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What shall we do with a broken camera
Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Click the big link to see how to do it
p.s. If you didn’t click that 1st link, you gotta see it. It’s like Michael Scott singing sea shanties. Plus it’s from a show called “Hootenanny!”
p.p.s. Hey U.S. peoples, our guide to photographing fireworks may come in handy this weekend!
Photo credits: Dr Cullen (Nikon camera), Kelly Jensen (others)
How to Make a Broken Lens Into a Flowerpot
Just slap on an old lens hood, fill it up with dirt and nestle a small plant into it.
That’s all it takes to make all your camera geek pals green with envy!
(Get it? “Green?” We crack ourselves up.)
Where to Find Old Cameras and Lenses
Keep an eye out at thrift stores, estate auctions, flea markets or eBay for broken camera parts.
Broken lenses and camera bodies are often labeled “for repair” or “for parts.” Since they don’t work, you can get them dirt cheap.
Keep an eye out for auctions of large lots — pick up a bunch at one time and make a set of planters.
The Water Issue
While not entirely avoidable, water leaks can be reduced by putting a plastic saucer into the lens or lens hood before filling it with dirt.
Water the plant sparingly, and keep a paper towel handy to sort out any stray dribbles.
Cacti and succulents are good because there are lots of small varieties and most don’t need water more than twice a month.
Best of all are tillandsia, a.k.a airplants. They’re perfect for this because:
Just take the plant out when it needs water, wet it down, wait for it to dry a bit, and drop it back in. No drips, no dirt, no drama.
The Camera Body Version
Just take off the lens and put a plant inside the camera body!
Sure it’ll never work again, but at least it’s out of the junk drawer and looking good.
The Twin Lens Version
You can’t use the lens, and filling the body would just look strange.
Use the waist-level viewfinder instead! It won’t hold water well, but a pot will work nicely.
Get a tiny plant in a 2-inch pot and drop that into the finder. If you don’t like the look of the bare pot sitting there, pack some dried moss around it to cover up the rim.
Line a bunch of cameras up on the kitchen windowsill and plant different herbs in them.
It gives new meaning to the phrase “food photography!” (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)
The Fake-Out Version
Okay, so, say you take perfect care of your equipment and have never broken anything in your life. Well, that’s just weird.
But if you don’t have a broken lens and still want to freak people out, attach a lens hood and put a cheap filter over the lens.
Then fill the lens hood with artificial plants and pretend it’s the real thing. Same effect, less mess!
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