|Nikon D600, 300mm f/4 @ 1/250 sec.|
The Induro ships with a nice case that includes a shoulder strap so I started out with the camera slung over one shoulder and the tripod in its case over the other. The carrying of the gear was fine but I discovered if I were going to shoot and be effective I needed the camera mounted to the tripod. So, off came the camera strap (it just gets in the way when the camera is on the tripod) and out came the tripod. Once the camera was mounted they were carried with the camera over my shoulder and behind me and the tripod legs extended in front of me with one arm over them - just as if carrying a long 4x4 over one shoulder.
Once I got to a place with some bird and butterfly activity the tripod went on the ground and I was ready for action. The dials on the ballhead were adjusted so it was loose enough for maneuverability yet stiff enough for stability. Truly, it was a piece of cake that took all of two seconds. This butterfly was all over the place but I didn't have any trouble tracking its movements and ended up with a lot of nice shots of it.
This grasshopper, on the other hand, didn't move. It remained clinging to the thistle just as you see it. However, it was constantly blown to and fro by the wind but the 300mm focuses very fast so nailing the shot from a stable platform wasn't a problem. Likewise, the bee.
And one last shot. This one is for my wife because she finds these cute. This very small toad was huddled down among the blades of grass. The shot was accomplished with a shutter speed of 1/80 seconds. Now, 1/80 on a 300mm lens without any kind of VR and no tripod - not gonna happen. But, with a good tripod and head ... keep the shutter open as long as you want and enjoy the results.