I recently visited Tokyo and spent a day at Disney Sea.  This is one of the most photogenic places I’ve seen in a long time (I’ll be sharing some of the images I made on Photofocus in the coming weeks). The park (like many tourist destinations) has a no tripod rule.  With a little but of pre-planning however, I knew to throw my GorillaPod into my bag.

There were lots of opportunities for nighttime photography, but I wanted to capture longer exposures like this image.


ƒ 18 | ISO 100 | 6 seconds

Here was my workflow…

  1. Find a flat surface to set the GorillaPod on.  If not available, I could attach the camera to a railing.
  2. Set the camera to a smaller aperture to lengthen the  exposure (I wanted a longer exposure to lengthen the light sources).
  3. Set the camera to a lower ISO to minimize noise (I could shoot lower since the camera was stable).
  4. Use the release timer on the camera.  I set it for a two-second delay so I could push the button, then let the vibrations settle to get a sharper image.
  5. Post-process as needed to sharpen and color correct.
ƒ22 | ISO 400 | 60 Seconds | Developed with Intensify Pro

ƒ22 | ISO 400 | 60 Seconds | Developed with Intensify Pro

I was quite pleased with the resulting images and received no grief from any of the park staff while shooting.


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Join the conversation! 8 Comments

  1. Your pictures are amazing! I really like how they turned out.

  2. I was at Disneyland Tokyo last month and brought my Joby Gorillapod SLR in. I got a stern warning from security at the gate entrance that I couldn’t use it. It is a good bit bigger than the normal gorillapod, but was still nowhere near obtrusive as a tripod. I’ve since bought the normal gorillapod but its really not big enough for a 5dM3 and a 16-35mm lens.

  3. Thx for the workflow info.

    I presume you will be sharing photos taken from Tokyo Tower. An unexpected surprise when I visited Tokyo MANY years ago.I had been to the observation area and restaurant at the  Eiffel Tower and years later found myself being transported up to Tokyo Tower’s 2 observation areas.. . 


  4. […] Photofocus is a fountain of useful and inspiring photo/video advice. In this article, Rich outlines The Benefits of Using a GorillaPod for your travel (and everyday) […]


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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