Perspective Update

Horse ranch in Lebanon, OR

Monday, August 19, 2019

This season, while driving my horses I’ve experimented with ways to photograph them in action using cameras in my possession. On various tries, I’ve connected a camera to the cart, tried to hold one along with the reins, and taped one to my helmet. Nothing has worked. Meanwhile, I kept looking at a new GoPro, wondering if I wanted to bother messing with the little gadget, its too-tight openings and many tiny parts.

About 10 years ago, when mostly I rode horseback, I tried using a GoPro and was unhappy with the results. Editing videos was limited, the software difficult, and the camera’s possibilities too limited for my purposes. I set the camera aside. Recently, I found it and its parts, and studied how it’s put together and what the associated loose pieces (connectors, straps, etc.) represent. By today’s standards my old unit’s software is out of date. Would a new version be easier to figure out and use? Would editing have become easier?

Typically, GoPro end users are runners, bicyclists, and boating types. Fewer people use it with horses for various reasons, but there are online videos shot from a rider’s perspective of horses on trails, and from a driver’s perspective of a horse or horse team pulling a vehicle. I wondered what I might want from a GoPro, and my best answer was looking back at how a horse might have been moving. That didn’t seem enough, but I decided to try a new GoPro.

At first, I disliked the camera, again finding inadequate instructions about how to assemble and use. It had a bunch of parts, similar to those for my old camera, and the case openings were too hard for my fingers and hands to work. I found tools and after figuring out the basics of working the camera, I took pictures.

The quality is nice, but I wasn’t seeking wide perspectives. I found how to reset the aspect ratio and captured a scene with horse in the photo that heads this blog.

I explored more potential by using GoPro attachment aids to affix the camera onto my helmet and set it for video to capture a horse being driven. Now, I have bunches of raw video segments, some very nice, of the horse in action. I downloaded a highly recommended version of an editing app for GoPro. Tonight, I’ll attempt to interpret and apply it to create a 60-sec or 90-sec recording of yesterday’s action with my horse.

Stay tuned!

Dear Friends: Time and technology, moving quickly, force decisions and learning. Diana

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