The Grand Canyon from Helicopter: Photos by GoPro Hero 3
This post is dedicated to the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack. I watched several specials on it the night before this flight and it just served to convince me more than ever to LIVE my life NOW! Tomorrow is NEVER guaranteed for any of us. There are no do-overs in this life.
Yesterday, (September 12, 2013) I took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. The Canyon is so huge it is very difficult to comprehend the scope of the thing; that’s where the helicopter comes in. By flying over it you can finally start to see its scale.
I told you in my last post I had just bought a GoPro adventure video cam, and this was my first time using it. It cost $329 for the Hero 3 Black Edition, but it is totally worth it!! It has a couple of huge advantages:
- Its tiny and light.
- Because it is small and light (and the fact it has an ingenious mounting system,) it can be mounted to almost anything in a huge variety of ways.
- It comes with an underwater housing (good down to 90 meters) that makes it almost indestructible.
- It comes with a remote control and you can also get an app that lets you control it from your smart phone.
- It has a super wide-angle lens (fisheye) so you can catch adventure sports up close. For these shots I had it set to it’s narrowest setting to get rid of most of the fish-eye affect.
Here is a link to it on Amazon: GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
For this trip I mounted it onto a head-strap and wore it like a headlamp. It was remarkably comfortable; I wasn’t in a hurry to take it off at the end of the flight. In fact I think I could easily wear it all day. It took some work to learn how to aim it, but once done it’s easy. One nice thing it does is take still-shots as it records video. You can set the interval and I think I set it to take a still shot every 10 seconds. So at the end of the flight I had both a video and many still shots of the flight all without using my hands. The photos speak for themselves! I also shot with my Sony DSLR in my hands. In the caption of each photo, I will tell you which took the picture in the caption.
Here is a link to the head-strap mount on Amazon.com ($10 as of now): GoPro Head Strap Mount for HERO Cameras