Snowboard Shooting with my "Franken-Rig" WalkAbout and GoPro®

Every year my ten year old son Nico and I make it a point to hit the slopes as much as possible. This year was no different. I can think of no better way to spend quality time with my boy than to do what we love together. This year, we decided to not only hit as many mountains in the Northeast as we could (easily assisted by the polar vortex and mass quantities of powder) but to also shoot video and stills using our GoPro Hero2. 

©Rick Calvelli

©Rick Calvelli

At first, we went through the motions many new GoPro shooters do, resulting in lots (too much!) of POV footage from Nico's helmet and chest mount. While reviewing our clips and stills at the end of every day, it dawned on us both that we would need something more…our solution? A “Franken-rig” MeFOTO WalkAbout!

Since the GoPro shoots at such a wide angle, it would be necessary to get in closer with an extension of some kind.

 

©Joey Castellano

©Joey Castellano

Using a  WalkAbout monopod, rigging a GoPro tripod mount, a MeFOTO spiked foot and some old plastic, I was able to not only create a “go-pole” for closer footage but also to replace one of my ski poles to ease my load. The WalkAbout worked tirelessly at duel tasks without a hitch and was everything we needed to really put a different perspective on our shots. Hand held by me while skiing or “poled out” by him while riding gave us so much more to work with. So much in fact, that while reviewing our footage, we realized we could really put something cool together. A true edited video.

 

Now comes the challenge of logging our footage, choosing a score, editing video and eventually coming up with a final piece that we are both satisfied with. Regardless of the outcome, we are both up to the task. As I stated, there is still nothing better than to spend quality time with your best bud. Even better still was to share something creative and to document that precious time spent together. 

©Rick Calvelli

©Rick Calvelli

Stay tuned to the MeFOTO blog to hear news of our short “Gettin’ Stickers” due out sometime this spring




Category Sports Photography/Video

Tags GoPro, Video, snowboarding, skiing, Travel photography, adventure, MeFOTO WalkAbout


Author Rick Calvelli.