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Equipment & Techniques => Landscape & Nature Photography => Topic started by: edhackett on April 15, 2019, 01:01:55 pm

Title: Camera support様ooking downward
Post by: edhackett on April 15, 2019, 01:01:55 pm
Good day,

May I ask what others here use for tripod and ball head when photographing things on the ground or very low?  I致e been doing some close-up nature photography with a nikon 150 micro on D300 and it is best to be really still.  I have head of reversing the center post on the tripod but that痴 pretty difficult with my stuff (old Gitzo reported RRS BH55)葉oo heavy to hang upside down, I think, and awkward to wrestle into position.  Any better setups to recommend?  Or just deal with it?

Thanks and best wishes,

Title: Re: Camera support様ooking downward
Post by: degrub on April 16, 2019, 08:41:02 am
bean bag works for me for at ground shots or on a rock.
Title: Re: Camera support様ooking downward
Post by: Mike D. B. on April 16, 2019, 11:59:07 am
I had the center column of my (old) Gitzo tripod with carbon legs removed and a Manfrotto 3-way gear head attached.  Removal of the center column allows the legs to be spread completely, which allows the tripod center to be right on the ground.  Only the 3-way head builds up above ground level.

I never enjoyed inverting a tripod's center column and attaching the camera that way, but everyone needs to find their preferred style and hardware.  Though the Gitzo center column is solidly guided, I never used one.  So removing it completely didn't bother me at all and saved weight.
Title: Re: Camera support様ooking downward
Post by: Vieri Bottazzini on May 05, 2019, 01:52:56 pm
I use my RRS TVC-33 tripod (no center column, which I don't recommend anyway) with the legs completely horizontal and my Arca-Swiss P0 head, which is pretty short. That brings me close enough to the ground for my purposes.

Best regards,

Title: Re: Camera support様ooking downward
Post by: NancyP on May 07, 2019, 07:15:15 pm
1. flatten (full size) tripod legs to horizontal (most common)
2. some form of ground pod / bean bag ("Platypod" or ordinary tabletop tripod with standard Arca-Swiss p0 ball head moved temporarily from the full size legs). This may be necessary in situations where it is hard to fit the flattened legs of the full-size tripod. The Platypod Max covers an area of approx. 5 x 7" - weighs 13 oz. The Platypod Ultra is 3.5 oz and covers area of approx 3 x 5", therefore, not a good choice for tele lenses, but could possibly handle a light camera with a short macro lens. Stability is related to size as well as weight - the 4 "legs" (bolts, height adjustable for length of bolt) are at the corners of the Platypod sheet of aluminum. A home-made ground pod, similar to the "Skimmer" used by bird photographers for easily movable ground pod, could also work - 1 cheap aluminum frying pan with sloping sides, a home drill and lubricating oil, a wood spacer of desired height, a 3/8" bolt of desired length.