Behind The Lens (March)
A week ago now, we gathered with good intentions of filming our introductory video for our Youtube channel. Over the last few months we’ve been to check out some of the trails we’ll be filming at in the next 12 months, but we’ve not yet put together any episodes in full.
So, at a respectable half 10 on a Sunday morning, we were parked at Dalby ready to start filming. With the weather so nice, it seemed only right to take the new DSLR camera for a quick spin and get some shots for Instagram. That was our first mistake.
We had such a good time shooting pics, and pushing each other for another shot with more lean, bigger height, or higher drops, that we forgot entirely about filming. It was really good fun, as well as excellent for progression and meant that we were trying new stuff for a better shot.
The Cannon 500D that I had purchased from eBay worked great with his 50mm lens to capture some of the best photos we’ve ever taken. It was a lot down to the camera too – it was set on automatic focus and was calculating how best to take the photo all on its own. We weren’t brave enough to take the camera off of the automatic setting (and were conscious of the forecast rain so didn’t want to waste time), and so we kept it on sport mode and just kept pressing the button.
All in all, we ended up with over 200 photos. Of that 200, around a quarter were shots that we thought we might use, and a handful were ones that we’re really happy with. But what it did show us, even more than normal, was that the right gear makes things much easier. We’re used to editing in post, correcting colours and changing things, but with the right gear that time can be cut.
It’s also opened a new door to us. Previously, we’ve filmed a lot on GoPros. Whilst they’re absolutely worth their money, other cameras allow us to access different shots. The DSLR takes video at 1080p quality (which is what we’ll always be outputting), but because the lenses are interchangeable offers a whole host of new shots that were previously inaccessible. We’re now even more stoked than ever to finish putting together our first video and start the channel off properly, so keep your eyes peeled.
As the day progressed, we got most of the shots we wanted. Most. We headed to a feature we’ve never tackled before and decided to give it a go. An almost vertical drop of around 4-5 feet. It’s rollable but the angled landing, and abundant rocks means that even rolling it can be sketchy. After eyeing it up a few times, rolling in and picking a line, I decided to give it a go with George on the camera ready for the shots. What resulted was a sore shoulder, spun bars and bent brake lever. It felt good on the roll, but as I came to leaning back at the bottom of the feature, ready to straighten back up and ride out, I slipped a pedal and ended up over the bars somehow.
Of course, I’d left my usual riding pack in the car, and opted to take the camera bag instead, so my tools weren’t on hand. Lesson learnt. With wonky bars and no reachable back brake we headed back to the car park to see if we could bodge to finish the ride. Our intentions were to get some footage for the first episode on our channel.
After some choice words, and some gentle persuasion, we managed to put the lever back in reach. George’s sensible voice was ringing in my ears though. He’s just recovered from a torn shoulder muscle (or thereabouts) and advised that I should sit it out to make sure I didn’t make things worse.
Luckily, 10 minutes after putting the bike in the car, and heading off home, the sky turned black and the heavens opened. We would have had to put off filming for that anyway (the DSLR isn’t waterproof as far as I know), so things worked out ok in the end. Thankfully, we’ve got a new date for filming and our first episode should be on our channel very soon.
We’re counting down days now, rather than weeks.