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Trains & Tripods

Discussion in 'Mu-43 Member Activities, Meetups, and Hangouts' started by Mogul, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2012
    The semi-annual event at the California State Railroad Museum has been rescheduled to 09/20-21/2013. This is the only event when tripods are allowed in this grand museum. With Admin's permission, I will post a flyer when they are published. Until then, information can be found at California State Railroad Museum.
     
  2. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    If I had any more time off, I'd so be there.

    Why don't they normally allow them? Would they turn you away if you show up with one otherwise? Could you use a monopod? Lack of tripod makes HDR bracketing near impossible for me.
     
  3. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Nov 9, 2012
    Tripods are a tripping hazard for those who are not used to them. Too often, I've seen a photographer step away from a tripod to grab something from a camera bag or to step into a time-delayed self portrait. Even if the photographer is right there, somebody is bound to kick or trip over the tripod. And then guess what happens? That's right; this is California, litigation capital of the world.

    If you show up with a camera mounted on a tripod, the policy will be explained and you will be asked not to open it inside the museum. Knowledgable personnel may offer you a rubber band, or you may bring your own strap, although neither is mandatory. You will be admitted. A closed tripod makes a heavy but excellent monopod. But please don't open it inside the museum. If you do, you will be asked to close it. A second offense might result in my having to call a Park Ranger (they give citations) or my escorting you from the premises.

    Hint: Monopods are welcome, and stringpods work very well. A tabletop tripod or Gorillapod way let you get away with steadying your camera a few times. An Omnipod, a beanbag with a tripod screw may be helpful. A clamp with a ball head may be acceptable if the clamp jaws are well padded.
     
  4. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks for the reply. It makes sense, and it's good to know if I ever make it that way.