An update on my "Heavy Rig"

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Brian Wadie
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An update on my "Heavy Rig"
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In an earlier thread I shared some post-surgery thoughts on my future use of Olympus kit for beach work:

The final set:

- EM-1X (only £1750 new! )

- 300f4 pro + Olympus 100-400

- Gitzo fluid damped Gimbal

- Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripod

(I'm already about £1k in profit from the sale of my now unwanted gear )

- Aluminium Lightweight Rollator - Blue (with under-seat camera bag )

Camera + lens + waterproof trousers + emergency medical supplies go into under-seat camera bag

Tripod + Gimbal sit across the handle "scissors" strapped down with "bungies" if needed

Unload rollator from car

Stagger to shooting point

set-up tripod + gimbal

Attach camera to gimbal, comfy cushion on rollator, dress up like Nanook of the North (I'm still a bit weak and get cold very quickly)

See where the main windsurfing action is, point camera, start shooting

An hour later, pack up - go home with 2.5k shots of the action, process and up on the website 2 hours later

I've been developing the rig further and thought I would share progress and a few learning points just in case anyone thinks of going this way (and to seek ideas from anyone who is already there)

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I finally remembered what port the remote trigger device plugged in (not my fault I've been ill innit!  ) and got the Swit field monitor nicely placed an a Manfrotto friction arm. Added the long extension lever to the Gitzo Gimbal so now it sits on the tripod in the window of the conservatory, finger tip control moves the lens to point at the current action, I watch it develop on the Swit and trigger procap lo with the remote, works beautifully, its just a shame about the garbage weather

Hope to try it off Avon Beach over the weekend, meantime a couple of birdie pics from the garden

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Weegee
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Wow Brian!

Some fantastic shots on your site! Those surfing shots are great. How many have you sold to Surfing Magazine? Or Audubon society?

Moggi1964
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This incoming storm should whip up some surf this weekend I would think.

Be careful though, you must still be in the recovery phase I suspect.

Looking forward to seeing some images. The Robin has attitude don't you think 

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Re: Wow Brian!
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Weegee wrote:

Some fantastic shots on your site! Those surfing shots are great. How many have you sold to Surfing Magazine? Or Audubon society?

Thanks for the compliment, appreciated

We are a somewhat special group, The Avon Beach Surfers and are a small group of dedicated photographers who shoot the action of "Our" wind and kite surfers for pleasure and provide them with the output free of charge

We are lucky to have some of the top pros in both the UK and world off our local beaches which are only 15 minutes from home, (one of our younger members was 4th in the world freestyle comp a few years back)

So my images get used by them for coaching, laughing at their mates better "Wipe out" moments, publicity shots etc

I have made a lot of money over the years exhibiting and selling my other work but this is not and never will be for sale (they are family )

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Moggi1964 wrote:

This incoming storm should whip up some surf this weekend I would think.

Be careful though, you must still be in the recovery phase I suspect.

Looking forward to seeing some images. The Robin has attitude don't you think

enough with the worry, you sound like my wife (and a lot of our surfing "family" ) I am old and ugly enough to know how hard to push my recovery and my wife has told me she will kill me if I over do it! ) You cannot imaging the joy of finally getting back on the beach to do this

I plan an hour session tomorrow and have now located a remote controlled gimbal which if I'm lucky, will let me shoot remotely from inside my car (which has been the plan for the "Heavy Rig" ) - watch this space

(one real pleasure is introducing others into this subject and coaching them in the techniques, one of my "Young Apprentices" (72 years old is young to me ) is now producing some really high quality work to add to the site, so its all great news at the moment )

As an aside, my surgeon is a very long term friend and is fully behind my recovery plans, to the extent he connived with me to get out of hospital within 4 days instead of the usual 2 - 4 weeks! (I've a long past history of high level competitive sport so although my body is now wrecked from abuse my healing system still works very well )

Robin is one of a line of Robins who frequent our garden for the last 20 years or so, they are all cheeky little devils so make great subjects

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collected images from today
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I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

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Moggi1964
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Re: new bits

Brian Wadie wrote:

Moggi1964 wrote:

This incoming storm should whip up some surf this weekend I would think.

Be careful though, you must still be in the recovery phase I suspect.

Looking forward to seeing some images. The Robin has attitude don't you think

enough with the worry, you sound like my wife (and a lot of our surfing "family" ) I am old and ugly enough to know how hard to push my recovery and my wife has told me she will kill me if I over do it! ) You cannot imaging the joy of finally getting back on the beach to do this

I plan an hour session tomorrow and have now located a remote controlled gimbal which if I'm lucky, will let me shoot remotely from inside my car (which has been the plan for the "Heavy Rig" ) - watch this space

(one real pleasure is introducing others into this subject and coaching them in the techniques, one of my "Young Apprentices" (72 years old is young to me ) is now producing some really high quality work to add to the site, so its all great news at the moment )

As an aside, my surgeon is a very long term friend and is fully behind my recovery plans, to the extent he connived with me to get out of hospital within 4 days instead of the usual 2 - 4 weeks! (I've a long past history of high level competitive sport so although my body is now wrecked from abuse my healing system still works very well )

Robin is one of a line of Robins who frequent our garden for the last 20 years or so, they are all cheeky little devils so make great subjects

LOL that made me laugh!.

Have fun Brian.

When I broke my leg in a cycling accident I was able ride my motorbike before I could drive the car and everyone thought I was mental. Except my surgeon who said do what is comfortable. It did look funny having the crutches fastened to the bike though 

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Re: collected images from today
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Some fantastic shots from today Brian.

Thanks for the link.

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Brian Wadie
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"LOL that made me laugh!.

Have fun Brian.

When I broke my leg in a cycling accident I was able ride my motorbike before I could drive the car and everyone thought I was mental. Except my surgeon who said do what is comfortable. It did look funny having the crutches fastened to the bike though"

Good man, I can relate to that, nearly 60 years ago I was wiped out by a Humber Super Hawk made a great impression on me and damned near killed me when he drove right through me on my little BSA Bantam. Smashed the gear box with my ankle, drove my knee into the tank so hard it collapsed down to the spine (it also separated my knee joint into two, broke my back and a few other tasty bits. ) "We can maybe save you live but the leg has to go became we can save the leg too but you will never walk again etc. " 18 months later I was walking with a stick and needed a new bike, BSA Gold Star didn't work (I kept putting the wrong foot down, ending up pinned under the bike) so I got a motorcycle and side car - Vincent Black Shadow + racing shell sidecar. The stick fitted in there nicely I held the unofficial record from the bottom of Reigate Hill to Brighton Marina Drive 17 minutes well it was 02.00 and we had no speed limits in those days

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You got some great shots in that link Brian, in what looks like a pretty grotty day weather wise.

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Zedex10R wrote:

You got some great shots in that link Brian, in what looks like a pretty grotty day weather wise.

thanks, sometimes a bit of dry bright overcast is ideal (we are shooting straight into the sun most of the time on this beach) but yes, today was a bit grot (unless like me its the first couple of sessions I've had on the beach in months  - then it was pure joy )

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Re: collected images from today

Brian Wadie wrote:

I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

You caught the aerial action very well Brian.

Maybe you can attach floats and outriggers to your mobility aids and get a little closer 

Seriously, well done. I’d love to see more, but please take care

Peter

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Re: collected images from today

Messier Object wrote:

Brian Wadie wrote:

I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

You caught the aerial action very well Brian.

Maybe you can attach floats and outriggers to your mobility aids and get a little closer

Seriously, well done. I’d love to see more, but please take care

Peter

thanks Peter, these are rather routine record shots, I've been shooting this for over 15 years so tend to look for the "Special" before I get excited.

These are "duty" shots, a small group of us are the "Recordists" for all 60+ local riders so there will always be someone there whatever the conditions

I hope to get you closer once the new 150-400 arrives

(Take care - pah, I'm a super hero!  )

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Brian Wadie wrote:

Messier Object wrote:

Brian Wadie wrote:

I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

You caught the aerial action very well Brian.

Maybe you can attach floats and outriggers to your mobility aids and get a little closer

Seriously, well done. I’d love to see more, but please take care

Peter

thanks Peter, these are rather routine record shots, I've been shooting this for over 15 years so tend to look for the "Special" before I get excited.

These are "duty" shots, a small group of us are the "Recordists" for all 60+ local riders so there will always be someone there whatever the conditions

I hope to get you closer once the new 150-400 arrives

(Take care - pah, I'm a super hero! )

I used to be a superhero too, but my arch nemesis stole my powers and now I’m just a 60-something year old mortal retiree with advancing arthritis and bad knees worrying about  my next blood sugar and PSA test results 

Peter

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Nice captures Brian.

Dale

Brian Wadie wrote:

I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

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Re: collected images from today

Messier Object wrote:

Brian Wadie wrote:

Messier Object wrote:

Brian Wadie wrote:

I've put together a flikr album of today's shoot, some may find it of interest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/albums/72157716682588257

You caught the aerial action very well Brian.

Maybe you can attach floats and outriggers to your mobility aids and get a little closer

Seriously, well done. I’d love to see more, but please take care

Peter

thanks Peter, these are rather routine record shots, I've been shooting this for over 15 years so tend to look for the "Special" before I get excited.

These are "duty" shots, a small group of us are the "Recordists" for all 60+ local riders so there will always be someone there whatever the conditions

I hope to get you closer once the new 150-400 arrives

(Take care - pah, I'm a super hero! )

I used to be a superhero too, but my arch nemesis stole my powers and now I’m just a 60-something year old mortal retiree with advancing arthritis and bad knees worrying about my next blood sugar and PSA test results

Peter

I'm only 79 but I have Winnie the Poo on my side (and my super hero persona is Stoma Man, the human embodiment of Dr Nefario's super sized Fart Gun - sorry you need to be a Minions fan to get that ) my arch-enemies are Gladys the Evil Hormone Witch and her side kick Edna

Believe it or not, the Americans on the two specialist websites I use for support have taken them to heart and they ask for constant updates on what they are doing

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