By Larry Tiefenbrunn, MD
CEO and Inventor, Platypod
In between patients, Platypods and conferences (Photoshop World, Out of Chicago and NECCC), Platypod co-owner (and my wife) Mina and I decided to take a break and travel over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Although I grew up in New York, I don't recall ever having been there before!
We had a wonderful time gazing at flowers, bonsai trees and cactuses not to mention strolling the beautiful grounds. Of course I could not help but take a few pictures. Since tripods were not allowed, I tested the waters by mounting my Nikon D 800 on a stanchion right opposite the guard in the admission station. He was looking right at me and did not say a word. I figured I was safe to use it inside. Without a tall tripod, I had to do most flower shots hand-held, but then, off the beaten path in a rather shaded area, we came upon this little stream which just seemed very peaceful to me. That serenity was just what we were looking for that day.
I tried framing the shot wide-angle and it just did not work. To try and achieve a successful photo with my 90 mm Tamron lens (great for shooting macros also) I really needed to stop down to f/32 in order to achieve a reasonable depth of field. At ISO 200 (in my old D800 this gives me the best dynamic range and least amount of noise) the exposure called for 1/5 of a second shutter speed, difficult to handhold even with image stabilization, as this scene had an incredible amount of detail. I quickly wrapped my Platypod Ultra strap around the log railing and slid Ultra’s open arms right onto the strap and tightened it.
I exposed several shots in horizontal and vertical positions and found the upright shots slightly more appealing. A little post processing in Photoshop, and here's what I got: