Originally Posted by dcstep
I can select an AF point with my 7D, but usually I just try to keep the single, center point on the subject (eye if at all possible).
Carrying the thing is another thing. You literally do start in the weight room. Since I spent a lot of time, way back when I played football, lifting weights, it only took a few weeks of toating the 500mm before I build up my left triceps and biceps enough to aim. I trompted through the woods for tree-hours Saturday, holding it by the tripod-foot most of the time.
If by reframing you mean reposing, then that's the beauty (problem) with wildlife. They do the posing and it's up to you to catch a special moment before they fly or run off. I spent an hour under camouflage last night, sitting just off a deer trail with perfect sun at my back, hoping that a buck would wander so close that I'd shoot him with my 70-200mm. No such luck. Make's me think about going to the zoo...
Which reminds me, some nature photographers have used posed, captive animals as subjects and claimed that they were wild. That's a big no-no. If I ever shoot a captive animal I'll say so in the title and the tags. Also, I do very little Photoshopping because there are mixed views about that. It's ok to walk out and move a stick, but if you clone it out the firing squad may come and get you.
I always thought reposing meant the subject would move, and reframing meant the photographer would most-likely move... of course I could be wrong, since I've never taken a photography course.
You sir have a lot of patience... one hour just to maybe capture a deer?
I assume that's why cropping is such an important technique for wildlife photogs? So you don't have to switch lenses or move forward/backward dozens of feet, and potentially miss the shot?