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Castle Acre & New Toy

Recently I purchased a "Joby Gorillapod" tripod designed for a lightweight camera like my Fuji. The idea is to replace much heavier and larger tripod for urban exploring as it can fit all in one bag.

The way its used is by attaching the tripod on railings, lamp posts or just simply walls to add stability to the camera which is essential for photographing sunsets and city skylines. 

A few days ago I was out exploring a nearby field which reportedly was growing yellow and red flowers but it turned out to be too far away from the roadside to be any good.

I then decided to travel to Castle Acre to capture the sunset from a viewpoint I discovered a couple weeks earlier and made a point to use my new "toy" which worked well and kept its position while I changed the dials to manually take images with different exposures to merge into HDR later. 

When I next visit London I shall only be taking this smaller tripod. It should also work well in woodland, however in the countryside I can see it being less useful for landscapes. 

Exploring Norfolk

Having time off work allows me to have the ability to explore Norfolk hoping to capture a few interesting photos. I typically plan to visit at least a couple of places on the same day. I revisited Holkham, Well, Norwich and Castle Acre. New places were Morston and parts of Great Holkham Forest.

Among the usual landscapes I like to explore, I wanted to take advantage of the colorful leaves still attached to the trees. My first attempt was Foxley Wood, however I decided to visit on Thursday, which happens to be closed so no pictures from there. I wanted to take pictures of  seals as I got that idea from twitter.

After some research the village of Morston was a good place to park. I was hoping to find a path to allow me to see them. This appears not to be the case, only useful if you want a guided tour on a boat. As I like to take pictures in my own time I wasn't considering this option. I saw no seals but the plentiful small boats around and the general landscape was interesting.

After talking to a photography club member later on I could have parked at Cley and then walk along the spit, but again I was informed that someone had tried this recently and the area was roped off and inaccessible. Another option would have been to see them at Horsey, which I may do within the next few weeks and also revisit the Windpump nearby on the same trip.  

I have been introduced to the idea of cropping images into a square format, not something I would normally consider but for some images it works.

Recently I have been thinking more about how I could sell my work, the current solution by Photobox is not ideal. I want to offer a simple, easy and complete item. Such as a framed and mounted image that I would assemble myself. 

Some questions I need to think about include, would the investment in the equipment needed to produce custom mounts and frames be worthwhile as I cannot find what I like available to purchase at a reasonable price and if I were to go down this route would anyone actually buy these.