Dec 4, 2011

Personal Project

© 2011 Kris Hockley, all rights reserved

I just completed a personal project of Myles Christman. He's a young man who had a dream and it was crushed by BC School Sports bureaucracy. It's quite a tragic story and I felt compelled to write and let the Ministry of Education, our Premier, and other orgs involved know that they should have taken exception to Myles case. Mona Mattei published the original story last Monday and recently published my follow up letter in her publication, The Boundary Sentinel. 


Unfortunately, the BCSS has ruined Myles' chance of playing in league this year and due to low participation by other students the school will no longer have enough to field a team for next year. Myles will be unable to show off his talent to scouts which would potentially grant him a full scholarship. This kind of discrimination of against children in rural schools has to stop!

Dec 1, 2011

The Cattle have left Whistling Kettle Ranch

Crow's Nest Photography's home base is Whistling Kettle Ranch in the heart of the Boundary Region of British Columbia. We host cattle here twice a year and hay in the summer. 213 acres of beautiful, wild countryside with the pristine Granby river at the foot of the property. 

The cattle walk 2km up the road to the 'Long Ranch' where they will be enjoy huge round bales of hay until the spring grass shoots up in 2012.






Toni tried to entice the cattle out the day before with hay in the back of her pick-up truck but the cattle were reluctant to cross one of our bridges on the way out. Overnight we received significant snow fall so the next day Toni brought a friend and the two ladies on horseback successfully convinced the cattle to head home where their next meal would be waiting. Sometimes the good old fashioned ways work better. I think Toni prefers her beloved horse to her truck anyways!


Nov 24, 2011

Blue Citrus features CNP's Designs on their Website



 Barbara Breuner was the creative powerhouse behind Crow's Nest's logo creation. She took the time to read through my business plan, listen to my ideas, and consider all angles before developing several designs. I was so excited when I opened up the artwork! I fell instantly in love. It was like she read my mind and then crafted something that fit like a glove. 







Watermark, business cards, shopping cart art, boutique packaging for my prints, and Thank you cards. Amazing! She flexible, fast, and professional. 

You can't get customized, unique, artwork from a box. You need to have confidence that the logo you get does not belong to someone else. It needs to reflect your business. I am in the business of one-of-a-kind and Blue Citrus is after that too.


Vancouver 604.773.0770        
2435 West 15th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6K 2Z1
Whistler 604.932.6351
3378 Panorama Ridge
Whistler, BC, Canada
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Crow's Nest in the News

 http://www.kootenaybiz.com/general/article/the_view_from_the_crows_nest#.Ts05y5zZOSA.email

I was excited to see some local news about Crow's Nest Photography in Kootenay Business. Thank you to Finn for the exposure!

A reporter will be interviewing me next week for an article in the Times Colonist (Victoria). Stay tuned!

Nov 3, 2011

The 'Kirk' Flock

Crow's Nest Photography shares space on Whistling Kettle Ranch in the Boundary Region of British Columbia. Nestled in the Granby Valley amid the Monashee Mountains. The air is crisp, the backgrounds are clean, authentic, and dramatic!

In October two families came up to have their 2011 family portraits done. 
 



The Kirk Family

Amber and Dave with their two beautiful children Nolan and Sasia.

 We all enjoyed the walk and fresh, Autumn air. The best portraits happen when you allow people (including little people) to be themselves. Each family is unique. Their interactions, personalities, age combinations. They need room to breath, make noise... in Nolan's case... roll around in the grass. Observing people in a natural setting with out distractions is prime! I fall in love easily and find beauty and character in the smallest actions. The way he holds his wife. The twinkle in an eye when a child hears their parent sing a favorite song. Bare feet. Kisses. Who doesn't? I love what I do and I hope it shows!


Turns out Amber loves children as much as I do... she co-owns a lovely boutique called 4 Little Monkeys
in the heart of Grand Forks, BC. They sell gently used clothes for all family members and one of my favs Melissa & Doug toys. I'm looking forward to mounting a 16x20 metal print of the family up on their store wall. I'll update this posting with a photo of it when it's produced.

Sep 29, 2011

Monthly Feature : MetalPrints - Beautiful Prints on Aluminum

Metal prints represent a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, your images will take on an almost magical luminescence. Metal Prints come with a high gloss finish. You've never seen a more brilliant and impressive print! Colors are vibrant and the luminescence is breathtaking. Detail and resolution are unsurpassed.

These MetalPrints showcase a revolutionary new medium that is highly durable, waterproof, weatherproof, and ultra scratch-resistant. The high-gloss sheen gives your photos a vibrant luminescence with incredible detail and resolution.

Each MetalPrint comes backed with two 3/4" thick lightweight foam blocks and aluminum plate with drilled holes for easy hanging. When hung, these stunning prints will float off the wall. Each print has rounded corners for your safety and the surface can be easily cleaned with any commercial glass cleaner.

MetalPrints are weatherproof and moisture proof, but they will fade like a normal photograph, so please avoid direct sunlight. This makes this style of mounting ideal for any room where there is potentially increased humidity like a bathroom or kitchen.
 
Depending on the photograph these sizes are available
  • 4 x 6
  • 8 x 8
  • 10 x 10
  • 12 x 12
  • 12 x 36
  • 16 x 24
  • 20 x 30
  • 24 x 36
  • 5 x 5
  • 8 x 10
  • 10 x 20
  • 12 x 18
  • 16 x 16
  • 20 x 20
  • 24 x 24
  • 30 x 30
  • 5 x 7
  • 8 x 12
  • 11 x 14
  • 12 x 24
  • 16 x 20
  • 20 x 24
  • 24 x 30
  • 30 x 40


RECTANGULAR TRIPTYCH
3-12x18, 3-16x24, or 3-24x36
(Image by Joe Photo)
Increase the impact of your wall displays with Metal Prints Clusters and Splits!
Crow's Nest Photography makes it easy to create contemporary wall collages with designer groupings of MetalPrints for truly amazing presentations. Wall Clusters and Splits can be assembled with multiple images, or use a single image across prints for a dramatic mosaic effect. Cluster packages are discounted at 20% less than the individual mounted print prices, and are designed to be hung 1" apart. Wall Clusters and Splits are also available from ThinWraps and Canvas Gallery Wraps.

Tofino Orchid - Fine Art Print For Sale

A new fine art image called Tofino Orchid for sale  Don't want to complicate with framing and like a modern, stylish look? 16 x 24 Float Mounted MetalPrint - High Gloss. Dyes are infused directly into a specially-coated aluminum sheet to create a print with incredible luminescence, detail, and durability. $390 USD

Tofino Orchid

Other mounts, print sizes, and options are available on Crow's Nest's website. Please inquire if you have any questions regarding this print or would like to view it with out watermark.

please contact Kris Hockley

Aug 23, 2011

On the Edge in Île de la Cité

One of the many gargoyles on top of Notre Dame with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century. Crow's Nest was very comfortable in this roost!



On the Edge by Crow's Nest Photography -- Kris Hockley © 2009








Aug 22, 2011

Red Crow in Tofino

My quest for the elusive Crow in Tofino led me to the door step of Ann MacLeod whose family has called the town home for over a hundred years. She runs a B&B near the Botanical Garden and it looks rather inviting! Although she wasn't home to tell me stories the path that led past this crow led me to more and I ended up talking to a lovely lady who moved to Clayoquot Island in 1920 from her birth place in Victoria, BC. Imagine moving from somewhere so modern to the 'boat access only' back woods of Vancouver Island's wild coast! No electricity, no sewer, no roads or cars, and no WIFI! She said it was GREAT and she treasured her time there.

(Clayoquot Island aka. “Stubbs Island” sits off of Tofino directly to the west by a mile or so) 





Red Crow

Aug 21, 2011

BC's Economic Addiction




photo by Kyra Hogan and post by Kris Hockley © 2011

I was editing the photos Kyra and I took at the BC Seniors Games this past week and came across a photo that Kyra took in Trail of Teck Cominco's stack. I was focused on the games and the logistics of getting what I needed for my client. Teck happened to be one of the game's biggest sponsors. Kyra commented a number of times how the smelter was such an eye sore and how disgusted she was with the constant spewing of foul smelling smoke. So when I came upon her photo I decided to play on her thoughts and photo as a break from the photo editing. I turned the stack sideways and was immediately struck by a comparison of the addiction of smoking and the addiction of a community, town, province, country on a successful industry. The town currently depends on this company and the economic benefits as does my current hometown of Grand Forks and its big employer, Roxul. Human and environmental health is pushed aside and the companies bribe politicians and scientists (my speculation) and cloud the collective into believing its a good thing. Children can not safely play in the soil in Trail due to the amount of lead.

Short term gain long term pain! 


Kyra's original photo 

Aug 4, 2011

Crow's Nest will be traveling to Vancouver Island's West Coast August 6-13

We are about to take flight from our Boundary Region home base on August 6 and returning 15th of August. Crow's Nest is working on building its stock library and hoping to compose new artwork of the Westcoast's stunning landscapes. Below are two images taken on previous pilgrimages.
South Chesterman Beach 2006
North Chesterman Beach Crow, 2006
The photo of the crow above symbolizes the storytelling imagery. The Crow that appears and caws out to me with its stories of BC's past.



I grew up on the Northshore of Vancouver, BC but I'd consider Vancouver Island's Westcoast a second home. I'm sure many others feel the same way. If you mention Tofino at a party of Vancouver'ites you are bound to hear a few gasps and claims that it is the best place on earth. The organic fragrance, a mixture of salt, cedar, kelp, and moisture. The light quality as the sun dips down into the Pacific surf past Frank Island. Weather changes quickly and morning fog can pull back to reveal cloudless blue skies in hours. Bull whips, beached dog fish, sea urchins with arms outstretched in tide pools. Black rock islands, big and small, piercing through kilometers of fine beach. Sand dollars and other beach treasure await those who explore the tide lines. Boardwalks winding through old growth rainforests. Crows, cougars, eagles, seals, and even salmon shark! 
The westcoast is home to a story for me and it is a slow unraveling. I've had an interest in BC history all my life and my bookshelves are full of books that I pull down in reference as I travel around the province. In the last few years since I've moved to the Boundary region its been the focus and the 100+ year old log houses on our property are still shrouded in mystery. Still always on my mind is 1941/42 in Tofino area and one day I'll write down the story that swirls around my head like a can of alphabet soup. Each day, each new piece of information, each character that reveals a little more of itself to me the letters move into words and the story unfolds. I have contacts lined up to talk to in Tofino and photographs to capture.
Crow's Nest will be away August 6-15 and not available by phone. We will attempt to check in on email but won't have access to it on a regular basis. Please feel free to leave a message with contact info and best time of day to return the call on the 15th. 
Sincerely,
Crow's Nest Photography

Jul 10, 2011

Crow's Nest visited Glacier Alpacas and Glacier Goldens in Nelson

Autumn Sky gave birth to nine, beautiful, healthy puppies on May 25th, 2011




Glacier Alpacas and Glacier Goldens
(click link above to visit breeders website)

Phone: 250-352-3404
Linton and Penny Robinson
$1200 CAD
Puppies will be ready to go to their new homes July 25th, 2011

Nelson, BC


{If you like these photos please let us know in the comments below. We'd love the feed back!}

  
These dogs are exceptionaly sweet and relaxed! Definitely, a reflection of the care and love they receive from their doting furry parents and two legged friends. Every puppy should come from a home like this one! 

Proud Muma

Sire:  Lightening  of Winter Sky Goldens















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Jun 27, 2011

Panorama of Nancy Greene Provincial Park

SCENES ALONG THE CROWSNEST HIGHWAY in BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Nancy Green Provincial Park Panorama Photograph

 7099 x 2649 pixel panorama art 

This beautiful lake can be found close to the turn off to Rossland via Strawberry Pass

Please contact kris@crowsnestphotography if you would like to license this image.

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Jun 18, 2011

A Kick off to the Summer and the Beauty of its Night Sky

Randy Halverson shot and produced an amazing time lapse and had a man named Simon Wilkinson compose music for it. Unbelievably beautiful! National Geographic brought it to my attention and I had to share it. Ask me how many goosebumps I had while view it?!




During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph +. That made it hard to get the shots I wanted. I kept most of the shots low to the ground, so the wind wouldn't catch the setup and cause camera shake, or blow it over. I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a "Milapse" mount on the panning ones.

Canon 60D and T2i

Tokina 11-16

Sigma 20mm F1.8

Tamron 17-50

Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly http://www.dynamicperception.com

Shot in RAW format, the Milky Way shots were 30 seconds exposure F2.8 or F1.8 with 2 second interval between shots, for 3-4 hours run time. ISO 1600

Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.


Simon Wilkinson from http://www.thebluemask.com created the soundtrack "Exodus" for the video

For licensing this video contact:
http://www.dakotalapse.com

Jun 8, 2011

Early Summer Storms in the Kettle Valley

*** If the slideshow doesn't display a start button then simply click on the photo or this link and it should take you to Crow's Nest website were it is hosted. 

The slideshow has ambient sound so adjust your speakers for the thunder, rain, and meadow lark's song.


Click on still image to play

I wasn't planning on photographing this afternoon. I heard the storm out my office window and the Meadow Lark call so I grabbed my jacket and camera. Perhaps storms are a reminder that even during dangerous, tumultuous, challenging periods if you open your eyes to the possibility ... something, often quietly, reveals itself to remind us of a larger message.

This slideshow is dedicated to my friend Colleen who is on a challenging journey and facing her own storm.

If you'd rather view on You Tube here is the link  http://youtu.be/_dFUx2txGVk

May 5, 2011

Trouble in the Finch House

Trouble in the Finch House

Crow's Nest has been very busy lately with some commercial shoots. While I work on post production my office space needs to be a consistent light so I am forced to draw my curtain shut. I can, however, hear the wild birds flitting outside and once in a while I would peek around the curtain to discover lots of quarrels amongst the finches. The birds in the air are Cassin's finch and on the feeder are American Gold Finches.

All of the images in this gallery are available for licensing and images like this purchased through Crow's Nest Photography can be printed on our print partners products like mugs, mouse pads, aprons, t-shirts, tote bags, puzzles. Perhaps something might suit your Dad for a Father's Day gift!

Apr 28, 2011

Spring in the Valley


11April_HighlandCalf_001Highland Cow and her newborn

I've been admiring Spring in the valley. Close by our place is a ranch with Highland Cattle and their hardy herd has reason to celebrate. A new member! A sweet, furry, little creature that is so adored by its family. This ancient breed is quite fascinating and if you don't know much about them then you should take 2 minutes to read this article

Below is a snippet from the article that I found interesting as the Highland Cattle have similar characteristics which I admire in the crow.

“While Highland cattle have many virtues, they also offer challenges in some respects. They are smart. Way too smart.Uncanny smart,” says Clothier-Rice. “And staggeringly athletic. The combination of great intelligence, naturally intense curiosity, awareness of detail, and athletic ability means that it’s not only not easy to fool a Highland, but they are capable of simply leaving a troublesome situation by vaulting over the nearest fence. This humbles us and reminds us that they do what we ask them to do and stay where we ask them to stay not because we have removed all other options—they do so because they feel like doing so. The moment cooperating no longer makes sense to them, they can and do take advantage of options they’ve had all along!”

Mar 31, 2011

Fine Art, Limited Addition, Mounted Print Available


13 1/2
'13 1/2 in Secret Cove'
Limited addition signed by artist $750 CAD




This photographic print is mounted to 1/8" thick acrylic (laser trimmed in five panels for a total of 30" long and 5" in height). Fusing print and acrylic, the process produces a polished edge.



Mar 26, 2011

Reaching Out - Lessons from a Pre-Schooler



I am currently on the road photographing in California with my family. I was capturing the wildlife along the coastline on a stormy Sunday afternoon and turned about to take a look for the where abouts of my family when I noticed my son sitting on a park bench talking to a stranger. At first the older gentleman seemed to play like he was ignoring him and I wondered whether to intervene and draw my son away. Then I noticed the man turn and take more of an interest. Then it seemed a connection took place and the two of them really took off in a dialog about something (I couldn't quite hear over the commotion of the shore birds). There really was no need to interrupt they were doing just fine. An important reminder to me the importance in learning to how to strike up a conversation with a stranger. A skill that could lead you to new opportunities, new friends, knowledge, and generally a healthy feeling that the world is friendly, accepting, place. The older man's family was ready to go before we were but before he left he insisted that his wife take a photo of the two of them on the bench. Apparently he didn't want to forget the moment either.

Mar 17, 2011

Industrial Product Shots

Crow's Nest Photography was in Boundary Electric's shop last week doing some product shots of custom built sub station destined for Northern Saskatchewan. This substation is gigantic and the shop is a busy place. The mixed lighting was tough on colour balance but all in all the shoot went very well. Boundary Electric's building and history is very interesting. It is a family run business founded in 1947 by the current president's grandfather and these days the generational corporate succession is unusual. The main shop is the region's retired railway round house similar to the round house located in Yaletown (Vancouver, BC).

Boundary_Electric

Mar 10, 2011

Black Bridge over the Kettle River

My son had asked me if we could walk over and explore around a bridge the locals call 'Black Bridge'. I've heard it's a hang out for the local high-school and judging from the graffiti underneath I'd guess that to be true. It's winter right now but come summer this old railway bridge is popular as a jumping off point into the Kettle River. Aside from a few crows and a lone eagle it was pretty quiet this March afternoon.

Under the Black Bridge in Grand Forks, BC
Below Black Bridge
Ready on the Black Bridge
Above Black Bridge

Mar 1, 2011

Patience and Ravens: a challenging story starring a 300mm lens

1102 WKR Raven in Larch
Raven in Larch - Winter © Kris Hockley 2011
1102_WKR_Raven in Aspen
Raven in Aspen - Winter © Kris Hockley 2011
For the past 5 days I have been admiring the Ravens, North American Crows, Bald and Golden Eagles, and Magpies. Our ranch, Whistling Kettle, has had a blanket of snow for 4 months now and last night another few inches fell. I didn't just name my business after crows because I live close to the Crowsnest Hwy #3... I am in love with these beautiful, curious, creative, extremely intelligent birds.

The shots above are of ravens a relative of the crow. At some point I should invest in a 800mm lens which will allow me better access to these shy, reserved birds. I'm lucky to get a shot. Seriously, they are not like Vancouver crows which are practically social, city pets. If ravens don't see you, they hear you and will take off to find a perch of solitude somewhere else. Their vocal sounds are bizarre to say the least and have sent chills up my back at times.

David Suzuki, my life long hero, made an amazing HD documentory on crows in September 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2009/murderofcrows/

Some Info about Ravens
Habitat: Coniferous, mixed forests; coastal, agricultural areas.
Diet and Behaviour: Omnivorous, feeding on whatever available. Specializes in scavenging on large carcasses, descending on road kills, but also kills rodents, robs nests, feeds on insects. Highly intelligent, cautious; follows predators, hunters to take advantage of easy meal. Carries, hides food for future needs. 
Pairs, groups cavort in aerial displays.
Voice: Varied calls include harsh croak, liquid bell-like sounds, screamed kraaah, metallic rattles.
Did you know? Crows and ravens are always at odds. Ravens raid crow nests. Crows often swoop down on ravens while attempting to chase them away.

Feb 23, 2011

First Baby Announcement & Recommendation

Below is a low resolution copy of the file sent to Tiny Prints for baby Sylvie's announcement cards. A sweet design that perfectly suited the blossom that we included in one of her photographs. We are excited to hold the end product and take a good look at its quality. This print will determine whether Crow's Nest will partners with Tiny Prints for the long term. Sylvie's mom, Teresa, wrote a lovely recommendation. Thanks!
























Feb 20, 2011

Have you ever dreamed of dressing in a colourful Sari?

A friend of mine, Martin Prihoda, recently shot the intro video to promote a new application that shows you step by step how to put on a sari. I thought GREAT idea! I used to walk through Main Street in Vancouver and admire the colourful, exotic dresses in the stores. With no idea how to wear them I would continue on but always thinking how lovely it would be to wear one. The app will be available on the iTunes App Store on 10 March (tentatively) and I would like to plant the thought in your mind that perhaps a Sari would be that 'wow' factor at your next event. An evening out to Vij's Restaurant on Granville Street and then home with your lover to unravel that gorgeous dress. If you don't feel ready to wear the sari out yet then how about a photo session at your home or at a location of your choice showing it off! With twelve shots we could make a calendar that your lover will never forget!
Let your cultural curiosity lead you to something new, fun, and exotic! With the help of the Sari App and Crow's Nest Photography we won't let you forget that fun either! 
Contact Kris to have her add you to a list and when the app launches she will send you a reminder with a list of excellent sari shops to browse through and a price list for a photo session with ideas on what to do with your exotic photos afterward. If you'd rather follow Crow's Nest Photography on Facebook by clicking here and 'LIKE' the page.


Every woman should try on these exotic dresses at least once in their life!

Curious, Creative, and Mischievous
   Don't let life pass you by. Have fun and embrace life, harness diversity.


Feb 16, 2011

Art and Function: Ideas on how to use and surround yourself with images you love

Crow's Nest Photography is passionate about telling stories and we are full of ideas on how to surround yourself with images that remind you of your joy and interests. Our goal is to assist you in telling your story in a creative and authentic way. Once we have it documented we'll talk about ways to enjoy the images besides the traditional print mediums.

From photo books on your coffee table to an irregularly shaped triptych in that place on the wall you were never sure what to do with. We have a page on Crow's Nest Photography's website that lists some of the products and we will continue to populate that page with image examples so check back when you are trying to think of that one of a kind gift.

You should have confidence in our products as they come with a guarantee. Yes, we stand behind our products and service! If you are not happy we we'll redo and get it right or your money will be refunded.

This week I'll start with black or white ceramic mugs that are SUPER durable. Microwave and dishwasher safe = your image is going to last on that mug! In fact perhaps you could pass along that '1st birthday portrait' on your coffee mug to your daughter when she heads off to college. Remind her of how far she's come and how much you've adored her while having your morning coffee over the years. That declares love in a subtle, and practical way!

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Featured here is Hardy Mountain Coffee, roasted in Grand Forks by Thomas Lockwood at Kocomo's Coffee House. Crow's Nest Photography's beverage mugs come in black or white and are offered in two sizes 11-ounce and 15-ounce.

Custom mugs created after portrait sitting:
  • 11 oz White Mug = $16 or 2 for $30
  • 11 oz Black Mug = $18 or 2 for $32
  • 15 oz White Mug =$17 or 2 for $30 
(mugs can have same or different photo from your portrait collection.)

If you would like to create a mug from an image that you see on our site please click on the buy button on the top right hand side of the image. If it doesn't have a posted price please contact  kris@crowsnestphotography.ca 

Feb 15, 2011

Focus: Crow's Nest Photography's Creative Tools

Takes great vacation photos, steady night shots, and amazing time lapses!


Gorillapod and Gorillapod SLR Zoom

The Original Gorillapod has been a fave since it was first released -- the fun and pocketable tripod supports a Point and Shoot camera just like a mini version of a traditional tripod. But bend its tentacle-like arms it'll stand on uneven surfaces, wrap around poles, tree branches, or railings, and grab onto nearly any object in sight. Try that with your tripod!

Suddenly, impossible angles, vacation photos with everyone in them, sharp-as-a-tack long exposures... all become possible. And now with the just released Magnetic Gorillapod your "tripod" will cling effortlessly to sign posts, car doors, and hinges with its rubberized, magnetized feet.

SLR owners can also share in the elegant, imminently practical beauty of the Original Gorillapod with its big brother, the Gorillapod SLR Zoom!

With strength befitting the largest of the primates, the Gorillapod SLR Zoom can support a camera with a zoom lens and flash, up to a whopping 6.6 pounds. And it weighs only half a pound itself! Super-strong moldable arms keep your SLR securely positioned, even when hanging from tree branches or on park benches.

Your SLR is big enough as it is. Ditch your creaky old tripod and travel light (and flexible) with a Gorillapod SLR.

The Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.
Crow's Nest used a Gorilla Pod as a lighter alternative tripod when traveling in Paris. This twilight shot of the Arc de Triomphe was taken with my DSLR attached to a gorilla pod that was hugging a Parisian curb. All the while water is running off towards the gutter. It can also be used as a speed light mount. All pretty valuable when trying to travel light.




This video was taken with my compact Canon Powershot mounted on my smaller Gorilla Pod. The legs wrapped around the branches of our apple tree at the ranch. The birds took all of about 5 minutes to get used to it. Then it was business as usual.



Gear

This set up was for a dog sledding race and I wanted to capture a couple of videos of the mushers going by as I was busy capturing quality stills. It worked nicely attached to a bean bag which also provided me with a rest for my second DSLR.By the way if you are every searching for the ultimate back pack look no further. Tamrac's pack has proven itself to me as a durable, helpful, and user friendly DSLR/laptop travel bag. About the only thing I can think to improve upon is to add a hip belt.