Here's another photo that was shot a few years ago on film. I was asked the other day about one of my photos if I used a tripod. I use a tripod 95% of the time, I think it is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own. The only time I don't use the tripod is when I'm in my kayak, it would be kind of inconvenient trying to set one up while I'm paddling. Last year I purchased an "image stabilizing" lens which comes in handy in the kayak. I do a lot of close ups and it's amost mandatory that a tripod be used, early in the morning the light is low and if you want to get a decent depth of field the shutter speeds can be in the 1/2 second to 1 second range. At those speeds you definitely don't want to be hand holding unless blurry photos are what you want for a result. Yes, in case regular readers are wondering, on the photo above I did use my foil fill lighting technique.