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Lights, Camera, Action!

G’day

Now I’ll be the first to admit it; none of my YouTube clips are going to win me any gongs. Nope, won’t win an Oscar, or a BAFTA, not even a Logie.

What’s that… a Logie?

A Logie? A Logie is something you do in the toil… errr… it’s an Australian TV award, sorta like the Emmy’s in the States.

The TV Week Gold Logie Award. Photo Courtesy http://junkee.com/

The TV Week Gold Logie Award. Photo Courtesy http://junkee.com/

Like I said, I’m never going to win any awards for my efforts. This is, and will remain the case for eternity as far as I’m concerned. I don’t have the knowledge, or equipment, to put together clips with great fades and slick graphics.

CGI?

I don’t need no stinkin’ CGI.

An El Cheapo Nikon L120, the camera in my phone which is currently of the Android persuasion, a Contour Roam II and MS Movie Maker to stitch it all together.

Even though I don’t have the knowledge or top shelf equipment, I do try to put together a decent YouTube clip. I enjoy sharing my experiences and travels with you and I’m always looking for better ways to do things.

One of the things that has been bugging me lately, is that all my clips are done from the Contour mounted to my lid. This is great for point of view (POV), but a helmet camera can only entertain for just so long before it gets boring.

There's A Hole Like This On The Other Side Too

There’s A Hole Like This On The Other Side Too

So in the pursuit of better filmography, I’ve been messing with alternative mounting positions.

On Sunday, while cleaning Bluey, I noticed a 8mm threaded hole in the swing arm just forward and below the rear axle. I’d seen the hole before, but never paid it any mind. There’s a matching hole on the opposite side of the bike too. I’ve got no idea what the holes are for, but in the 2-1/2 years I’ve had Bluey, I’ve never used them for anything.

Suddenly, in a flash of brilliance, it dawned on me. The Contour has a 1/4″ Whitworth screw fitting in its base. Most decent cameras come standard with this fitting, which allows you to mount it to things like quick releases for tripods and the like.

What if I attached a bracket and a bolt to the swing arm and mounted the camera to it?

Picture me, like in the old cartoons, legs are running but the body is in the air, stationary. I couldn’t get down to the hardware store fast enough.

I bought a galvanised 50mm x 50mm x 4mm (2″ x 2″ x 1/8″) thick ‘L’ bracket, a packet of 1-1/2″ x 1/4″ Whitworth bolts (& nuts) and a packet of 1/4″ Whitworth wing nuts.

Grand total $10.

50 x 50 x 4 Gal 'L' Bracket

50 x 50 x 4 Gal ‘L’ Bracket

OK so I didn’t need packets of the stuff, but you never know when you might need them again.

I mounted the bracket to the left side of the swing arm using an 8mm bolt I had on hand, and adjusted the bracket so it was level before nipping it up. Initially I mounted the bracket to this side of the bike thinking it would get too hot on the other side due to the proximity of the exhaust cannon. In hind sight, I don’t think the camera would get a lot of heat on the right side of the bike,there’s a fair bit of clearance available.

Forward Facing High Position

Forward Facing High Position

Initially I mounted the camera above the bracket as shown in the preceding photo. In this position you get a good appreciation of how the swing arm moves in relation to the rest of the bike, which is good.

The down side is you get a lot of boot action, which is not good.

Under Slung Mounting

Under Slung Mounting

So I flipped the camera over and found that having the camera under slung in relation to the bracket gives a better view of the world, while maintaining the visual of the swing arm and it’s movement.

You could conceivably rotate the camera to face backwards as well. I’ve not done this as yet, as I ran out of daylight, but I think it would give a nice effect, especially if one of my friends were following me.

The bracket can stay on the bike too, I don’t think there’s any chance of catching my ankle on the thing when I move around the bike.

I’m still looking for a spot to mount the camera on the front of the bike. This is n’t as easy as it sounds, I’m mindful of how the front fork and wheel moves in relationship to the fairing and frame of the bike, which is rigid.

The other thing is that if I put a bracket of some kind on the front of the bike, I will need to make sure it doesn’t hook anyone, or me, as I move around the bike.

I’ll have a think about this one and see if I can rig something up. In the mean time check the video below to see how the swing arm mounting looks.

Cheers

 

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Pebble Beach.

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Bribie is about 1/2 hour north of where we live, maybe 40km (25 miles), but if you go out through Dayboro and via Mt Mee and Wamuran it makes for a nice 1-1/2 hour ride, about 100km or 60 miles in the old money.

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Skennars Head.

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I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales (NSW), specifically the area bounded by the Queensland (QLD) border to the north, Ballina to the south and Lismore, Kyogle and the Mount Barney National Park to the west.

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Per Ardua Ad Astra.

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On  28 July 1914, half a world away from Australia, Europe had begun its journey into a conflict dubbed “The Great War”, later known as the First World War.

By April 25, 1915, Australia and New Zealand were drawn into the conflict. On that day they were deposited on the Gallipoli Peninsula (Gelibolu) in Turkey in an unsuccessful campaign to take control of Constantinople and the sea route from Europe to Russia.

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Attitude Adjustment.

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In recent years, Queensland (QLD) has seen a steady decline in the number of riders killed.

Since 2006, statistics held by the QLD Guv’mint show that from 2006 to 2011 the fatality rate for motorcyclists dropped from 5.26 to 2.90 per 10,000 riders. This was despite a 40% increase in motorcycle registrations for the same period.

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Support The Little Guys.

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In the past when The Pillion and I have traveled and needed somewhere to stay for the night, we usually checked into one of those big chain motels. You know the ones, Best Western, Golden 4 or something similar.

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The Plan.

G’day

The Pillion and I haven’t been out on the bike together in months because of the damage from that knock over on February 17 I told you about a few weeks ago.

Yes, Bluey is still ride-able, solo, but the pillion peg on the off side was damaged in the fall and along with the hairline crack in the pillion peg hanger, it has made it unsafe to have anyone on the back.

Happily, I’m told all the parts will be in by the time you read this and Bluey will be as good as new in no time.

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Image

So… I Had Some Trouble Finding A Park This Morning.

Photo Credit Aimee-Lee

Apparently bike parking in Goa, is a bit of a challenge. Photo Credit: Aimee-Lee (AKA The Pillion In A MIllion)

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before…

G’day

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

A bloke parks his bike 1.5m (5 feet) behind a car, an SUV,  in a quiet street.

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All Has Been Revealed.

G’day

I have to be honest, when I posted up Shall We Play A Game I thought I hadn’t left enough clues for you and it was going to be too hard to figure out my name. Happily, I needn’t have worried, as in the end the three clues I left were enough to lead the winner to the answer.

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