I got super lucky today. A company was selling their studio camera cheap (less than 1/2 the going rate). It looked brand new, like it had never been taken out of the studio, and only 19k actuations. I decided that now was a good time to upgrade to the Canon 1Ds Mark II and sell my old Canon 1Ds. I’ve loved the old 1Ds. I’d had it for a little over a year, taken it with me everywhere, even travel, and cranked out 9k pictures. As luck would have it, I also got an early Christmas present of a Giottos MT9360 tripod and Acratech GP Ballhead. My old Manfrotto 785B just wasn’t sturdy enough to hold a 1 series camera and a lens heaver than an EF 50mm f/1.4. I’d made due for close to a year but was really looking forward to a new tripod. The Giottos and Acratech are great, very sturdy, even when using the posable arm to hold the camera at an odd angle. Well, it was time to take the new camera and tripod out and see what I could find. I really liked the fountains in the foreground and the Manor perched on top of the hill.