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Went downtown with the boy on Saturday and stopped by Pan Am Plaza to check out some Futsal. We’re both Soccer (MLS & EPL) fans but neither of us have ever heard of Futsal before! This was titled the “Mayor’s International Futsal Cup 2015” & there was a pretty large turnout for the event.
In a nutshell this is 5 on 5 soccer played on a small, hard court using a smaller ball. Unlike he full-sized game scoring is done quite frequently & it’s non-stop action. We took some pictures and made a few court-side recordings with the GoPro (I’ll post those after I get a chance to edit the footage).
Once the rain stopped it was a great way to spend a few hours downtown!
Decided to bite the bullet and purchase a GoPro this past weekend. I keep seeing all of these cool videos with interesting angles and pumping soundtracks. I’m no extreme athlete but I think I can put together some quality material of things I’m involved in and activities around the city. Hell, driving to work some days is like a scene from an action movie. Why not put that action to music!
Always a lover of photography I’ve never really done any videography (except for that one time I had a camcorder and my kids were babies). One of the biggest problems I remember about the camcorder era was all the tapes you had to purchase and keep track of. With everything now being digital it’s not as much of physical space you’re worried about it’s virtual (hard drive) space. Same problem, different decade I guess.
The GoPro series of cameras have evolved pretty steadily since 2005 with the introduction of the “GoPro HERO 35mm, All-Season Sports Camera”. An update was introduced just about every year with the release of the latest “Session” model in 2015.
I picked up the late 2014 model called the Hero4 Silver. It’s not bleeding edge but it’s got some pretty good specs when it comes to shooting video and taking stills. Some features to note are:
- 2704×1520 at 30 frames a second (2.7k) video*
- 1920×1080 at 60 frames a second (1080p) video
- 1280×720 at 120 frames a second (720p) video**
- 4000 x 3000 12MP photo with a 30/sec frame burst mode***
- Time Lapse (0.5-60 second intervals)
- Night Lapse (low light capability)
*The Hero 4 will do 4k video but only 15 frames a second so I don’t see it being that useful.
**This is what I’ll be shooting at while I learn. Gives a decent picture, smaller file size and Slow-Mo capabilities.
***Could be useful for close up fast action sports but there is a noticeable shutter lag
So after charging the Hero4 and inserting the MicroSD card I took off to shoot some random videos. Filling about half of the memory card with a lot of miscellaneous shots I headed back to the IndyScan HQ to see what I had and what I could do with it.
Then it (finally) hit me. This is nothing like photography where you’re dealing with a single image capturing a fraction of a second of time. This is a living picture (for lack of a better term) that not only has (many) images but audio!
Time to use technology to solve a technological problem (I bet our parents never said that). I hit up the Google Machine and within a few seconds I had all the tutorials I could ask for. One in particular I want to give props too is Village Park Source who has a great 42-part series that walks you through Go Pro Studio. The videos are short and to the point. Easy to follow along and test yourself on what you learned afterwards too.
So what I thought was going to be something I could just pickup and run with turned out to be anything but that. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and interesting. It’ll be a while before I get up to a jog from this walk.
Time to get back to the tutorials and see what I can learn over the next few nights. I have some activities this weekend I want to shoot both photos and videos of. Look for Part 2 in a few days. Videos coming soon too I hope!
P.S. I’m trying the “new” (to me) writing style where you don’t put 2 spaces between your sentences. Anyone older than 35 probably does this instinctively but evidently it’s frowned upon in the professional writing community. Thoughts? Post them in the comments section below.
Found a good location to watch the fireworks in Noblesville but we ended up with a tree and radio tower in our line of sight. No where to really move once things got started as a lot of other people had this place picked out as well to view the show.
All images shot with a Nikon D2X @ 46mm f8 – Exposure times varied from 1-4 seconds and used bulb mode with a remote shutter release.
Decided to get out of the house this morning and venture to the Carmel Farmers Market. I was obviously not the only one with that idea because the market was PACKED. I mean elbow to elbow people. After making a couple of laps I’d had enough of the congestion and headed up to Main Street for more photographic opportunities.
Here are some of the images that caught my eye today.
I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs & came across a reference to the Midland Arts & Antiques Market in a post about Ralston’s on Mass by Indianapolis Restaurant Scene. By the way, IRS is the #1 Indy food blog on Urbanspoon (with good reason) & you should check it out!
I drive by the Midland building all the time & never realized what it was. I was downtown at the annual company picnic with the boy on Saturday & we decided to check this place out on our way home. First of all, this place is HUGE! The sign on the east side says it used to be an old window & door factory. It’s also a little tricky to get to because of the one way streets.
Plan on spending a few hours to see everything. I’m going back to shoot more pictures of the unique items being sold in the 150+ booths & display cases. Here are some of the more unique things I saw while visiting.
The rain stopped just in time for the show to go on. All photos shot with a Nikon D2X, 50mm f1.8 set to around f14 and manual exposure using a remote trigger.
Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what “Fixer” actually smells like… Hint, if you’re under 30 don’t bother even trying…
I was walking around downtown Indy on St. Patrick’s Day looking for interesting things to photograph. I had my new setup of the Nikon D2X and a 24-85mm zoom lens. I also had my 50mm in the pocket of my cargo shorts in case I needed an indoor lens. After about 2 hours of walking around the added weight of the D2X was becoming quite noticeable (using the factory strap).
I remembered Roberts Camera had a location just south of the circle and decided to pop in to see if they had any replacement straps in stock. I’ve seen a lot of reviews lately about the Black Rapid line of camera straps and decided it was time to check one out.
$60 is a lot of money to pay for a camera strap but the unique design of the RS-7 and the increased comfort make it worth every penny. Here’s a video from Jared Polin (Fro Knows Photo) showing how the Black Rapid system works