Well I travelled down to the islands off the coast of Virginia. Man was the wind howling. If you live in the Northeast you know what I'm talking about. It was a regular blow of about 25-30mph, with some serious gusts to over 50mph ALL DAY LONG. I could not use my tripod. Period. Regardless of how steady the manufacturer claims it to be, I felt it would have been blown over with my expensive camera going along for the ride. I had travelled down there to shoot not only some “gallery” style images, but also stock. Looks like stock won out – as I was unable to really find anything terrific in the howling wind and cold. I'll head back down again before the tourist hordes ascend on the islands but for now, here is my lame attempt at bird photography.