So, I got to do a few things last week. I got to travel to Houston and I got to travel with a new to me product that I've been playing with over the last several weeks, the Sirui T-2205X Tripod and Sirui G20-X Ballhead combo.
This combo was a delight to travel with. The whole shebang folds down to a whooping 14.6" making it very easy to fit in a carry on. Its also very easy to attach to the side of your camera bag and forget about if you are making a hike into the woods. It has a maximum height of 56.9", which is more than adequate for my travels. It also holds up to 26.5lbs, so it holds my Sony A7R and Tamron 24-70 (my favorite combo) without any trouble at all. It's one of the best travel setups I have ever used. I've also been using some of their other products recently and their ballheads are an exceptional value. I couldn't believe the retail price on them after I discovered their quality.
Back to Houston...I've been to Houston many, many times. However, I usually don't get a lot of shooting time while I am there. This time, however I had almost an entire day to wonder about. I also squeezed an extra evening after dinner to head downtown into Eleanor Tinsley Park. I've shot from the park a few years back and it made for a fantastic scene of downtown. I'm a creature of habit, so I went back to the exact same spot. Only this time I had my Tamron 24-70 Lens. This time I wasn't prepared for the huge amount of people at the park in the summer...or the 15 parking spots that were available. So, I thought I was getting there very early, but after finally parking I had about 3 minutes to spare.
I photographed this scene from a pedestrian bridge that crosses Allen Parkway. This is the same bridge I had photographed this scene from before. The last time I had a smaller lens, so I could jab it through the chain link fence and shoot without worry. So, I was a little concerned that I might not be able to get through the fence with the 24-70. As luck would have it, some kind soul had already cut a hole in the fence for me. That concern vanished.