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08.02.15 – “Vacation… all I ever wanted”

This summer, I had planned on taking the family on a vacation that they will never forget to Disney’s Aulani Resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Ofcourse, I wanted to document the trip but, I was indecisive weeks prior to the trip to which camera or cameras to bring. Here were the options I considered and why:

Nikon D800 DSLR with a 28-70mm lens: I had expectations that this trip to Hawaii would be one that the family will never forget so what better tool to bring than a 36MP machine with one of the sharpest lenses that I own. Plus, if I really want to, the D800 is capable of shooting 1080p video. The main problem is… this setup on my shoulder is worth alot of $$$ and I would be worried of theft, damage, or leaving it somewhere.

Canon G10 Point and Shoot Camera: This has been my “go to” vacation camera for several years. Small, pocket-able, and produces great images due to it’s 14MP sensor. The problem is, I dropped this camera awhile back and it damaged the video capabilities. Still images were great but, I wanted to include more video on this trip.

GoPro Hero 3+ Black: I knew the video capabilities of a GoPro and it would have accompanied me to this trip no matter what. The question I had was, are it’s still photo capabilities sufficient enough to capture my vacation of a lifetime? Before leaving for Hawaii, I practiced shooting stills with the GoPro.

The fourth option was to purchase a new Canon G16 point and shoot: The new G16 obviously has great still image capabilities plus it is capable of 1080p video (vs 720p video in my G10). The G16 also had built in wifi which will allow me to post images on social networks almost immediately.

Ultimately, I did not purchase a new camera as I could not justify the cost since I had all the capabilities of the Canon G16 already… just in different devices I already had. As we boarded the plane, what I had in my ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro backpack was my Canon G10, GoPro Hero 3+, extra batteries, chargers, and accessories.

I had both cameras on me most of the time throughout the vacation… obviously, if we were near water all I had was the GoPro in it’s waterproof housing. What surprised me when we got back home and I injested all the images and videos I took on our week long vacation is that over 90% of the images and videos I took were using the GoPro!

Who would have thought that a GoPro is all I really needed to capture our vacation!

Below are some still images and a YouTube link of the video I created… again, only camera I used was a GoPro!

Jul 14 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 14 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 17 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 17 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 18 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 18 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 18 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 18 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 19 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 16 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 16 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

Jul 16 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com

Jul 16 2015 || Ko Olina, HI: 2015 Aulani Vacation held at Disney Aulani Resort || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || http://www.johnencinas.com

YouTube link to video: Our Aulani Vacation… 2 seconds at a time.

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It’s like being me and me

I shoot still images, that’s my thing. I’m not much of a video guy but, I wish I had more video of my kids playing their sports as they grow up. So adding video to my workflow has always been a plan. The problem is… I can either shoot stills OR shoot video, I can’t do both. This morning my son’s basketball coach called me and asked if I can shoot some videos of the team during this weekend’s upcoming tournament. Naturally I said Yes. But, I planned on shooting still images… what should I do?

The first thing I did was put my “Google-Fu” to the test and found this POST

So here is my attempt at the technique. I’ve had a CB Junior bracket for several years and thought it would make a good base for what I had in mind. I wanted to be able to shoot 1080p quality video and the only camera I had that is able to do that is my Nikon P500 point and shoot camera. One immediate advantage I found using this camera is the weight, it’s not too heavy. Putting the contraption together was surprisingly simple.

I attached the CB bracket to the D3s then the P500 to the top of the swinging arm of the CB bracket. I then ziptied the arm so that it wouldn’t swing.

There’s enough room where I can still manipulate both cameras without having to squeeze my fingers in to anything. This looks promising.

My plan is to continuously shoot video while shooting stills. At Post Processing, I’ll take the audio out (since all you’ll hear is the clicking of the camera) and will add music instead. OK, wish me luck… Results to follow.