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  • HELP! Photography after surgery?

    Pah! I'm so fed up!

    I've just come home from hospital after an operation to remove a lung tumour...thankfully it was benign and nothing to worry about...I'm not looking for sympathy!

    I thought I could spend some of the time recuperating by taking photos, but find that I'm unable to hold my e510/e520 for any length of time..I can just about raise a camera to eye level before I have to admit defeat and the pain kicks in...

    I'm also a bit limited in that I can't really leave the house and walk for any length of time...it will be a few days before I can do that on my own.

    I'm going stir crazy here...any suggestions for what I can do?

    Janet
    My flickr photostream....



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    Re: Photography after surgery?

    attach a hide clamp to your zimmer frame?







    more seriously, tripod or the like to so you can sit and do some still life/macro work
    chris
    shetland

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    • #3
      Re: Photography after surgery?

      You could always use gorilla pod to support the camera.

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      Regards Paul.
      One day I hope to be the person my dogs think I am.

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      • #4
        Re: Photography after surgery?

        As Chris has suggested, try some macro work. At least you can do that from the comfort of a chair. If you do go out, try a monopod, it's a lot lighter that a tripod.
        Regards - Paul

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        • #5
          Re: Photography after surgery?

          The main thing is to not overdo it and get well.

          Plenty of time in the future.

          Take care.
          All the best

          Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

          Andy

          Lots of cameras and lenses.


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          • #6
            Re: Photography after surgery?

            Take it easy , again use a tripod?
            Ed

            What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?

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            • #7
              Re: Photography after surgery?

              Maybe a time to discover macro?

              Get well soon!

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              • #8
                Re: Photography after surgery?

                Treat yourself to an E-M1 and an iPad. The you can mount the camera on a tripod and remote-control it. Good excuse for some retail therapy!
                Stephen

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                • #9
                  Re: Photography after surgery?

                  Maybe invest in a used VA-1 right angle viewfinder adapter? It allows for holding the camera at chest level. I use one regularly, particularly for low macro shots. It gives 1x or 2x magnification, turns a 510 viewfinder into an e-5 like experience (not that I've actually ever held an e-5).
                  http://technopeasant.org

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                  • #10
                    Re: Photography after surgery?

                    Wishing you a speedy recovery Janet, I'd go with the previous suggestion re Tabletop/Macro projects using a Gorillapod or something similar you'd be amazed what wonderful images you can conjure up without lifting a finger.

                    Here are two images I took at the kitchen table using a small tabletop tripod.





                    Tom
                    "Who is watching the Watchers, watching the Watchers watching us"

                    Its not what you see, it's the way that you see it"

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                    • #11
                      Re: Photography after surgery?

                      Without spending a single penny, Janet, use books and timer delay to take odd photos of household/handbag items in odd positions.
                      By using books you can vary the height of the camera, compose your shots and then take the image.

                      One to enjoy by this method

                      The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Photography after surgery?

                        Take it easy, recover, and maybe go back and PP some of those shots that are just waiting for a rainy day to be be improved.
                        Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
                        Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
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                        • #13
                          Re: Photography after surgery?

                          Originally posted by Janet View Post
                          ... I can't really leave the house and walk for any length of time...it will be a few days before I can do that on my own.

                          I'm going stir crazy here...any suggestions for what I can do?

                          Janet
                          Someone just joined this forum with all the answers you're looking for.

                          "Magixaxeman" I think he's called himself here

                          For example
                          http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=29928

                          He's been posting for absolutely ages on TP so I'm sure he has many insights for while you're limited in strength and movement.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Photography after surgery?

                            Originally posted by angelpaaul View Post
                            As Chris has suggested, try some macro work. If you do go out, try a monopod, it's a lot lighter that a tripod.
                            I would agree. A sturdy monopod can double as a walking stick of sorts, and will save you from having to hold the camera. You might also try sitting down when taking photos; perhaps taking a 'shooting stick', or one of those lightweight folding seat things with you.

                            Indeed, it is a fact that many photographs suffer by being taken at about 5' from ground level! Our son had to use a wheelchair for about three weeks after breaking his leg quite badly. He loves his photography so we took him out in the chair with his E500 and he got some superb shots. (We did all the hard work pushing him around of course!)

                            But most of all, get well soon and don't try too hard!
                            ---------------

                            Naughty Nigel


                            Difficult is worth doing

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                            • #15
                              Re: Photography after surgery?

                              I beg, borrow or rent mobility scooters or wheel chairs to get around and take pictures, I can rest my elbows on the arms and so get a steady hold of the camera.
                              This space for rent

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