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The "Photo location ladder"

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by Desmond, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. I've been inventing :) 
    Today I built "The photo location ladder"
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  2. pforsell

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    Jan 15, 2008
    Awesome!
     
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  3. Ann_JS

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    Feb 18, 2015
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    Brilliant!
    Your ladder idea should be both patentable and marketable! It might be worth patenting the design and then approaching a manufacturer to put it into production?

    I particularly like your additions of the wheels and the monopods.
     
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  4. Wow, Desmond, you are quite the creative lad! That really is brilliant! Like Ann, I admire how you were able to find a way to include lightstands as part of the whole thing. This should be quite useful in situations such as you described -- weddings, other photography on location where the actual site is not close to the road and you have to transport the gear. Let us know how it actually performs in your next on-location shooting session!
     
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  5. Very creative. You may need this sticker on the metal box:
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  6. Slick design Desmond. I noted you have a LOT of fire extinguishers.
     
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  7. People either give me fire extinguishers when they see what I photograph or old microwave ovens to encourage me :) 
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    I have no idea why I suddenly got no notifications, maybe a new adjustment to the site? [I've ticked the "email replies" box again] I just came here to show my latest additions to the
    design - I thought nobody was interested :)  . It's all explained on my blog

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    Anyway to make it easier I've copied and pasted the addition to my blog below"

    That was all done on Saturday. Monday is a public holiday and it's pouring with rain so I decided to have a look at the box I will be using. Keeping in mind that it made quite a noise on the small hand-trolley when I used it last I wanted to make it is as pleasant to work with as possible, for myself and others around me. I wheeled that contraption up the driveway and when I went over a bump there was quite a hollow metallic sound from the box - granted it is empty now but a lot of the noise came from the lid bouncing around. Then I remembered the name on its side.

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    A very fitting name though I don't think it is supposed to refer to the sound it makes when being moved on a bumpy surface. Most of the problem is the lid twisting and bouncing about along with the latch jumping up and down, it clatters quite a bit.

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    I decided that the easiest way to stop the bouncing was to add double-sided tape to the inside of the lid and the ridge of the box - it has a bit of a 'spring tension' and I ended up putting two layers on the inside of the lid closest to the latch.

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    That solved half of the problem. The other half is the fact that the box was resting metal-on-metal against the ladder and with movement and bouncing around it is bound to slide a bit and occasionally lift and hit back against the metal rungs of the ladder. I first looked around for something to wrap around the rungs, then tried tying rope around them keeping in mind that this needs to look presentable at a wedding as well - of course it is for 'field work' and can be hidden behind a tree most of the time but the better it looks the less pressure there is to hide it.

    Then I looked across at my weights equipment and saw this padded platform that I took off a declined sit-up bench I bought for $20 a while ago. It looks pretty snazzy on there. This is the part where you start thinking "How heavy is this all going to be and how much of this is 'necessary'?". I weighed the board and it is 2.5 kg. With the leverage of the ladder and the weight the wheels are taking that probably amounts to another 1kg in my hand. That's less than the weight of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens and I don't own one - shooting dx means all my lenses are lighter then a full frame kit so I'll allow myself this extra 'luxury' for now. It made a huge difference on the noise levels and it keeps the box straight, while before it was twisting with the shape of the [slightly distorted] ladder making the lid a bit harder to close.

    Another plus? In New Zealand there are a lot of park benches [plus rain] and many of them are often too wet or overgrown with fungus [sometimes bird poo] to ask a bride to comfortably sit there in her wedding dress - which means a few lost photo opportunities. This padded board, plus perhaps the little 6X4 tarp I keep in the box for emergencies, will make it possible to have the bride sitting anywhere from overgrown benches to slightly muddy fields.

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    After testing out various positions to have it without sliding out I decided to add a little right angle at the base of the ladder. Initially I was wary about having the box too close to the wheels - there will be more bouncing movement at the wheels and less nearer the handle. The padded board is now providing some suspension, along with the fact that my gear will also be in padded bags in the box, which allows me to feel ok about having the box and board as close to the wheels as possible.

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    I went out and bought some brand new bungy cords after taking this picture - so it will look prettier than this :)  I will also have 4 bungy cords in the box in case they are needed for an emergency shelter with the tarpaulin - you never know in New Zealand when the weather might change suddenly and it is always comforting to have a back-up plan if things get nasty.

    So now you will probably believe me when I say my backpack often ends up weighing 25 kg when I go hiking in the bush - but I'm prepared for anything and the extra stuff has come in useful on several occasions. As long as it all fits in the box and I can move around comfortably I'm happy. Speaking of hiking gear and backpacks the extra backpack cover I have also fits perfectly over the box which will aid in camouflage and give some peace of mind if the weather starts to look 'iffy'.

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    Of course very few of the projects I start stay as they are, there's always room for improvement and fine tuning especially after their first real field test but I think I've come pretty close this time to a functional product that may only need a little tweaking.
     
  8. Hmmm, this just appeared on my facebook feed.

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