I was out shooting in the very, very early morning today on the Atlantic shoreline here at Pawleys Island, S.C., and a big wind and rain storm was blowing in. And the wind was truly howling–20 to 25 knots steady with higher gusts. The rain was just beginning to splatter and I had a Fotosharp rain cover over my camera, but the force of the wind reminded me of an old and useful trick: hang your heavy camera bag off your tripod’s center control arms to gain needed stability.
I carry a big Domke F2 canvas camera bag, and it’s heavy. In these conditions that’s a good thing–the thought of my expensive Canon gear taking a hard dive into wet sand is a terrifying thought! Holding tightly to my Tiltall tripod, I got my shot composed and then slung the Domke bag off one of my center pan/tilt arms. Presto! Instant peace of mind.
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