I was thinking about a "post yours" thread for tripod photos, but maybe not that popular... but if you got them, please share them...
If not a tripod, a wall, a railing, a tree, a car, anything to keep the camera from moving...
Digital high ISO goes a long way to support handheld photography... but there is still a place for the tripod. As well the process is such that you tend to spend some time with each composition.
Currently have (1) Manfroto 190 CXPRO4 with 486 head, (2) SLIK Grand Master II with a three way head, and (3) SLIK PRO POD 600. Only used the monopod once or twice in over 10 years... not as useful as I thought it would be...
The CXPRO4 has seen quite a bit of use...
I found a 'kit' at discount that included the tripod and head... This setup has four sections and will fit in a checked airline suitcase. When I am out and about I normally just carry it in my hand without a bag or strap... camera not attached when moving. With a payload of 5 kg (the head is rated for 6 kg) the tripod will accommodate my Mamiya RB67 in a pinch but the ground glass camera really needs a three way head for ease of composition. I would definitely recommend carbon fiber if you are moving about... if it's too heavy you will leave it home.
Manfroto 190Cx Carbon Fibre Q90 4-section Tripod
bubble spirit level / rapid centre column
leg angles: 25° - 46° - 66° - 89°
material: carbon fiber tubing with magnesium castings
closed length: 50 cm
leg sections: 4 number
Maximum Height: 146 cm
Maximum height: 122 cm (with centre column down)
safety payload: 5 kg
Weight: 1.400 kg
486 Compact Ball Head (out of production)
safety payload: 6 kg
Weight: 381 g
it seems that "World Photography Day" is observed worldwide on 19-August every year... I guess I should post an old photo... ; )
Title - Snow Country
Model - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens - 35mm f/1.4 L
ExposureTime - 1/1.3 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 3200
DateTimeOriginal - 2011:12:23 05:43:32 AM
ExposureBiasValue - 0
Surprising how similar the exif data is to Ares501's "Night Boat" photo... similar results as well ; ) But I digress... I didn't have a tripod on that trip, so I held the lens flat against the inside of the hotel room window for the duration of the shot... not a bad view...
That evening in addition to the tripod I was using a Nikon F3HP with an AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 and a Nikon F3P with an AI-S 50 f1.2... not sure what combination was in play for that photo, but most likely the 50mm.
I agree about the 50 1.2... it's one of my favourite lenses and gets the most use... Here is a list of the other manual focus Nikon lenses... The 85 gets the least use because, comparatively, it's a bit of a monster with 72mm filters and 609g (21.5 oz).
AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 & Nikkor-P 10.5cm f/2.5
AI-S 20mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f1.2, & 85mm f/1.4
The second most used lens is the AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 followed by the AI'ed Nikkor-P 10.5cm f/2.5...
Have been thinking about a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D on a Nikon Df... not this year ; )
Love the old lenses...
I have heard good things about RRS, but they don't seem to have a presence in Japan, at least not one that I could find...
There is an old steam engine here in Tokyo that I want to get a photo of... waiting for it to cool down a bit... just too hot and humid (for me) to move around much this month...
The only way your tripod will become non-functional is if you throw it in the lake ; ). My Manfroto 190Cx fell off my bicycle and broke one of the magnesium cast 'knuckles'... looked up the exact part number on the Manfroto web page and got a replacement in a few days.
Nice collection of "how-to-use-examples"... BTW, I can see that your train shot is handheld ; )
Not a tripod in use but I rested the camera on a traffic pylon
I this photo a tripod was necessary, you can tell how it is almost inivisibly blurred due to low light and not so steady hand
quite different from the "Bluebird" busses I rode on... not very often as I was within walking / bicycle distance from school...
Traffic pylons... it would be fun to see a list of things that were used to keep the camera steady ; )
I like the "bus" shot from the low angle - nice...
How is the Cyber-shot for high ISO?
You can see my reflection and the pylon on the lacquered bus bumper. Now that is funny!
The ISO on my camera, I intend to test this autumn (with my tripod) during the darker hours. Planning a couple of locations.
Your inspiration Casey.
It got more response than I thought it would ; )
also encouraged me to think about doing some more night photos...
is that no matter where you are a train will pass every few minutes ; ) Unfortunately the location in my original photo is no longer available as they moved the tracks underground : (
I agree that setting up with a tripod can involve some pre-planning... which has an impact on the content and composition.
In the first photo, I like the shadow on the moving train.