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| p.1 #1 · An "alt" way to use a monopod |
My main hobby is 20th century military history and my interest in photography is mostly a side-effect of it. The majority of my pictures cover airplanes, tanks and military vehicles, mostly indoor, inside museums. The goal is to document historical artifacts both for history enthusiasts and scale modellers. I care about image quality, but have zero artistic ambitions.
Along the time I refined a solution to take pictures from an high angle, inspüired by something I saw here and there. I use a monopod with a compact camera, an articulated LCD and a cable remote. I keep the monopod well above my head, with the camera's screen flipped down and I use a cable to control the camera. It looks more or less like this:
Picture of me taken by a friend
I started using a Canon G12, but since last year I replaced it with a Canon G1X, that has much better high ISO performances and allow me dramatically reduce the need for a flash (I wouldn't use the G12 above ISO 400, the G1X instead is fine for me up to 1600/2000).
Below you can find a small selection (hope people wouldn't mind the military subjects). Again, there is no art here, but the I think it was worth sharing as an "alternative", even if not new, way to use photo equipment. The main point is that this way I can get pictures from an unusual angle.
T-55 AM2 B by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
M48A2C by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
Pz I A by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
Sometimes I also get an opportunity to see details that aren't visible from ground level, this is especially valuable for scale modellers:
SdKfz 251/9 by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
Right now I am quite happy with the quality I get out of the G1X (my main cameras are Canon 5D III and 7D) but in the future I may look into something else, like a Micro 4/3 with a couple of primes and a stabilized body or something along those lines. No need to say stabilization is important here. I think the current trend toward wi-fi connection between cameras and smartphones could make the whole experience much more pleasant too. It's kind of tiring and somewhat hard to frame the subject by looking at an LCD above my head
Wi-fi would also eliminate the need for cable remote too.