Venus, the evening star, shows itself as a tiny smudge of white light tracking across a post-dusk sky above the landscape of northern Thailand. I shot this over a minute or so from the deck of a small hotel close to where I stayed in the countryside near Pai, in Mae Hong Son province. We had such delightful weather, with mild evenings and clear skies that made for great long-exposure photography- not that much of it turned out that well. I was trialling a mini-tripod called the Gorillapod, which is a flexible device about eighteen inches long with three stiff but bendy legs which can wrap around and grip almost anything you want them to. It’s a fantastic little device when you’re in a pinch or can’t carry a full tripod with you, and it holds the weight of an SLR well. For classical tripod photography, however, it’s a bit more impractical, as its short body means that to shoot from a position on the ground, you pretty much have to get prone on the ground with it to see through the viewfinder- and even then only with difficulty. It’ll definitely be coming on more trips with me- but not replacing my normal tripod for starlight work.