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Sandy Fortenberry Jun 29, 2015 at 12:31 PM

RE: Sept 13 Yellowstone. I had planned to arrive a day earlier but find limited lodging for Saturday night. Any single coming in early to share a room for $242?

Edward Schlissel May 28, 2015 at 10:23 PM

See you all in Jackson. Have you had any contact from the program?
Susan Kamps May 28, 2015 at 10:26 PM

No, but I am sitting on my suitcase trying to fit everything in it. Lots of fleece and layers. I am very excited. See everyone soon.
Susan Kamps May 28, 2015 at 10:27 PM

The weather is looking better than ever!
Edward Schlissel May 28, 2015 at 10:38 PM

It's hard to pack for days with a 30-40 degree temperature range, with h occasional rain.
Susan Kamps May 29, 2015 at 04:11 PM

Highs in the 50s next week!!!
Edward Schlissel May 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM

Check out forecast on weather.gov. Might be warmer than that.
Deborah Heard May 29, 2015 at 06:13 PM

We are on our way -almost to Cheyenne! I agree, this weather variation has made us pack more than usual, but we'll lug it around. I'm certainly not used to being cold. I'm looking forward to it.

Edward Schlissel Apr 14, 2015 at 02:18 PM

Is anyone else starting to get excited? I am. I've got my photo equipment pretty well planned, now I need to get some idea of the weather we will encounter. Does anyone have a good idea what temperature range to expect?
Susan Kamps Apr 14, 2015 at 06:01 PM

Yes, I am, Edward, and I have no idea what to expect. I don't own rain pants and hope my poncho works OK. I don't want to bring a winter coat. Layers and more layers.
Susan Kamps Apr 16, 2015 at 08:04 PM

I just looked it up. Here's an idea of what it might be. Cold in the mornings and nice during the afterrnoon. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/jackson-wy/83001/june-weather/336564
Edward Schlissel Apr 20, 2015 at 09:52 AM

Thanks for doing the research. I'll bring waterproof pants, they fit over jeans, are very light and can act as an extra layer if needed in the early morning.
Edward Schlissel Apr 29, 2015 at 01:30 PM

If you are still looking for a rain suit, check our Frogg Toggs Dri Duck at Dick's Sporting Goods. They are thin, not too durable, but only $19.99 for jacket and pants that fit over other clothes. They are lightweight and full cut. There are many reviews. I'll bring a set.
Susan Kamps Apr 29, 2015 at 06:13 PM

That's interesting. I went into our local Dick's and asked for rain pants. The clerk showed me $50 Champions and said those were the only ones they had. Maybe I'll try again. Thanks!
Edward Schlissel May 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Edward Schlissel May 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Edward Schlissel May 08, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Take a look at their online choices
Susan Kamps May 08, 2015 at 10:38 PM

Got them.

Deborah Heard Mar 17, 2015 at 06:51 PM

Thanks for the advice! There are so many things to consider, but I ended up choosing one with less weight. I'm already straining with my backpack and can't imagine carrying more.
I also have a shoulder strap with the quick release plate as an integral part of it, so had to go with something that would accept it. I figured a tripod I can take with me is better than one I leave at home!

Edward Schlissel Mar 17, 2015 at 03:38 PM

I agree with Joel. The heavier tripods and heads do better with heavy cameras and lenses. Most landscapes are shot with wide angle zoom lenses, which are pretty light. In that case, unless it is very windy, a lighter tripod will work. You can check the weight of you system on line and decide.

Also consider the folded dimension of the tripod. This will determine whether you have to carry it on the airplane (yes, you can take it through TSA), or if it will fit into your suitcase. I usually disassemble mine and pack it.

The problem gets worse with long, large aperture zoom lenses, which weigh a lot and extend the center of gravity away from the head. Since I often use heavy cameras and lenses I drag a heavy tripod and feel it worth it. It makes me feel less guilty about eating dessert.


Also consider getting a quick connect system for the camera and tripod head. The Really Right Stuff plates are well made as are all of the Arca Swiss plates.

Joel Freedman Mar 12, 2015 at 05:28 PM

On the low priced end, Flashpoint tripods sold by Adorama are very good. They are knock-offs of Gitzo tripods for a fraction of the price. On the high end, the Cadillac of tripods are Gitzo tripods, and well worth the money if you are willing to spend it.

You will need a head for the tripod. I recommend the Markha M10 ball head. It selss for about $425. It weighs one pound and while rated for 18 pounds, has be tested to 88 pounds.It is superb to work with. Alternatively, RealRightStuff makes excellent ball heads also.

The fundamental question is what do you want to do with it? Is it for travel where you want a solid but light and rigid tripods, or are you willing to tolerate more weight?

Deborah Heard Mar 12, 2015 at 02:21 PM

I'm looking to buy a good travel tripod. Does anyone have any advice?
Susan Kamps Mar 12, 2015 at 03:07 PM

My traveling buddy, Doug, told me about his MeFOTO tripod. I researched and bought one. I found the pink and black on sale! http://www.mefoto.com/products/roadtrip.aspx

Susan Kamps Feb 28, 2015 at 02:29 PM

Hi, all. This is my very first RS trip and I am so excited. I'm taking the photo workshop in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons May 31-June 6. I'd like to meet my fellow participants here.
Edward Schlissel Feb 28, 2015 at 03:38 PM

I will be coming also. I'm really looking forward to it. Ed
Susan Kamps Feb 28, 2015 at 03:55 PM

I'm coming from Ohio. You?
Edward Schlissel Feb 28, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Atlanta, but NY before that.
Deborah Heard Mar 09, 2015 at 10:40 AM

My husband and I are coming from Texas. We have really enjoyed our RS trips...welcome aboard!
Susan Kamps Mar 09, 2015 at 06:35 PM

I look forward to meeting all of you.
Edward Schlissel Mar 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM

I look forward to meeting you too. This will be my first RS trip.

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