…you could have given me a break by carrying my monopod part of the time. Just kidding really, but I wouldn’t have turned you down if you had offered because carrying it is a new discipline for me… and discipline is possibly the best way to describe it because I’m not yet accustomed to carrying (or using) this new piece of equipment. Put simply, it doesn’t feel natural yet. I will have to discipline myself to use it regularly.
Would I fall in love with this new addition to my photography kit?I bought this latest addition to my camera kit a couple of months (or so) ago, but then had to order a special plate to screw into the base of the camera to mount (wrong word maybe) both my camera strap and my monopod at the same time. It took 6-8 weeks, but the plate ($21 from Dodd Camera store) finally arrived. So off I went, out the door of Dodd Camera and directly to Holden Arboretum to give it a tryout. Was I going to fall in love with it? Umm, I had my doubts because it is a bit awkward to handle. However, after walking through the butterfly garden, down the trail to Blueberry Pond and returning by way of Lotus Pond, I could see at least three advantages:
- It steadied my camera (and me too, and that was a primary reason for investing in it.
- It helped me frame my pictures. I don’t know how, but it just felt better.
- It made me feel like a “real” photographer, not professional of course, but it made me consider each picture more seriously, if you know what I mean.
Conclusion: For the first time out, the “stick” and I were on pretty good terms. Although I’m not feeling the love yet, I’m planning to keep it! Now take a look at some of the sights you would have seen in the Arboretum today. What do you think…did the monopod do a good job?
Bridge in Butterfly Garden
Quiet pond in the Butterfly Garden
Water feature in the Butterfly Garden
Water lily in Butterfly Garden pond
I forgot the name, but Roz says it’s bee balm. I love the color!
A bee flew into the picture.
Bee close up
Thanks for walking the trail with me today (even if you didn’t carry the monopod).
Carolyn aka Skip