Weight is one of my main considerations. I hate having a lot to carry. Last week I picked up an amazing little tripod made of tent supports - the Tamrac Zipshot. I mean this is light - a mere 300 grams compared to my usual traveling one at 2.4k. OK, it isn't the rock steady unit you can use in a high wind - or even a low wind - and it is either up or down with no in betweens, but it works and with my little Sony R1 and my iPhone it is perfect for my purposes.
|The Tamrac Zipshot Tripod|
The weather has been cooling off - that late summer slight chill still with the deep greens and the water warm enough + 21C (for the stoic) to take an evening swim and sauna by the lake. Last night we went to Kotaniemi - a small cottage at Hirvijärvi about ten minutes from home - had a few dips between sauna and ended up grilling some sausage on a log fire and just relaxed as the sun set by the water.
So I made a short video of this amazing place. The high heat of summer gone - the place was empty except for a couple of families, and by the time I shot this we had the place more or less to ourselves.
Kotanemi, Hirvijärvi, Finland iPhone 4 with iMovie - Music © Martin Simpson
I'm looking forward to those rather warmer days in Tashkent. The Finnish summer as glorious as it is ends too soon. This time next week - all going well - I will probably be overwhelmed by the heat that hits you when you step off the plane in another climate zone!