I finally bought a tripod. I’ve been ‘making do’ with a Joby Gorillapod for almost a year – it’s pretty great but you can only do so much with a 30cm tall tripod.
So, my “industrial strength” Induro AT413 tripod arrived in the mail today. It’s a heavy beast but I wanted something really simple, tough and stable. It weighs nearly 4kg but I have small kids so I’m used to carrying stuff around everywhere :).
Naturally I had to give it a go:
I turned off all the lights and set up a couple of candles for lighting. You can get some fascinating effects with flickering light and long exposure. Here’s the result:
That’s interesting but the red / orange glow wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Fortunately I use Lightroom 4 for developing my pics and when shooting in RAW, this is an easy color temperature adjustment.
Here is exactly the same picture – the only change here is a slide of the color temperature down by 1200 Kelvin (i.e. shifting color from red towards blue):
That pink is pretty close to the original gerbera colour. Lightroom is cheap to buy, simple to use, powerful and pretty amazing.
Oh, the tripod was (naturally) solid as a rock :). I look forward to using it in much more challenging circumstances, soon!