“How a Quadriplegic Uses an SLR” – Follow Up
I am giving you a follow up to my last post about “The Art of Photo Taking.” Thanks for all the comments and the interest in the post. Based on your ideas, we decided to try using our gorillapod (which we already owned but hadn’t thought of using) to see if that gave Jason more freedom in his photo-taking ability.
This is what we found out:
1. there is not a place to attach it to his chair and still be able to take the photo.
2. wrapping it around his forearm wasn’t very stable so that idea was out.
3. this is where the lack of use of his triceps comes into play – our best option was to attach the gorillapod to the camera and then close the legs of the gorillapod. Then he can “hold” the camera up a little higher when he grabs the legs of the gorillapod. However, lack of triceps in this quadriplegic means that he still can’t hold the whole contraption up high enough to reach his eye and look through the view finder. Not to mention, then lifting his other arm high enough to press the button is not even an option. Basically it all boils down to lack of triceps…
Dang. I was totally hopeful that #3 would work fabulously. I had forgotten about the “not being able to lift his arm above his shoulder” part.
However, what we have learned is that instead of being limited to only taking vertical shots with our old system, if he holds the gorillapod’s legs he can take a horizontal shot. This is key for 2009 since the photos in Becky Higgins’ kit for Project 365 of Gratitude all slide into horizontal slots on the sheet protectors.
So, all is not lost! We have made progress in our “How a Quadriplegic Uses an SLR” journey and we’ll keep you posted as we learn more tricks.
Download Day – Request
If you were wondering – yes, I take requests for Download Day. Here is a comment from Brynn when she saw my 365 Days of Gratitude photo.
Beautiful Kolette. I too am on this journey and it’s already an amazing one.
P.S. Can the “Women of Stature and Faith” be the download for download day?! I would LOVE to have that!
Submitted on 2009/01/08 at 6:55pm
I created this as a sign for our 2009 theme in our church women’s organization but I think the quote applies to many women out there working to be the best they can be and have a little faith in the process. For Download Day, I adapted it to fit a 5 x 7 frame if you want to place it somewhere as a reminder – it would also make a great gift this way.
So, here you go Brynn. Our download for today is by your request. Feel free to make your own requests, fellow readers. I would love to give you what you want!