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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:47 am
by The Other Tom
Really nice shot. Looks like the trailpix is stable. I assume you used 3 poles ? Two hiking poles + ?

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:34 am
by fishmonger
three hiking poles. I wasn't alone. I did buy a third-party ballhead that is slightly stronger than the big one they offer. Same brand as their little one. My camera with lens is quite heavy, as I also carry the battery grip and it has a big old RRS plate on it. So my ballhead with Arca clamp mount is more weight than the trailpix plate itself, but all combined still 2 pounds less than the carbon tripod.

As for usability - it's a hassle to set up compared to a dedicated tripod. Also, anything but full pole elevation means you need to mess around with the poles, which even with the flip lock poles is somewhat of a pain, as your setup will collapse the moment you mess with the first leg. It is totally usable if you take the time, but if you want to quickly get a shot of a stream with ND1000 filter while your hiking partner is standing their rolling his eyes ("another freaking waterfall shot?"), you just go try to find a rock to put the camera on and leave the trailpix plate pack. I only used the plate at night, everything else I shot without it. When I carried the full tripod, I used it during the day, too, as it only took 30 seconds to get off the pack and set up.

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:14 am
by The Other Tom
fishmonger wrote:three hiking poles. I wasn't alone. I did buy a third-party ballhead that is slightly stronger than the big one they offer. Same brand as their little one. My camera with lens is quite heavy, as I also carry the battery grip and it has a big old RRS plate on it. So my ballhead with Arca clamp mount is more weight than the trailpix plate itself, but all combined still 2 pounds less than the carbon tripod.

As for usability - it's a hassle to set up compared to a dedicated tripod. Also, anything but full pole elevation means you need to mess around with the poles, which even with the flip lock poles is somewhat of a pain, as your setup will collapse the moment you mess with the first leg. It is totally usable if you take the time, but if you want to quickly get a shot of a stream with ND1000 filter while your hiking partner is standing their rolling his eyes ("another freaking waterfall shot?"), you just go try to find a rock to put the camera on and leave the trailpix plate pack. I only used the plate at night, everything else I shot without it. When I carried the full tripod, I used it during the day, too, as it only took 30 seconds to get off the pack and set up.
Thanks for the follow up

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:14 pm
by fishmonger
And something that could also go into the camp photo thread

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Spirits in the Sierra night

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:16 pm
by fishmonger
and a quick photo of the Trailpix setup I used, here with the larger ball head and Swiss Arca clamp on three of our hiking poles

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Trailpix tripod rig

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:30 pm
by pakoR
Here are a few shots I took this past July while backpacking Section 1 of the SHR.

Celebrating the 4th of July on Windy Ridge with the Milky Way
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The Milky Way and star trails from Upper Basin, the headwaters of the South Fork of the Kings River
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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:44 am
by InsaneBoost
Not off in the mountains, and this photo is a bit old, but thought we could use some more Milky Way posts. This was shot on the road going around Tenaya Lake. I always wanted to get a shot of the Milky Way 'floating' above a long straight away, and it ended up working out rather well for this shot. I used a fill light at 100% power to illuminate the road. I did it by just flashing it on the road as quickly as I could.

Fun little back story. I bought the Rokinon 14mm. It came in around 7pm and I immediately left for Yosemite. Got up to the high country around 10:30ish I think, and shot until about 2:30 in the morning. At one point by the lake I heard a noise along the shoreline, turned my headlamp on and just saw two eyes staring back at me, probably 20ft away. Almost pissed myself. Ended up being a deer, but geez.

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:55 pm
by fishmonger
July 16, 2017 near Duck Lake

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Aligned with the universe

Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:05 am
by BayHiker
September 20, 2016, just off Tioga Road near the Cathedral Lakes trailhead (I had just hiked out after sunset at the lakes):

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:32 pm
by tomg
My first attempt at a Sierra Panorama Milky Way shot

Hwy 108 west of Cold Springs early Saturday AM.

Able to capture Jupiter, Saturn and Mars

I think skyglow in the bottom right comes from Merced.
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