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.

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A single guanaco crests the top of a ridge just after sunrise in Patagonia. We spent a good part of the week in these hills and cliffs in search of puma.

The guanacos are the main source of food for the pumas in the region.
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Long exposure blue hour over Torres Del Paine, before sunrise on the last full day there. Shot with the Sony a1 and the Tamron 35-150mm
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Pitaka soaking in the sun. We followed her and her two cubs one day through a bunch of black bush, to the top of this cliff. The blue lake behind her gave us a great background.

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Torres Del Paine. Towers of blue. This was the view every morning and evening while in Patagonia. The first five days however, the peaks were covered by clouds. We got back in from the field on this evening, and we saw the peaks for the first time. As fast as we could get across the bridge, and up on top of the hill over the motel, we set up for some long exposure shots before it got too dark. We shot through blue hour, and this is one of my favorite shots from that first time I saw the mountains of Torres del Paine.
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Before leaving Patagonia, we had one last shoot with Rupestre, the legend of pumaland. We were almost fortunate enough to witness a hunt on guanaco. She stalked them and closed in on a small group of guanaco as they were cresting a ridge, but the sentinel saw her and warned the group. She watched them go over the hill, and slowly returned to her cover to bed down for the evening.
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Two ceremonies yesterday! The light of my life, the center of my universe,the air I breathe, I can think of several other descriptors for my daughters, but none come close to describe what I actually feel for them. It’s undescribable and there are no words that can articulate my love for them. So proud of Aubrey will be moving on to OU next year, and so proud of Aysa🦄❤️ pulling up her grades at the end of a hard year with a turbulent ending.
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