Monthly Archives: November 2011
Wildlife photography is an obsession for most requiring patience and persistence. Like the postal service, only more dependable, we brave the elements to get the shot. In fact, often times we seek out those miserable rainy days as they add a dimension to a wildlife photograph that a clear blue sky just can’t compare to. Enter the search for the perfect wildlife photography glove.
So what do you look for in a wildlife photography glove? My checklist included the following: windproof, waterproof, breathable, light weight, thin enough to work the camera controls but warm enough to withstand a bit of cold. I have purchased numerous gloves but there was always a compromise one way or the other.
I purchased the Mountain Hardwear Epic Gloves in Canada for $59 at the Live Out There Store about a year ago and I am happy to report that they are as close to the perfect waterproof photography glove as I have found. In fact I just ordered my second pair because I gave my first pair away to my Alaskan Bear guide Buck Wilde cause he liked them so much. Continue reading
If you’re into wildlife photography than you no doubt have found yourself driving down the road to get bird pictures or animal pictures and wham out of nowhere that bird you’ve just been dying to get a good shot of is right there on the side of the road. Your longest lens is mounted and on the front seat with you but you know if you try to get out of the car it’s bye bye birdy. So you do what I have done for years, you pick up 15 lbs of glass and camera and try to hand hold it to get the shot. If the light is good you just might get the shot, but odds are when you get home you’re initial excitement turns to disappointment as you review one blurred image after another. It is this very scenario that began my quest for the best bean bag for wildlife photography.
After many reviews and videos I finally ordered the Apex Bean Bag from Essential Photo Gear . As you can see from the photos this unit can be used as the standard wildlife photography bean bag or you can mount your tripod head with the included mounting plate to turn it into stable base from which to mount your big glass. I had visions of using it from my car with a Wimberley style head attached so I could pan with my Nikon 600mm lens from my car. When it arrived I promptly filled it up with sunflower seeds, mounted my Jobu BWG Pro head, slapped on the 600m and ran out to the car to give it a try. Continue reading