Wildlife Photography near Calgary

by Duane Starr
August 21, 2012


Great Gray Owl by Duane Starr ©

Great Gray Owl

I am a self taught nature photographer with no formal photography training.  I grew up in a very small town in British Columbia called Fernie.  I was always fascinated by cameras, my Dad owned a Ricohflex camera and that is the camera I started out experimenting with.  Fernie being such a small town, had no one around to ask my many questions, so I read books and mainly used the trial and error method of learning.  The school needed a photographer so I stepped up to the plate to give it a try when I was in grade 7.  They gave me a dark room for developing and all the time I needed to learn the best I could under those conditions.  I shot sports, year book entries, graduation pictures and any other events that went on at the school. I made a lot of mistakes and I hate to think of how many rolls of film I messed up. I can laugh about it now, but in the days it sometimes was terrifying. The best thing of all was when something turned out right. I look back now and the experience was worth a hundred courses.



Sharp-tailed Grouse by Duane Starr ©


Sharp-tailed Grouse



I started shooting pictures and capturing images around 1957 for my local  high school.  Became school photographer for 6 years through Jr. High School and  Sr. High School in Fernie B.C..  That is where it all started.



Pheasant by Duane Starr ©





My camera bag includes 2 Think Tank rolling bags.  I try to take all my  equipment with me when I go out to shoot.  It's always in my car.  I use a Nikon D4 & D3s bodies & Fuji 100,  all my lens are Nikon which include 2 - 50mm f/1.8 & f/1.4, 12-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8,  70-200mm f2.8, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, 200-400mm f/4, 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/4,  105mmf/2.8 macro, 135mm f/2.0 D,  28-300mmf/3.5-5.6,  24mm f/1.4, Tele-Converters 1.4x VII, 1.7x VII &  2.0x. VIII, Gitzo Traveler 6x monopod, Gitzo Tripod with Wimberly Head wh-200 II and a bunch of smaller misc camera pieces too numerous to list.     


Northern Hawk Owl by Duane Starr ©


Northern Hawk Owl



Raven and two bald eagles on a fence by Duane Starr ©


Raven and two bald eagles on fence



Great Horned Owl  owlets by Duanne Starr ©


Great Horned owlets



House Finch by Duane Starr ©



House Finch



leucistic rough-legged hawk by Duane Starr ©


leucistic rough-legged hawk



Moose by Duane Starr ©




Golden Eagle by Duane Starr ©


Golden Eagle



Long-tailed weasel by Duane Starr ©


Long-tailed Weasel




Young grizzly bear by Duane Starr ©


Young Grizzly bear in Kananaskis Provincial Park



Bald Eagle by Duane Starr ©


Bald Eagle

My favorite lens for shooting wildlife is the 600mm telephoto, it is absolutely my go to lens when I am out shooting wildlife.  The 400mm is supureb for low light as it is f/2.8 and both lens are sharp as a tack.  I use the 200-400mm when I am not sure what I might be getting into. It does give me a lot of flexibility.


Duane Starr portrait


Biography : Duane Starr, born 1943.  I live in Calgary AB. Canada. I am a retired Administration Manager for the City Of Calgary (27 years). I am a self taught nature  photographer with no formal photography training.  I now do photography for a hobby. I get the most enjoyment out of sending out my weekly photographs to the 100 or so people on my site and getting their comments back about the pictures.




E-mail address: dndstarr@shaw.ca

Web site: www.duanestarrphotography.com




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