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Filmed & Edited – Adam Colton

Kyle Chin works his way down a technical windy road in Southern California.

Loaded’s most popular video, funny how things just work there way around the web and grow in views.  This was my first video I shot with our new Canon 7D back in Jan. 2010; I barely knew how to use the camera.   New tripod, camera and fig rig, Kyle and I had the Blink 182 song in mind the rest we just made up.  Just the 2 of us filming on this amazing road.   It was a bit scary being on my longboard and following Kyle down the hill blazing fast, camera in hand, luckily it all worked out.  Then at the bottom we would hitch a ride back up to the top and film again.

ARTICLE

After two full days of filming, battling rain, hitch-hiking, and some rad skating on a beautiful hill, LET GO was born.

Somewhere in California there lies an incredible mountain road that we just had to capture. The essence of the run is its variety of terrain. A fast and narrow top throws you hard into two pairs of back-to-back hairpins with elevation changes so steep and sharp that you can jump down them. After exiting these hairpins, you have a moment to catch your breath before navigating your way through a quick, winding snake section, and then finally emerging into fast sweepers surrounded by jutting rock walls and breathtaking green vistas. Wooosh!

In Let Go, we focus on capturing the curves of the hill as well as showcasing the speed of skating and the natural beauty that lies around every turn. Our feeling is that this combination works together to convey a beautiful message of freedom.

EQUIPMENT USED

We believe in constantly educating skaters on what we are using to make our videos. No secrets here. Our feeling is that the more info we can share the better. We are not suggesting that you go out and buy the exact equipment we have, these are simply ideas to get you thinking; there are a ton of other options that will produce killer videos. Please remember: good equipment alone will not make your video better, it also takes technique and creativity.

Canon 7D http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/646908-REG/Canon_3814B004_EOS_7D_SLR_Digital.html

Yep! The Canon 7D is a digital SLR that shoots HD video. The 7D takes a bit of getting use to as a still shot camera, but you get use to it quick enough. The advantages are that you get to change lenses, which is sweet. The 7D offers a better depth of field, and it is lighter in weight than most high quality HD video cameras, so it’s easier and less tiring to skate with. Some notable limitations are that the sounds is not that great, focusing can be hard, battery life is average, it is awkward to look through the view finder (you basically can’t look through it when doing follow shots), and dirt can get in the lens and the sensor easily when changing out lenses.

Camera Settings

When shooting with the 7D, I like the look of the 24p mode (1920 x 1080 24fps). I kept my shutter speed constant at 1/30. Then I adjusted my aperture (f-stop) to the light.

For doing slow-mo, I adjusted the video setting to (1280 x 720 60fps) I then adjusted my shutter speed to 120 and kept it constant and adjusted the f-stop according to the light.

CHEAPER OPTION

The Canon Rebel T1i shoots HD video, $769.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/613613-REG/Canon_3818B002_EOS_Rebel_T1i_500D_.html

LENSES

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/633609-REG/Sigma_202101_10_20mm_f_3_5.html

This lens was key for the Let Go video. It really allowed use to capture the whole of a particular hairpin in one framing job. It was amazing for follow shots, allowing me to be right next to Kyle, getting his whole body, and it help convey the essence of speed better.

Sigma 70mm f 2.8 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/444463-USA/Sigma_270101_70mm_f_2_8_EX_DG.html

This lens really helped us capture the scenic shots we wanted, as well as allowed us to show-off the curvatures of the road. I however recommend getting a 50mm first before you get a 70mm, a 50mm is a bit more versatile.

Circular Polarizer filters: this is what we have for our big 10-20mm lens, which takes a big filter. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/181594-REG/B_W_66_025927_82mm_Circular_Polarizer_Filter.html

I have been told that B+W makes the best glass, and this is what we use. These polarizer filters are amazing; I can’t believe I have not shot with them before. By rotating the filter on your lens it shows you a variety of light situations hitting the road, it also makes the clouds pop, and saturates the sky. Super stoked! When you get a filter, make sure to get the appropriate size to match your lens thread. B+W filters are on the more expensive side, there are tons of other companies’ filters that will do the same dealio and are cheaper, but you may loose a bit of quality using them. You may want to buy a UV filter to protect your Polarizer filter as well.

Scahtler Video Tripod http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/601879-REG/Sachtler_0372_0372_FSB_4_Aluminum_Tripod.html

Back in the day I was using photo tripods to shoot video. Hahaha! Our new Sachlter pans so more smoothly. The tripod is so nice, it has 3 different settings of pan speeds, each with different resistance. It is up to you to be creative and provide even-smooth pressure to the tripod handle, creating beautiful motion.

The disadvantages of this bad boy are that it is a big beast, and heavy. Also, it does not allow you to set up the tripod low. I really like low shots, so we have invested in a Hi Hat, which will allow us to do those low shots in the future. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/366660-REG/Manfrotto_529B_529_Hi_Hat_with.html

Home-made Fig Rig, our friend Jon made one for $15 worth of supplies. http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/public/product_images/altimage/13%2001%202006mn_595_figrig_z1e.jpg

This is what I use for all the follow shots. This rig allows me to skate with the camera easily and allows me to get the camera really low to the ground. This thing is not easy peesy to use; you got to have steady and strong forearms, hahaha!

MUSIC

The music was picked by Kyle, and I feel it really works well with the skating and shots. The mellow music is a nice contrast to the fast skating, making the video a work of art that truly captures the beautiful experience of riding down a hill, which is often overlooked in other DH/freeride videos.

I hope you all enjoy the video — Kyle and I had a blast making it.

Yee haw, Kyle and Adam Colton

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