Tap Dancing on the Focus and Shutter Pedals

Once we’d decorated Mom’s tree with her after church, and still in our Sunday clothes, Mom asked for a group photo for her annual news letter. Dan and K hauled the empty boxed into Mom’s attic (it’s still a glamorous place for her). Mom has been very good about waiting for us to haul things since she wrenched her back last week. I ran home for my tripod and the foot pedals Dan had jury rigged for me to take better knitting/crochet tutorials photos.

calibrating the tripod
calibrating the tripod

It started calmly enough, I took a few shots to figure out where to put the camera and where we should stand.

No, using foot pedals isn't too hard, why do you ask?
No, using foot pedals isn’t too hard, why do you ask?

I didn’t want to re-read the manual to see how to use the delay, so I thought I’d just use the focus and shutter pedals. I forgot that usually I’m sitting when I shoot a tutorial.

fuzy
fuzy

Then I got tired of balancing and tried to lean on the family (forgetting Mom’s sore back).

Wait, can't lean on Mom
Wait, can’t lean on Mom
Ben, quit thinking about Mr Hyde, Lit is on Tuesday not Sunday.
Ben, quit thinking about Mr Hyde, Lit is on Tuesday not Sunday.

But in the end, we got something that worked.

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phew.

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