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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!

Fall in the Tetons. Photos over the years from my favorite time in one of the most incredible places in the lower 48. I can’t wait to get back again…follow me for more photographic nature and wildlife adventures! #wyoming #wyomingwildlife #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #elk #moose #bison #themountainsarecalling #tetons #grandtetonnationalpark #grandtetons #fall #autumnvibes ...

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Had a great day yesterday with @aubrey.darter at OU Family Day! #oualphaphi #sooners #prouddad #oufamilyweekend ...

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With two of my favs at the @oualphaphi Red Dress ❤️Gala tonight at @criterionokc thanks for such a good night @aubrey.darter and @mardi.niders.wild.America ...

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Northern Lights over Lake Abraham, Alberta, 2020. I wish...Composite image created in Luminar.
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Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park from a helicpoter.
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#banffnationalpark #sonya7r4 #sonya #nature #naturelover #landscape #blackandwhite #outdoorphotography #naturephotography #landscapephotography #igersnature #planetearth #wanderlust #thegreatoutdoors #canda #canadianrockies #castlemountain #landscapephotography #themountainsarecalling #mountassiniboine #mountassiniboineprovincialpark
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Castle Mountain, reflecting in Bow River, in Banff, Alberta. Going through these photos from 2020 makes me want to revisit this amazing place!
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. I've had a request for some Banff images, so I have been revisiting the images from that trip this week. I visited Banff in February of 2020, with no idea what was about to happen on my return.

I usually revisit collections later to find some hidden gems that I somehow skipped or looked over the first time. When I'm in the field, or leading a trip, there's not a lot of time to dedicate to processing. And then returning to the Dad life, work, and everything else, it's hard to get a good look at all the images. This image is one that I hadn't looked at before, but I really like. Thanks Russell, for asking to see the Banff collection!
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It's been awhile since I shot the moon, and after seeing some great moon 🌙 photos recently, it gave me some ideas to try with the new a1.
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Angels Window, Grand Canyon at sunrise.

“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”- Teddy Roosevelt.
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“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself.”

- John Wesley Powell
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"Last light" The last sliver of light on Cape Royal, Grand Canyon, lights up the rim before the canyon goes dark.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most fascinating National Parks just due to the size of it. Seeing it in person is a must.

“Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets.”
― Jeri Smith-Ready
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A polar bear walks under the Rover in Churchill, Manitoba, near the banks of Hudson Bay.

The bears gather every season in the area to hunt seals as the bay begins to freeze.
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