This week, I am in Bowling Green Kentucky for the Diesel Power Magazine, Diesel Power Challenge in Bowling Green Kentucky. At the end of the event they produce a DVD for sale on the event and will be shown on the Outdoor Channel. My job this week is a departure from what I am used to doing. Instead of shooting still photographs I will be doing video. Considering I’ve never shot video before this should be interesting. I will be responsible for doing all the POV (point of view) camera work, attaching 2-3 cameras per vehicle. We will be using Go Pro cameras. I got those cameras about a week ago to get familiar with them and am still a little hazy what needs to be done to get the footage they need.
This event is an invitation only and there are 16 trucks. Each will compete in dyno testing, Drag Racing, Sled Pull, 10,o00 pound trailer pull, 150 mile efficiency drive and braking.
The day we arrived the entire region received about 14 inches of rain in 2 days, so to say the least there is flooding everywhere. In fact 2 miles from the airport the road was covered with about 2 feet of water, good thing we had a 4 wheel drive.
Today 5-3-10 we were just doing all the prep-production such as get supplies , establish data acquisition, work-flow, go to the different facilities to figure out camera angles and where to position the different camera operators. Already I am liking still photography a lot more. Upon arriving at the Beech Bend Raceway we noticed a problem. The entire facility was covered about 17 feel of water…hmmm big problem.
This is the bridge over the staging lanes
These are the timing lights at the end of the 1/4 mile at Beech Bend Raceway.
Now back at the hotel to have a production meeting before the rest of the crew arrives. This should prove to be an interesting 3 days…Alot more work and planning goes into video shoots than stills. It is all very interesting and Ive learned a few things…off to bed and tomorrow begins the real work
This is my wonderful Macbook Pro. The noise coming from this superior device is from the fan. Apparently this is a very common problem with these computers. Just search macbook pro fan noise. Its amazing how many how to videos and questions to forums there are. I wonder if Apple would like to use this on their mac vs. PC advertising campaign. I have been using a mac for about 10 years for my job and always a PC at home. The only good thing about a mac is its case design.