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Loving the Joby Gorilla Pod

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GorillaPod As I noted in an earlier post, I haven’t used a lot of the gadgets I brought on my trip to India and wish I’d left them at home. My Manfrotto tripod and monopod are the two largest items that I haven’t used a single time since I’ve been here. Instead, I’ve been using the much more mobile Gorilla Pod to stabilize my cameras when needed.

I brought the Gorilla Pod to my brother-in-law’s wedding reception and used it to grab a few long-exposure shots with my D700. I wrapped the Gorilla Pod around a handrail at the top of a flight of stairs to catch the below image. This is one of three courtyards rented for the reception, which had over 2,000 guests. This courtyard had dozens of chefs cooking up food from different regions of the country.

I was trying to capture the scale of the event with this shot and couldn’t have done that without the Gorilla Pod.

There have been several other instances during the trip where the Gorilla Pod’s come in handy. For example, I used it to mount my Canon S90 on the side of a motorized rickshaw to capture a video of the crazy traffic in Mumbai.

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Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

6 Comments

  1. Eric

    12/14/2009 at 8:06 am

    Great shot!! Seems like the gorilla pod is a good item to have. BTW, whenever I see images like this (with the blur of motion), I always think to myself they are ghosts and “I see dead people” pops into my head.

  2. Xavier

    12/14/2009 at 11:37 am

    Thx Eric. I definitely recommend picking one up if you enjoy photos like this.

  3. Waleed

    12/14/2009 at 3:54 pm

    Indian weddings….you remind me of home….enjoy the pav bhajis and jalebis… :-)

    There’s a gorilla mobile for the iphone…its on my shopping list!

  4. SAM

    12/14/2009 at 5:29 pm

    Gotta ask, which family pays for (2,000 guests) the wedding Xavier?

  5. Xavier

    12/14/2009 at 10:14 pm

    Things are a lot cheaper in India the in the US. I believe the bride’s family pays for the wedding day and the groom pays for the reception day. The whole deal is a 4-5 day affair.

  6. HG

    12/15/2009 at 10:46 pm

    That must of been a nice trip to be able to travel and use your mobile gear as well. That is a big family. :) Sounds like you had a great trip.

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