EF 600mm f/4L IS w/stacked EF 1.4x and EF 2.0x extenders
Somewhere high above Grey County, Ontario
Unless I win the lottery I will undoubtedly never get to use a set-up like this again. In an enormous act of trust my friends at Lens Rentals Canada had let me borrow their Canon 600mm, EF 1.4x and 2.0x extenders and a Gitzo tripod with Wimberley Gimbal head. It was like a dream come true to be able to take all of that home and play, albeit with a nervousness that bordered on trepidation. Driving around for an afternoon I soon found out that shooting with a set-up of this nature, you do not hop location to location to location very quickly or easily. There is great care needed to load and unload and set up and dismantle all of the pieces and then frame your shot and shoot. After about the 2nd cycle of loading and unloading and setting up and dismantling, I decided to just stay put and simply look around me for things to photograph that were outside of the 18 foot minimum focusing distance. As I was swinging the gimbal head to point the camera up and shoot some pigeons on the rooftop of an old warehouse, I saw the moon in the blue sky and a long thin jet trail heading straight for it. Talk about searching for a needle in a haystack when I wasn’t used to all the knobs and rings of the head or lens while trying to frame the moon in the view finder in anticipation of the plane’s arrival. I must have gotten things figured out and focused, as for 3 solid seconds I was able to shoot the plane as it traversed the face of the moon in this uncropped or magnified shot. The moment I had the shots taken, a police cruiser pulled up beside me, the officer beginning his interrogation as to what I was doing; all the while staring at the telescope of a lens that was standing to my left. If there is one thing I learned while shooting with the 600mm, it was this. Subtlety is not an option. Period.