This week I combined my two passions – timelapse and cycling 🙂 I was asked to shoot a bike timelapse, in which the bike cockpit is visible. It’s not that easy as it sounds, so I had to try that! 🙂
So, most of the bike shots you’ve seen was with camera mounted in two ways:
- On the bar – so you can’t even see it’s a bike
- On the biker (action cam chest mount, helmet mount etc.) – so the handlebar has no fixed position in the frame.
I wanted to do it like in my Drivelapse tutorial – camera fixed to the vehicle. It would be easier with an action cam, but since I don’t have one I go with my GH4 wide angle setup 🙂
I’ve decided to put it on a monopod, which would be mounted to the frame right in front of me. For mounting I used… Everything I had 🙂 The strong foundation here was two clamps screwed together. Of course there must be some duct tape too.
I know that this looks awful, but it works for this kind of shot, which is way more important. It would be nice to try a Gopro with Karma gimbal for that shot, maybe in the future 😉
The effect is way better when you ride downhill (without pedaling), because you can clearly see the left-rigth movement of the bike while pedaling. It can be a little bit fixed in post – i go frame by frame in after effects and delete those frames, which I find was bad. For example, I had 3 following frames. In the first and third one the camera was pointing straight forward, while in the second one it turns right. So I delete the second frame 😉
Software stabilization won’t help much with this kind of shot, because I still don’t want the bar to move within the frame (I’m talking about movement cause by stabilization, not when I was turning ;))
That’s all for now, this week it’s a short read 😉 Don’t forget to like my Fanpage 🙂
See you next week!