This woman photographer is amazing! She must be from the planet Krypton.

She’s an older person (I would guess in her late 50s, early 60s) and she carries a 1DMk4 with a 600mm f/4. She makes her photos HAND-HELD. That’s 24Lbs/11Kg at the end of her extended arm.

That day, the light was not the greatest, it was grey, low contrast and very cloudy. Either she’s super-woman or she uses ISO 100,000. Look at the arch of her back…

Just holding such a big and heavy rig at the end of the arm is hard enough for me. That’s why I mostly use either a tripod or at least my monopod. And it’s usually set to be 2½ feet tall. I wear a single carpenter knee pad on my right knee and I kneel down, just like Tim Tebow but I was doing it long before he started to play football. It’s to be closer to the ground and have a different perspective than 98% of the other photographers.

BTW, she’s just holding, at arm length, the lens up without even taking photos.

Super woman

Super Woman

Technical

Before (left) and after (right) as processed with Darktable 2.2.3

Before (left) and After (right)

Camera: Canon 7D ISO 400 and 1/160
Lens: Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO @273mm and f/11
Processed with Darktable 2.2.3: http://www.darktable.org/