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I have a tripod. [20060209|14:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Let the vanity commence. One second exposure, f/11 at ISO 100. Indoors. Oh bliss.



I gathered up my courage and took the bus to TeamWork, a pro shop that I found in the TimeOut shopping guide. It's the only photography equipment supply shop that seems to have a reasonable selection of decent tripods and doesn't have a seizure-inducing web site. It's on a quiet side street, blissfully far from the frenetic nightmare that characterizes the electronics shops on Tottenham Court Road.

I crept in and glanced around at the crowded shelves, the piles of photo paper, the collection of guys hunched over computer screens and nearly turned around and left. Then the tall skinny one with the ponytail smiled at me and asked if I wanted anything. So I quietly stammered about the Manfrotto tripod (the 055ProB) I wanted to try out, and he bounced out from behind the counter and set it up. He answered all my questions kindly and reversed the center column when I asked if it were possible, to see how close to the ground it would go. He talked me into the pan-and-tilt head with the quick-release plate, which was a third of the price of the ball head I'd picked from the site.

On the way home, my Oyster card pre-pay ran out and I had to pay in cash for the ride. You're supposed to pay for a ticket at the bus stop if you don't have a travel card or enough credit on your Oyster. The Filipino bus driver issued me a ticket and a stern reprimand that nearly sent me into an inappropriate giggling fit because he sounded exactly like one of my uncles. I have to go back to the shop on Monday to get the tripod strap I wanted - the one that has a loop on the end to keep the legs from banging into you - but other than that, I'm very happy.
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[User Picture]From: sparklepbass
2006-02-09 14:32 (UTC)
that picture is ace.

:D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 14:54 (UTC)
:-D Marabou Stork Approval. I win!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 14:56 (UTC)
Heh. I'm looking forward to using the centre column as a monopod. Going to rig up a clamp adapter, so when I don't want to haul the tripod around at night, I have a way to clip to any available support.
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From: capitalflash
2006-02-09 14:40 (UTC)
that's a lovely photo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 14:57 (UTC)
Thank you. You and/or the wife will have to come by and fiddle around with the camera sometime.
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[User Picture]From: prosicated
2006-02-09 14:49 (UTC)
Oh, yay! Well-deserved vanity, and I look forward to the new pictures coming for I need goodness!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 14:58 (UTC)
Well, imyril invited me along for an expedition this weekend which, if I'm lucky, should produce some good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 14:59 (UTC)
Thank you.

P.S. Every time I see that icon I get hungry!
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-02-09 15:08 (UTC)
Have I told you yet that I love that hair?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-10 15:00 (UTC)
Possibly, but I don't mind hearing it again. ;-) It's a look I call "growing out after the last time I haphazardly chopped it with scissors."
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[User Picture]From: niugnep
2006-02-09 15:09 (UTC)
The new hair is nice...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:12 (UTC)
Thanks! The style is called "growing out."
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-02-09 15:12 (UTC)
Hee hee. I haven't used a tripod yet, but I relate to the vanity. Finally, your hair unobstructed!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:14 (UTC)
Ha. I'm not totally certain that's a good thing. However, I spent pretty much all day today tramping across the English countryside with imyril and playing with the tripod. It's kind of amusing how gingerly people treat you and the space around you when you're carrying around a tripod-mounted SLR. "Oh, you must be a SERIOUS photographer!"
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-02-09 15:34 (UTC)
Nice! It'd sure be lovely to get indoor shots with realistic looking light *sighs*. I should borrow my Dad's tripod sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:18 (UTC)
It's nice if your flat allows a lot of natural light in. Ours has huge windows, so I generally don't need a lot of extra light unless I'm doing a close-up shot of something small. If you can plan out a shot and set aside some time to play with it, get the correct exposure, etc, a tripod is an invaluable assistant, I think.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2006-02-09 15:37 (UTC)
RESPECT MY VANIT-AH!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:18 (UTC)
EXACT-LAH.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-02-09 15:54 (UTC)
First off, it's a great pic. Once you get into the land of 30 second exposures, you'll never go back...

Second, love the new look...and where did you find that shirt?!?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:19 (UTC)
Ho ho! Did my first night shoot this evening, in fact, in Ye Aulde Englishe Countryside.

I got the shirt during the trip to Puerto Rico from the sale bin of some surf shop. The brand name is Split.
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From: 24db
2006-02-09 17:05 (UTC)
WOW...beauty AND books!, doesn't get much better than that.
Nice pic mate
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:20 (UTC)
Maybe if I'd somehow included Beer? :-D
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2006-02-09 17:07 (UTC)
nice photo, but it looks like your books have been spawning!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:21 (UTC)
Oh man. Yeah, they have. We haven't stuck to our "one book in means one book out" rule very well.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2006-02-09 17:07 (UTC)
Rowr! How do you like the quick release plate - is it the kind that screws into the bottom of your camera and stays there? I like ours pretty well - we have one on the tripod I got for Brian's digital cam.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:23 (UTC)
Yep, that's the kind I have. I love it. I plan to just leave it on there all the time. It doesn't add much weight to the camera anyway.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-02-09 17:20 (UTC)
YAY! Happiness!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-11 22:30 (UTC)
Indeedy. And imyril allowed me to indulge my urge to play with the tripod outdoors and at night today, even though it was freezing cold. She's, as they say in the parlance here, ace.
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