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Amazing Journeys November 4, 2007

Posted by davidit in Amazing Journeys, commute, timelapse.

Well I have done it, I have recorded my cycle to work.  I used a Manfrotto clamp and the head from one of my tripods to mount my video camera onto the handlebars of my bike.  All was good until the last fast freewheel down Waiatarua Road to school.  It is such a poorly maintained and bumpy road that my camera jumped out of its housing and for a few seconds you see the road!  I have left all that confusion in.  I have to say that the additional weight of the camera, the clamp and the tripod head combined to impair my usual performance, you can see several cyclists racing past me!  Still it is an amazing journey even with the additional weight.

 How are yours all coming along?  Don’t forget to post your links to your videos here and I will create a wiki specifically for all of our creations.  Anyone welcome to contribute.



1. AllanahK - November 4, 2007

I am impressed. No carbon footprints left behind. It was interesting that as you biked along one stretch you kept good pace with a blue car and passed it a few times as it crawled along.

I wonder if I can do the same with my video camera and speed it up with iMovie!

When I finish report writing I might just give it a go.

Well done.

2. Marnie - November 5, 2007

There are a few nasty hills in that cycle! Well done Mr Creative.

3. davidit - November 5, 2007

I am already thinking of how to improve the quality of the video, maybe animate the path drawn in Google Earth using CamStudtio? Allanah, I used my video camera in normal mode and then sped the film up 1000% in Ulead, I expect the same function is available in iMovie. It was not so idyllic this morning as I cycled into the teeth of a gale coming off of the Hauraki gulf, it was wet and miserable, but that is what makes it an amazing journey every time I ride! Fortunately school has a shower, this was one of the questions that I asked at my interview!

4. wim harwig - November 5, 2007
5. davidit - November 5, 2007

Wim, thanks for this, well done. I have never used one of those recumbant bikes, but hear that they are the most efficient way to cycle. There is a guy who uses one on my commute, not sure that I would want to mix it with Auckland traffic on one though!

6. Megan Heazlewood - November 5, 2007

Great idea. Fun to view. Next challenge??? Megan, Toko School, Forgotten World Highway, East Taranaki. ( our part of the world would make a great bike movie!)

7. davidit - November 5, 2007

Thanks Megan, yes a motorcycle timelapse would be good. Don’t have one unfortunately! Will you make a video of your commute to school and post it?

8. Fiona - November 6, 2007

Did I see someone overtake you just past Kelly Tarltons? I am waiting for the grotty Auckland weather to clear before recording my journey…

9. davidit - November 6, 2007

Fiona, yes several people on bikes and without back packs and camera equipment zipped past me! I have to say that I chose my day!

10. Simon - November 8, 2007

Setting the bar again David. I’d better get myself organised!

11. Helen Hardie - November 25, 2007

OK! Challenge completed! Job done!

Enjoy the ride!

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13. David - March 3, 2008

Allanah. Sorry to have missed you at Rotorua. I am looking forward to seeing how you get to work. I am currently trying to solve the technical issues for doing a walk to work. Hope that your computer comes soon and that you can record your trip before the weather breaks.

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18. barbsplace - May 7, 2010

And at last here is my journey to work. Well, one of them. Piripiri is my most isolated school. My journey there takes one and a half to 2 hours, especially, if you get behind a stock truck as there is no passing. The scenery is very beautiful ranging from hills and bush to coastal harbour and more hills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCRHc-SrK30

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