Thursday was a busy day in America’s Premier urban park, and I was privileged to be out and about with many of my fellow citizens, enjoying the spring air in between sneezes and sniffles. Carrying my camera work to new heights, I mounted my Fujifilm XT-20, with its fabulous 18-55mm kit lens, onto the end of a 9 foot tall, extendable painters pole, in order to gain a new perspective on the park. This is a technique I first tried in 2009, but at that time I had no way of remotely viewing the results, so while I did get some usable photos, it was very difficult to frame the images in camera.
In this brave new world of WiFi technology, however, where our benevolent masters in Washington follow our every move, the trickle-down to the common man enables us to spy right back! The benefit for me is being able to see on my phone in real time what my camera sees on the end of a pole 12 feet over my head (I tried this back in February, but the cold persuaded me to postpone the project until friendlier weather).
Other than a “Wow, that’s a big selfie stick!” and a couple of inquiries from passers by, my apparatus attracted relatively little attention, unlike its maiden voyage in 2009. I was, however, able to get some good photos with it, thanks to the cooperation of my fellow Saint Louisans.