I’ve scored my best, close-up results with my Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200mm lens, and Nikon 1.7x teleconverter. But that’s a heavy combination, and it’s hard to deliver crisp pix hand-holding that load even with a fast shutter speed.
I tried using my monopod that is my mainstay for outdoor sports photography with my long lens. But one leg isn’t steady enough.
That meant I needed to pull out my tripod, which is reserved for camcorder duty. It’s the perfect solution for having a steady camera.
There was just one problem: I didn’t have a ball head for it, only a pan-tilt head. Which meant that I couldn’t mount my camera on the tripod so that it could move up, down, and around. So I ordered an inexpensive ball head from amazon.com and used it for these photos. I still need to get a better plate for it, because the one it came with doesn’t anchor tightly enough. But I think the ball head-tripod combo made a big difference in the quality of my photos of Li’l Blue D-Fly.
I think I’m really going to like going steady!