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Hi, itís me again. Iím exited because my new tripod finally arrived. Itís a Manfrotto 055xprob. Maybe a little on the heavy side for field work, but I donít mind carrying around a little more weight, especially when part of it is in my wallet, if you know what I mean. Now, if money were no object....
Donít we always say that about photographic equipment?
It does everything I need it too, and is sure to be sturdy, so who needs carbon fiber? I will see what I think after a season of using it. But can five pounds really be so much? I know, after carrying it for three hours, thatís 15 pound-hours, but itís good exercise, right?
Itís the first full-size tripod that I have ever owned, so I canít wait to use it. Itís pretty tough to photograph wildflowers without one.
Iíve already made up a bloom planner for all of the wildflowers that I have found growing on our property. There are about 200 or so thus far, and probably a few more I haven't noticed yet. I may not be able to photograph all of them satisfactorily in just one year, but I am going to try. During the spring and summer, there may be as many as 35 that I will need to photograph in the same month, which comes out to more than one per day. Of course I donít really plan to be going into the field every single day, and if itís windy, or in some cases sunny, that will also make things difficult. I guess I will be planning to get up early to catch the morning light, but that is a limited time too. I donít know if itís realistic or not to expect to photograph all of them in one year, but I guess itís worth a try.
I just had to tell about my new tripod, so Iíll take you back to the little swamp next time (see my last post). Probably next week. Over and out.