YOUR Awkward to get photos!

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Please can you show us YOUR shots of when its been hard or awkward to focus, because of the situation, and the reason why.
Mine is this, its a conveyor, and it was swaying side to side a bit!
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Hi Tom, firstly I’d like to say that this is great idea for a thread and I am confident that in time it will highlight what a bunch of idiots us photographers are as we go to progressively extreme lengths to get ‘the shot’. I like your image, the rusting metal has a great texture to it. Although it does make me very curious as to why you were up on top of a conveyor in the first place!

This is the image I’ve chosen, it’s taken from the front of a moving canal barge as it passed through a tunnel. It was difficult because of the movement and near total lack of light none of the cameras automatic features weren’t any use at all. It was simply too dark for metering and autofocus and so I had to make do with manual focus and guesswork metering. In addition to this I could hardly see the controls of the camera and there were all sorts of leaks in the roof of the tunnel which meant that my camera and I kept getting soaked with cold water.

I can honestly say it’s the most complex photo I’ve ever had to take!

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But certainly worth it, thanks.
Yeha, it was at a disused(or not, it was a couple years before, so i was told) quarry, and i like disused places, buildings and that, so, well.
Either way, thanks for posting it.
 
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It was an overcast day, in a shaded corner of a courtyard, which made hand-holding the camera impossible (unless I wanted to use flash or a faster ISO, which I didn't), and I was using my new tripod for the first time. To make matters worse, the only way to get this angle on this "Bleeding Heart" flower was to shoot through an opening in a very low concrete wall. To make matters even worse, there were quite a few people walking past me in the narrow, approximately three feet wide, walkway (there was a building on the other side.)

So, picture me in a narrow walkway, tripod legs nearly flat on the ground, center post bringing the camera even closer to the walkway, lens actually IN the opening, and then the position I'm in, cheek nearly on the ground, while trying to focus on a flower that is about half an inch wide, while people are trying to walk around me.

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Not to mention that, due to the limitations of my knowledge of the tripod at the time, I couldn't shoot horizontally: This shot is cropped.
 
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The tripod was straddling a log, center post resting on it. One leg was touching soil, another was thrust through branches but not touching ground, and the third was dangling just above the water. I also had very little substance on which to sit or stand, myself.

I didn't yet have a remote, so I had to trigger the camera by hand and then hold it and myself motionless for the long exposure (It was either 1/2 or 1/3 of a second.)

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This one was quite hard to get. Since I used the remote and we both climbed up there for the pic :tongue:

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Wasn't impressed with how the pic turned out. I just couldn't seem to get it right with the lighting, but I still enjoy looking at the pic regardless remembering how big of a PITA it was to get it (the remote really gets some good distance)...
 
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is that with the nikon remote or 3rd party?

That was with the Nikon remote. The range has been pretty impressive with it so far IMO.
 

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