photography while cycling quickly (sort of)
Posted: Saturday, 04 February 2006
You should do a series and exhibit!
Sunny from Arran
i will need to try that when over in july!!
Iain from luing
Interesting paper round you've got.
Lance Armstrong from Ben Fogle Cottage Laxdale Lewis
First of all: Brilliant! What a lovely virtual tour to the distilleries. Please do the same for more routes on the beautiful Islay. Have you thought about fixing the camera to your helmet? Drill a hole on top of an old bicycklehelmet (remove helmet from the head prior to drilling..), fix a screw that fits the camera and with a remote control you're laughing. To aim the camera, use the same trick as uv-photographers do: Fix some sort of steelwire-frame in such way that what you see through the frame is what is captured on the film/chip. If this will work, I don't know. But with all this gear on your head, I guess cars will at least slow down while passing you on the road, so it should be good for something.. All the best from Velo Club d'Ardbeg Norway Office
Crane from Norway
There is a bicycle Film Festival in San Francisco advertised on Withoutabox.com. Apparently an annual event. I wonder if they play bicycle clips before the main feature?
Hercules Brookes from Saddlebag Mews Lewis
in a move that will either dismay or enliven, i have every intention of carrying out the same photographic endeavour to other parts of the island, because it can only get better. not sure about the idea of bolting a camera to the helmet though. and strangely enough, two of us in vc d'ardbeg have already discussed the idea of a movie and submitting it to the bicycle filmfestival which is held in sf, new york, london and japan at various times throughout the year. next escapade will be to try cycling quickly holding on to a digital video camera - just as well the local sergeant is a cyclist too:-)
brian from islay
Cycling with a video camera sounds tricky, and at this time of year you could end up with an unreasonable amount of crud on the lens or camera. Back in the ‘80’s the rather excellent QED programme filmed the entire coastline of the Island of Britain from a jet plane. To get round the problem of crud on the lens the camera strapped to the bottom of a Red Arrow was pointing backwards. Once filmed they simply ran the film backwards… So, find yourself a bike with a pannier rack on the back, (I wouldn’t dare suggest you put one on the colnago) find a suitable clamp to secure the video camera and head off in the direction of Portnahaven or wherever. Once you have transferred the DV onto a computer I guess you should be able to run it backwards, but you may want to experiment with that before you record several hours of footage! They only problem QED had was that every so often the camera lost track of the coast and you got an interesting shot of a lot of sea! So how do keep track of what the camera is shooting. Well here’s a cunning technique I witnessed in Inverness a couple of years ago. Family of four in a car, Dad driving and missing out on the scenery, but no fear, Mum had a Camcorder to record the action out of the passenger window. But who wants to wait until you get home to watch the footage, not Dad, that’s for sure. No Dad had a PDA hanging from the rear-view mirror, which was connected to the Handicam (USB? Firewire??) enabling him towatch the action live!!!! So add a handle bar bag and put a PDA in the map pocket. Run a cable to the video camera on the back and you have the mother of all rear view mirrors. With the right software you should be able to control the camera from the PDA. If you don’t fancy this you could always get a tandem and do it the sensible way.
Chris from York