Your Friendly Hise Hikers Tip: Field Testing Is Important.

Not only with gear… also with equipment.

In prep for a trip for an upcoming trip, we decided to rent a couple of lenses for our cameras and go attempt to get photos of birds in flight.

Last weekend, we found a few potential spots to do some photos and had an absolutely amazing adventure.

We saw deer, turtles, egrets, cormorants, cranes, American avocets, a falcon, several hawks, bluejays, sparrows, and several other beautiful animals.

Here are a couple of photos we took… and now we know the lens I was using was pretty cumbersome (in addition to challenging to get to take pics “on the fly” (haha, you know because we’re photographing birds) and really wouldn’t be great in the field. On the other hand, the lens Jason tested out was really great – nimble and adaptable to the conditions we were in, it seemed quite conducive to the adventure.

I was also field testing some new gear – a new fleece jacket that is so cozy and comfy that with my beanie on and the hood up, I forgot I even had the hood on! It’s comfortable and very functional – it stood up to the tests of the day… which is saying a lot!

We like to field test things to determine if they will be a “right fit” for us to utilize or incorporate into our existing systems.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, Jason’s photos are the ones on the right of this collage (top and bottom) and mine are the two on the left (top and bottom).

If you’re curious about the subject of the photos – cranes in the top left and right, American avocet in the bottom right, and a bluebird bottom left.

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