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Old Jan 29, 2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default Have I Mentioned I Hate Tripods?

Just downright dispise them, but today I did use my monopod when I went to the Heard Nature Center.

Looked for birds for a while, but quickly saw there was going to be little of that down there today. I did get this one image of one singing beautifully in the very top of a tall tree with the E5 and 50-200 SWD plus the EC20 at 400mm..



I spent the rest of the day doing closeups with the E5 and 50-200+EC20 to maximize both the reach at the closest focus distance and background compression.





















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Old Jan 30, 2011, 8:11 AM   #2
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.....these are really interesting and suggest that at the end of the day you had fun doing them.

I've never had a tripod but I do like my monopod for heavy weight hardware.

Yesterday was nice, I came close to going to the stadium for a look then I saw some TV about it.

TOO NICE a day, TOO MANY people, not enough interest, I think you made a good choice for a day out.
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Just downright dispise them, but today I did use my monopod when I went to the Heard Nature Center.
Yes, a carbon fiber monopod with a good quick release is way more likeable than a tripod. Its particularly hard for me to use the 35-100 at slower shutter speeds without the monopod - its a heavy rig.

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PS: Nice photos - you found some color during a dreary season.
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As much as I agree with you as to the use of a tripod, there are times when I just can't be without mine. And, while I really like using the Velbon monopod I bought upon Ted's recommendation, there are times outdoors when I just need a more stable platform.

It's especially useful when I'm trying to take 5 frames at 1/3 exp comp of a landscape scene that I'm going to process through HDR. I've yet to successfully do so without the aid of a tripod.


BTW, I like your subject matter. I'm going to venture out later today and see if I can come up with something interesting to shoot.

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Absolutely, HDR work requires a tripod every shot. The E5 ups the ability, letting you bracket up to 7 shots in one burst.

Maybe some day I'll have to give that a try. Won't look like you stuff though, Zig!
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Really interesting series on the wintertime leaf. It not only conveys a sense of winter solitude, but makes one long for the coming buds of spring.
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