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.


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.

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