10,000 views. Where to next...?

This week I will receive my 10,000th view. It is a moment for reflection.…

After my recent reinvigoration for photography and RedBubble at the start of this year, my view count has increased by over 5,000 – about 1,000 per month. This reflects my renewed interest and activity in photography and, hopefully, my increased ability.

In 2009, I had a down period for photography. Work was demanding, the spark was missing, my point and click wasn’t giving me the flexibility. But something changed. Maybe it was the weather. In the later months of 2009, I was increasingly reading photography theory and, one evening I made an impromptu ebay purchase: my first even DSLR, a secondhand Canon 40D. I picked it up on the Saturday and it was full throttle from there.

I couldn’t afford new lenses so, coupled

My first sale!

Thank you very much to the buyer of Home Sweet Home:

It’s a pity the photo was taken waaaay back in 2004 when I only had 3 megapixel camera. It’s sort of my first sale – I’ve had a few cards here and there but no other prints.

I’ve since acquired a better camera and hopefully there’ll be more and better images to come.

My first tripod - my first journal

So, I bit the bullet and ducked out Saturday to grab a tripod. Knowing very little – except that my camera work could do with some stability – I ventured down and was convinced (in relatively short time) to purchase the Manfrotto 715B.

It seems the entry level Manfrotto and I ended choosing this over the slightly cheaper brands for the compactness and the ball head. Initial feelings are positive: easy to use, light (I think, I don’t have much to compare with), and the ball-head was very easy to use. I even managed to put the middle pole upside down to get the camera practically on the ground.

Now, where are those lenses I want…

I know it’s pointless doing ‘research’ now but:
Has anyone else got this tripod?
What do they think?

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