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Jeff A

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Thanks for your points on this and though they are good they can't really help me. I struggle just to get to my knee's so 99% of my shots are from standing up as I can't get low. And if you have seen a Giraffe getting up from drinking water well I am far worse looking at trying to get up, so I just don't do that no more. But on the tripod for the able bodied people out there it is a to idea. So don't think I don't appreciate what you have posted here cause the point is I do.
I am a man and not a petite man but I am "of a certain age" so I can relate to the problems of getting the camera low for certain shots. The mental picture of me trying to get off the ground, in public, with camera gear is nowhere I want to go. It's a sad state of affairs but it is what it is. I shot some shots of a specialty automobile a couple of weeks ago and bent over for many of the shots. I paid dearly for those shots. Getting old is not for sissies!
 

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"Growing old is not for sissies!" Soooo true!!!! Yesterday, taking advantage of wonderful weather I went out to a local botanical gardens and took my bag with the A1 and three lenses (90mm macro, 50mm f/1.2 and 12-24mm f/2.8). After I'd loaded the bag I hoisted it on my shoulder and thought, "if I try to walk around there with this I'll last all of ten minutes!" and hurriedly retrieved a wheeled cart to use. That worked well, but even so about an hour so in I began getting signals from my back (history of herniated disk some years ago and probably now good old degeneration due to age) that it was not happy. Too much bending over to aim a lens at the wonderful flowers... No way I'm going to get down on the ground to become up close and personal with my subjects -- the getting-down wouldn't be bad but the getting back up again sure would be!!

I think I've been a little too sedentary these past few months as it was easier to just stay at home in front of the computer on cold winter days or hot summer days than to get out and at least take a walk if nothing else. History of surgery many years ago for a herniated disk (L5/S1) plus over the past year or so I have noticed signs of problems that suggest some disk deterioration due to age. Getting old sure isn't fun! When I want to do things and my body doesn't want to cooperate or balks and starts complaining, that is just so frustrating.
 

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"Growing old is not for sissies!" Soooo true!!!! Yesterday, taking advantage of wonderful weather I went out to a local botanical gardens and took my bag with the A1 and three lenses (90mm macro, 50mm f/1.2 and 12-24mm f/2.8). After I'd loaded the bag I hoisted it on my shoulder and thought, "if I try to walk around there with this I'll last all of ten minutes!" and hurriedly retrieved a wheeled cart to use. That worked well, but even so about an hour so in I began getting signals from my back (history of herniated disk some years ago and probably now good old degeneration due to age) that it was not happy. Too much bending over to aim a lens at the wonderful flowers... No way I'm going to get down on the ground to become up close and personal with my subjects -- the getting-down wouldn't be bad but the getting back up again sure would be!!

I think I've been a little too sedentary these past few months as it was easier to just stay at home in front of the computer on cold winter days or hot summer days than to get out and at least take a walk if nothing else. History of surgery many years ago for a herniated disk (L5/S1) plus over the past year or so I have noticed signs of problems that suggest some disk deterioration due to age. Getting old sure isn't fun! When I want to do things and my body doesn't want to cooperate or balks and starts complaining, that is just so frustrating.
Growing old + sedentary. A bad combination, one which I suffer from. This whole Covid-19 thing blew a whole in all of out lives. It's a terrible thing. Also, two weeks ago I had a Radio Frequency Ablation on my back and the results so far are less than expected. I came to a decision last night that I'm going to prepare a "Personal Lesson Plan" with some shooting assignments. I don't think there are a lot of interesting things near me as subjects but I decided I'm not selling them to Magazines, I just need the practice and experience so the subject matter itself is not so important. You never know, I might trip across a few decent subjects along the way.
 
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I am fortunate in that I live in a place where there is lots to see and shoot, even right from my condo unit deck. That has its benefits, but it also adds to the laziness factor. Why should I go walking around the lake when I can run out to my deck, camera in hand, and shoot a cormorant, some geese, occasionally Alfred the Great Blue Heron? I am definitely intending to walk around the lake more now that the weather will be cooler and less humid and I also am planning to get in the car more often and go to one of the botanical gardens around here or a park, somewhere reasonably scenic that isn't what I see every day at home. My body will benefit and I will enjoy the experience. Might even get a few nice photos here-and-there as well...
 
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Clix Pix I understand what you mean and what I would call in is operating smart.
I know of a lot of people not personally but going by their posts where they say they are doing the same thing.
I wish I could but I can't so I just say you are doing the right thing as I see it.
 

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