Tag: overlanding

Journey To Moab Update

Last weekend, the members of Peach State Overland present for the Moab trip this past spring were able to get together so we could shoot the interview portion of our upcoming docu-series. It was a long 12hr day, not including setup and take down. Here’s a breakdown of what we did:

Lighting: I ended up doing a 2 light setup with a 500 watt Lowel Omni as the key light on the short side of the face and white bounce disk for the fill on the long camera side of the face. All lights needed a blue gel to try and get close to the fluorescents that lit the rig in the background. I used a Lowel Pro-light in the back for a hair light. All in all, it was probably a bit too dramatic of a look, but it still worked.

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Camera/Audio: My friend Ryan Basler ran camera for me, specifically my trusty 60D and newer SL1, while I interviewed and ran audio on the Zoom H4n. We used a Sennheiser wireless lavalier and Audio Technica shotgun mic on a boom for audio.

I think we ended up with roughly 5-6hrs of interview footage to tell the story of the trip. I don’t have a full story arc planned out yet, so I ended up getting everyone to walk me through the trip in their own words. During the edit I will use bits and chunks of various interviews to stitch together a more encompassing trip report. While a lot of the interviews are repetitious, there are unique perspectives and stories that standout. These, I hope, will give some ups and downs to the arc in order to keep people watching.

This is my first attempt at a production of this scale so I’m learning as I go. There is 10 days worth of various footage, candid self-interviews, driving b-roll, landscapes, time-lapses, etc. At least interviews are second nature to me. This fact both worries me and puts me at ease, as I wonder if I could be doing something better…er, different. Maybe asking different questions or doing something different with lighting or camera angles, while still knowing that I can at least knock them out with some proficiency. I’m still wondering how to format it all, 5-10min parts, maybe longer but fewer parts, maybe one long feature.

Toying with DJI’s Osmo

I’ve been eyeing one of the small 3-axis gimbals that are on the market. I currently have a GoPro, so options like the Feiyu G3 received a small portion of my research foray. I also looked at the DJI Osmo—and ultimately purchased one.

The shot that inspired me to get such a device was this:

A video posted by @heavymetalconcepts on

Having just gotten back from documenting an epic cross-country trip with our overland group Peach State Overland, issues and wants from the trip were fresh in my mind and grabbing quick and smooth shots like these would have improved the production value greatly.

So far my qualm’s with the Osmo are battery life and the bobbing movement that persists. The latter is unavoidable unless you get DJI’s new Z-axis that, like a Steadicam, isolates the camera from the natural movement in a person’s gate while walking. But despite these minor short comings, I’ve been very impressed with the quality and ease of use of the device. There are some other suggested accessories:

  • Additional batteries, at least three, so you can cycle them out while one is charging.
  • Some ND filters so you can lock down your shutter speed in bright sunlight.
  • A Rode VideoMicro mic and the DJI Quick Release 360 Mount for the well-documented issue of motor noise during recording.

I put together a quick video the other day as a test, enjoy!

Toying with DJI’s Osmo from Kevin Keegan on Vimeo.

Update:

Here’s another quick vid of a quick ride through some forest service roads over Mother’s day weekend.