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Step-by-step D.I.Y instructions for making your own Tripod snake.

Problem: very expensive tripod with delicate joints being used on a black sandy beach with big wave swells on a regular basis.

I love getting close to the waves on the beach at Jökulsarlon.  My previous Gitzo tripod was great in the sea, but I wanted more stability and a tripod without a center column, so that I could get down low if needed.  After a week on the beach with my new gitzo, the amount of sand and sea water getting into the joints was shocking and that grinding sound was not very inviting on such a high quality tool. It is a heavy tripod, so useful for beach photography.

How can you protect your expensive Gitzo tripod from sand and sea water, in sometimes extreme conditions?

Ice Tourist

Most of my shots only work because I get in among the action. I want to be where the interaction of Ocean and beach are exciting. This means having a tripod system that you are confident to get wet.

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This serves as a very nice grip, especially delicious in cold weather.


Make sure it is long enough to cover the joint grip on the top leg section.

Iceland photo tour Keep your tripod protected while you’re in the rough!
Next… It is as easy as slipping the plastic tube over your tripod joint. This is the moment of truth when you find out if you got the sizes correct. When the tripod leg is touching the ground, the extra rubber should fold creating a semi-seal. It is important to note that this doesn’t give your tripod 100% protect, but it does give it a lot of protection. You may need to continue washing your tripod legs occasionally.

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