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Leif
18-04-06, 07:56
Yesterday I stumbled across a hillside of Pasque Flowers, a rare plant of chalk downs, which is apt given that it was Easter. Anyway, I'd like to photograph them, but wind vibration is a problem. Does anyone have any solutions which do not involve damage to the plant (which is about 4" high). I won't use a plamp due to potential damage. I have a translucent tent but it is a pain to use and requires its own tripod as support. A self supporting translucent tunnel would be useful.

Leif

Saphire
18-04-06, 20:36
Leif can you make some sort of small windbreak out of card and some sticks.

Leif
18-04-06, 21:14
Leif can you make some sort of small windbreak out of card and some sticks.

Not a bad idea. I could make a seaside style windbreak from translucent fabric and some light poles. I might try with a makeshift version to see if turbulence on the leeward side is an issue.

Leif

nirofo
19-04-06, 01:51
Hi Leif

I usually carry a 2' x 1' piece of old lightweight tent canvas as a wind break, I've stiched strips of canvas in the middle and at each end to thread a stick through. I set it up to form a 'V' shaped shelter around the subject, this usually stops enough wind to make photography possible, although not always! I have been known to use bin liners, my camera bag, my wifes jacket (it's preferable to using mine), and anthing lying around that may be suitable.

nirofo.

Nogbad
19-04-06, 14:11
Leif, I sometimes use a plastic 6 pint Milk carton, cut out one panel and slip it behind the flower. You can hold it down with a tent peg put through a hole in the bottom of the carton.

Nogbad

Snowyowl
19-04-06, 14:28
I like the idea of carrying a cloth to use as a wind break. Maybe ripstop nylon?
I'll get my wife to run something up for me. Any suggestions for colour?
I hope to do a lot of flower photos this year.

Saphire
19-04-06, 14:33
Sky blue is good and so is white both will give a little reflective qualities as well.

nirofo
19-04-06, 14:33
I like the idea of carrying a cloth to use as a wind break. Maybe ripstop nylon?
I'll get my wife to run something up for me. Any suggestions for colour?
I hope to do a lot of flower photos this year.

Hi Snowyowl

The cloth I use was from a kids lightweight tent which had been destroyed in the usual way kids do these things, it just happened to be green!

nirofo.

Leif
21-04-06, 17:21
Thanks for the numerous excellent suggestions. I tried using my tent again last night and it was useless. Oh well. Plenty more ideas to try .... Leif

SharonW
21-04-06, 19:07
This month's BBC Wildlife mag suggests a collapsible reflector for just this purpose, then suggests a home-made foil-covered cardboard sheet as a cheap alternative. No idea how well this would work in reality, but it may be worth a go.

Leif
21-04-06, 21:38
This month's BBC Wildlife mag suggests a collapsible reflector for just this purpose, then suggests a home-made foil-covered cardboard sheet as a cheap alternative. No idea how well this would work in reality, but it may be worth a go.

That's probably okay for light wind, but where I was yesterday there was quite a gust blowing. Even though the flower and camera were enclosed in a small tent, the flapping of the side of the tent set up vibrations that ruined the pictures.

Plan B is to wait for the wind to drop. And to look skywards with an imploring look. :D

nirofo
22-04-06, 01:00
I can remember waiting up to an hour on occasions for the wind to drop, just so that I could get one chance at a shot I'd maybe planned for ages!

nirofo.

Leif
24-04-06, 20:14
Well as suggested by Sharon I used a diffuser as a wind screen, and waited for calm spells, and it seems to do the trick. I can't say it's too arduous, sitting on the side of a hill, listening to Skylarks and Lapwings. I think I need to improve the backgrounds though.