Here's a variation on that:
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
The Sony IS system is contained within the body Steve, not the lens. So putting a modern Sony lens onto a 35mm Minolta body wouldn't achieve anything I'm afraid. I presume that what what you were suggesting.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
On a more promising note however I have worked a lot and practiced many of your suggestions over the last couple of weeks. Particularly the breathing control: which alone has certainly not provided the whole answer, but has contributed signnificantly. One thing I have learned is to slow down & relax. I realised that in my inexperienced enthusiasm to get a shot, I was rushing [almost in case the shot got away; which was balmy because most of the shots were landscapes: they're still the same today as they were a fortnight ago :rolleyes:] It suddenly dawned on me that I've never behaved in that manner when I'm setting up a site level or a theodolite. I've always taken my time and got it right.
So I've slowed down a lot. The consequence is that my confidence has increased because I'm no longer stressed that I'm going to miss the shot. [yes, the landscape one, that's still there now] Because my confidence has increased and I've slowed down, I'm taking better shots, compositionally and in terms of shot-taking technique. Consequently because I'm now a lot less conscious of shaking and a lot less concerned about it, I shake less
It seems stupidly simple: but it's actually working.
I still take the monopod out with me: and I use it when necessary or prudent.
But I don't now feel obliged to use it, or fear that if I have no means of support I will not be able to take a decent photo.
None of my work is going to win any awards. But I probably still won't be winning awards in twenty years time :rolleyes: so that's no problem. What's great is that I'm enjoying going out with the camera again, instead of almost dreading it; as was the case before.
Sorry this has been so long-winded, but I appreciate the encouragement and support you each provided when I originally asked for help; so it seems reasonable to appraise you of some of the outcomes, even if they are not yet complete and there is still considerable room for much more progress.
I guess what I'm saying is: a big thank you, to you all.
Congratulations! I've always found APUG to be an incredibly friendly and helpful place -- I'm glad you've experienced the same.