First off, do not try what was attempted in this video blog above at home or away from home. Going into abandoned mine shafts, tunnels and other ruins is dangerous! It may be fun, but criminals, wild animals, dead wild animals, poisonous things, rock fall, Philip Bloom, explosive gasses, and other dangers/injury could lurk inside.
All that legal mumbo-jumbo aside, I am having a blast riding my bike, shooting video and hanging with family in the dry and spiky southwestern United States. I say “spiky” because this place is loaded with things that will stick ya and stab ya. Also, animals like to bite or sting even when not provoked. Not the best place to ride a bike down a hill at great speed.
This video blog was made for fun. For those of you who want to know what gear I used, here ya go. I had a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 lens mounted to my Canon 5dmk2. I had the camera set to full auto “green square” mode and it was slightly over exposed at times because of the bright lite panels LED light. The lens was manual focus and it was soft at times as I tried to set my focus while shooting myself in a dark, cramped, smelly cavern. I did not have any DSLR shoulder or run-and-gun kit. Everything was done with just the stock 5dmk2, including audio. Yea, all that sound was from the internal Canon built-in mic!
In addition to running around from ghost town to deserted mine, I have been testing out new gear!
I have been using the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler 2.0 with my Vinten Vision Blue tripod system in the desert. I am very happy with the small 2 foot size of the slider and just how quickly I can move about the hot cactus wasteland. I am using my Canon 5dmk2 DSLR and will post a full blog with video shot using the Pocket Dolly and Vinten Vision Blue tripod very soon.
I was most surprised at how much travel I could get on screen with such a short dolly. I like using much longer track because I want the long sweeping moves. But with the short Kessler Pocket Dolly, I figured out how to pan with the Vision Blue head and dolly at the same time. This gave the illusion of an arching dolly shot. I am very happy with the kit. Keep an eye out for some footage up on my website soon!