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Japan 2017 – Takasu Snow Park

This year I have been extremely fortunate to visit Japan on an 8 month assignment as part of my graduate training programme with DENSO. For the first 3 months I was joined by colleagues from Europe and America.

When first arriving in Nagoya, Japan we were surprised and delighted to see snow in the city centre. After that it took only two weeks before we decided to make the most of the perfect winter conditions and go skiing nearby.

One of the closest resorts was Takasu in Gifu Prefecture. This was easily accessible from Nagoya by car and took around 2 hours each way. It was a small resort by European standards and consisted of short quick pisted runs with some opportunity to cut between though the trees (although this is frowned upon in Japan). The resort and conditions were well suited to beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

This was a single day of skiing so yet again I was only able to record a limited amount of footage (also due to GoPro battery). Throughout the day I practiced keeping a moving target in shot with varying degrees of success. To keep the video interesting I have tried to film from a variety of angles including my ski boot.

The use of video for story telling is compelling. In this instance I filmed without much of an idea of what I wanted the final story and video to look. In the future I would like to make a short plan beforehand and capture more varied footage.

Austria Kühtai Skiing 2017

After purchasing a GoPro for myself as a joint Christmas and Birthday present, this was the first chance to truely test it. Without much planning I headed to Freiburg, Germany to meet a friend, from where we drove to Kühtai, Austria. Overall this turned out to a fun adventerous week with two days skiing, finishing in Innsbruck.

Unfortunately I did not record much footage so there wasn’t much to choose from when editing. I have already realised that a balance is required between enjoying the holiday and getting good footage. Although I am sure that this will get easier and more efficient over time.

All of the footage in the edited video was recorded at 1080p and 50 FPS using a linear field of view. This gave me the option to slow footage if required but I would like to experiment with even higher frame rates in the future.

During my attempts to compete the slalom course, I really liked the possibility to add overlay graphics of the course path, current speed and G-Force. Although the GoPro software can be tedious and slow to use at times.

Over the next few years I will aim to create a short video for adventure holidays such as skiing and hiking. This will be a good opportunity to improve both my filming and editing skills, while having an easily sharable sounevir.

Shelsley Walsh – 2016 Best of British

Two weekends ago the Shelsley Walsh held its first British Hill Climb Championship of this season. A wide variety of cars were entered into this meeting, including many in the road-going production and specialised production classes. The always popular Shelsley Specials were a welcome return, typically pre- and post- war cars, with special interest to the GN Spiders (pictured). Spectators were therefore able to experience everything from purpose built single-seater race cars, Caterhams and Westfields, through to a selection of Ferraris.

I was shocked when I noticed that nearly two and a half years have passed since I last visited Shelsley Walsh for a race meeting. Therefore I was keen to make up for lost time by photographing and filming with my fairly new Canon 70D. It’s definite upgrade from the Sony A350 that I used previously but still much practice is still needed to get a feel for the camera and its many settings.

Over the course of the weekend I experimented with various photography techniques, trying to get a feel for the camera. Although many of these didn’t work as well as expected, the odd few did and produced some great shots. I have posted a selection of photos that really stood out, as I unfortunately don’t have the time to select and edit many more. Instead I will be looking to produce a short video covering the action from the weekend, optimistically within the next few weeks.