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Nov 28, 2021 18:32:39   #
flyboy61 Loc: The Great American Desert
 
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!

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Nov 28, 2021 18:59:10   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
A neighbor gave me a metal one many years ago. He's passed on so I can't ask where he got it, but you may want to do some Google dearching.

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Nov 28, 2021 19:06:07   #
tgreenhaw
 
Consider a telephoto that has close focus. The canon 100-400 or 100-500 will get you the shot without getting up and down.

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Nov 28, 2021 19:41:36   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
flyboy61 wrote:
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for f... (show quote)


Yes. I use one for photography and gardening -- love it. I have this style of collapsible stool/kneeler: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Yardsmith-11-02-in-Plastic-Elephant-Garden-Stool/1000383849

Unfortunately I can't tell you where you could get a serviceable one now. Mine was purchased very many years ago at Goodwill and was already quite old and used then. As such I suspect it will outlast by many decades anything you can buy now for example like the version linked above at Lowes. They don't make 'em like they used to. Maybe there's some garden specialty store that sells a well made one.

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Nov 28, 2021 21:19:09   #
tramsey Loc: Texas
 
I went on our old friend Google and was sent to another friend Amazon (with all these friends no wonder I'm broke)
Here's what I found take a look

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=garden+kneeler+seats&ref=nb_sb_noss

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Nov 28, 2021 23:33:08   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
I have one I have used for several years. Set one way it a low seat I use for shooting bees and the other way it's a 3" high padded kneeling board with handles on both sides to help get this old body up again

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Nov 29, 2021 06:29:00   #
foathog Loc: Greensboro, NC
 
tgreenhaw wrote:
Consider a telephoto that has close focus. The canon 100-400 or 100-500 will get you the shot without getting up and down.


using a telephoto lens won't necessarily give the angle you want.

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Nov 29, 2021 06:32:13   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
foathog wrote:
using a telephoto lens won't necessarily give the angle you want.



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Nov 29, 2021 06:50:29   #
andrec1 Loc: Tucson, AZ
 
flyboy61 wrote:
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for f... (show quote)
. I have one and love it. I wouldn’t be able to work in garden or other kneeling without it. Also great to sit on to work. Have no problems using handles.

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Nov 29, 2021 09:01:49   #
PattyW60 Loc: Northwest Illinois
 
flyboy61 wrote:
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for f... (show quote)


My husband gave me one for Christmas a couple years ago and I love it! I use it for a lot of things besides gardening, especially photography. I had both knees replaced almost 2 years ago, so kneeling is something I avoid. Still, there are times when I want/need to kneel for brief periods. The cushion on these seats is a little harder than my knees like, so I put one of those bleacher seat cushions on it to make it a little softer.

Patty

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Nov 29, 2021 09:54:12   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
I have used mine for years for gardening. Search on Amazon for one.

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Nov 29, 2021 09:59:21   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
flyboy61 wrote:
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for f... (show quote)


Just another thought is if you have just 1 specific garden raise it up.
My wife damaged a leg accidentally, likes to garden so I built a raised garden about 2 1/2 feet above the ground.

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Nov 29, 2021 10:19:43   #
DebAnn Loc: Toronto
 
flyboy61 wrote:
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for flower and Macro photographs. Getting down is usually not the problem, getting back up is.
I have seen commercials for the garden kneeler/seats, and they seem like they would be a great help.
Some are said to handle up to 330 lbs, which should be fine for my 225 lbs, but reading the reviews, more than a few say the plastic support for the kneeling/sitting surface breaks easily, and the side handles that are used for standing back up might be a bit flimsy.
Has anyone used one of these for photography, and what has been your experience? Any recommendations as to brand?
Thanx!
At 82, I have a really hard time getting low for f... (show quote)


They are available with strong metal handles and wood seats. My sister has one and it is excellent for us older folks.

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Nov 29, 2021 10:41:38   #
EnglishBrenda Loc: Kent, England
 
I do use one for gardening and it is very helpful. My advice would be to make sure you get a good quality strong one. This is not a time to go 'cheap', your safety is important.

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Nov 29, 2021 11:35:43   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
If photography were my main goal and I wanted to attract pollinators and enjoy the beauty of flowers with limited mobility, I would consider using flower boxes or hanging baskets installed at a height where I could set up a tripod and sit comfortably on my patio chair and enjoy a cool beverage or coffee along with a book and my laptop sitting on the patio table.

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