Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GoPro with the Lowepro

Recently I followed fellow photographer David Crewe (davidjcrewe.com), on his assignment to get video footage and stills at Robb Field Skate Park in San Diego. As we arrived in the late afternoon, the weather and lighting were perfect. The skate park wasn’t too crowded, which was good for us because otherwise the odds of us colliding with a kid would be like the asteroid scene in Star Wars – “Never tell me the odds”! ha ha! 

The first step was getting all of David's gear together. His equipment consisted of a Nikon D800, Nikon G 50mm 1.4f lens, Sigma 70-200 lens, two GoPro Hero2’s, GoPro LCD BacPac, GoPro Wrist Housing, GoPro Chest Mount Harness, GoPro Tripod Mount, GoPro Battery BacPac, Joby GorillaPod, and a slew of little extras such as a Lenspen, cloth wipes, etc… I was surprised how many little accessories there are for GoPro cameras, and amazingly, it all fit nicely in his Lowepro Hatchback 22L. 

Once we got inside the skate park, David found his spot, and set up. Using his GorillaPod, he mounted the first GoPro on the ground near the edge of the bowl for static footage. Throughout our visit, David used his second GoPro mounted in various ways. At first it was on his wrist, then later he mounted it to the chest strap of the Lowepro Hatchback. He finished off the visit with it mounted to his Nikon camera. I was blown away at the versatility of these cool little cameras. 

I never knew how much fun these GoPros can be. David was constantly moving around capturing many different looks with the kids on their skateboards and bicycles. No matter how David used the GoPro, he had a great amount of mobility and flexibility. He was able capture a lot of images and video with ease in a short amount of time. At the end of the visit, as we headed back, David was pretty stoked on the footage he captured. It ended up being a fun and successful shoot. And because the odds were in our favor, we left unscathed from colliding with the asteroids, er, I mean kids ;-)