Earlier, I shared closeup Yellow Bellied Slider Turtle pics I took with my iPhone 6 Plus. I did not scare them off. They are pictures I thought possible from this aquatic habitat. Here is the backstory.
I built a quadpod as a base to hold a Square Jellyfish Micro Ball Head and Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod Mount for Smart Phones. I’ve never heard of a quadpod. I know monopod & tripod. Add to the two Square Jellyfish components, add a Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter Release and BINGO, turtle closeups.
Quadpod–a 4-legged stand to hold by camera. To place a smartphone near water is RISKY. I do not like holding mine over water, but have done so. My fear is that I’l drop it sooner or later. This approach reduces that risk and places the camera for shoots I would not capture with skittish turtles.
Back to the quadpod: I built it using 1-inch strips of acrylic curved [heated and fit into a template so they are near mirrors of each other]. The curve is to control the height and distance between the legs. They are connected with a 1″ acrylic cube using .375″ EZ-Loc inserts and 5/8″ screws. I also used these cubes to connect the walls and floor of the Acrylic Basking Box. I then drilled a 1/4″ hole for the screw to attach the Square Jellyfish components. This means a holes in the center of each side of the cube–6 total. Four of then are drilled to the depth of the inserts.
I also built a jig to hold the 1″ cubes for drilling holes into them. I used it for the basking box and the quadpod. I shorten on leg of the quadpod so it can rest on a boulder or the side of the pond. There is practically 0% risk of this quadpod toppling over. The base rises about 1″, and the camera 4″ above the water.
The build works for me. I am pleased with the photographs I have captured.
Your comments please.