For this installment of “How Did You Get That Shot” I am once again going back to the Olympus AIR. The AIR has so many interesting and new capabilities available with its size and portability. This time it isn’t so much a still photograph as it is video I shot with the AIR. I am certainly out of my comfort zone when it comes to shooting video with the AIR or any hand held camera. I normally only shoot stills but getting outside of your comfort zone can only help when you are trying new things. So, the video shooting and editing in this blog post is likely not to professional standards, but I think the ease I was able to do it with the AIR shows that it can be done by anyone and that is what I am trying to convey. Have fun and try something new. You will not be disappointed!
To start with, I have been doing a lot of biking lately and of course if I am doing something like that than I am bound to have a camera with me, or even two. Biking is so much fun and when you can do it with friends it multiplies the fun factor, and when you can do it with 2,000 friends, well you get the idea… I like to go out on Monday nights in Detroit and participate in the Slow Roll. The Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride every Monday night in Detroit that has expanded into a global network of community rides. Each week we meet at a different location in the D and take a unique route around the city. Major and minor neighborhoods are all included and that is the best part. Most people will normally drive around certain bustling areas of the city or walk around downtown, but this bike ride gets you into the neighborhoods and everyone loves it, riders and locals. It gives you a very unique perspective on the city and the community outreach is awesome when people are sitting on their front porches or coming out to greet the riders. This isn’t a race, it’s a Slow Roll, and we go slow, usually for a couple hours covering about 10 to 12 miles. Check out the links within the blog post and see if your area might even have started its own Slow Roll, chances are they might have.
OK, back to photography and the Olympus AIR. I wanted to document the ride because they are so much fun and I will always have an OMD strapped around my shoulder for stills. What could be better than riding and street shooting:) Knowing that I have the stills covered, I thought I would also try my hand at video and the Olympus AIR would be the perfect choice to give a rider’s view of what it’s like to be in the Slow Roll. It’s sometimes hard to explain to people what it’s like so this will give you a great idea of what it would be like and gain the perspective of seeing it from the back of a bike. My first thought was I needed to have the AIR mounted to the bike in a way it didn’t hamper my riding in any way and I didn’t want to be bothered by changing settings or anything during the ride. I worked on all kinds of different methods to secure the AIR but ended up settling on the Peak Design Capture that I owned. It wasn’t necessarily made for this, but that’s the fun with the AIR. I find myself using equipment that might have sitting around to help secure or place the AIR in places I just can’t be, like the back of a bike on a carrier.
Once I have the Capture locked onto the frame of the carrier I just insert the plate on the AIR and lock it in. Next I use the O.A. Central app to get the AIR going into movie mode. I attached one of the most easy to use lenses around to get that wide perspective view, the 9mm f/8.0 Body Cap Fisheye lens. It’s a manual focus lens but with the field of view I wouldn’t want spot specific focus. I want to capture everything I can. I started the video up about 5 or 6 times during the ride capturing 3 to 7 minute spots of video that I would later edit down to the 2 minute video you see above. I edited the whole thing in iMovie making it very simple without much of a challenge as far as the process goes which helps when you just want to get some video to share of your biking.
Overall, capturing the ride from the rear perspective was amazing fun because I had no idea some of the things happened the way they did behind me. Next time you are out for a ride, try to hook the AIR up to something on your bike leave your comfort zone to try something new. You will not be disappointed. I am also going to share some of the still photos taken during the ride. Capturing images from a moving bike is a challenge and I could probably do the next blog post on that subject…
In case you are wondering about the bike I ride, it’s of course a Detroit Bike. What other type would you think I would ride? This bike is manufactured right here in the Motor City. It’s an awesome piece of urban machinery. I urge you to check them out here and watch this short video about Detroit Bikes.
Here are some still images captured while riding in the Detroit Slow Roll.