The Alpine Way.
On the return leg of our trip to Tasmania earlier this year, I had the opportunity to ride a road I’d heard a lot about, but never ridden.
The Alpine Way starts a few kilometres west of Khancoban and stretches some 120km (75 miles) through The Mount Kosciuszko National Park, ending at ‘T’ intersection on the outskirts of Jindabyne NSW.
I’d heard a lot about the riding through the Snowy Mountains, there are literally dozens of roads to keep a motorcyclist entertained, and The Alpine Way has always had me intrigued.
Maybe it’s the name “The Alpine Way”, or maybe it’s because it passes through the National Park, I’m not sure but the decision was made.
This was the route I was going to take from Melbourne to Sydney, and I was going to record that section on my Contour Roam II camera.
The New South Wales police don’t like riders wearing helmet cameras for some reason, but I figured I’d take a chance and record the ride anyway.
As it turned out, there weren’t any police on our chosen route, and the officer at the random breath testing station I passed north of Jindabyne waved us through without batting an eyelid. Thank you officer.
Maybe its only the GoPro style cameras they don’t like?
So here it is. My two hours – 10 minute ride along The Alpine Way from Khancoban to Thredbo!
Relax. I’m not going to inflict two hours of “road” on you. I’ve condensed it down to around 3-1/2 minutes including credits using Microsoft Hyper-lapse Pro Software.
I gave the Microsoft offering a try, it’s watermarked (because it’s a trial version) but it gives a nice effect. The watermark can be removed by registering, but for this experiment I couldn’t see the point. Besides there are other hyper-Lapse software options available and it would be unwise to leap in and grab the first one I came across.
So what is hyper-lapse?
To quote Geoff Tompkinson:
With time-lapse, the action in a scene is sped-up and the camera is either static or moving very short distances under control of some sort of motorized motion rig.
Hyper-lapse enables the camera to be moved over considerable distances. This movement can occur across relatively uneven terrain, can pass without disturbance through crowded situations, and allows for fully controlled complex motion paths and camera angle changes.
I like the effect, and perhaps I’ll do some research on the various other software alternatives available before settling on a final solution. I think I’ll need to buy a new camera though; The Contour is 4 years old and the image quality has deteriorated somewhat over the years.
If you know more about hyper-lapse, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and any pointers you might have.
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