Cowboys, Camera Tests, and Kids Making Films

Bakersfield Round Up GoPro Camera Test

Bakersfield Round Up

I hope that by now you have seen the video about my dad, that I posted earlier. I would like to introduce you to the other side of my support team: my wife’s family.

My father-in-law, John Thomson, is an honest-to-goodness cowboy. My mother-in-law and he have a small ranch on the west side of Bakersfield, CA where they breed Australian Stock Horses and Mi-ki dogs.

Ever since my wife and I started dating, I have been promising my father-in-law that I would come film him, and his horses, ¬†working a round-up. So this weekend, I finally made good on my word. It also gave me the chance to test out some gear that I hope to take with me on my trip. The highlight of the shoot was using the new GoPro Hero3 mounted on one of John’s horses and controlling it from my iPad with the GoPro App. The photo above was taken using the GoPro. Using the GoPro App makes the camera so much more functional than before. Not only can you monitor what you are shooting, but you can also access the full camera settings menu, remotely. I had the ability to change from video to stills from the safety of the other side of the fence, the only thing I couldn’t do was reposition the camera. (The photo above was taken with the GoPro mounted on the horse – I am standing in front of the white truck with my iPad, next to my sister-in-law in the teal shirt.)

I also shot additional video with the Canon 7D. As always, it is a beautiful camera. I am still trying to decide if it would be the best tool for shooting in Myanmar. Or perhaps do I want to consider something more like the C300 or a RED camera. Your thoughts and comments are welcome, if you would like to weigh in.

I spent the rest of my weekend watching and judging some fantastic short films made by high school and junior high youth groups at the 19th Annual Christian Youth Film Festival at the historic Fox Theatre in Bakersfield. I was truly amazed by some of the talent that these kids have; it’s exciting to see the next generation of creatives get their start.

 

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One Response to “Cowboys, Camera Tests, and Kids Making Films”

  1. Ian
    March 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    Nice write up! That area is near and dear to me as a lot of my family lives in Fresno. I just purchased a C100 and I have to say I love the image from that camera. It absolutely blows the doors off my 7D. You should drop me a line if your interested in using it for your next project.