Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tuscany Bike

Tuscany Bike

This photo was taken on a random side street while in Florence. The wife and I decided to take the long way around the city so we could get a feel for the touristy spots as well as the “normal”/residential areas. If you are ever in Italy, Florence is a must. Easy to navigate and a great walking city.

This is an interesting photo for me. When I originally took the shot, I was focused on the bike as I was taking pictures of things that reminded me of the city…sort of photographic souvenirs. But after I uploaded the photo and saw it on my computer screen, I was really drawn to the door. I love the wood grain, colors and textures of the door. Look at the way the light is hitting the door and the stone below the door. I’m digging that. In hindsight, I wish I had focused more on the door instead of the bike…oh well 🙂

Pantheon Dome

Pantheon Dome

I’m still working my way through all of the photographs that I took while in Europe this past summer; it’s a pretty daunting task. I think I’ve pretty much flagged all of the photographs that I’d like to work on and potentially post up here on the blog…these should keep me busy for a while.

As you can probably guess by the title, the picture below was taken at the Pantheon. This historic site is pretty incredible. I always find it amazing that a structure this large with so many details could have been built so long ago…126 A.D. to be exact. No machines, no power tools…that’s just crazy. The building itself is actually pretty simple. Two massive doors lead to an entryway which flows into the main circular room. The only light for the main room comes from the hole in the top of the dome which is called a oculus.

Before I headed off to Europe, I was told by several people that I would not like Rome. I was told it was dirty, unsafe, and just an unpleasant place to be. I was a little surprised and disappointed to hear this from so many people. Luckily, they were all wrong. I had a great time in Rome! This is one of those cities where you could spend a week and not be bored. I never felt in danger nor did I think the city was dirty or rundown. I highly recommend visiting Rome if you ever have the chance. Naples is another story.

It’s Been Too Long…

Hello all,

So, as you can tell from the date of my last post, I’ve been slacking on getting new posts up on the blog. Well, that is about to change. After weeks of research I’ve finally decided on a tripod and it has finally arrived! I ended up going with the Benro Travel Angel A-1691 tripod (shown below). This setup is very compact, versatile, and relatively light.

First Impressions
Other than taking pictures of my wife making dinner in the kitchen, I haven’t had a chance to use it but I will be sure to post a full review after I get a few hours with the tripod. My initial impressions are good. Build quality seems solid and the anti-twist legs are sweet. My only concerns at the moment are the twist locks and the included ball head.

The twist locks take quite a bit of turning to get the fully locked…nothing like the Gitzo G-locks but this tripod is also less than half the price of a comparable Gitzo. I think the trick is to just turn them as little as possible when unlocking the legs…this will then require less turning to re-lock them in place.

The ball head seems to be able get the job done with my 5D and 50mm or 17-40mm but I do get the smallest bit of creep when the 70-200mm f/4 IS is attached. I think a lens collar will help here but I wouldn’t try using this setup at an extreme angle; we will see how this head works over the upcoming weeks. If a new head is needed, I wouldn’t complain too much as this kit is a pretty solid value and you can’t buy a Travel Angel without a head…seems silly to me.

Anyway, that’s the news here. Keep an eye out for new pictures coming this week.

Benro Travel Angel A-1691
More info can be found on Benro’s site.