Awhile back LowePro and Joby sent me some really awesome bags and accessories. The bags I use all the time, but up until this point I never had an opportunity to put the GorillaPod Focus to use. Last weekend I was working on a photography/video project with an ammo company called Battle Born Munitions outside of Reno, NV. The first day I shot some footage inside their warehouse and the following day we went off the grid to capture footage of their ammo in action. While we were out there I used a 3 camera setup which consisted of two Nikon D7000s and one GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition. I had the GoPro on a tripod near a steel target about 250 yards away from where we were shooting and I had both of the Nikons focusing on the shooters. The GorillaPod came in handy because I was able to set it up really low to the ground to capture some cool video footage from a lower vantage point and on top of that my steady cam rig broke and the GorillaPod actually worked as a good substitute. I think they should create some accessories to transform the GorillaPod into a highly portable on the go steady cam rig. Anyway, here's a shot of the GorillaPod on the ground in front of the firing line, it was shot with my iPhone so it's not the greatest of shots, but you can see how the GorillaPod was placed and used.
Yesterday I got an e-mail regarding sponsorship from Lowepro and JOBY which are sister companies owned by Daymen. Lowepro has been the only company that I've ever used when it comes to camera bags and I'm really excited to check out the new gear which they have been kind enough to send me. Along with two new bags I'll be getting some new GorillaPod items to play with. I've never used a GorillaPod before, but I've been meaning to pick one up for quite awhile and I'm looking forward to putting it to use.
The product that first turned me on to Lowepro and really sparked my interest was the SlingShot. I've taken this bag with me on all my travels over the past 4 years. It's spent a lot of time in planes, trains, and automobiles, as well has hikes through rain and snow in the mountains and the intense heat of the desert, never failing to protect my Nikon gear. I've never once had an issue with it and plan on still using it for a long time. Here's the original video that I saw when I first started looking into options for carrying my camera gear and what sold me on the SlingShot:
Check out this great review about CloudUp. I've been using CloudUp since they launched and have been loving it. It's an extremely convenient and fast way to share pretty much anything you can drag into it. I primarily use it to share photos and video from shoots with clients as well as for creating mood boards. I also use it for sharing audio files for music projects with my band. Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend it as a great alternative to DropBox, YouSendIt, etc . . .