Bye Bye Gitzo by robert bowes

Well today I said goodbye to Gitzo as a supplier.

After being a long time supporter of Gitzo I have finally had it with them and their lack of customer service.

After spending £350 on a GH3382QD ballheads just over a year ago the arca clamp has seized after getting wet in a rain shower , now I have used lots of different ballheads over the years and they have taken a pounding in rain , waves , snow and sandstorms but I have never had one seize until now.

The head comes with a an extended 7 year warranty , a quick call to support and it will be sorted !!!!!! how wrong I was , apparently getting a ballhead wet and it seizing isn’t covered under the warranty.

Despite me explaining that I wouldn’t expect a £350 ballhead to seize after getting wet once I was basically told tough and it would cost me £100 for it to be repaired.

That was the final straw so I have said goodbye to Gitzo and have bought a new tripod and head.

After a good deal of research and reading reviews I came upon a review by Thomas Heaton for the Ifootage Gazelle and Acratech head , having watched the review time and time again and putting it up against Benro and Manfrotto my mood was made up , Turned up tw days ago and I have to say I am impressed with the build quality of both the Gazelle and Acratech . hopefully I will be able to write a review in the next week or so.

Watch this space :)

Burnham-on-Sea Low Lighthouse by robert bowes

Well i actually ventured away from studio work today to get out and shoot something I have been want to shoot in a long time , Burnham-on-Sea Low Lighthouse is one of three light houses in Burnham-on-Sea but it is the only one that is still active.

The Low Lighthouse’s lights were inactive between 1969 and 1993 and were re-established on 31st December 1993 , The lighthouse is painted white with a single vertical red stripe on its front face and is 9m tall with a conical roof and mounted on 9 timber pilings.

At high tide the legs are completely covered so it stands all alone

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Princess Leia Shoot by robert bowes

Well I thought I was having an evening off tonight but got an email late on in the day asking if I could stand in for a photoshoot in Salisbury as the original photographer had let pulled out at the last minute. So despite a busy day I thought why not could be fun, Belle Eve is a fantastic model and bought all the Princess Leia Star Wars outfits, We had a real laugh at the shoot and I was so happy I went.

Impromptu Princess Leia photoshoot
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Great Day at Trident by robert bowes

What a laugh we had today down at Trident , massive shout out to Alexandra and Chris for a fantastic day

Working with gels is a real photographic challenge , working with a colour wheel for the best colour combination is something I haven’t come across before but its amazing the difference it makes when combining the colours , once again the Nikon Z7 proved all doubters wrong with its performance in low light

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Tattoo session by robert bowes

Great photoshoot with Leanne at the studio , she is a first class model and I can’t wait to work with her again.

The range of tattoo’s she has is fantastic and such a photogenic model.

Really starting to enjoy portraiture photography and has revitalised my love of photography

Wanting colour

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