Josh Neilson looks at the different
ways you can use them.
I remember when the first affordable waterproof cameras came out
on the market and I knew I had to have one. While they were kind of
bulky with cords and things everywhere, they were still quite a novelty.
Back then the quality was far from what you could achieve with the land
based cameras, but still cool to give the films a little perspective. Since
then, the race has been on to bring the quality up to speed with other
cameras and we now have an abundance of films specifically shot off
these little devices. I have been using the GoPro cameras since the
beginning and have been amazed at each new addition. You can mount
them anywhere and the results speak for themselves.
I live on the Kaituna River and have seen and taken shots from almost
every access point along the river of every drop, yet the potential to
share its unique beauty is far from over. The camera mounts stick on
anywhere and can produce amazing results, some from luck of the
photo timer and others from still frames out of the video. My advice is
to be creative and break away from the ever popular helmet mount and
see where it takes you.
the river runer
My personal favourites are;
The Paddle Blade Mount - Stick a flat or curved mount on the paddle
blade facing back
towards you. While half
the shots will be under
water you will get some
really cool framed shots.
I like to put 2 sticky pads
down and use one as a
safety attachment with a
string in case you hit a
The Nose and Tail
Mounts - You can get
great shots down low
facing you from both
directions. When the
water splashes over the
camera, on the front
the creek boat
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the screen is often clear and produces awesome images. On the
back facing forward is great for going off waterfalls as you get a great
perspective of going over the lip.
The Helmet Mount - Be creative here if you have too many standard
head cam shots. Use the add on bars to point the camera in
The Egg Timer Mount
- By getting really crafty
you can make time-lapse
videos on your camera by
attaching it to an egg timer
and filming as the camera
spins around. Once you
speed it up in an editing
program you will see the
The Extender Bar Mount
- This is my personal
favourite. It takes a little
work to find the best design
for your boat but it’s worth
it. Like the Nose and Tail
Mount you can see front
and back but with this you
have the added extra of
height. This gives you the
feeling while watching the
footage of actually being
there. Something that can
be easily taken off is ideal for harder rivers and care is needed while
paddling with the add on but you will see some cool shots from it.
The Suction Cup Mount - This is a mount that can stick on any flat
surface. It pays to tie a safety strap on just in case but it’s pretty secure.
This can be great for all the extra shots you need for your weekend film
like sticking it to your car, boat, paddle etc.
Some of these mounts take a little extra work but being creative with it
will set your images apart from the huge number out there already. We
are always looking for cool new ways to film so if you have any ideas
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let me know! I hope to see you all out on the river with the little red light
flashing someday soon!
What I use - GoPro Hero HD 3 Black Edition
Why - It shoots at a variety of frame rates great for photos and video.
Other awesome features - Wireless remote is the best so you never
have to look at the camera to see if its on or change the mode as it can
all be done with the remote. Great slow motion frame rates. Low light
capabilities for when you are deep in a gorge!
GoPro is now available from some Canoe & Kayak Centres.
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