Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Let's Go Surfin'

Let's go surfin' now
Everybody's learning how
Come on and safari with me…

I recently learned about this very cool camera and I'd like to share its capabilities with you today. It is wayyyyyy cool! I should tell you that I have no affiliation with this company whatsoever. They didn't contact me and I haven't contacted them. BUT, I would be very excited if they offered me one for review, lol.

The camera is the HD Hero Naked by Go-Pro Camera and it is the world's highest performance wearable HD video and still photo camera. Retails for $259.99. The batteries last for over 2.5 hours, so you can record an entire event!

They have a few different models and lots of mounts to choose from. You can mount these cameras on a tripod, the handlebars of your bike or motorcycle, a helmet or the roll bar of your race car. Do you have a race car? They also have a suction cup mount, a chest mount harness and a head or writst strap mount. Get the picture? There is a mount for just about any activity.

My favorite, of course, is the HD Surf Hero Camera that mounts to surfboards.

If you're like me and you love sitting on the beach and watching hunky surfers, these videos will bring you as close to the action as possible without getting your feet wet. I couldn't choose between the two, they're both short, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

From the BBC comes this HD super slow motion video of big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom in a 12 foot monster barrel wave - the first shots of their kind ever recorded.

"The camera can also shoot automatic 5 megapixel photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your activity, hands free. Press the shutter button once at the start of your activity and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality photos of you and your friends, living it up."

This is how I learned about this camera, because my son did just this as he started carving his latest tiki. He shot 1000s of photos over a 4-day period and then using movie software he put the photos together into what is called a stop-motion video and speeded it up by like a 1000 times. So, what took him four days to do is reduced to just over three minutes.

My son loves this camera and plans to do the same thing throughout the entire process of carving this tiki. I can't wait to see the final result! For those who haven't seen any of his finished work, here are a couple of examples:

For a review of this camera by a professional photographer and kite surfer stop by Thierry Dehove's website. He also offers some great advice on using this camera should you decide to indulge yourself.

Here's a couple of stills he took while kite surfing…

Now can your camera do that?

Thierry's living the good life between the USA and the Caribbean and is one AWESOME photographer! Check out his website or become a fan on Facebook. Oh, and be sure to check out his French Rivera Album while your there, it's stunning.

So, there you have it, another little goodie I'd like to have the next time I'm out nature shooting at the beach or when I get my new bike. What do you think? Is this cool or what?

24 Thoughtful Comments:

Shellbelle said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that the BBC video was not shot with the Go-Pro, but it is brilliant and I had to include it in this post. Watch it and you'll see why.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! I am not sure if I am more impressed with the camera or your son at this point! LOL! He is very handsome and I can see the apple did not fall very far from the tree! Love his tiki's! Now about that camera, that is amazing. Does it come with someone to walk you through all it can do too?

Jane said...

Love this camera! and the videos are incredible. Oh to be able to do that!
I could never master the art of balance. But I do love watching...
Jane (artfully graced)

Kaybe said...

More like the coconut doesn't fall far from the palm tree. Your son is amazing. Does that camera have night vision? Just asking :)

Salt Water Taffy said...

SOOOO cool!!! Love this post!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
I enjoyed all these videos. They are amazing. If I ever go surfing I will have to get one! LOL. I loved the wood carving. Your son is so cute and an extremely talented artist.

Drawn to The Sea said...

That gadget's going on my wishlist... & so are your son's amazing tikis. I can just see a pair flanking an entryway!

Happy Day!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

My goodness that is cool Rhonda!
I hope they do send you one, that would be cool!
Your son is mega talented what neat carvings!
Big Hugs,

Regina said...

Hello Rhonda. Wow these are truly awesome! Your son is very talented.
Delightful post.
Have a wonderful day.

nancygrayce said...

I love it.....but I have to say it probably wouldn't work for me! I'm so challenged! Love the tikis your son does!!!

jmac said...

Those tikis??? OMG!! Sure wish I'd known about him before we put our palapas around the pool. Ordered mexican sized beach palapas and had to use ordinary wooden poles to put them into cute they would be with his tikis!!!! hmmmmmm....but i wonder if I could use one somewhere else????hmmmmm.....

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

That camera is amazing. And your son's scultures are wonderful. The video he created is a work of art in itself. Great job.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, that was SO neat, Rhonda! Your son is amazingly talented, that camera is amazing with what it can do!

Just checking in from blogger exile to see what is going on with you. Lots going on here including Fred having kidney stones. I hope to be back to blogging before Sept, but I do have my phone working again. I will try and catch up with you later.


Sheila :-)

Sue said...

That was so cool! I've done a lot of body surfing but never with a board. Too chicken, but I loved feeling like I was doing it with these videos. What a great camera. I wish they would send you one!

Your son's work is amazing!

solamar7 said...

W*O*W*Z*E*R*S!! Those videos are so kewl! The Tiki carving is incredible..good to see someone keeping that art alive:) Thanks for the awesome note you left me!! I am so glad I found you.. You made my week!


Kristen said...

This is just unreal!!! WOW!
I have a feeling though... if I owned this camera, I would find a way to take bad pictures. I have the WORST luck with technology!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Rhonda
Now I want the camera!!! you bad girl. influencing me like that!!.. how strange.. only yesterday I was thinking how much I would like a camera that would allow me to get up close and personal with the water... although maybe not the waves as i'm not the strongest swimmer!! [strange for an aussie!!!]

Now your son is very talented... how fabulous... how did you become so interested in the Tiki? Ok.. silly question.. from his mamma!! hahaha

have a great week xxx Julie

rjerdee said...

Wow, this is a pithy post!!!! This camera makes me feel like an idiot with my humble little lens. And, truly, I AM in idiot when it comes to technology.

Now I can understand something like the carvings your son does. That all makes sense to me! Awesome work, awesome son.

Odd, isn't it, that MY son is brilliant with technology--a web developer for Wells Fargo. Go figure.

Inspired2cook said...

Very cool camera indeed! I want one!

iLoveShelling said...

No freakin way! That goes for the camera AND your son!!! You are so right! Way cool! I could use that waterproof camera ....and maybe use the mount for a shelling-cam on my hat. LOL Your son is quite the artist- sheeez- how does he do that???!!!

Magdalena said...

This is definitely way COOL!! Wait until Sam gets home and I show him this post, he is gonna flip!! Your son is amazing and great looking like his mom. I love artistic people, they fill our world with joy and beauty. Now maybe santa will bring me this for Christmas, but the way I have been behaving he may bring me coal tee hee hee just kiddin I've been a good girl!
Have a fun day

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Your son's sculptures are awesome!! Regarding the camera..., pretty awesome too, although I hardly take pictures anymore.

Sam Rosenthal said...

Wow that is really cool! I don't know how to surf, but this might just get me into it :) Thanks for the cool videos too.

Thanks for the post,

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh my word! How cool are those cameras! Love the videos. But what really impressed me, are your son's tikis! One word = awesome!

~ Tracy

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