This picture nicely demonstrates a silver medal winning tripod placement. As you can see, each of the three legs rests on a different plane, none of which is the ground, floor, or decking. Obviously, had the three legs also landed on different materials (like stone, wood, dirt, etc.) we’d probably be looking at a gold medal winner. Difficulty points were awarded for leg extension, but anyone familiar with these monster Gitzos knows that there’s still almost two sections in that left leg.