The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

As mentioned yesterday, a bit of gear which allows me to place the camera in positions that would normally require lying prone on the sidewalk to capture has recently been added to my camera bag.

When shooting these, I had in mind a narrative I was going to talk about them with which would describe how I’ve given up walking in favor of crawling.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Believe me, after you’ve been walking for 8-9 hours straight, crawling actually sounds pretty good. Thing is, it’s a bit of a reach. I’m intrigued by the change in perspective, however. It’s what you’d refer to in a comic book script as a “bug’s perspective.” Maybe it’s that of a Cat’s.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This device isn’t a tripod, rather it’s called a “platypod,” and it’s their “max” model. I’ve had their smaller “ultra” version for a while and decided to go with the larger and more stable version recently.

Glad I did.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 9, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. Platypod? Don’t you still have to crawl on the ground to focus and compose?. BTW I’m always amazed at the new photo contraptions that come out. I have a closet full of them – all collecting dust. The champion useless device I bought was the Ektaflex color printing machine in the ’80’s. What a piece of junk. Fortunately I sold it to some one less than a week after my buying it.

    georgetheatheist . . . gigo lives

    December 9, 2021 at 11:35 am

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