Rick Budde PHOTOGRAPHY
I am fortunate to live close to the St. Louis Zoo nine months per year and Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks the other three months. Thus I am afforded many opportunities to photograph animals.
For my animal photography, I mainly use my Canon 70-200mm with the 1.4x teleconverter attached. Occasionally, I will lug the Canon 500mm lens along with its dedicated tripod and gimbal head.
St. Louis Zoo
I am fortunate to live close to Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks three months of the year. I also travel to other National Parks and locations in the U.S. Thus I am afforded many opportunities for landscape photography.
I mainly use my Canon 24-70mm lens for this type of photography but I have recently purchased a 16-35mm to try as well. I use a carbon fiber tripod with a ball-head to steady my camera while shooting. The camera has an L-bracket attached to facilitate rapidly switching from landscape to portrait orientation.
I think candid photography is my strongest suit. I get to hear about 80 hours of live music during my summers in Driggs, Idaho. There are many folks in attendance so these events present a "target rich environment" for my candid photography.
I use my Canon 70-200mm lens with the 1.4x teleconverter attached for this type of photography. This type of photography is done hand held.
The Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park provide numerous photo opportunities while I am in St. Louis.
Grand Teton National Park and the National Forests I visit while in Driggs provide some amazing wildflower displays.
I use two different lenses for these types of photos: Canon 24-70mm and Canon 100mm Macro. I use a carbon fiber tripod to steady my camera while shooting.