Weekly Prompts

Camera Support

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Support.

As is frequently the case with me I took a sideways look at the prompt. Because the first thing that came to mind on reading the prompt was camera tripods.

I am possibly something of a rarity these days in that I still frequently use a tripod or other form of camera support.

Fan Of... Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

Using my home made ground pod allows me to support a telephoto lens while getting down to eye level with birds and mammals.

July Squares: Eye Level with an Eastern Chipmunk

Portrait of an Eastern Chipmunk taken using the ground pod.

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A tripod set up on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise photographing waves forming icicles. Two of the tripod legs were frozen to the pebbles by the time I packed up the equipment.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

Motion blurred wave forming icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Small / Smaller / Smallest prompt.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up - One Word Sunday: Smaller

Small. Three or four years ago I was looking for a small camera bag for a DSLR and small set of manual focus prime lenses as a way of getting back to the basics of photography.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools - One Word Sunday: Smaller

Smaller. Then after falling off a ladder 22 months ago and messing up my right shoulder I needed a smaller, lighter kit while I got a range of motion and some strength back. A smaller bag containing a small mirrorless camera and three small manual focus prime lenses.

Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Essential Tips and Tools

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools.

Having got interested in photography in the mid 1970s, studied it in the late 1970s and working as a professional from 1980 some of my essential tools date back decades.


A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Tenba Pro Pak P595 in the snow in the early 1980s. Having purchased a Tenba P595 when they were first imported into the U.K. I have grown to appreciate camera bags with easy access to the equipment. It makes them quick and easy to work out of.


A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Domkenstein F-6 in the snow a couple of years ago. Tenba stopped making the Pro Pak bags in the mid 2000s so when I needed a smaller bag a few years ago I picked up a Domke F-6. The reason I call it Domkenstein is because it has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with Tenba dividers and a third party memory foam shoulder pad.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

One of my UNI-LOC tripods and my Domke F-10 JD on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I am a habitual tripod user with a selection of models used in different situations and conditions. My newest tripod is now 24 years old. The UNI-LOC dates back to mid 1990s, I’m not sure if the company is in business anymore.


Photo Challenges

Fan Of… Uni-Loc tripods

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #58 photo challenge.

Firstly I should say that I don’t know if Uni-Loc are still in business. I emailed them a couple of years ago and after an initial response never heard from them again.  Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2012. I have been using the tripods since the early 1990s and used to know Ken Brett, the man behind the design.

Uni-Loc tripods are very different from most tripods. The system tripods can be disassembled and reassembled in a different configuration with an Allen key (wrench). The legs can be locked at almost any angle and all three lock with a single locking lever. The bottom leg sections are sealed meaning that they can be submerged up to the locking knob without taking on water. If you submerge the legs above the first section they can quickly be removed and drained with an Allen key (wrench).

They aren’t a tripod I would recommend to most photographers, they’re heavy and bulky when folded but in deep water, snow or mud they’re my first choice.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

In 1995 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, Canada. I took my medium sized Uni-Loc tripod with me in case I needed to use a tripod in water or mud.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A Willet photographed on a shallow slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan with the tripod. Some of the sloughs in the area can be quite alkaline so the sealed legs were useful. I could rinse any mud off the legs when I got a chance to.


Wordless Wednesday: 5th February 2020

To get into position for this photo I waded through knee high snow and then pushed the tripod legs down into the snow for maximum stability.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

The tripod in use on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I was photographing the waves forming icicles. By the time I was ready to pack the tripod away two of the legs were frozen to the pebbles.


Wordless Wednesday: 18th December 2019

What I was photographing while the tripod was freezing to the pebbles.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

When I read the prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital I had a couple of ideas. I hadn’t decided which I was going to go with on Sunday afternoon when I was doing some table top photography.

That was when I noticed just how many brands of photo equipment used capital letters, or is that CAPITAL letters, for their logos. So a quick and dirty photo session later I have a completely different post from anything I had been considering.  In this case dirty actually means that, everything was photographed “as is” rather than being cleaned up, because that’s the way it is in real life.

My OLYMPUS OM1 from 1976.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


My OLYMPUS OM2N from 1981.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


My ARCA-SWISS B1 ball head for a tripod from the early 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


One of my UNI-LOC tripods from the mid 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


Fast forward a couple of decades, my DOMKE F-10 JD from last year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital