From Alexander’s unofficial photography dictionary (AUPD), today:
The Trypod is a person, usually a photographer, who is desperately trying to get a steady photo when the circumstances really dictate the usage of a more solid camera support system. Especially found in photographers who recently bought their first stabilized lens and/or camera with insanely high ISO capabilities.
In the wild, the Trypod can easily be identified by its white knuckles (from trying to get a firm grip on the camera), slight shaking of the whole body and the sweat on their brow from trying to steady themselves in the most ridiculous position. A burst of continuous shutter sounds is usually followed by hopeful chimping, then a look of despair and/or disappointment. This behavior is often repeated multiple times.