Going Low With the Platypod

by Dawn Hester May. 26, 2020 165 views

I’m glad before I jump into photographing something I take another minute to think about what I am going to do. I have no clue how many times I’ve photographed dandelions but I always think it’s a challenge. They’re just always different and being semi-limited because COVID-19, I will always find something to photograph, continue to work on my craft.

On this day, I decided after my workout I would go outside and shoot dandelions before I cut them down. Camera and tripod was setup and I took it downstairs with me. But as I was riding my bike I was looking at my camera setup and wasn’t happy. I think I felt that because I was going to get the same old photograph - from the top and angles from the side…same ol’ blah, blah, blah.

I soon remembered I had the Platypod. In the middle of my workout I stopped to go outside and shoot. Yes, the Platypod was a game changer. Platypod was a huge difference than with a tripod. I was able to get lower to the dandelions than what I would have had with the tripod. This was the first time using the spikes and they were a big help. I didn’t try to avoid pieces of grass or cut/pull them out of my vision.

All I wanted to do was shoot and see what I was able to create. The morning was a little cloudy which I liked. My settings were in manual. The good thing about mirrorless cameras you can see all your settings/adjustments before shooting.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 60mm f/2.4 R macro lens, Platypod.


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Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

These are some really nice shots. I've been looking at the platypod for a while but could not convince myself that I really need it. Looking at your photos makes me think, it's another toy to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Camellia. I don't use it as much as I should. This day I wanted to shoot in a different perspective than all the other times. I'm glad I went back and got it. 😁 It's really a great tool to have.

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Piotr B 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Wonderful pictures. You show us the beauty in everyday objects.

5 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Dawn Hester Replied to Piotr B 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you Piotr!

5 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Dawn Hester Replied to Dawn Hester 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Piotr. With the pandemic, etc. it makes me appreciate what I have right in from of me...even if it is just a dandelion 😉.

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