This past Saturday and Sunday morning, my dad, Jess Findlay, and myself went to Manning Provincial Park for a quick camping trip. Manning Park is located 2 hours east of Vancouver BC, Canada, in the Cascade Mountains. Manning is a very good spot that’s close to the city to produce some nice images.
On Saturday my dad went on a 44 kilometer hike, while Jess and I took the truck out in search of wildlife. The majority of our time was spent on Mt.Blackwell, which provides very good opportunities for Pika, Marmots, Yellow-Pine Chipmunks, Columbian + Cascade Ground Squirrel, Sooty + Ruffed Grouse, Mule Deer, and Snowshoe Hares. After taking some morning scenics, we went down the mountain and saw a big 4×4 Mule Deer (picture below). I took out my camera with my 70-200mm on and clicked the shutter. OOOPS, it was on self timer. I took a second shot, OOOPS, I was on F16 (slow shutter), then I took a few more before it wandered off. I was wondering why my shutter speeds were so low, I forgot I was on 100 ISO. I got two decently sharp shots. So a good tip to remember is to change your setting back to wildlife settings after you take scenics.
During mid day light, we went down to Lightning Lakes and watched runners come in from a 100 mile/27 hour trail race. Honestly, they
didn’t even look tired. We also tried Bird Jam for the first time and it worked with Hermit Thrush.
That evening, we stayed at the Pika rocks for a while and ended up having one eat some grass in the wildflowers. The sun was half behind a mountain, causing very slow shutter speeds. It was very challenging since I was handheld with a 500mm F/4, at around 1/125 sec.
On Sunday morning, as we were driving up the mountain, we quickly spotted a female Lynx with a kitten on a cliff. We hiked up, and Jess was able to get a few shots of the adult running away. Last year we got some shots of two large 4×4 Mule Deer Bucks
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