Recently a mate who is a keen photographer emailed me some bumph about a product available in the States and Canada called a Platypod Max. It’s a light weight metal plate to which you can attach your camera complete with any size lens and place it safely on the ground or any surface with total safety.
Reading my mate’s email reminded me that sometimes I use a small folding Nikon tripod, fitted with a Manfrotto ball head and an Acratech mounting plate for just that purpose.
The little Nikon tripod when folded makes a great flat base and can be attached to any vertical or angled structure with a couple of elastic cords or Bungees as we call them here in the Land Down Under.
When the little legs are folded out it gives just enough height when shooting prone to save me getting a stiff neck.
This little combination firmly holds my Nikon D810 with its Nikkor 70-200mm lens attached with absolutely no discernible camera shake in the resultant images.
It folds up easily and packs away into my camera bag or backpack when travelling and on the Harley is easily stowed away.
The three following images give you the general idea and please ignore the angle of the camera in the upright shot. I rushed the shot and didn’t check first that everything was spot on. A grave photographer’s error.
Hoo roo for now