Seems like this is the season for posting footage from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks! 🙂
This is a highlights video of some 4K stock footage I was lucky enough to capture during a week-long visit to the two parks. I brought two cameras with me on the trip: My FX6 and Z750. Most of the time I ended up shooting with the FX6 because it can capture 4K @ 120 fps, while the Z750 tops out at only 60 fps. I'll admit that I'm sucker for slow-mo wildlife . . . the slower the better!
The FX6 also has the advantage of being smaller, lighter, and can be used with a lighter-weight tripod -- which really makes a difference when you have to carry your gear into the woods without a sherpa or an assistant.
This turned out to be one of my most productive and fun trips to Yellowstone. I am already looking forward to my next visit, especially since firmware V2.0 added Picture Cache and subject-tracking auto-focus to the FX6. Those are two HUGE advancements for the FX6 that any wildlife or sports shooter will appreciate.
I was lucky enough to have the elk footage from this trip featured on the CBS News Sunday Morning show's "moment of nature" segment at the end of last Sunday's broadcast.
If you haven't been to Yellowstone before, you've gotta go!
Camera 1: Sony FX6
Lenses: Sony 200-600mm f/5.6; Sony 2x teleconverter; Sony 35mm f/1.8; Sony 85mm f/1.8
Tripod: Sachtler Aktiv8 head with Flowtech75 legs
Camera 2: Sony PXW-Z750
Lens: Fujinon UA24x7.8
Tripod: OConnor 1040 head with Flowtech100 legs
Here is a longer 35-minute version of the video:
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