Grasp it firmly

Shall I make a confession?⁠

So, I’d gone to the library to do photos.  There is a lovely little park next door, and it’s a great place to take pattern pictures (it’s also next door to the good doughnut place which I fully admit is part of the appeal).  I had the knitting and the camera and the whisk broom and the step stool and all the other kit that accompanies me on these excursions.⁠

Everything had gone fine, and I was almost done.  But I really wanted some pictures of the hats hanging on something that could pass for a Christmas tree.  I think most people will use these as ornaments, and I wanted to show how stinking cute they are with the tassel tossed over the branch.⁠

So I got everything all set in place and was ready to go when the wind kicked up.  Now, it does not take much wind to get a tiny hat and an even tinier tassel going.  And once they start going, they take a long time to slow down again.⁠  This quickly became frustrating.⁠

I tried different branches.  I tried to block the wind.  I tried to time the gusts.  All to no avail.

In the end I found the only possible solution was to hold the camera in one hand, hold my reflector in the other hand as a wind break, and grip the branch tip firmly in my teeth to keep it from swaying.⁠

Which I maintain is actually FINE (and not even close to the weirdest thing I’ve done to get a picture).  But I failed to account for the more public nature of this particular location. ⁠

The folks walking through the park seemed…concerned.  I hope I didn’t alarm them too much.  But I’d totally do it again.⁠



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