Thanks Bill, and it is a refinery by the way, ConocoPhillips to be precise. Those were taken with my 1D4 and 100 to 400, as was the Osprey shot. And yes, there is no easy way to wield a 600 hand held, but I've used a Wimberly head on a buddies tripod and was able to track pretty well with it, as well as a Really Right Stuff monopod. Not something I would like to hike around with of course(not to mention they are not cheap), but a lot of guys use them around the marshes here in winter and get really good results.What camera/lens combo were you using for those far zoom shots of the trains passing the refinery (or whatever it is)? Those shots are truly remarkable for the lack of heat waves or other distortion.
Good shot of the osprey. I take my osprey action shots hand held with my 100-400 zoom. A tripod mounted 4.0/600 would probably be too cumbersome to capture the action like you did
We've had a very cool summer here for the most part, which has made for some great long distance shots I usually can only get in colder months. I caught the C&NW heritage unit at that same location this weekend, and will post them once I get them downloaded off the camera and converted.