While I was experimenting with the Olympus Tough TG-2 I went a bit overboard in trying to see just how far I have moved past my previous concern in terms of “fearing for the camera’s safety.” What happened was I dreamed up the idea of videos made from weird angles via a rig I would make, putting the camera near the ground to show what it feels like to be riding my motorcycle, a Suzuki C-50, an 800cc Cruiser. In the end it all worked out fine but in between, I definitely had a few of those “do not try this at home” moments.
I improvised a rig where I used bungee cords to bind and hold my table-top tripod in place on one of the motorcycle’s foot rests. Then I used a flash bracket known as a “straight bracket” to hold the camera further out from the cycle. By the end, I was having so much fun, seeing how close I could get to the cones marking road construction in Providence that I pushed my luck too far and “thwack” my Olympus Tough TG-2 smacked into one of the bright orange cones. I will be the first to admit that I was sure I had ruined the camera but after I stopped and hopped off, I saw how the camera was running just fine.