I wanted to play around with some low angle viewpoints whilst road cycling in Sydsjælland. So, taking some cues from Chase Jarvis I clamped a Manfrotto Super Clamp to my METAL bike and attached my D800 with a Nikkor 16-35 wide angle zoom on the other end. To fire the camera I used two Pocket Wizards one connected to the camera the other taped to my handlebars.
At this point it was time to ride this rig and surprisingly after a few slow speed wobbles pushing off it was pretty stable even with $5000 worth of camera gear hanging off it. I choose a quiet stretch of road I knew well and liked because of the avenue of trees and the gently undulating road would give me some nice variations within a couple of hundred metres of road. Firing off a few test frames revealed that it would be tricky to find the correct shutter speed and focus point to get some background blur but still keeping the bike sharp, it is essentially a tracking shot, with the camera obviously moving at the same speed as the bike. But my set up theory worked.
After a few modifications to the camera settings, Nikon AF Mode “Auto” worked well, some were pre-focussed in manual focus mode the shutter speed was varied between 1/20th and 1/125th. It was a “spray and pray” shoot in the end with variable shutter speeds,focus points,shooting blind, vertical/horizontal options and upside down camera over 40GB’s of memory cards filled up very quickly.
After a couple of hours of shooting and lots of in-camera culling of blurred rubbish it was time to return to base and see on the big screen whether or not I had any “keepers”.