I rarely take a shot without some sort of camera support. Usually it’s a tripod but it could be a bean bag, log or rock. Normally I’m a staunch advocate for tripod use but sometimes you have to make exceptions.
Last weekend involved a trip to the Ruth Bancroft Botanical Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Many gardens, museums and public aquariums have strict policies regarding tripod use. Those policies exist for a number of valid reasons ranging from preventing commercial photography to eliminated tripping hazards. A quick look at the garden’s website confirmed what I’d suspected: No tripods allowed. Armed with that information I prepared my kit for the day. Since I wasn’t going to be able to bring a tripod, I switched to my Canon 7D which is normally relegated to backup duty. The key feature I needed was it’s live view capability.
Many of my flower images require a very low camera position. If the camera is on a tripod I’m able to fit it with an angled viewfinder adapter and compose the shot normally. It’s a bit of a tedious process but the tripod allows me to compose, inspect and adjust the scene until it’s just right. Without a tripod that angled viewfinder is almost impossible to use effectively as I just don’t have enough hands. Using the live view capability of the 7D, I was able to compose this shot via the rear LCD screen even though the camera was extended down and away from me.
Apparently I was the only one who read the website as there was another gentleman there shooting, complete with his tripod, and none of the staff seemed the slightest bit interested. I also never saw him shoot in any position but standing upright so he might have been able to use his tripod, but he didn’t get this shot.
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Doug… love this scene. The detail in the front poppy is wonderful, and your choice of DOF adds a lot to the context. Am a sucker for following the rules myself… if it says “Stay off the grass” I am staying off the grass. Doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and improvise as you have apparently been able to do here to great effect.
Thanks David. I’m the same way. It drives my kid nuts.
If I remember correctly you use Lightroom, what do you use to put your copyright information on the picture?
I apply watermarks in a couple of different ways. For blog images there is a sharpening step that I add in Photoshop. While in PS, I add the watermark as a text layer, add a drop shadow and decrease the opacity of the text layer until it blends. Images on my gallery site get their watermark applied via Lightroom.