Wedding Deja Vu

I was digging through a bunch of pictures when I came across this..
Display wedding 197?

These were/are part of a display in the chapel at the Clark County museum.

At the risk of showing my age, except for the fact that the mannequins aren’t drunk or high this looks just like the weddings I used to photograph.

And yes for the sake of business I actually dressed like that, or worse yet, wore a tie in public.

Sigmonster

In keeping with the title of this post. -Something I started several months ago and never finished writing. I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite toys that I haven’t taken out in over a year.

It’s my Sigma 300-800mm. Let’s see, it only weighs 12lbs and is a mere 2ft long.
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It’s capable of taking great photographs but the technique required for getting a decent shot at 800mm is rather exacting because the slightest movement on this end translates into a huge movement out at the far end. This means the use of a remote release, locking the mirror up, learning to drape your arm over the top of the lens without leaning on it or any number of similar methods of dampening any possible vibrations. It also means using a very sturdy tripod and a good stable head.

The real trouble with this beast is that by the time you get the camera, lens, head and tripod assembled you’re humping something over 20lbs. This means that a two mile hike on level ground turns in to a twenty mile uphill trek by the time you decide to pack it in. Especially during the summer months here in Las Vegas when the 85 deg temperature at 6am becomes 100 degrees by 10 and 115 by noon. 🙁

Blue Heron
Blue heron off a monopod -750mm at 50 meters.