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Old Temple「古寺」

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 17 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

I took out my tripod again for the first time in a while. I think my photos are much better when I use it. I spend more time thinking about a photo's composition instead of just snapping away until I get it right. Still, it is heavy and cumbersome and there are many places where I cannot use it because there are too many people or it is against the rules. As a result it stays in my closet a lot, but every once in a while it calls out and we take a trip together. Over the next few days I will post a few results.
Do you use a tripod? Why or why not?

NIKON D300 1/10 second F/6.3 ISO 250 69 mm (35mm equiv.)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I have a GITZO, but I rarely use it. Most temples do not allow to use it as you know. This picture is very nice, so I think I should use the tripod more.

17 Oct 2012 11:46am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I have a monster Gitzo Basalt that I once needed for studio work and macro, but sometimes relegated as a reflector stand. My current interest is in wide angle "snapshots" with small cameras that shoot a clean ISO 6400...goes to spontaneity of subject and viewing angle...preferring freshness over technical proficiency.

17 Oct 2012 1:02pm

Nicole from Aix en Provence, France

i have my father's tripod but my digital camara is too heavy and it is not very steady. The camera + the zoom (50/200) are heavy, and carriing a tripod is too much when à go to Paris , in the subway or bus ! A1nd as you said in some places there is too much people( like in the castle of Versailles) to be able to use the tripod ! and the hand-held photography is much easy with the new technology even with a 200mm zoom ! (pff difficult to explain all that in english hope it is not too confused)

17 Oct 2012 1:12pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a fine shot, GJC, and the tripod may have made a difference if we were looking at a huge printout. I use my tripod around home, especially for macro images, but 90% of mine are hand held, spontaneous shots.

17 Oct 2012 1:43pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

This picture is really sharp and nicely framed, but you always make excellent photos. Maybe as you say, it makes you think of the best angle, if you have a tripod. I want to try especially for night pictures with low speed. That's a good idea!

17 Oct 2012 7:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful photo. Yes, I use a tripod quite a bit. The macros I have up right now all involved use of a tripod. The HDR work I do demands one, too.

17 Oct 2012 8:58pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful shot GJC! I have a couple of tripods and use them as the situation demands! ;-)

17 Oct 2012 11:32pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

We have quite a number of tripods between the two of us, but for the same reasons + getting a bit rusty in the joints, we have not used them for quite a while. IT IS TRUE that there is a big difference in the quality of the shot when you use a tripod.
And I love this old traditional gate that looks most inviting! The green frame around it is almost a crown for the old gate....

18 Oct 2012 11:57am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

A most pleasing composition! I don't know if I would know the different in the photos you take with or without a tripod. You manage excellent compositions either way.
I use a tripod a lot, because I mostly shoot macros. I used a cheap, lightweight one for many years, until it finally literally fell apart. I then invested in a good quality lightweight tripod, but one that was about considerably cheaper than most lightweight ones. If my tripod were heavy, I would not use it.

30 Oct 2012 6:33pm

1/10 second
ISO 250
69 mm (35mm equiv.)