Finally the time was right to climb up the mast of my Hanse 315 sailboat and attach the D700 and 14-24/2.8.
Used the ML-3 to trigger the camera from the cockpit. I was probably a bit beyond the specified range, because I had to really aim the transmitter squarely into the ML-3 receiver. And it took a lot of pictures to end up with a few shots where everything looks right: Sails, light, wake... With -1/3EV and Program mode, all exposures were dead on.
I bought the ML-3 for my old F100 some 8 years ago - you can really love Nikon for keeping the same 10-pin accessories system over the years.
Thanks Thinking about it, what you see in the picture is a rather expensive, giant, floating, self-propelled camera tripod...
Here is what it would look like with the AF16mm Fisheye and F6, placed lower in the rig. It seems that the aperture of the lens is hung on f/2.8, so the picture is barely rescued from an overexposed slide.
It would be interesting to see the apparatus used to hoist the camera and keep it aligned, pointed properly down and angled right. Even a word picture would be interesting. My D700 yearns for a journey up my 72 ft ham radio mast in my backyard, but pointing would be a problem. Good thing I can't afford the wireless connection which is called for.
To get the camera up there, I had my mountain climbing gear to climb straight up the halyard rope. The camera was attached with a Manfrotto #168 ball head on a 190PRO center column, which was then solidly clamped to the spreader with a Manfrotto screw clamp.
There is good professional equipment available in the market for attachment of cameras and lighting equipment!
Here is an old picture using a Manfrotto suction cup (and extra straps and duct tape for safety). Nikon F100, AF-16/2.8, ML-3.