I was wondering if when you guys go hunting for a.net's finest shots, do you take tripods with you? I want to, but I feel sort of silly taking a tripod onto the observation deck of an airport. Any comments?
I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
It matters on what stuff you feel like shooting on the day. I usually bring mine just for the hell of bringing it. I feel like if the weather isn't that good and your hands aren't the steadiest, then you should bring it.
But that's just me... I did do some nice 1/5 second hand held and 1 second hand held... Directions?
Set shutter speed and everything else...
Press button, hold breath, pray to ANYTHING that it comes out good...
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I take my tripod when I'm shooting at night, but during the day I leave it in the car. It helps to have an Image Stabilized lens, that will let you cheat a bit on the shutter speed. I've had really good luck with mine.
I used for Video taping my 1st meeting with the 'Peter Max' while I was taking pics of it (hopefully some may appear on here before the end of the week). Their however is a disadvantage to the Tripod and that is when the wind is blowing at 25mph+ the camera can vibrate causing you to lose focus or worse lose the plane all together. Myself, I prefer just to hand hold my cameras and vary between which aircraft I get still images of and which ones I get moving!
When I go out, for any reason, I got always my camera and tripod with me.
You never know what you'll encounter on your way. When spotting somewhere, -as long as I don't need it-, I will leave the tripod in the car. I have already enough equipment and other things to take with me...
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As soon as winter is coming, I always keep the tripod in the car... couldn't do any night shot without.
Though yesterday I had to try at SEA, I wanted a shot of the Space Needle by night, and could only stabilize my 300D (vertically) against the camera bag.
Took 6 shots, 5 of those came out blurred, the 6th one is actually cristal clear.
Another thing that I often do is lay the camera on a very stable surface. No need for tripod that way.
I consider buying a tripod, it could be useful on windy days like today. I went out to my local strip trying to photograph a FR flight on approach and it was real windy. I couldn't hold the camera still so most of my photographs came out blurry. Well well..
I've used my tripod for night shots in the past week. If your location is suitable it really opens up new possibilities for some great and interesting shots. These were taken from the parking garage at FLL after 10pm, using a Bogen 3011 tripod, with the Fuji S2 with Nikon 70-200 VR. (VR must be turned off while using tripod).