This delightful shot is from the website of Fred Stein (1909–1967), an early street photographer whose book Fred Stein: Paris New York I've talked about in these environs before. (At least I think I did. I meant to, anyway. Now I can't find it, because I can't find anything since I moved.)
I have a particular weakness for photographs of photographers, either portraits of famous names or photographers working.
I wonder how many people use tripods now? I'd do a poll, but I no longer know of a workable poll widget.
UPDATE: Here's our survey. Ed Eubanks set this up. Takes less than two minutes to fill out—tell us about yourself. Thanks, Ed!
More to the point, I wonder how many young twentysomething digital natives use tripods...I know some of you grizzled old Dektol-breathers use 'em. I went through the whole tripod-shopping thing a few years ago, and discovered, to my surprise at the time, that tripod technology has progressed by leaps and bounds since I entered photography. I bought the perfect up-to-the-moment modern tripod...which is now a thing of the past. The Gitzo GT2532 is the replacement for the GT2531 I bought. (And even more expensive than mine was.) I bought the long bed version of this head and like it very much, although I know that many people who use tripods in the field prefer ball heads.
However I never use it. Well, I sometimes use it. But seldomly, and probably a rackety old beat-up no-name camera-store tripod would do well enough for me.
I like Fred's picture, though, a lot.
(Thanks to Chris Skarbon)
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Chris Norris: "I just recently (well, a few months ago) finished shooting a project, all with a tripod, a perspective control lens, and a digital camera. Leaving my house every day with the tripod and the camera became a really great ritual for me. I've shot with a 4x5 before, but this daily shooting, processing, and printing really allowed me to nail my technique down. Plus I became really good at setting everything up in less than 15 seconds.
"The project is detailed here."
Mike replies: That's very nice work, Chris. I'd say you ought to keep that habit up.