|Dennis M 1064
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| p.1 #5 · are tripods overrated? |
In school (98-2000), we had to each do an Editorial Automotive shoot. We had a guest speaker/photographer that shoots for Motor Trend and a couple other car mags. We had to shoot 35mm and 4x5, and there was various tech shots and beauty shots and then of course, action. Without thinking, I had asked, are we shooting action with 35 and 4x5, or just 35? I got blank stares from the speaker, my instructor, and plenty of chuckles from the class. Jones (the instructor) with a touch of sarcasm, rubbed his scruffy beard, and chortled, "um, yeah Dennis, for you, shoot 4x5". and everyone got another laugh.
At the end of the week, we turned in our work, it was projected in class, and the guest instructor critiqued our stuff. When it came to mine, he went through everything, made comments, and was just about to move on when Jones said, "Wait a minute! Are you missing something??!?" Again everyone snickered, and the guest speaker had a rye smile going" "Oh Crap, I said, sorry, here it is, and I took out my 4x5 action shot, an action pan, shot from a Sinar Studio 4x5, (on a tripod) of a brand new Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. I laid it on the projector, and I didn't hear a peep from my class mates. Jones was proud as a peacock. The only negative was I didn't have my driver wearing black. I pretty much nailed the shot.
I think the creativity is going to be the limits of the photographer. Because you shoot a big box, doesn't mean that you are limited to 'staying in the box'. Just because you can correct key-stoning, doesn't mean you have to correct key-stoning. With all of the ways you can adapt the tripod of today, there is no reason, given time for set up, that you can't get the shot, with all of the sharpness a tripod provides, with a 35mm. Doesn't mean you are married to it, but it is a tool, and should be used as much as practical. As far as large and medium format, they work at altitudes below 5 feet agl.
By the way, I made that shot with a coat hanger. I prefocused the truck on the road in the shoot zone, and then followed him, panning, while looking through 'gun sights' made out of coat hanger wire, mounted to the front and back standards. I just kept the drivers window in the sights and squeezed the cable release when he got into my shoot zone. We shot one primary sheet, and one back-up.