SUBDIVIDED #1, Edit E, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

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TITLE: “SUBDIVIDED #1, Edit E”.

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“ABSTRACT E”, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

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TITLE: “ABSTRACT E”.

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MENTAL NOTE #157, Don’t Recycle Your Favourite Broken Tripod just yet — You may still find PARTS OF IT useful!

Macro photography of a leaf with raindrops and the sun reflection in the drops. Photo taken using my repurposed SLIK TRIPOD, as support for macro photography. Here are the photographic details involved in the making of this image: Camera: Any DSLR or SLR will work. Lens Focal Length: 95mm (35mm Equiv.). Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec. ISO: 100. Aperture: f/11. Extension Tube: 20mm. Distance to Subject: approx. 6 cm. Time of Day: 11AM. Weather Conditions: Partly Cloudy, Bright Sun, Blue Skies, 90 degrees F.

Don’t Recycle Your Favourite Broken Tripod just yet — You may still find PARTS OF IT useful.

Backstory

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.

This is the salvaged Slik Able 300 DX Tripod with 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head, the Center Post and Head only, and a wooden Vampire Stake. Those are the parts necessary for the solution I concocted.
For this to work, the wooden Vampire stake must be pushed firmly into the ground at an angle: The wooden stake is essentially acting as a stationary monopod leg — it must be secure.
Slip the tripod center post onto the wooden Vampire stake. Adjust the angle of the stake and the distance from the subject as necessary. The stake must be very firmly set into the earth to reduce vibrations. One extra thing I will do next time, is to wrap electrician’s tape (or duct tape) around the wooden stake to make a more firm grip between the wood and the inside of the center post. Rotational motion tends to take place when more weight is attached to the tripod head. You are already working within a few centimeters from your subject, at high magnification, so every miniscule movement of the camera lens appears like an earthquake. In addition, you will likely be facing irritating wind blowing your subject. Keeping your subject in focus may be your biggest headache. I was literally in the prone position on concrete (or on my knees) for 40 minutes. Therefore, your knees and elbows (and back), will pay the physical price for this photographic adventure.
Original top-down view of the plant with raindrops. This is where my advice from MENTAL NOTE #156, came in handy: I was CURIOUS and I asked the question, “How would this subject photograph from nearly ground level, and at an extreme angle?” See above at the first photograph of this post — The final image turned out quite well.

Conclusion

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, CURIOSITY and PHOTOGRAPHY

Behind the Lens

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:

  1. Wow! (I guess “Wow” is an interjection, not a question; nevertheless, this expressive word is an important one in a photographer’s vocabulary.)
  2. “That’s interesting: I wonder how that looks from that other angle?”
  3. “I wonder how that would look if I were to photograph it lying down on the ground?”
  4. “What would that look like if I…

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“THE ONE-HUNDRED”, SMOKE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Title: “THE ONE-HUNDRED”.

Year: 2021
Series: SMOKE-ART.
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“Ninety-Nine”, SMOKE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

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Title: “Ninety-Nine”.

Year: 2021
Series: SMOKE-ART.
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“Ninety-Eight”, new work in the SMOKE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

Title: “Ninety-Eight”.

Year: 2021
Series: SMOKE-ART.
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ALS #521, Edit F, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

Title: “ALS #521, Edit F”.
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ALS #514, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Title: “ALS #514”.
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“THE 500 BELL, aka, ALS #500”, the 500th Artwork in my ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

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TITLE: “THE 500 BELL, aka, ALS #500”.

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“ALS #497” IS MY 3,000TH ARTWORK AT IMAGEKIND!

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☆ “ALS #497” IS MY 3,000TH ARTWORK AT IMAGEKIND!

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.

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TITLE: “ALS #497”.

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ALS #496, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

THE SMOKEPHOTOGRAPHIST

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TITLE: “ALS #496”.

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A Race Starts, v2, ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

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A Race Starts, v.2

TITLE: “A Race Starts, v.2”.

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