I got a new GoPro Black 3+ last month and have been experimenting with different mounting perspectives. I went out to "The Cans" tidal race near Fishers Island last week and put together this video:
I've been impressed with the camera so far and I'm looking forward to playing with it some more.
Kayak Motor Kit
Paddler's Truck Rack
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Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-02-14 11:29 AM (EST)
That's a nice camera angle. Are you using kayalu mounts?
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-02-14 12:07 PM (EST)
Yes, I'm using mounting hardware from Kayalu http://www.kayalu.com/k/kayalu-ram-mounts-suction-cup-kayak-camera-mount-boat-video-mount-gps-fishfinder-automotive.php
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-02-14 1:50 PM (EST)
Seemed to operate pretty smoothly.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jan-02-14 12:10 PM (EST)
What mounting system did you use?
Are you "stabilizing" electronically?|
Posted by: Kocho on Jan-02-14 2:34 PM (EST)
There is a rather annoying bouncing IMO (nice video, otherwise - as one of your subscribers I saw it as soon as it posted). I was wondering if this bounce is due to flex in the camera mount or is the result of software image stabilization in post processing (by you or by YouTube)? Nice music too!
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-02-14 6:08 PM (EST)
Adding a second tube?|
Posted by: Kocho on Jan-02-14 7:59 PM (EST)
Would adding a second piece of rubbing (to effectively make a triangle) be easy? Or a string?
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-03-14 9:03 AM (EST)
Yea, I'm thinking about adding some more bracing to reduce the bouncing. Either tying it down a bit or going with a tripod configuration.
Yup, liked the change of view|
Posted by: Kocho on Jan-03-14 9:15 PM (EST)
darn pretty boat|
Posted by: kayakboy on Jan-02-14 5:02 PM (EST)
I love the color of the wood. Which model is that?
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-02-14 6:16 PM (EST)
It's my Petrel design built of western red cedar with a stain on it.
Love the angle|
Posted by: femedic on Jan-03-14 1:38 PM (EST)
and the kayak is beautiful.
Posted by: svenkalmar on Jan-03-14 10:15 PM (EST)
looking forward to more..great kayaks etc
Posted by: wavespinner on Jan-04-14 9:15 AM (EST)
Have you done experiments with these? Just got the same equipment and am trying to set up a test grid to optimize these. Have also been researching best cards to use.
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-04-14 9:51 AM (EST)
I haven't experimented much with the settings yet. In my experience so far, the camera battery has died before I filled up the card, so unless you want to continuous recording, I wouldn't bother with a huge capacity card.
Posted by: wavespinner on Jan-04-14 12:19 PM (EST)
More of a question than capacity for some settings.
Posted by: Kocho on Jan-04-14 12:18 PM (EST)
There is a very nice video on YouTube, paddling a kayak, that some bloke did at most settings. While boring, it shows the change of view and the quality at slow motion playback. Sorry, don't recall the web address...
Posted by: jbernard on Jan-04-14 6:04 PM (EST)
Love the GoPro. I like the way you have the camera close enough to you that you can change its orientation during the day. In the final edit it looks like you had footage from several cameras on board.
Posted by: jackL on Jan-06-14 9:26 AM (EST)
First that is a great video - Thanks
Posted by: guillemot on Jan-06-14 7:18 PM (EST)
The arm I use would let me place the camera underwater and keep it there until I wanted to change. Obviously, this creates a fair amount of drag and the boat performance would suffer, but for a brief, interesting angle, it could be nice.
Used for scuba|
Posted by: wavespinner on Jan-06-14 7:29 PM (EST)
The GoPro is a favorite of scuba divers and will perform extended periods, given depth limitations. If I was going to do extensive under-kayak shooting, I would probably engineer a mount with an arm that could be lowered and raised from the cockpit.
Hey, cool boat there!|
Posted by: LeeG on Jan-09-14 7:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: c2g on Jan-12-14 2:10 PM (EST)
Very nice video, Nick. Thanks!
Posted by: NateHanson on Jan-14-14 10:53 AM (EST)
Nice video. To me the perspective is too close to the water. I think the challenge with any kayak-mounted camera (or even a handheld camera in a kayak) is to get a shot that captures any of the real context. Most shots are just too "on the water", and everything looks pretty much the same from that position. No scenery, similar up-the-nose view of paddlers, and no sense of the waves or current that the boat is in. It looks like you've got a sort of boom arrangement with your mount. Have you tried extending it all the way up, and shooting down at the kayak either from the bow, or from above and behind your shoulder?