Ninja’s are thought to be stealthy enigmatic beings that use techniques handed down for thousands of years to assassinate their foe. Thanks to the adoption of a camera on every corner… the modern ninja has to regroup.
If for one second you think that you are going to read this and go out and buy the coolest ninja costume on Amazon then smite your enemies… you are wrong. That was the way of the traditional ninja. The modern ninja is a bit different.
Gear of the Modern Ninja
A modern ninja can’t wear tradition gear. Could you imagine me a 6’2″ 200-pound ninja walking down the road with a sword grappling hook and dressed in all black?
The modern ninja evaluates each situation and prepares ahead. A ninja is always prepared. He also looks for functionality. If your mission is to gather surveillance and the closest you can get is a mile away. Your GoPro isn’t going to do you much good. However, when you attach it to a drone… it might.
There was a time I had to do surveillance under these exact conditions. Except, it was 10 years ago and a drone wasn’t a thing. So what did I do?
I hiked. In the woods. Well, down a train track, then through the woods. I had my camera equipped with a zoom, and I hiked. I was around 300 yards away, now. So, I laid flat on the ground, dressed from head to toe in camouflage, and I had my camera in a bag where the lens could “see” where I needed it to see.
Was I worried I might get caught, no. I looked like a hiker. My excuse for being there, I had hiked all day down that train track and was looking for a spot to take a nap.
I didn’t get caught, but if I did it was believable. Once I got back into the woods close to the train track I took off my camo veil, took off my camo jacket, and was just wearing a pair of camo pants with a black shirt… a look I still sport to this day. Nothing to see here, just a regular guy wearing some aviators.
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