Adventures of a father and a photographer. Tales about the mystery and excitement of family travel.

maanantai 29. lokakuuta 2018

Seat By The Exit

I love going to the movies. The big screen experience is still something else than watching the movie at home, no matter how big your TV screen is. All the sounds and even the smell of a movie theater can really take you to another world!

Unless you are in the theater with somebody who doesn't care if he ruins the other people's experience. Once, I went to see a James Bond movie. Behind me sat a couple of ladies and one of them was explaining what is going to happen in the movie to the other one. During the whole movie, I heard behind me: "Now he's going to jump into the car. He'll drive down the stairs. Soon the car will break in two" and so on. I can't imagine why she was doing that. She had obviously seen the movie before. But why would she come back with a friend and ruin her and all the other people's movie experience. I thought maybe her friend was blind. But why would a blind person come to the movies?

Another time, I was in the movies watching a comedy. I can't remember the title of the movie, but I surely can remember a guy sitting in front of me. He was breathing very heavily, almost like falling asleep. He was laughing very loudly, but every time, in the wrong place. At some point he started to comment the movie in a loud voice. But the comments were just bizarre. Almost like they had nothing to do with the movie. Soon after that he actually fell asleep and started snoring. It was pretty obvious he was very drunk. But why would you come to the movies, when you cant' remember anything of the movie afterwards?

Ok, years of parenting have taught me a little bit of the etiquette of going to the movies. We were at the Warner Brothers Movie World at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. They have a 4D theater there and the show at the time was a cartoon starring Wile K. Coyote and Road Runner. They had all kinds of special effects like water spraying to your face and shaking seats. I went to see the movie with my two sons, then five and two years old.

When you go to the movies with the kids, always stay near the exit. Because, at some point, you will hear a small voice saying: "Daddy, I need to go." No matter how many times you go to the rest rooms before the show, it is going to happen. It is, trust me. But, when you're sitting by the exit, you can leave and return without disturbing the rest of the audience too much. Hopefully.

Well, this particular theater didn't have a lavatory, but a very polite representative of the staff told me that if we sat in the back row and right in the corner, we could get out fast and find the facilities right outside the building.

And yes, just about two minutes before the end of the movie, the little sound was heard. We rushed to the exit and got out. Just a little bit of light got into the darkened theater. And as our eyes were getting used to the light, I suddenly noticed we had bumped into Batman! He was on his way to the main street of the park. We just stared at each other for a while, before we had to rush to the toilets. I had no time for autographs.

Joby Gorillapod For DSLR

I'm always very careful when traveling with a tripod. They are very cumbersome to carry around, especially if you have kids with you. If you have to choose between carrying your child or carrying a heavy tripod, you really don't have to think about it. That's why I hardly ever carry a tripod on my travels, especially if I'm going on a plane. The security people might have something to say about aluminium tubes in your hand luggage. And I've had my way with the security people.

That's why I prefer all kinds of weird tripods without any metal tubes. For example, the Joby Gorillapod models are just great. They are lightweight and really sturdy when attached correctly to a steady support. I've had an incident with a Gorillapod, too, but in general they are just ideal for travelers.

But if you have a DSLR, choose the most sturdy model of the Gorillapods. You can read more about these gadgets here.


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