In the tradition of decades of computer programmers everywhere, 'hello world!' and welcome to the Trekking Tripod photoblog! To kick things off and introduce both myself and the site, I have duplicated the site About page here. If you start feeling a sense of déjà vu, you're not mistaken. If you start feeling a sense of déjà vu, you're not mistaken.
So dude, whats the point of this site?
Trekking and tripods, of course. But not necessarily in that order.
OK, wiseguy, then let’s tackle the tripods thing first. Why tripods?
Yep, tripods. Those things you trip over when you’re in a museum and step backwards to look at that exhibit a little better. Not a good thing to tackle. They are an essential piece of photographic kit for both HDR photography and landscape photography, which coincidentally are the types of photography that interest me the most.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which is a rather opaque way of talking about the kind of epic light situations that are hard to photograph, like staring straight into the sun with crazy eyes*. HDR photography is a technique where one takes a range of photographs of a scene, some too dark, some too light, some just right, and then combines them in the wonderful world of Photoshop to form a single image that consists of the best parts of all the original images. You pretty much need the aforementioned tripod to do it, and some patience wouldn’t go amiss.
The format of the Trekking Tripod blog will be an HDR photo of the week, with occasional tutorials on the technique and other random interludes to spice things up.
(* not to be tried at home, folks)
What about the trekking ?
Don’t be fooled by this nonsense you see on the internet. If you look up trekking on Wikipedia, the fount of all wisdom, it seems that trekking is considered an activity best undertaken on foot. Not entirely true! It derives from the Afrikaans word for pulling, and was used back in the day of the Great Trek a few hundred years ago when annoyed Afrikaans farmers hooked their wagons up to their cattle, and had those wagons pulled about as far as they could possibly get from the annoyances of the local law. So if I were to go off for a good trek, I’d hope like those trek farmers to have use of more than just my feet. I’m thinking business class.
I’ll be documenting my travels around Cape Town, South Africa and Southern Africa, mostly through the medium of HDR photography. Sometimes there’ll be a bit of further-afield travelling, when the trekking bug bites, or from the annals of my sordid past. I love calling Cape Town and South Africa home and it’s packed full of epic locations, so that will certainly be where I keep my, er, focus. I don’t promise to be up there with professional travelers, like pilots, if-it’sTuesday-it-must-be-London types or, heaven forbid, other photographers, but I like to get around. And I like to take my camera with me, with trusty tripod by my side. So you get to benefit!
Oh, and don’t be disturbed like I was to see a link to naked trekking at the bottom of the Wikipedia trekking article. People really do this stuff? If I do get into it … well, let’s just leave it at that!
Who are you?
Having had the creativity beaten out of me in architecture school, and having found a subsequent home in the rather less creative side of the building industry through managing construction projects and their attendant spreadsheets, all that pent up creativity has been itching to find a home. And what better time than the depths of a construction downturn to re-evaluate the point of getting up every morning to run on the workaday treadmill? Living in the best city in the world makes up for some of that. And some more of it is made up for by running around the countryside with a camera. I’ve been at it with greater or lesser enthusiasm since I appropriated a forgotten Brownie Box camera from a grandparent’s cupboard at about the age of eight. This is clearly a period where the enthusiasm meter is set to ‘more’!
Why the constant coffee, geek-culture and deliberately obscure references?
I hope you enjoy the site, and please send comments, feedback and espresso beans via my contact page.
Michael Morris | The Trekking Tripod