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.
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.
Upon starting University, I joined the relatively new Formula Student team. At that time they did not yet have a website, having only just created social media pages. While I began to learn new skills in mechanical design and manufacturing, I used my existing skills and expertise in graphic and web design to create the team’s first website and blog.
WordPress was chosen as the platform to run the site on as it appeared to be a powerful yet simple to use application. As a popular platform, there was a wealthy online community providing technical support and various plugins designed to add specific functionality to any site.
Initially changing the look and feel of the site was achieved through selecting different themes and uploading our own images. The themes provided with WordPress had limited functionality but displayed content in a simple and effective manner.
Over time the themes were modified through HTML and CSS to display the content as desired, changing the layout, adding widgets and coding plugins.
This year the website was completely redesigned in accordance with the University’s new website design. The homepage was updated with high resolution graphics and a flickering video effect. Overall the design was clean and consistent over all pages.
Over the past four years all aspects of the team’s media have changed drastically. Not only the website but also the team’s name, logos and promotional material have changed every year in order attract new sponsorship partners.