Sitting upwind of the windward mark, I used my Sony NEX-5 on my trusty Carp pole to get some low-level aerial shots of the sailboats as the rounded the mark. I was able to capture the e-Scow fleet, and then the keelboats as the turned to head downwind.
Monday, August 29, 2011
This project came from seeing a Kickstarter project post for CineSkates by Justin Jensen, where he's created a commercial motion dolly that works with the Joby Focus GorillaPod flexible tripod. The availability of his skates won't come until October at the earilest since he's still trying to raise captiol, so I decided to see if I could create some of my own. The basic premise is to have a portable dolly that is flexible in usage to capture smooth motion video sequences. I headed to the Home Depot to investigate possible parts.
Secure the bolt with a nut, and add the aluminum bracket. I created the bracked from stock aluminum that you can find a Home depot, cut to length, used a vice to bend it, and drilled holes.
The bolt needed to hold the skate wheels to the bracket is 5/16". You should use 2" bolts, but I only had 1.5", and was just long enough to make this work. I added some spacer washers to the inside, as the bearings don't sit flush with the wheel edge.
Even though the feet of the Joby Focus tripod were somewhat snug into the PVC cap, I found that taking some cotton fabric made as a shim made the fit better.
Here is some sample footage from the JobySkates DIY rig:
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Got up this morning and headed down to the Memorial Union to get some pictures of the terrace before anyone showed up. 3 unlucky souls were picking up garbage, and rearranging the tables and chairs into nice rows. It was a beautiful, sunny morning with great sunlight to cast shadows from the Terrace chairs. Here are a few of my favorites:
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wind conditions were perfect yesterday for a quick KAP session out on Lake Mendota. We headed out to where the Yacht club was racing, and caught the last lap of their final race. This was my first session with the Sony NEX-5 as my primary KAP camera, and I have a ton of tweaking to do. Here are a few of the keepers.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I left the house on Sunday morning with thunderstorms rolling through the area, and heavy down pouring rain on my way to Janesville, so I opted to keep my more expensive photography gear at home. Instead, I only brought my GoPro HD hero tackle box filled with accessories. The weather cleared and we had an incredible day wakeboarding and attempting to wakesurf on the Rock River. I had 2 GoPro HD Hero cameras going almost the entire day, some capturing video and sometimes get time lapse sequences. I used a combination of mounts including the Bike seat post mount for the rope handle, the roll bar mount for the wakeboard tower, DIY Chesty, and the motor sports mount to suction cup the camera to the stern of the boat. Upload the vids to Animoto, and voilà!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday night was hot and humid, and I got the assistance from Scuba Steve to try another attempt at Steel Wool photography. The UW Lifesaving Station, where we both work part-time, is completely built from concrete, and makes a fantastic spot to bounce sparks off of. Using the new and updated steel wool rig we made attempts with 2 cameras, each with 30 second exposures, at different locations around the boathouse.
The colorful and iconic chairs that are found on the Memorial Union terrace at the University of Wisconsin are sought after, and you can purchase and entire set for about $600. Unfortunately, the ones you buy only come in Red and White, and the only way to get the other colors is to try and walk off the terrace with one, as you are confronted by University Police. Amazingly enough, there are students who seem to think that throwing anything into the lake after a night of drinking on the terrace would be fun. We fished these chairs off the bottom of Lake Mendota, and I decided to take some pictures of them before they made their way back to the terrace. Using a shop light to create a flower shadow on the wall, I tested out my somewhat new Promote Control to get 28 exposures and combined them in Photomatrix Pro with the Grunge option.