Rigs and Poles
 
Our trip around the World, World Kite Picture, with the theme aerial photography requires some specific equipments. A large box in the vehicle is reserved for rigs, cameras and radio controls. The lines of the kites are stored in an other box with the shoes and we have a box outside for our kites.
 
 
Rigs and Poles
 
We make aerial photography to "low level" thanks to the two poles that we have prepared (photo below left, with the Canon Ixus). These photos " PAP " (Pole Aerial Picture) yield surprising results and we can even shoot when there is crowd.
 

Emmanuel Leconte (Acommimage) has offered this AutoKAP rig during Kapined (photo at center). It provides the easiest way to get a camera in the air quickly. This rig is designed to use a small digital camera (less than 400g) like a GoPro with a medium kite, and the camera should be equipped to trigger a lapse photography. We can adjust the speed and / or sequencing of rotation. But, of course, there is no control of shots.

     
 
At the top, right, the rig we bought from KapShop. It is a AutoKapbeak with a Picavet system. We often use, lightweight, easy to carry and put into the air. Its various attachment points to install different cameras. It is perfect for our Ricoh GX200. Triggering is via a mini-USB connexion.
 

On the left, our new rig which was assembled by Peter Bults - KAP Shop, especially for the project WOKIPI. It is based on a lightweight but strong Brooxes frame. It is controlled by a standard radio control 35 MHz. The rig will take most compact cameras and even the smaller digital SLRs like the Nikon D50 or the Canon 350D.

   

Without camera, but with a set of 4 NiMH AA batteries, the rig weighs 500 grams (1.1 lbs). The rig is fitted with 4 legs, Picavet ball bearing pullies, an endless pan servo.

It has a little support to receive a color and wireless video camera for the control.

On the ground, a receiver (2.4 GHz) allows us to visualize and control the framing of the shot. (Pictured right).

Wireless transmission between camera and monitor (Enox) a 100 m range transmission (free line of vision).
There are 4 transmission channels for avoiding interference. The video CMOS sensor gives 380 line image.

Peter gave us a number of spare parts, including servo controls, which we take with us.

   
 
 
Aerial Photo Equipment
 

We will leave with 3 cameras dedicated to aerialpicture.

We have a digital camera, a CanonIxus 860 IS, 8 megapixels, optical stabilization. This compact has a very good response time (start, recording, autofocus) and good image quality. In late April 2010, we buy two new devices for video and aerial photography:

 
Ricoh GX200 (at left): with a 12 megapixel sensor and a lens with a real 24mm wide angle as it is a 24-72mm, this compact can be shot in RAW. A mini USB port will connect to the device to trigger the shot and recover the video signal for transmission to the ground. Again thanks to Ricoh for their partnership in the acquisition of this device!

It will be combined with a rig DuneCam ™ Compact by KAPshop in which we will acquire in Kapined/10.

For our first trip to Central Asia (2011) we were left with a GoPro HD Hero Motorsport Camera and all its equipment (suction disc, adhesive fasteners, waterproof housing, etc. ..). We sold all at our return.

For our next trip, we acquired the GoPro Hero3 + Silver (pictured right). It is smaller and lighter (no more than 74 g).
     

It has integrated Wi-Fi and is compatible with Wi-Fi Remote (optional accessory) and GoPro App. Wi-Fi Remote is a remote control and waterproof board capable of controlling the GoPro with a distance of 180 m. Convenient for our aerial shots! Thus, the GoPro can be controlled remotely from a smartphone or a tablet, thanks to its integrated Wi-Fi using the GoPro App. It also has a Waterproof Camera Housing that allows shooting up to 60 meters deep. As we are not divers, we made a pole for aerial photography and underwater!

 
Photography (not KAP)
 

Currently we have a business compact digital camera, Canon Powershot G10: 14.7 megapixels - a wide-angle zoom 28-140 mm versatile enough with optical Image Stabilizer - This technology has anti-blur, "a 3-inch LCD screen and an optical viewfinder. Practice for travel light (396 g with battery, SD card), it will be the ideal complement to a digital SLR.

Through the club Aerophoto and our friend Emmanuel Leconte (AComImage), we have acquired a Digital SLR camera Canon 550D.

During our trip in Central Asia, the 550D was equipped with a Sigma 18-200 lens, Emmanuel had offered us. For the next departure, we changed the lens by buying a Canon EF 70 -200mm f / 4 L IS USM while maintaining the same housing. Its characteristics are mainly to be an objective of the L series, lightweight and compact, especially with an image stabilizer (IS) 4 speed that can replace the use of the tripod on multiple occasions.

Canon 6D complements our camera gear. The integration of Wi-Fi gives interesting features like wireless remote control with the EOS Remote app , or transfer images to web services , for example. It also features a GPS chip , which allows geotagging shots in the exif data of the pictures . Its S mode ( silent ) which helps to mitigate significantly the trip will be very useful to us !

It is equipped with a Canon 24 -70mm f / 4 L IS USM , which has a macro mode and an optical stabilization. It naturally covers the full size 24 x 36 mm.

We also have a canon 430EXII flash , which can be triggered remotely via a transmitter / receiver system wireless TTL Hahnel Tuff

 

To tidy up all this equipment on board Woki, we had to find compact storage, reliable and convenient. Patrick took a Pelicase 1450 (photo below right) shockproof, waterproof and dustproof. We recovered it in a "trash" of a corporation. Its internal dimensions (371 x 258 x 152 mm) are comfortable but mostly this Pelicase can go in one of our chests.

 

Patrick optimized storage by cutting the foam to make adapted compartments. He also made sewing for pack the foam and so protect cameras and lenses. Flashand Hahmel system also find their place in this case. A smaller case has been organized in the same way to store the GoPro, but only cutting the foam.

   
Camera
 

As video and photo are complementary on a trip, we decided (at the last minute) to make a movie of our trip. We also acquired a camera. We chose a compact, lightweight, compact but with good image quality. This Full HD camcorder, we found in Sony HDR-CX 160 E.

The sound is a beautiful testimony moments, atmospheres we experienced. The sound is as important as the frame. For the interviews we have a microphone Sennheiser MD 441-U3.

But video requires more preparation than shooting photographs. For stories, we must prepare our texts, our various plans that will be required during video-tape. During our trip in Central Asia, we do not fully maîtrisions shooting video (zoom repeat ..) but gradually as we advanced in our trip we were more comfortable, have avoided the errors the beginning, and have succeeded in staging.

At home we decided to change our micro model for a lighter and more responsive. We opted for a shotgun microphone directional supercardioid: RODE VideoMic Pro microphone. It is battery powered, and provides over 70 hours of recording on a single 9V battery.

See clip video in Centrale Asia

 
 
 
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