The Ghost Ship in Long Beach

Carrying a tripod?

Have you added a tripod to your camera-carrying situation? Once you make the jump… you kind of make the jump and that is it. You kind of just accept that a tripod is part of your gear, and that makes it easier. I wondered if there’s many of you that used to never (or occasionally) carry a tripod — and now you almost always have a tripod?

Daily Photo – The Ghost Ship in Long Beach

The Queen Mary ghost-tour is a must! It’s a great way to see the whole ship while having a cool story wrapped around it. Even better, you can set up for photos and bring a tripod! Some of these places are soooo dark and creepy that there is no way to get a good photo without a tripod.

The old pool still had sort of a blueish glow that fought against the orange glow from the lights above. Both together were quite surreal!

The Ghost Ship in Long Beach

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  • Casper van Zyl

    A tripod is a must on many occasions, that is one very good thing I picked up from you Trey,now it goes where ever i go. I feel lost if I don’t have it.

  • Yes, I almost never used A tripod. Now, I have it with me whenever I am out and about. It has brought my photographs to the next level. I get withdrawal shakes now when I cant use it. πŸ˜‰ Although the auto align layers in PS6 is doing a great job nowadays. Did you see the “Ghost ” girl in your photo? left center ? LOL

  • susan ratcliff

    Cool shot Trey! Yes, that does look like a ‘ghost girl’ Mike – or I should say ghost woman!

  • Once you take a tripod on a trip, you just can’t go back to no carrying one around!

  • I purposely went out to Epcot last night without a tripod. Just wanted to try out my new 85mm lens. Then a gorgeous sunset came about and the first thing I wanted was a tripod to shoot some brackets. So much for purpose.

  • Rick Schwartz

    On business trips I couldn’t fit my tripod in carry-on bag and sorely missed. I garnered more than a few raised eyebrows as I used every conceivable rock, bench and post to stabilize the shot. It was kind of fun because it forced me to use my imagination but having just obtained a new tri-pod that fits into my bag I’ll never leave home without it.

  • mike

    I take a lot of photos of the moon and night sky and would be lost without a tripod and the timer on my camera to minimize camera shake. Any ideas for a really sturdy but affordable tripod? “Affordable” varies for everyone but around $200 or less would be interesting.

  • Mark Zukowski

    I was recently asked on another blog “What has made you a better photographer?”. Here is how I responded.
    “My tripod. I was very accustomed to shooting mostly hand-held, but some time ago I bought a
    high quality tripod as part of my efforts to improve my photographic
    skills. Not only does a tripod help in taking tack sharp photos, but it
    also opens up other opportunities. I became interested in long
    exposure photography, night shots, and astrophotography, all of which
    require a good tripod. But I must say that the tripod also helps me to
    be more careful and thoughtful in shot selection and composition. It’s a
    terrific tool.”

  • This looks hauntingly cool Trey. I think I’ll take your advice and get a ticket for a tour. Do you happen to have a recommendation on which ticket package to go with? And as for a tripod, I usually don’t leave home without it if I know I’m going somewhere scenic, or dark, or if it’s my first or a rare visit to the scene. But for everyday or places I frequent I tend to leave it behind at home or in the car. I am thinking of getting a small Gorillapod or something to that effect to have with me just in case though.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    I’m not sure – I think any ghost tour there should be good!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Cool – I like that πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    haha! You need a little helper to carry a backpack and stuff ! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole S. Young

    It’s funny, carrying a tripod is just second nature to me. I used to not carry one, and then I got an RRS. Now it’s glued to my camera bag πŸ™‚

  • Casper van Zyl

    I have a tripod called a DIGIPOD comes with ball head strong sturdy with bag,the weight though is 2kg has never let me down. Its aluminium, height 51 ins,extended to max 59 ins its strong you can hang your bag on it, has centre hook,and can be lowered down to 16 ins. Can go as low as 11 ins if you make a hole in the ground.The cost was $130.00 my wife will verify that. On Googles blog you will see the extension I did to make the tripod taller at a cost of $5.00 I’m not Rocker feller but the other feller so my past back ground in the Military has taught me to improvise and that how I see the world as well by improvising and not to much on gear which to-day is dear. Good luck hope this helps as thats my forty to help with no price tag.

  • Casper van Zyl

    SIRUI is a good small one to travel with this was a gift with bag and all the length is only 17 ins carbon fibre 1.4kg with ball head which folds with in the tripod height about the same as Digipod but half size and weight,good for travel but about $300.00. Go to all these web sights and check them out . Hope this helps .

  • Nick Mork

    Very cool! Long time admirer/lurker, but finally a topic I can reply to that doesn’t have a ton of comments. I rarely carry a tripod as I have a really cheap one that fits in a carry-on and could handle my old d7000, but I don’t trust it with my d800e and heavier fx (14-24, 28-75, 80-200) lenses. I also have a larger one, but it’s such a pain to bring it anywhere as it doesn’t fit in or on any carry-on I own. Maybe I just need to find a better travel backpack and it wouldn’t be such a task to bring it along? Some places unfortunately don’t allow tripods like the basilica cistern in Istanbul.

    Speaking of the backpacks though, in your “What’s in Trey’s Bag?” section you make some great recommendations, but nothing on what bag(s) you use. What are some good bags to hold say, a d800e, 14-24, 28-75, 80-200, sb600, pouch for random memory cards, batteries, wireless, cleaning cloth etc, and also allows a quality tripod to hook on (or ideally slide in/through so it’s not dangling off the side banging into things?

  • Nick Mork

    I bought a Ravelli APGL4 70″ with Pistol Grip Head at amazon for about $85. It’s pretty big and aluminum, but not cheap feeling, and also quite affordable.

    Just need to figure out how to carry it more often without feeling dragged down by excess bags and weight.

  • trc

    As featured in the Ridley Scott movie “Someone to Watch Over Me”

  • Great photo Trey. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Thanks to you, Trey, I always have my tripod (Gitzo Traveler with RRS bullhead) with me wherever I go. But you’re right about how it was a jump and then that was it. I remember a time when I didn’t even know how to use a tripod and that makes me smile, because I wouldn’t dream of not having it with me wherever I go. I use it all.the.time.

  • I just purchased my first tripod: Ambico Camera Tripod 50″. I’ve had one too many blurry images and now decided on a tripod. Luckily I got a great snapshot of the Bay Lights using the cement ledges, but i won’t always be so lucky! πŸ™‚

  • Really enjoyed this one and would love to do the tour! Since there was so much discussion about carrying a tripod, I’m surprised that you, of all people, never mentioned something about “oh, yeah.. you might want to check to see if a tripod permit is required in some of these places πŸ˜‰

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