HandlePod was conceived to be tied or held against man-made objects—poles, railings, walls, buildings, etc. These have flat, round or angled surfaces that the four feet of the HandlePod can straddle and engage solidly. Out in nature the available supports are not as accommodating. Rocks and trees can be rough and uneven. While it is possible to nest the HandlePod into an uneven surface, getting all four feet to engage the support can be problematic.
Adhesive Putty Secures HandlePod to Anything
The previous blog introduced a flexible putty that can stick the HandlePod to practically anything. It also engages and molds to any rough surface no matter how uneven. Using this remarkable putty, HandlePod can use anything for support without regard to how solidly the four feet contact the object. The putty will mold around any uneven surface and stick securely for solid support. Rocks and trees can provide camera support with complete reliability.
Natural Supports Can Be Vertical or Sloped
The putty is sticky enough to adhere to vertical or steeply sloped objects. It will cling to tree bark or stone with impressive tenacity. In fact, if the surface is uneven and cracked the adhesion is better. The putty can be pushed into cracks and crevices for greater surface contact.
Be sure to test adhesion first. A smartphone on a tripod adapter or a point-and-shoot is generally pretty safe. A bridge camera or mirrorless is heavier so make sure the putty holds securely. It can support a consumer DSLR but be careful. Be certain the putty holds before walking away to take a selfie with the timer. Leave the camera on the support for a short a time as possible. The putty will sag and deform very slowly but will not suddenly release.
Clean Up Is Not a Problem
Using the putty on natural surfaces will undoubtedly leave dirt, sand and wood in the material. Most of this can be wiped away or picked off by hand. The little bit that might remain is not important. Fold, knead and massage the putty so that the dirt vanishes inside. This will not affect its performance.
HandlePod in the Natural World
Hiking or backpacking in the wild is a perfect venue for using HandlePod and adhesive putty. Stick your camera on any available support and step back for a self portrait in a glorious natural setting. No need to pack a heavy, bulky tripod when any rock or tree will do the job.