Behind-the-scenes of “Ceiling Wars”
You've heard me mention the Platypod and Oben ballhead a few times already and here it is in action again below. There was this "rope and stanchion" in place to keep you from roaming the small library in the Palace, but the top of each stanchion pole was flat so I put my Playpod right on top of it and it worked perfectly (the light was lower than it looks). The stanchion pole was off center from the table, but I fixed that in a jiffy — I just dragged it over to the the center of the table (as seen here). Problem solved. Camera detail: That's my 14mm super wide angle on a Canon 5D Mark IV.
Gustav Eiffel’s Elevador de Santa Justa
Right around the way from our Airbnb apartment (literally a 1-minute walk) is a 19th-century elevator and viewing platform designed by the same architect who designed Paris' Eiffel Tower — Gustav Eiffel. It looks so interesting right in the middle of everything, and when you look at it, you think, "Yeah, I could see a little Eiffel Tower inspiration in this." I got up close to it one night after dinner with my 14mm and got these first two shots, but at the end, I included a regular view of it so you can see it in a better context of how it really looks.
There's this big hole in the ground…
Its actual name is either "A big hole in the ground" or "The Masonic Initiation Wells of the Quinta da Regaleira." It's probably the 2nd one. It's outside of Lisbon near the wonderfully quaint town of Sintra. Sadly, we didn't get to see the charming town of Sintra, because we saw the heck out of this hole instead. We spent about two hours here, and my buddy Dave Williams was elated because this deserted ceremonial well was on his bucket list. When we heard this, there was a brief discussion on whether to toss Dave into the well. While it looks like it would smell of "incense and patchouli, I assure you, it did not. (5-points though if you got that "Year of the Cat" lyric reference).
Pro Hole Shooting Technique. Don't Try This at Home
As you can see, we are a highly trained team of professionals using advanced camera proceedures that cannot possibly be achieved by anyone else but us. The technique you see at top (below) is called "hold it out over the hole" Or HOOH for short. It delivers stunning results appoximately .03% of the time. The rest of your shots are so blurry they can only be used as bokeh background shots for things you want to composite into a huge hole in the ground.