It’s not just to go over your shoulder

I was at Buscot Park in Oxfordshire recently and saw a fantastic water lily in one of the ponds.  It was a fabulous colour and I reckoned that it would make a great subject for a photograph.  There was a problem however.  The pond had a stone wall around it, and the pond itself was set low down so the water level was about 6 feet away.  It was impossible to get down to the lily without jumping in.  That would not have been popular…

“Lily on a strap” by Derek Gale

I solved it by using my camera strap!  I set my Panasonic GF-1 on the useful “take 3 shots after a 10 second self-timer” setting. To take the image I prefocused on something that was about the right distance away and in the same light, fully pressed the shutter, leant over the wall and lowered the camera down to the water level on the strap*.  After the shutter had fired three times I lifted the camera up again, and checked the images. Sorted!

*If you do this it’s important to wrap the strap round your hand so you don’t drop the camera.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

You can learn many other tips like this in my 1-2-1 training, which can be on any aspect of photography.  Today I have some clients who want to learn more about landscape and garden photography, so it’s very topical.

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