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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: A Slow Week

There’s no point pretending that it has been a busy week, it has, but not really in the ways you would normally expect. I’ve been spending more time writing for Digital Photography School. I think I just had a few days too where I just wanted to relax and not take much in. I was feeling quite lazy. Let’s see what I’ve got to tell you.

Trip to the USA

I’ve been trying to see if I can get some sponsors for the trip. I will be borrowing a couple of Tamron Lenses, and I have a ripponleal-20131011-8956Lowepro bag to try out on my trip. So I decided to see if I could get some other sponsors.

One thing that I thought would be good would be a travel tripod.  I sent an email to Gitzo to talk to them about the possibility and got nothing back, never heard from them.  I sent an email to Manfrotto and got some generic email back saying if they were interested they would let me know, needless to say I didn’t hear anything back. Then I sent an email to Right Stuff, and they were quick in their response, they couldn’t help me, but at least they responded.

I have to wonder if I am in a good position to get things like this. I did try sending an email to Merrell about maybe lending ripponleal-20131011-8905me a pair of hiking shoes for the trip, but I did only send it today, so who knows. I do love their shoes, well, I’ve only got one pair, but I wear them everywhere these days when I’m going to take photos. I can’t believe how comfortable they are.

It seems that I’m set for the trip and today when I looked at my tickets they said that I was leaving in 70 days, wow, so soon, I will be there before I know it.

Computer

I’ve spent a lot of time this afternoon trying to get my computer working. Seems I have a small problem with shutting it down and then getting it to turn back on. I had a technician here all afternoon and it seems the problem isn’t quite fixed, but shouldn’t take too long.

Learning from Me

I’m supposed to use this day to remind you that I can teach you photography as well, so if you are in Melbourne or coming here then you can book a One on One Photography session. I can teach you photography as we wander around the city taking photos. For more information click here.

ripponleal-20131011-8896If you can’t get here then I also do online courses, you can book, one, three or five sessions with me. For more information then please click here.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

I don’t usually talk about television here but I’ve been watching Miss Fisher on television and I find it such a thrill when they have buildings in it that I recognize. It is filmed in Melbourne, and set in the 1920’s. It is not a very serious show, but I love it. the costumes are great, but what I love is the architecture. I especially love it when it is a building that I have been too and love or recognize.

One of those buildings is Ripponlea. I’ve been there a couple of times and today I thought I might share with you some photos that I’ve taken there of the gardens. They are always so beautiful and they photograph so nicely.

Today I’m just going to leave it there today. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Photography with Three Legs

Detail of Death 1When I first purchased my tripod, almost twenty years ago, I had no idea what I was buying, in that I had done no research, but Vanbars, a photographic shop in Carlton had some on special, they looked good, so I bought one.  I was lucky.  Really lucky.  I have never regretted that purchase and even now, I still think it is a good tripod.  It has always done what I wanted and has been a fantastic tripod.

I’m not going to lie, I do want to replace it now, but not for the reasons you would think.  To extend the legs it has things that screw in and out, and as I get older my hands can’t cope with the tightening anymore.  I have trouble with tendinitis in my From the Bottomhands, so I put the tripod up and one leg will start sinking because I didn’t tighten it up enough.  Annoying, but that is really the only reason why I want to replace it.

I have a Manfrotto tripod with a 190 base and 141RC head.  The head can be a bit annoying, but I have got used to it.  It is a great tripod for many people, but now that I am looking for a new one, there are some questions that I find myself asking, and I think you could benefit from those questions.

What sort of photography will you do that will mean you need a tripod?

I take photos of landscapes and architecture, in all different light.  I want to be able to use the lowest ISO possible, and the best way to achieve that is to use a tripod.  I don’t want camera shake, so again, best to use a tripod. I also do a lot of still life photograph and I need a sturdy tripod for that.

A friend had her beautiful camera on an unstable tripod, a gust of wind blew it over and her camera ended up in a mud puddle.  Luckily it still worked but it scared her a lot.  You don’t want your tripod doing that.  You want it sturdy enough that the wind won’t matter, or you can hang a weight on it to give it more weight.

Will I be carrying the tripod around much?

Yes, I will be.  I need a tripod that is heavy enough that the wind won’t blow it over, but also light enough that I am happy carrying for hours on end at times.

Rocks Laid DownHow tall do you want the tripod to go?

At least as tall as me.  I have a friend who is tall, and she has bought a tripod that when it is fully extended it is much shorter than she is.  She finds it hard to use because it make it so it is hard to look through the camera.  So the tripod should be at least your height.  I have heard of people saying that you should get them as high as possible, I wouldn’t do that, I don’t want to carry a step ladder with me, so chances are I will rarely put it up higher than my eye level.  The one I have now, when the legs are fully extended is pretty much that height, though it does have a section the middle that can be extended up as well.

Zooming InI should point out, I am short, 5 foot 2, so I don’t need a tall tripod.

Do I want aluminium or carbon fibre?

I have seen the carbon fibre ones, and I have to say, I know I want one of them.  They are strong and lighter than the alloy ones.  Though, I am wondering if it is the head that you place on them that makes the different.

How much do you want to pay for it?

That is going to be the thing that will determine what you get.  There is no point Flinders at Twilight 4wanting some amazing tripod, that your budget can’t handle.  I have no budget right now, but I am looking at a Manfrotto tripod, but I do have to consider what else is out there.  I have seen other brands here, but they don’t match up.

So to conclude, think very carefully about what you would like to use the tripod for, how much weight you want to carry, how tall you are and what your budget is.

PLEASE NOTE: All the photos in this post were taken using my tripod.

On another note, the River Muse article will not be up until Friday apparently, so I will put another link to it when it is up.

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