https://www.gofundme.com/qe6wk5jg I was born in Seattle and at the age of 17, I was injured in an automobile accident (C4/5 Quadriplegic). I was paralyzed from my shoulders down. I can move my arms a little, some biceps, no triceps. I can't use my hands at all.
I've always loved photography and use to collect Coffee Table Photography Books. In the 90s, I tried to get involved and bought a Canon film camera. It didn't last long. I could not find a good way to attach the camera to my power wheelchair, it was too heavy to hold up, I could not turn the dials, change settings, or even use the zoom lens. With the cost of film and developing, for how few turned out, it got very frustrating, very fast.
In Dec 2016, I saw a double exposure photo I just loved. I read it was done completely in-camera, no post editing. I thought with the new digital cameras, touch screens, etc. I wanted to try again. So I got a Canon 70D to try once more.
By strapping a Computer Stylus to my hand, I am able to change settings via the Touch Screen, I use a Lens Shifter to adjust the Zoom Lens, and I hold the Shutter Cable in my mouth to take the photo.
The hardest part was finding a way to attach the camera to the wheelchair. I needed it to go on easily, same spot every time, and to be adjustable.
It wasn't until I was introduced to The Mountain'n Mover that I was finely able to take photos myself. It's an adjustable arm, where the shoulder and the elbow can turn 360 degrees. I also found the Edelkrone Wing 15. Both work great. The Mountain'n Mover is more adjustable, but the Wing 15 is stiffer and less bouncy.
Being in a power wheelchair, I am often limited on where I can go, how close I can get, etc. I've gotten stuck in mud and gravel many times trying to go off trail to get just a bit closer. Using a Telephoto Zoom Lens helps a lot. Tamron makes a zoom from 18-400, because I am unable to change lenses myself that gives me the largest coverage from 1 lens. The Tamron 150-600 gives me a great range for Wildlife Photography.
I never thought I'd be able to drive myself again, but I took driving lessons using a specially equipped van, and was able to actually drive myself. It was a great feeling of freedom. We started a GoFundMe to help raise funds for a van. If you are interested in reading more about this, please visit this page. I Thank You So Much.