I’ve never seen it done this way before, but who am I to judge. These people actually brought a tripod for their little crappy point-and-shoot camera. The tripod is bigger than the camera! I guess they all wanted a piece of the action. I mean, would you want your kid to grow up thinking you only attended half of the family vacation? It also solves one problem, since we Americans hate to be bothered by tourists to take their pictures. Maybe this saves them face?