Looking Down

By woolybill1
On Friday I took delivery of a Kodak 4K Action Camera, courtesy of the epz Christmas Draw (thanks, Team!!!).

Now all the athletic action I am prepared to admit to is a moderately brisk walk, but if Saturday morning's efforts are any indication I reckon I could have quite a bit of fun with it. Fitting the camera on the car dashboard is one possibility, I reckon, though the resulting images would contain a good 50% car and 30% sky. While the handlebar mount is unlikely to get much use I'm wondering if the helmet mount will fit on my cap, while the supplied underwater housing removes my last excuse for not taking photographs in the rain Wink

I'm used to using fisheye lenses on a DSLR but the Kodak's absence of a viewfinder or viewing screen means that pointing and shooting become mere guesswork; more difficult is keeping my thumbs out of the frame. I rather like seeing my head in shot, indeed MrsW has suggested that I could try to include it more often. My estimation of horizontality seems not too bad, though.

Here is my first official effort, of The Response 1914 which has appeared in my portfolio pages on numerous occasions; handheld of course, and very much played about with in PS: cropped to 4x5 to exclude an intrusive thumb, Levels and Curves adjusted to taste, then run through Nik HDR Efex Pro (hypocrite Blush). I've also done a monochrome version (of the HDR) which will have to wait for another day all this action has been very tiring . . .

Tags: Silly Sunday Humour and fun

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franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 9:01AM
Well done on the win, Bill.

It looks an interesting gadget.

barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 9:05AM
interesting indeed
17 Jan 2016 9:10AM
This certainly get's the heads up from me Bill, an amusing slant on a great piece of subject matter.

sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 133 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 9:13AM
Can you tie it to your beard in anyway? Perhaps a peg might help? (You know the one you always keep handy for when photographing smelly balls)
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
17 Jan 2016 9:19AM
Hope you have lots of fun and great shots like this with your new toy, Bill.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
17 Jan 2016 9:40AM
Your distorted appearance on top makes it perfect for the day, Bill. A great toy and good result.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
17 Jan 2016 9:54AM
Very funny; like some demented deity egging on the combatants in the distance (no offence meant Smile)
If you attach it to the angel you might get some nice aerial shots!
kaybee 17 8.0k 27 Scotland
17 Jan 2016 10:10AM
Now that is going to be a fun toy........................
Inside small spaces, hanging on a string, up close and personal to objects -- oh yes! Lots of fun
mistere Plus
8 10 4 England
17 Jan 2016 10:24AM
Congratulations Bill, nice prize.
Interesting selfie for Silly Sunday SmileSmile

MileJanjic 7 5 3 Serbia
17 Jan 2016 11:18AM
Congrats for your gift Bill. enjoy it, and have fun!
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 11:24AM
Thanks all! It's good to know that so many people see the point of and indeed encourage the application of a touch of silliness to photography now and again.

The one thing the Kodak did not come equipped with is a remote control, so Roy's rather wonderful idea of hanging it on a string for single shots is out at least for the moment. Dangling it from my beard sounds more ambitious still; that is out after yesterday's severe trim Blush

You see, the camera's buttons are decidedly tiny and demand firm pressure before they will react - the best way to press them is with the end of a Bic biro cap (not the lamentable shirt-pocket-clip bit which just bends). I understand the reason for the required pressure: on a mountain-bike in particular it would be all too easy to switch the thing off by accident with a set-up such as in Moira's new Panasonic LX100, for example, which she says is driving her round the bend because the buttons are so easy to jog. In any case it's really meant for video rather than single shots and not the kind of street photography requiring an instant shutter response.

I shall persist Smile
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 11:44AM
love the shot and the face peering in at top.
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
17 Jan 2016 11:55AM
thanks 4 the smile WinkWinkGrinGrinWinkWink
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
17 Jan 2016 12:26PM
Brilliant, love it! Grin What really makes this is your face looking down on us, Bill Smile
Trev Smile
ZoeKemp 9 31 England
17 Jan 2016 12:37PM
love your creativity. what a great photo.
It's fun finding different ways to photograph things.
keep having fun and thanks for sharing.
jadus 10 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 12:43PM
If those soldiers were alive they would be howling with laughter at the guy with the new gadget!!
Love it, Bill.

Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 1:08PM
Well done on the win Bill, a great bit of creative photographyGrinGrinGrin

carper123 Plus
10 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 1:56PM
Excellent use of the fish eye, nice one, Bill.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 2:56PM

Quote:Well done on the win, Bill.
It looks an interesting gadget.

I agree with Ken!
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
17 Jan 2016 3:07PM
While hanging around in one of my favourite camera shops, I have, several times, enjoyed the marketing video form a competitor product, with the camera strapped to the beak of a bird, facing backwards...

May be worth trying on the back of your cap, or pointing sideways on the hotshoe of yoru DSLR...
17 Jan 2016 4:26PM
Whilst fisheye images sre not particularly to my taste, I must say that I've enjoyed the commentary and comments - all great fun Bill.

17 Jan 2016 4:45PM
An interesting perspective.
17 Jan 2016 5:22PM
Perhaps if you were to fashion a chin strap... from some kind of decorative material...

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