On Your Marks, Get Set, Action!

March 19, 2015

The old set up. I do miss it in some ways.

As was promised, a post on all the new filming gear. Let’s just start out with a bit of a disclaimer…. I am an amateur of an amateur when it comes to photography and cinematography. With that out the way, if you have skills and talents with that rectangular box with a cylindrical tube coming out the front, then please leave your comments below. They would be greatly appreciated! 

With the previous post on filming equipment (you can find it here). Well ignore that because all that gear is out the window! To be honest, now that I’ve looked for it after our house move I can’t even find it sadly. The idea was always to get better gear as soon as possible. Yes that set up was great to make videos of various escapades to interesting places but not good enough to make broadcast quality documentaries. And that, my dear friends, is the aim! 

Ok let us roll on to the topic at hand. Now all of this gear I bought after extensive online research. A lot of bits were based on price. So I was trying to get the best I could with what I had to spend. If I’ve got any of them wrong would you please let me know in the comments below? 

Here we go. I’ve gone the dSLR route. Yes it’s heavier than my last set up but I think it’s a bit better too……. I’m using a Canon 5D mark II. Why? Because that’s the bad boy that really threw the cat among the pigeons with regards to dSLR and shooting quality video. Luckily the Canon 5D mark III was out so I could pick up a mark II at a reasonable price. (I see now they’ve even released the 5DS and 5DS R!)

 
The 'new' camera. I love it!

I still have to try carry as light a load as possible. This means I’ve had to look for an ‘all-rounder’ in the lens department. It would be great if I could take more than one but I just don’t see that as a viable option. So I’ve gone with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. It is quite versatile as it dips into by the wide angle and zoom arenas. I’m sure this is the choice that would kick up the most debate.

 
If you're looking for one all rounder lens... here you go.

To stick on the front of the lens I have a Hoya UV filter (always on for protection to the lens), along with both a Hoya polarising filter and a Hoya variable density filter. I’m convinced I’ll need the vari-ND filter as probably 90% of shooting will be outside. But, do I really need the polarising filter? 

For audio, which I have learnt is super important. It makes up 50% of the input a person takes in while watching a video. I watched a lot of videos comparing different horseshoe mount microphones. I kept coming back to the Rode VideoMic and the Rode VideoMic Pro. In all the tests I saw there was not much of a difference in performance between the two but a decent difference in price. In the end I went with the VideoMic Pro as I was able to pick one up for a good price.

 
Never, ever forget the importance of audio!

As pointed out two paragraphs ago 90% of filming will be outside. With that in mind wind is probably going to be ever present. Yay, that means I get to buy something sometimes called a ‘dead cat’ or ‘dead kitten’. Brilliant! I was by default going to by the official Rode DeadCat until by chance I saw this video. After that I went straight away and ordered the Micover dead cat from the US. Granted it took about 5/6 weeks to get here!

 
If you're filming outside, you need a 'dead cat'. Period.

Lastly what I’d like to mention is the tripod. Weight was a big factor cause as you remember I’m going to have to carry everything on my back while I’m running. That means there was only one option. That was to go with a carbon fibre tripod. Now the problem with carbon fibre tripods is the price. So either it was find a cheap carbon fibre one or shell out for an expensive one. The first option was by far more appealing. I did a lot of searching…. Eventually I came across the Giottos GT8223 & 5011N. Good stuff, a carbon fibre tripod and a head at a decent price. Game on!

   
If you're looking at getting quality shots, get yourself a tripod. End of story!

Well that’s it for the video gear that I have. I know I’ll need more CF cards, batteries and a bag (I’m eyeing the LowePro Toploader 50AW). Also, if I am able to raise the funds I’ll look at getting a second hand GoPro Hero 3, for those handheld running shots. Apart from that stuff what else do you suggest I might need? Remember weight is a massive consideration! 

Thanks for reading and please leave comments on tips and tricks for filming that might be helpful as well as your opinion on the gear. 

Cheers.


 

Going All In.....

March 14, 2015


Tough day.....

So, many months since the last blog post….. Hi guys! It’s taken its time but I’m finally back in the game. So, why the silence? Well many things were happening from this end, for better and for worse. Everything seems be well on track now. 

The last bit from my side was the video of my attempt at running the South Downs Way. If you missed it you can find it here. Please check it out and give some feedback. I’m trying to get input from people who know more than me on cin...


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Shooting Gear....

June 25, 2014

Full set up ready for shooting.

Finally it is here. And, to your relief another post not about running. I’ve been asked and been threatening to put up a post about my current equipment for filming for a couple of weeks. Before we get into the details I just want to point out a few things. Bear in mind that I’ve had to go for equipment that keeps everything as light as possible for every gram I add to my backpack adds up! Don’t laugh, some people are so obsessed and dedicated to keeping t...


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Comfortably Numb....

June 20, 2014


Hey there. I wasn't going to put up a blog post for at least another few days, well here's another post.... Why you may ask? I'm busy writing a proposal for potential sponsors as I can't fund the next (big) event after the
MAY WAY series so I need sponsors! While rummaging through old material I came across this gem from about 5 years ago. I'm glad to see my core values have not wavered and I still stand by them. Well here it is....

"We, as humans, unlike other animals, have over the millennia...


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St. Swithun's Way - Aftermath....

June 19, 2014

So here we are. 1 of 3 challenges down, St. Swithun’s Way. It truly left me with a lot to think about….

Wow, was I happy to get home, shower, eat and have a beer. It felt great to be out the rain. The leg muscles were surprisingly good for how under trained I was. Some joints on the other hand were shouting in protest. Hmmm, maybe my shoes aren’t 100% for my running gait. The top of the arch on both feet didn’t like pressure being put on them and the outer right knee also decided to ...


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St. Swithun's Way - Mud and Rain....

June 16, 2014

So here we are, at the final post of three on the run. Should have missed out on the two previous dispatches I’ve made it ever so simple for you to navigate! For the first one click here and for the second, it’s here. Right, now that we’re all up to speed let’s trudge on with the mud and rain and a bit more mud and rain in case there wasn’t enough……. 

Now that a large portion of unforgiving-on-the-knees tarmac was out the way I was looking forward to getting onto the unforgivin...


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St. Swithun's Way - Onwards!

June 10, 2014

Good day all! So, if you missed the first blog on the St. Swithun's Way challenge head on over here. If you caught that one then read on amigo…… 

Winchester Cathedral is an amazing, grey monolith of a building that draws the eyes to the scatterings of intricate stone work. Amazing to think of the age of the building and then think that this building was not built but crafted by true artisans. Let’s not forget that it predates power tools and machinery by a fair number of years. 

Now t...


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St. Swithun's Way - Getting to the Cathedral

June 6, 2014


Good day all! Now that the muscles and joints have recovered I've had a bit of time to reflect on St. Swithun's Way. It turned out to be hellishly more difficult than I had anticipated. Luckily I only found out while I was actually under way. If I had known before I might have been a bit more apprehensive, especially doing it in the rain, and after there had also been a decent amount of that life giving force...


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JOGLE Ultra 4 intro....

August 6, 2013


Yup, that's the idea............

Hi! So if you saw the last post, 
North Downs Training Run, I mentioned that it was a training run. Although it's just a training run, don't get me wrong, it's still a feat in its own! Well this is what's it's a training run for......... the JOGLE Ultra 4. So what the 'donkey' is that?! (Substitute 'donkey' with whatever word you find suitable).....

Time to break it down. Well 
JOGLE (which you may be familiar with) is usually a journey between John o' Groats an...


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North Downs Training Run....

July 25, 2013



Afternoon all!

Thank you for the support that you've been giving so far! It really is inspiring. Now that this has officially been going for about a week I better dish out a bit more of the goods on the North Downs Training Run. Let's try turning this into a bit of a story...... In the beginning Adam thought of doing a run, a long, world first (in a way) run. He got a bit carried away with the training. Plenty of it. That's all he thought he needed until one day people, far wiser than he is, s...

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