Fighting against the wind.

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Steven Green, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. Steven Green

    Steven Green Guest

    This is probably a dumb question but here it goes anyway.

    I have a fairly decent tripod and a geared head.
    I was using it with a Contax Aria, cable release, 200mm lens and 2x
    teleconverter. I was taking pictures of a stationary target off in the

    Now the problem. The wind was blowing fairly good, but the clouds
    looked good so I decided to take pictures anyway. The issue is that
    even with the tripod the camera was bouncing a little bit. Is there
    some way to stabilize the camera so it doesn't shake?

    Leaning on the camera just seemed silly given that the point to using a
    cable release is to get your hand off the camera. Blocking the wind with
    my body didn't seem to work too well.


    Steven Green, Oct 27, 2005
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  2. Steven Green


    Get low, the wider the base and the closer to the ground you are the more
    stable you will be.

    If on a surface that permits, drive a tent stake into the ground and bungee
    cord your trip to the tent stake. I's like adding 20lbs of weight to your
    tripod. Even a small ratcheting strap works good but be careful not to over
    do it and bend your pod.

    Also, be weary of the slingshot action if the ground gives way and the
    stake releases.
    DBLEXPOSURE, Oct 27, 2005
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  3. Steven Green

    Rob Novak Guest

    I'd add that many tripods have a hook on the center column that allow
    for hanging a weight such as a sandbag, or small bag of lead shot.
    Rob Novak, Oct 27, 2005
  4. Steven Green

    Bruce Chang Guest

    Yeah, I'll second that.. If you can give the tripod more mass, the wind's
    effects won't be as prominent. I'd prefer that over driving a stake in the
    Bruce Chang, Oct 27, 2005
  5. Steven Green

    BD Guest

    I'd add that many tripods have a hook on the center column that allow
    Oh, THAT's what that's for!

    I've been using that to secure one end of a shoulder strap!
    BD, Oct 27, 2005
  6. Steven Green


    I prefer the stake in the ground approach. I live in South Dakota, The
    wind blows constantly and sometime ferociously. Anything hanging from the
    pod will sway causing more movement than in is preventing. Also, the less
    weight I have to carry the better as I often hike quite a bit in rough
    terrain. I admit, driving a tent stake is not always an easy project,
    sometimes impossible. However, tying to the ground can add upwards of 20
    pounds if needed. that is allot of weight to carry into the field.
    Sometimes I will wrap the cord around my foot and just stand on it to
    stabilize the pod.
    DBLEXPOSURE, Oct 27, 2005
  7. Steven Green

    Guest Guest

    I use Alka Seltzer
    Guest, Oct 27, 2005
  8. Hang your camera bag from the tripod. You're carrying it anyway, and you can
    snug it up quite shortly around the three legs so it won't sway much.

    And if leaning on the tripod makes it more still, then lean! It's not silly
    if it works.


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