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By paulbroad  
I've put this in for those with longer lenses and an interest in natural history. This chap has two excellent camera supports to help get a sharp result, a strong tripod with gimble - in his back pack, and a sturdy fence post. He is using neither! There are a lot of long lenses about at Bempton, but a lot of bad practice too,

I don't lumber myself with a tripod there, lots of fence posts and sturdy fence but I do, almost always, look for support.


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oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2018 12:41PM
I have even seen them taking shots with the tripod attached, but lifted off the ground !!!Tongue
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
25 May 2018 1:02PM
Like Rod Stewart singing into a microphone with the stand upside down in the air... Just showing off.

There are a few people who defy description. Myself, i am upset every time I see someone shooting iwth a reversed lens hood.
GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
25 May 2018 2:57PM
Been there, done that . . . .

I wonder if we are being a little hard on the photographer. Looking at the thinning greying hair and that developing paunch, I suspect the guy is just out for a pleasant afternoon to practice his hobby. He is using a long telephoto instead of a macro lens so he is probably hoping for a a small depth of field to throw the background out of focus. And, if he is using a reasonable iso setting and large aperture he probably has an acceptable shutter speed to cut down camera shake maybe even 1/(focal length) given the sun is bright enough to cast sharp shadows.

Of course he might get a sharper image if he used a tripod and a cable release. But then, he might miss the shot if the subject was a small animal or bird in the undergrowth. He might also become a total bore who knows all the technical details but misses the joy of being around nature.

If folks ask for advice then of course, share your expertise. If they are happy in their "ignorance" , then live and let live. I am sure that after a series of blurred and disappointing shots he will probably wonder about that tripod he carries . . . he seems to have spent freely on his equipment.

Sorry to be a curmudgeon . . . .
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 May 2018 11:08AM
Everyone has their own opinion. For me, why spendthe money on good gear, then not get the best from it. Two seconds to step to the left, or right and rest the lens on top of that or another post! I have grey hair and am in my 70's but there is, in my opinion, no point having the gear and not using it properly.

Te correct gear will impress some but shock those who know what they are doing and cnnot see the point in not taking advantage of simple methods to improve quality.

even with the five stop OIS and a fast hutter speed, I still always try and rest the camera/lens on something as insurance, otherwise, why bother.

I watched this chap a bit because he was also a bit arrogant. his wife was lovely, but he never spoke and pushed in where he wanted to be. There's always one.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
27 May 2018 12:35PM
Your kindness of spirit does my heart good, George!

Myself, I'd not be packing the tripod unless I was going to use it. And I lean on fenceposts a lot...

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