So it was night... around 1a.m. and I see three deer out in a corn field looking for scraps. I first tried some photos at iso 6400, aperture f/2.8, 100mm (I didn't have my 70-200mm with me), and while I did have my tripod with me... I didn't want to get out of the car because it would spook the deer. I'm manually focusing and using IS. So I tried my best to stabilize myself and snap a few shots with the hope that some were clear (the car was still running so I'm sure that added a little bit of shake).
So I turned around and tried again. Some awful results. So I put on my 580 ex ii and I'm manually focusing and I wait for the deer to get blurry and then turn it the other way and I try and find the middle... thinking that they are far enough away that I should have decent depth of field even at f/2.8.
Evidently I was was horribly front focused... and now I'm wondering... did I re focus... I had to... I wouldn't look through the viewfinder and think that this was ok. So I get out of my car and the deer surprisingly weren't spooked... snap snap snap... and then deer were spooked.
So... here's my question... is there a technique for shooting in the dark? the 580 has the IR beams, but at that distance, they didn't do squat...
I didn't really miss a once in a lifetime event... the dear are always hanging out in that field, but still I like to think that after all these years I have enough competency to be able to take a freaking deer photo in the near dark.