Gorilla in the Park

Bruce and Gorilla having fun in the park

Bruce and Gorilla having fun in the park

I had some time before the main PMPE participants arrived in Ho Chi Minh. I took Bruce (Pentax K-x) and the gorilla pod for a spin in the Park.

The GorillaPod model I had was a Gorillapod SLR Zoom with Joby ballhead capable of supporting a DSLR up to 3 kg.

Overall the weight of the gorillapod and ballhead is very light and can be carried in most camera bags.

This gorillapod has saved me in various low light situations or when I need to shoot in long exposures. It held the camera firmly in a variety of situations that I encountered along the PMPE3 trip.

The ballhead was a joy to use and it enhances the capability of the gorillapod close to that of a tripod. The mounting plate has a built-in bubble level for straightening those horizon lines. However, I find the construction of the bubble level to be a bit delicate. I was a bit scared that I might break the bubble. Luckily, it did not happened.

Bruce and Gorilla pairing together in the park

Bruce and Gorilla pairing together in the park

I just love trees

I just love trees

Look Ma! No hands

Look Ma! No hands

I need a higher point of view

I need a higher point of view

I love lamp posts

I love lamp posts

The Park Keeker chained Bruce and Gorilla up for climbing the lamp post.

The Park Keeker chained Bruce and Gorilla up for climbing the lamp post.


Would I get one? Sure, it is a light weight and reliable support for the camera in those low light and long exposure situations. It is great for group photos and self portraits.

I usually find carrying a tripod on a photo trip a big hassle especially with weaker knees. The gorillapod provides a faster workflow from setting up to picture taking than a tripod. However, there are always compromises one have to take into considerations like putting the gorillapod into the river for those flowing water shots…..but then no tripod is perfect, I would not put a Gitzo Traveler 1541T into the river either.

Bruce negotiated with the Park Keeper to do time as a surveillance camera instead.

Bruce negotiated with the Park Keeper to do time as a surveillance camera instead.

Here is Bruce with Gorilla guarding the vending machine

Here is Bruce with Gorilla guarding the vending machine

Bruce and Gorilla felt so dejected after the incident

Bruce and Gorilla felt so dejected after the incident

This is how you hang onto the bike guys.

This is how you hang onto the bike guys.

They spotted the baby with her mother and motorcycle

They spotted the baby with her mother and motorcycle

Taking a breather

Taking a breather

Here is Bruce teaming up with Gorilla for that waterfall shoot

Here is Bruce teaming up with Gorilla for that waterfall shoot

This is what Bruce captured thru his eyes

This is what Bruce captured thru his eyes

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