Words by Eryka Bagwell
"I was all ready to get some great shots with it in the puddles with cherry blossom trees at the University of Washington in 2020 but because they closed that area off due to the pandemic, I wasn't able to get the shot. I even tried sneaking in over the tape but a security guard came by to kick me out even though I tried my best to plead with him to let me get the shot. Just wanted you to know that I was willing to risk it all for a shot of with the Platypod!" - Brian
Some photos are worth the risk and Brian knew this was that shot he had to snap. Early in spring of 2020, Brian noticed the cherry blossom tree on campus had started to bloom and that became the focal point for his next photo shoot. He decided to risk it all to get past a security guard and snap a few photos. The scene was set with a few puddles after a late evening rain (which had yet to evaporate). Brian set up his Platypod Ultra just in front of the puddle and staged his shot of the cherry blossom and above are his beautiful results.
These images were captured by mounting his camera with a 16-35mm lens to the Platypod Ultra with a mini ballhead and setting it on the ground in front of the puddle. Puddle reflections are one of Brian's favorite scenes to photograph because he says he never gets to see that low perspective: as he is 6'7" tall. Thankfully his Platypod allows Brian to see the world from a different perspective.