Saturday, 9 December 2017

Morning cycle at Tyninghame...


Last Sunday morning and after a ride through the woods (previous post) it was down to Peffersands and a ride along the coast to Tyninghame and the Tyne Estuary...



Here is a short helmet cam film dropping onto Peffersands...

Peffersands beach ride Dec 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Beach was near empty of folk...


North from Willowbrae Point...


Out around Sandy Hurst point...


Cold on the face!...





Rounding the point i came across this seal pup, prob stranded ashore after the last high tide...


Looks cute and cuddly but this wee fella would have you hand of defending itself if you were to go to close...


Leaving the pup in peace i carried on and seen the first of 3 Little Egrots on the Salt marsh...




Mosques Point and superb views today in the low bright winter sun...


This high pressure weather will near freezing temperatures would continue for most of last week and shows winter on the  east coast at it`s best...


More soon..

Friday, 8 December 2017

Winter in the woods...



Wintertime in the woods, nearly all the leaves have dropped now, only a few weeks to the winter solstice,  have to get out as much as possible when the weather is as nice...


Low winter sun casts long shadows now through the woods now it can penetrate the leafless canopy...


The ground a carpet of leaves, 80 shades of brown...



Down through the local woods and an Autumn  damp smell of rotting vegetation in the air...



I hoped to capture the silence in the woods here where you cannot here any distant traffic but picked up too much wind noise on the Go Pro mount to hear the bird song as i cruised through the centre of the wood...


Mid winter cycle through the woods... from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Mud, and chunky tyres go hand in hand  in winter...

Another short film along the north side of the wood...

Here through Beech trees whose leaves blanket the ground...


Mid winter cycle through the woods; Pt 2 Dec 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

On to Tyninghame woods now..




Back home and a bit cleaning to do, nothing plain water will not shift if the bike has had a previous  spray over with Muck off bike prep...


More soon...

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Making a film...


Out early doors and nearby is a harvested field still left in stubble with bales in December!...


Folks have asked me how easy is it/how do i have the time to make so many films for the blog?
It is actually quite easy and quick, here is how to make a film of around or under 3 minutes - the ideal time length  from 9 minutes of film i shot.

I rode 3 passes across the field, returning to the start in a loop on the road after each pass,

First pass using the helmet cam, second pass with the mono pod...




And third pass some point and shoot,


coastkid patent pending mono pod attachment!,  Go pro mount drilled and countersunk 4mm  bolt with nut underneath jammed in a 90 degree junction allowing quick swaps between mounts!...


Back home and the 3 minute each segments were up loaded onto i movie in the order i filmed them, i cut all the unusable stuff at the start and end of each clip,  then third each segment into three x 1 minute segments,
Keep two 10 second segments and delete one segment, drag one in three segments into line to get a flow of different angles as i rode across the field...


Tidy up the film to keep the changes flowing and add fade/mix between shots, then add a pic for a start and finish...



Then add Audio, if the song is too long i movie will cut the audio at the end of your film, choose a song that suits the mood/weather/riding speed,



Editing tips;

Watch for shadows with mono pod/stationary cameras, though sometimes it cannot be helped,

Zoom out as you ride to the camera, zoom in as you ride away from the camera,

Riding past the cameras a short shot, turning 90 degrees half way across gives a longer shot -you can do this riding to the camera also,

Keep each shot around 10 - 15 seconds to keep the film interesting - unless you wish to show the entire route your riding with head or chest cam,

On the above advice the head cam will give a remote look unless a rider in front, chest cam gives a more involved on bike view.

Pictures added in can capture distant views better than a fish eye lenses of an action camera,

Try and have a start and end to you film, the law of three`s,


Upload to YouTube or Vimeo which will take around  30-60 minutes and job done...


Here is the film,
Song is `Je suis le vent` by Working For A Nuclear Free City


Surly Pugsley Winter harvest field cycle Dec 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Sunday, 3 December 2017

GFBD 2017


Global Fatbike Day 2017  East Lothian...



14 riders made the early start to get out to the sub wrecks at low tide on Saturday...


After a toast to Fatbike riders around the globe with Lindesfarne Mead we rode east along the coast stopping at Marine Villa for a brew up at the WW2 Searchlight station before rolling along the sands to North Berwick...







With the bike line up pic done it was back along the the John Muir Way and coast to Gullane and a pint and food at The Old Clubhouse...



East coast winter light...


Some film of the day
Song is `Perlandine Friday` by Scottish artist Chris T


GFBD 2017 East Lothian coast from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...