New Work: The Geyser

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Not only will I write about travel and photography on these pages but from from time to time I'll share my own work. This is The Geyser, from earlier this year. It is a ten minute video of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park, shot in 4k on a tripod-mounted iPhone 11 Pro Max. I made an earlier version of this video a day or two earlier but it was handheld--the idea had come to me and the tripod was in the care, far away. But that footage was unusable--the framing shifted and moved, changing the entire aesthetic sense of the work. I planned to come back later…

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Gear Review: The Peak Design Travel Tripod, A Fiddly Evolution In Camera Support

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Always critical to line up your shot. The first photograph was made with a camera and that camera was probably mounted on a tripod. Tripods—a three-legged stand holding something aloft—predate photography by at least thousands of years. Tripods are depicted in ancient art, as a seat for the Oracle at Delphi, as stands for an animal-like braziers. Tripods appeared in early in human history (and probably in our prehistory) no doubt because of their usefulness. Put three sticks together and the thing doesn’t fall down. It is strong and stable. In wars before the modern age it was common to see three rifles placed together as a tripod. The arrangement…

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