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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 29, 2009, 11:59PM )

    Although it is not much use when using a gigapan imager, for hand-held shots you may find a unipod useful. Also, health and safety people are less worried about them because they don't cause obstructions. For example, when I approached the people that run Bristol Temple Meads train station with the idea of taking some gigapans, initially they said "Tripod? No way!" but they relented when I made it clear that I was serious in my intent and had personal liability insurance (cheap and easy to get in the UK). The people at the Roman Baths are still as snotty as they were when you were last here :(

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (July 29, 2009, 04:02PM )

    Security people do not want accurate photographs taken of the territory they are hired to protect, and also a large number of tripods restrict the flow of people in and out of a small area. For those reasons, security people freak out when they see a tripod. It is not just here in the States that this situation exists. Once I took my camera and my collection of lenses plus a tripod to Bath and was rudely told in the Roman Baths that I could not use a tripod there (I think that they considered my presence with a tripod to be indicative of a professional photographer and since I was unknown to them, then that too indicated that I did not go through official chanels and purchase a permit); however the next day I went to Stourhead Garden (National Trust) and took some extraordinary photos, which bring back great memories of the Stourhead swan circling overhead (sounding like a 747 for all the noise that bird was making) and landing on the edge of the lake by my feet looking for a hand-out :)

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 27, 2009, 03:22PM )

    Such a pity that the security people don't allow tripods because if they did you could make a great pano even better. I heard that somewhere in the US it is not illegal to use a tripod provided it is not on the ground. So, eg if you put two of its feet on your feet and have a friend who will allow you to put the third foot of the tripod on one of his feet, then that's not illegal. From what you have vouchsafed to me about the security people in Houston, I doubt this will cut much ice with them. Have you tried cash bribes? How about a pound of raw steak?

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (July 23, 2009, 03:15AM )

    Thanks Tom, This is a unique spot in Houston. I have been here before: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 8147 and gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=2651 4.Security has always told me not to use a tripod, so if I were to take robot GigaPan, I would have to be off-property. And with this hand-held, I got the falcon where as, with a robot, I would have missed the fly-over.

  5. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (July 23, 2009, 12:10AM )