Don’t Recycle Your Favourite Broken Tripod just yet — You may still find PARTS OF IT useful.
My go-to tripod for nearly 20 years, was my SLIK Able 300 DX Tripod with 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head, and with quick-release, spring-action, 3-way legs adjustment mechanisms. After 20 years of heavy use, the springs in the quick-release leg adjustments, finally wore out: The spring-locks keep the legs locked in place. I was bummed because of this catastrophic mechanical failure. Even though that was the reality of the situation, I didn’t want to recycle all of the tripod: The head and the center post were still useful. I didn’t immediately know how I would put these saved parts to use. Good things sometimes happen if you are patient. In this case, it is three years later, and with some occasional thinking on how I may still be able to use the salvaged head and center post, the solution finally revealed itself to me.
If you are curious like I am about how I can use pieces and parts of old, or broken, camera gadgets, for creating some new DIY gadget, then you may want to consider salvaging those parts for your new photo equipment inventions. In the future, you may just be able to MacGyver something useful from these parts.
One of the main reasons I came up with this idea (3-years cooking it), was because of a complaint I’ve always had with tripods and their use with macro, low-to-the-ground photography — There are two parts to my complaint: Part 1) I am always having three legs get in my way, and potentially causing shadows on my subjects; and Part 2) I have never been satisfied with the level to the ground I could get with a tripod. Of course, some tripods have reversible center posts, and that is helpful, but those darn legs are still getting in my way. This Center Post & Vampire Stake MacGyver solution, seems to help solve both of those problems. Something to note, however, your subject must be located in an area where you can plant your Vampire stake into secure earth. Besides that, this simple DIY monopod seems to work quite well for low-to-the-ground, extreme close-up photography.
MENTAL NOTE #156: One of the most important characteristics a photographer must have is CURIOSITY — Lots of it!
If one day, you are out for a walk and you see subjects you would normally be interested in investigating closer, photographically, but your curiosity is not strong enough to make you get your camera out, then you know your ‘photography-life-force’ is alarmingly low.
I said this: I know from experience.
If I am asking some of these questions when I see interesting subjects, then I know my ‘photography-life-force’ is strong & healthy:
Wow! (I guess “Wow” is an interjection, not a question; nevertheless, this expressive word is an important one in a photographer’s vocabulary.)
“That’s interesting: I wonder how that looks from that other angle?”
“I wonder how that would look if I were to photograph it lying down on the ground?”
I hit the 2,500 artworks-mark at ImageKind while enjoying a 23 day hospital stay from December 2015 to January 2016. At that time, I wondered how much time it would take to reach 3,000 artworks — Now I know — Approximately five years.
I’ve been at ImageKind since they started in 2006; therefore, I guess it takes me 15 years to design 3,000 artworks — 200 per year on average. Interestingly, I seem to have created more works early on, and then slowed down over the last five years — That appears to be the trend. I have no clue what my artwork design cycle will be in the future. I just create artwork when I am feeling inspired.