Last August I headed into the hills above Glen Carron and whilst there did a vlog on my camping gear… However following the vlog I was getting lots of queries on what type of camera equipment I take into the mountains when making a video. So it’s only taken 8 months to do , but I made the below vlog detailing what camera I use:
It’s been a lean old winter and a brief chilly spell came along. Not having much time I decided on an early morning raid up a nearby hill, Ben Vrackie. Been up here loads and usually make at least four ascents in a winter season due to its proximity to home and proximity to a major road network (a good back up option when the weather is really bad!). I knew my timings and set he alarm for 04.33! Dragging my carcass out of bed, I was on the road by 05.15 and headed north on the A9. Arriving in the pitch black, I was soon heading up the familiar track from above Moulin. 5 minutes later and I realised I had forgotten my water – doh! – I considered leaving it , but quickly realised that would be silly! Back to the car and off we set again!
The good path was circularly lit by the head torch and I steadily made progress, hoping to reach the summit for sunrise (something I failed a last winter!). However about 50 vertical meters from the summit a bank of clag decided to settle on the mountain and I cut my losses and headed for the ridge in the vain hope that I may catch a glimpse of the eastern horizon! It was not to be, so I did my piece to camera about what camera equipment I use and headed to the nearby eastern summit.
As can often happen, the weather gods that dampened my spirits minutes before obviously felt sorry for me and within a few steps from the summit the southern horizon appeared above the clag – WOW – what a few! The sun was now above the land and I decided now to get camera 3 out of the bag (four cameras were used).
Camera 1 was The Sony DSC-HX9V compact system and was used for the in car shots and boots on at the car park scene. Camera 2 was The Sony Nex-7 and camera 3 was the drone – The Phantom 3 Standard!
It was cold- probably about -5 before adding the wind chill and previous experience told me that getting the drone up might be a waste of time due to the batteries getting cold (whether it be craft, phone or hand piece batteries), however I was in luck and up it went, getting footage above the fog, fantastic! However it didn’t last long before the phone died and I had to bring her homeL
Never mind, my hands had lost all feeling in tem anyway and getting the drone away and gloves on was nice!! A short walk and I was on the true summit of Vrackie with Pitlochry and the lowlands at my feet. Camera 4 was then deployed – The GoPro 3 black edition. I sat it on the egg timer on the nice flat surface of the cairn and got a lovely sweeping panoramaJ
Whilst waiting, I did more filming to camera discussing oxters and their essential and pivotal role in keeping batteries warm! I then went into great detail on other camera bits and bobs – all the while trying to warm a phone and a drone battery in “the oxter”. However it wasn’t to be and the drone said no to another flight as the batteries were too cold – never mind, the sony and gopro were still filming away J
By eight o clock I decided I needed to head back ad collected all the gear and headed back down. Back to the car and back home with the family before mid-morning – fantastic!!!
Next up I headed to the editing suite (read broom cupboard in the house!!). I was looking forward to editing all the information I had said to camera, especially the importance of keeping batteries warm and having spares etc etc I had done what I preached and had numerous batteries for all four cameras – superb!!
Imagine my disgust when I reviewed the footage to find out that my external microphone batteries’ had died due to the cold- and I hadn’t even noticed-noooo-school boy error!!
The audio was terrible and I really struggled editing it to be able to hear anything. I was going to bin this film but didn’t. So if you bother watching remember to turn up the volume and apologies regards the terrible audio – remember batteries for all equipment-including external mics – lesson learnt!!!
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