers mountain at sunset. The golden light on the water was always the best way to end the day!
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Two Trumpeter Swans in the Madison River in Yellowstone. The park’s resident trumpeter swan population increased after counts began in 1931 and peaked at 72 in 1961. Currently there are around 70 in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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