A tripod is a cumbersome piece of equipment. It can be awkward to carry. It takes some time to setup. And bringing a tripod to a party can be geeky.
Fortunately, I found Joby’s Gorilla Pod in a camera shop in Park Square One, Makati. Some Apple shops also sell it. It costs somewhere between P2500 and P3000. Moreover, it looks much cooler and is definitely a topic of conversation. Still geeky, though, but at least you’ll be a cool geek.
The beauty of the Gorilla Pod is its versatility. With its fully-articulating ball-and-socket joints, it can be twisted to any shape and be made to clutch poles, posts, bars, railings, and so forth.
With the Gorilla Pod, I was able to attach a camera to my mountain bike and capture a video of me careening down Santa Rosa’s Cardiac Hill at close to 50 kph.
The model I bought was sturdy enough for a D-SLR!