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    Just Clouds


    Clouds, 2008
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    Re: Just Clouds

    Mountain-top tree watching sun-painted clouds.

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    Re: Just Clouds

    High-meadow fence ducking low-zooming cloud.

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    Re: Just Clouds

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post

    Clouds, 2008
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    That's nice. How steep an angle was your 5x7 on, and does a shot like this present stability problems?
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    A very good question - Were you there ?

    I had a heck of a time pointing the camera at a high angle, since my Manfrotto 3275 410 goes only so far, after which it starts to bang up against the tripod itself. So I had to resort to lots of vertical rise, as much as the camera would allow. Lens coverage isn't an issue, but everything else was. The angle was around 60 degrees, I'd guess.

    The head is strong enough to hold the camera, but the rig probably exceeds the recommended weight by a large factor. I'm probably stupid to use it.

    In this thread, Vaughn recommended a Ries Tripod and head. I wonder if they are more suitable for this sort of subject ? I'd shoot a lot more cloud photos if I could.

    Is there something more appropriate ?

    Thanks for asking !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Is there something more appropriate?
    The question occurred to me while I was trying to visualize doing this with my own Manfrotto 410 holding up the 5x7 camera and a 360mm Nikkor

    Some people who use very large, heavy binoculars for astronomy use what is called a parallelogram mount. The are some videos on YouTube that show how they work, such as these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2uluHEe_GI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLFvhrVTQAE

    Some of these mounts are very expensive, but the ones shown in the videos may be fairly reasonable. You wouldn't need all these functions, and you could probably build something, or have it built, for not too much money.

    You might check out the binocular forum on Cloudy Nights: http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthrea...ard/binoculars
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    Holy Moley !

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    I think that what one basically needs is a boom with a way to mount the camera on one end and a counterweight on the other, and the ability to lock everything down.
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    Re: Just Clouds

    "Just Clouds!" That's what Paul Strand said of Alfred Steiglitz's cloud pictures of which he made such a big production by calling them "equivalents."
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Mount Fuji, wreathed in cloud

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