Saturday, 10 June 2017

Downhill Mountain Biking World Cup | Leogang, Austria

I went over to Leogang, Austria to check out the first day of timed practice for the mountain biking downhill world cup.

The weather was perfect but the track was pretty much the same as last year and not really challenging the riders. However, this could make for a very tight race with not much separating the top riders.

Check out the finals on Red Bull TV, Sunday 11th June, here.

Selection of pics below!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sony a6300 Landscape and Sports Photos

Warmer weather and disappearing snow means more hiking, mountain biking and climbing shoots! A selection of recent photos below with the Sony a6300:

Sony a6300, Sony 55-210mm, 1/320, f/8.0, ISO 300

 Sony a6300, Sony 55-210mm, 1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 100

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/500, f/6.3, ISO 200 

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/500, f/5.0, ISO 640 

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 400  

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/1600, f/5.0, ISO 400  

Sony a6300, Sony 55-210mm, 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 640   

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 640  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Video: Avalanche close call - Rohnenspitze, Austria

While skiing down the north face of Rohnenspitze in Austria, I set off a small surface avalanche and you can see it in the video below as it brushes past the tips of my skis.

It was April 30th and the avvy warning was a 2/3 that day. There had been a fresh dump of snow after a week of warm weather, so not enough layers to form a slab. My skiing partner was watching me from above and we both had receivers, shovels and probes.

Learning from this experience, although I stopped to the left of my skiing line, I really should have stopped much further over to the left on a higher 'safety island'.

At the end of the video you can see us checking out the remains of a previous avalanche with boulder sized chunks of "beton schnee" or concrete snow. That would have been a different story!

Video and map below:

Shot on GoPro Hero 3+ with chest mount

Blue marks the spot

Skitour and Photos at Rohnenspitze, Tirol, Austria

End of April and it's dumping snow all week. Best course of action? A new ski tour! Rohnenspitze in the Tirol was ideal, only two and a bit hours up with a steep north face decent back down.

We set off from the car park at Zöblen, followed the piste up and through the forest, popping out just below the peak and zig zagged up to the top.

The snow was great for this time of year, not too heavy and about 40-50cm deep. Check out the map and photos below!

Tracked with the Outdooractive app

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm - 1/1600, f/14, ISO 100

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm - 1/250, f/22, ISO 100

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm - 1/250, f/22, ISO 100

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm - 1/250, f/22, ISO 100

Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20mm - 1/250, f/22, ISO 100

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Snowboarding Shoot | Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

We had a late dump of snow here in the German and Austrian alps so I went out to Kitzsteinhorn, Austria with UK snowboarders Rich Brown and Tim Ross. Perfect weather and great snow, a couple of shots down below!

As I had a backpack with avalanche equipment in it, I didn't have much extra space for the camera gear, so I had to pack pretty light. I took the Sony a6300 and Sigma 10-20mm on the MC-11 adaptor and they performed flawlessly.

Rich Brown dropping in
Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20, 1/2000, f/10, ISO 100

Tim Ross lifting off
Sony a6300, Sigma 10-20, 1/1600, f/14, ISO 100

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Using iPhone as External Monitor on Feiyu MG Stabiliser + Sony a6300

The Feiyu MG stabiliser is great for shooting smooth video with my Sony a6300, however the gimbal blocks the view of the Sony's LCD screen making it difficult to see what you're shooting (see photos below).

Above: the rear gimbal motor arm blocks the Sony's LCD screen

Another disadvantage of using the Feiyu MG with the Sony a6300 is that you have to have the left side of the camera pressed up against the gimbal to balance it (it doesn't work the other way round), meaning you can't access the HDMI port to plug in an external monitor.

The LCD screen on the Sony is also pretty small, doesn't fully articulate and is rendered almost useless if you're shooting outdoors.

I found a solution to all of this when I realised that I could actually use my iPhone 6 as a wireless external monitor with the Sony PlayMemories app and the Smart Remote Control function on the camera.

Above: the Smart Remote Control feature on the Sony a6300 allows you to control it wirelessly with your smartphone

To attach the iPhone to the Feiyu MG, I used multiple GoPro connectors, from a handlebar mount on the MG to a sticky mount on the back of an iPhone case. Connecting it in this way meant I could angle the iPhone screen in many different ways as I was holding the stabiliser.

Video below!

  • It solves problem of Feiyu blocking the Sony's screen
  • The iPhone screen is bigger and brighter than Sony's LCD display
  • The iPhone is lighter than most external monitors
  • No cables needed
  • There's a surprisingly fast wifi connection between Sony and iPhone
  • Using multiple GoPro connectors allows you to angle the iPhone screen
  • The battery life on both the iPhone and Sony drains quicker than normal when using the wifi connection
  • You can't shoot log footage using the Sony Playmemories app (please solve this Sony!)
  • There's also no quick way to switch between 4K and 1080 using the Sony PlayMemories app (again, please solve this Sony!)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Lightest 4K Videography Set-Up?

On my latest video shoot for Muck Boot, I tested out what could be the lightest 4K videography set-up out there.

I was tasked with shooting a making-of video of a three day photoshoot out in the French alpine resort of Val D'Isere for a brand called Muck Boot. It was going to be pretty fast-paced, jumping between various locations around the mountains over the course of the three days. I knew that I would need to have access to all my gear at all times and to be able to carry it all on me without hindering the pace of the photo shoot.

Here's what I went for:

- Sony a6300 (shoots 4K video at 30p)
- Three lenses (Sigma 10-20mm, Sony 16-50mm, Sony 55-210mm)
- Sigma MC-11 Adapter
- Feiyu MG Stabiliser
- Manfrotto BeFree Live
- iPhone 6
- Perfect LCD Viewfinder
- Spare batteries, memory cards, camera cleaning kit

Total weight: 4kg

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