If you've been following the fireworks scene in the Philippines, you would know that by this time of the year, the well-attended International Pyromusical Competition is ongoing at the SM Mall of Asia. It's a month-long event that happens on Saturday nights of February until March. This year, I went with my mom, brother and sister, last February 25. We decided to get the VIP pass - the one that had the buffet dinner to go with it. Well, I'm not going to talk about the very forgettable food, because it doesn't deserve any credit. Ooops, sorry for the mention.
I was determined to try my new Canon 8-15mm Fisheye L lens in shooting the fireworks. I also had my new intervalometer with me. Battery charged, memory card reformatted. Tripod ready. Or so I thought. I realized, just when we reached the MOA parking, that I had left the tripod mount plate at home. I had cleaned the tripod after getting it soaked and dirty on an out-of-town trip a few weeks earlier, and I detached the plate when I sprayed the tripod with WD-40. I forgot to put the plate back on. Silly me. Too late now.
Realizing I couldn't shoot the fireworks without a tripod, I thought of a BRILLIANT IDEA : buy a cheap tripod. It should be so cheap that a one-time use and disposing it wouldn't hurt that much. And when we say CHEAP, there's only one store that comes to mind : CD-R King! Hey, they have cheap versions of everything, so why not an el cheapo tripod? And it turned out I was right. The saleslady presented me 3 choices : the "base model" which goes for 250 pesos, another one that's cute and looks minimalist at 500, and the "high-end" model that goes for 1,100 pesos. I went with the cute one...because it's cute. I hurriedly got back to the VIP area and set up my brand new CD-R King tripod.
Boom! One of the legs won't extend. Hahaha. I was feeling really unlucky that day. But I had it coming, what did I expect from CD-R King anyway? I had no choice, so I made do with an unextended tripod setup. My 7D with the Fisheye L lens and an intervalometer looked funny sitting atop a puny tripod. At first I couldn't get it straight no matter what I did. Suddenly, and I don't know how I managed to do it, the tilt was corrected. So I left it alone and didn't bother to even touch it anymore. But I couldn't take my eyes off it. I went to get food on the buffet, and my eyes were glued to my camera. Not because someone might take it away, but because a sudden gust of wind might topple my beloved gear. It was stressful.
No choice anymore. I just had to shoot. That night it was Finland and Portugal's turn to showcase their pyro stuff. I have to say I wasn't impressed much by the two teams, but I love fireworks so it's all good with me.
Here are my photos :
The Pyromusical Competition wraps up this coming Saturday, March 17. If you still haven't gone, drop by MOA for your last chance this year. Enjoy!
Thanks for looking. Thank you for the tripod replacement, CD-R King. You're the cheapest. And that's a compliment. =p
[25 February 2012]