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Old Nov 19, 2010, 6:44 AM   #1
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Have been a bit frustrated lately with my portable tripod - manfrotto 785B. Was a great tripod when purchased for my canon powershot, but the head is too weak to hold the Pentax really still. So I bought a new (used) tripod recently - a Gitzo 106 with the 172 head. It is nearly as small as the manfrotto, almost as light, and much more stable.

Of course, I had to take it out for a "test drive!" Here are some of the results:

Went out through Carters Valley on the way to Laurel Run Park, and passed this old house in the field, with some interesting sun & sky...
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Clouds moving in made for some interesting light on the old beech forest at Laurel Run.
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Of course, I had to test the tripod at the three little waterfalls at Laurel Run Park.

Here is the lower falls:
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I don't usually even stop at the middle falls - it's pretty, but really small. But with the new tripod, I decided to try some photos at middle falls from several different angles.

Here is a rather close view:
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And a broader view (can you see where I removed some trash?):
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And a side view of the same little falls:
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The third waterfall is a bit off-trail. Kiner Creek Falls is usually just a trickle, and only very photogenic after LOTS of rain. We've not had that much rain lately, but I still had to try out the new tripod here too.
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Back at home it was a lovely dusk, so Idecided to try the tripod on some nearby hills...
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Although the Gitzo takes more time to set up than the Manfrotto, it seems to work well for me. Hope you enjoyed these rather random test photos. Would be very glad for any suggestions for working with the tripod, and also of course for any comments & critique on the photos!
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Really nice series, Mole.
I particularly like the rainbow shots. Enjoyed all of them.
Congrats on the new tripod, only one I have worth a hoot is my old manfroto that I got years ago when I was into video. Its solid but heavy.
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