Okay here we go again a few weeks ago it was hummingbirds that I needed help trying to photograph. Now, its Swallows; specifically barn swallows in our barn. There are 3 nests of babies and I am going nuts trying to capture a decent image. The problem: all 3 nests are right up against the ceiling (about 9 feet). I am shooting with a Canon 5D and a Sigma 70-500mm lens mounted on a Bogan tripod and using a ladder to reach the top of the tripod. My tripod is great, but even with the center pole extended it is well short of reaching level with the nests. Ive tried climbing up on the stalls a real feat for someone with a bum hip but, even if I can fit on the slim rail my long lens cannot be steadied there. All my images come out with only a very small part of the baby showing as in the attached images. I can get mom, but not the babies. The distance between the nests and the ceiling is only a couple of inches. In the images the yellow fluffy stuff you see is insulation from where we had to remove ceiling panels due to a leak the birds love us for this since here is where they made their nice little nests! So, anyone have ideas/suggestions? Been there, done that? Thanks.
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7/13/2006 4:00:11 AM