Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/24

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Subject: [Leica] BIG new Leica
From: wildlightphoto at (Doug Herr)
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:38:09 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

Mark it doesn't matter to me what other people are doing.  I do what's best 
for me.

For example:  I don't use a big fat long lens unless there's no other way to 
get a photo.  Good field skills can make a lot of mm of focal length 
useless, so the big heavy tripod is often overkill for me.

One also must consider where these reference wildlife photographers are 
working.  Are they working in dense brush?  Are they working in a paved 
parking lot or a boardwalk 'nature trail' or clinging to the side of a 
mountain?  Are they photographing Ptarmigans at their feet or Rough-legged 
Hawks at 500 yards?  Is their subject moving?  What are the lighting and 
weather conditions?

It's pointless to say 'these photographers are doing it so it must be 
working'.  There are too many other variables.  Instead of pointing to 
others who use the same technique I use, I prefer to let my photos do the 
talking.  Others are welcome to use the technique they prefer.  A monopod 
works for me.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

-----Original Message-----
>From: Mark Rabiner <mark at>
>Sent: Oct 24, 2015 4:29 PM
>To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
>Subject: Re: [Leica] BIG new Leica
>Doug I of course respect your choice in your workflow of not using a tripod.
>For what its worth though from a consensous standpoing wildlife
>Photographers from all I can tell seem to be no strangers to tripod use. As
>I just Binged " wildlife photographers"
>And on the top half of the page before I start scrolling down both shots are
>of wildlife photogs using tripods.. With big fat long lenes. No hand
>So somebody out in the wildlife photographer world agrees with me on the
>wonderfulness of  tripods.
>Scroll down the page more and more photographers out where the air is clean
>with long lenses and big fat tripods. Finally one going hand held. With no
>cheetahs or squirrels to help him out.
>This one my fave:
>Mark William Rabiner
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information