Meet the Anthrolight, which is just a SB-600 mounted on its plastic shoe and attached to a flexible tripod. If you have been putting off getting one of these tripods, I would suggest breaking down a buying one now. They are great. You can wrap them around tree branches, fences, sign posts, body parts or just about anything else you can think of.
This one is an off brand, but identical to the Gorilla’s I’ve seen other people using. It holds a lot more weight than I imagined, it has no problems with a D-90 (or D-40 with attached battery pack grip), 200 MM lens and on camera strobe as long as you spread the legs out evenly.
I’ve seen them come with cheapy/plastic ball head mounts, avoid that one. It usually results in all of the weight going on one leg, which in turn causes it to collapse the minute you walk away.
Inspired a little by the guys at Lighten Up And Shoot, I’ve been slowly building a semi portable pack of lights, but with the idea of being the only set of hands available.
I ordered some LumiQuest on flash softboxes that I hope arrive soon (the bigger ones) , as well as some reflectors and additional colored diffusers. All total about 50 bucks, which isn’t bad.
We’re going to Hong Kong this weekend for our honeymoon, I hope to find some radio poppers rather cheap there (I really don’t need TTL for the kind of off camera work I do) and (hopefully) a small pack of off brand strobes.
Should be able to do some interesting night / low light scenes once I get back, which is really the kind of stuff I enjoy doing.