Friday Find – Cool Products Expo, Miniature Video, Time-Lapse Photography & European Press

Hello Creactives,

Another busy week has flown by here at Joby!

Cool Products Expo

Wednesday we participated in the Cool Products Expo at Stanford University. Having originated in a classroom at Stanford, the Gorillapods felt right at home.  There were a bunch of innovative  products at the show including carbon fiber guitars by Blackbird Guitars, the action-sports inspired portable crib by Guava Family and the perfect product for those of us not gifted with a green thumb – Easy Bloom.

Cool Products Expo -Noah, Jenny, Michael

Gorillapod Focus with Huge Camera

A Day in the Life of New York by Sam O’Hare

The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

I came across this mesmerizing video on the Picture Perfect blog today and loved it.  I then read that some of video was shot using a Gorillapod and I had to share. Composed of 35,000 stills stitched together, the video shows a day in the Life of New York but with Lego sized proportions. Some details on how the film was achieved from the artist Sam O’Hare:

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card…

I did some initial tests a while back using a rented 24mm tilt-shift lens, which is the standard way to do this. However, after my tests, I found it made much more sense to do this effect in post, rather than in camera. Shooting tilt-shift requires a tripod, as it is very hard to stabilise afterwards, and gives less flexibility in the final look. I opted to shoot it on normal lenses, which allowed me options in the depth of field and shot movement in post. I used a tripod for the night shots, and my Gorillapod (which is much more portable) where possible, but many locations—like hanging over the edge of a roof or through a gap in fencing on a bridge– had to be shot hand held, and the inevitable wobble removed afterwards.

Love it!

Montreal City Time-Lapse by Martin Reisch

Awesome find on twitter this week by the Canadian Artist Martin Reisch aka @safesolvent. Joby fan that he is, he posted his spontaneous time-lapse photography of the Montreal Skyline that he captured using a Gorillapod Focus.

Montreal Skyline Timelapse Photography from *safe solvent™ on Vimeo.

He also was kind enough to post the the video of the Gorillapod Focus gripping the fence to catch the shots.

Here are the details of the shoot from Martin’s perspective:

so i went out with my 5D Mark II, 40D, MacbookPro, iPhone as usual (yes, i tend to travel light) and the sky looked fantastic so i found myself down by the waterfront near Montreal’s Peel Bassin (one of several classic skyline vantage points) looking for a perfect place to shoot from.

As always, the best place to view un-obstructed skyline is in the middle of the water, but with a Gorillapod i was able to hug the railing on the bridge and stick my lens through the frame giving me a centered and perfect FLOATING clear view of the city!

I shot a frame every 4 seconds for 4.5 hrs and It held for the entire time without even a slight shake or slide! I keep my Gorillapodmobile 3G for my iPhone in my bag too, so i managed to snap a shot of myself waiting beside my timelapse with my laptop.

Gorillapod Timelapse Photography - Safesolvent

Joby in the International Press

Joby was feeling quite continental this week with a feature of the Gorillamobile in the Italian Vanity Fair and a piece on the Gorillapod Magnetic in in Spain.

Gorilla Mobile in Italian Vanity Fair

DSLR Magazine -Gorillapod Magnetic

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  • I really like the sandpit video. I am inspired to do something similar from where I live in Singapore. I have a Canon 500D and also a brand new gorillapod slr-zoom.



  • I really like the sandpit video. I am inspired to do something similar from where I live in Singapore. I have a Canon 500D and also a brand new gorillapod slr-zoom.



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