Utah, animals and drone footage preview

Last week I had the fortune of going to Utah with Tessa and her family. We had a great time and visited many state and national parks. This was a great opportunity to really test out my new drone, the Phantom 4 Pro. Unfortunately you're not allowed to fly in any national parks. Luckily though, there are still many beautiful areas where you are allowed to fly, such as the Snow Canyon state park near St. George. 

Here is a quick preview I made of the drone footage I shot during our stay, there is no music (yet) so I suggest tuning in to Drone Zone by Soma.fm while watching.

I also made this gallery of animals I managed to photograph:

Cameras for Road to Under Construction

Quick blog post on the cameras that I'm bringing with me on Road to Under Construction. 

Garmin Virb

Cool little camera with data overlay options, better video quality than the GoPro Session. Main camera when it rains.

Testing the VIRB at night with data on top of the video.

Testing the VIRB at night with data on top of the video.

GoPro Session

Waterproof without case, very small and lightweight. Great for on my helmet and on places where the VIRB doesn't fit. 

Captain Morgan Cam using the GoPro Session on my bike frame.

Captain Morgan Cam using the GoPro Session on my bike frame.

EOS100D

My main camera for taking pictures. Also good for timelapses and some video.

Osmo

My main camera on the bike (when it's not raining). Creates very nice stabilized footage which is of much higher quality than the VIRB or Session. Also nice for taking video when I'm not on the bike.

Osmo mounted on my handlebars, Røde Video Micro and iPhone SE attached.

Osmo mounted on my handlebars, Røde Video Micro and iPhone SE attached.

Phantom 3 Advanced

Drone for aerial photos and video. It's a bit bulky to carry with me but the possibilities are worth it. Hoping to really use it to it's full potential this trip.

Hoffman - Serenity

Unofficial music video for the track Serenity by Hoffman, check out the full album on his bandcamp page.

All footage was shot in Devon, UK. The first couple of scenes are from Exmouth followed by some shots taken near Budleigh Salterton. The church (which was set on fire in 1992) is in Buckfastleigh, just below Dartmoor. The video ends with footage from just outside Plymouth.

Mounting the Osmo to my bike

I love the Osmo. It shoots great stabilized footage, looks cool (if you're into this sort of thing) and has a joystick on it which allows me to rotate the camera.

Yet I wasn't really sure wether to bring it with me on my next trip (Road to Under-Construction). Compared to my Garmin VIRB and GoPro Session it's huge and not at all waterproof. 

Phantom 3 battery powering the Osmo, Røde Video Micro for audio

Phantom 3 battery powering the Osmo, Røde Video Micro for audio

Despite the downsides however it's too much fun not too bring with me. So this time around I decided to ditch the dedicated Osmo carrying bag and use my handlebar bag instead. This means I can take it off my bike easily in case of rain but this also means I won't be able to carry nearly as much stuff in my handlebar bag, which is probably a good thing since I tend to put too much stuff in there anyway.

Osmo, iPhone and mic in the handlebar bag in case of rain with some space left for my DSLR.

Osmo, iPhone and mic in the handlebar bag in case of rain with some space left for my DSLR.

I also decided to remove the iPad mount from the bike. This gives me more space to put my hands and also gives me a place to mount the VIRB in case of rain. 

Previous setup left very litte space for my hands and mic

Previous setup left very litte space for my hands and mic

Osmo on the left, VIRB on the right

Osmo on the left, VIRB on the right

In the next blog post I'll talk about mounting the Garmin VIRB and GoPro Session to my bike with accompanying test footage which I shot last weekend.

Preparing for Under-Construction

About two weeks ago I started my preparations for a new trip: Road to Under-Construction. 

Thankfully I won't have to climb nearly as much this time around. The trip will be roughly the same distance as Road to Revision (520km) but without the Ardennes in between, which made the trip to Saarbrücken quite the challenge and delayed my arrival at the demoparty with a day. This past summer I learned that cycling along a river means taking the path of least resistance. Although, as you can see in the picture below, I will be cycling uphill towards the river's source.

Road to Under-Construction elevation

Road to Under-Construction elevation

Road to Revision elevation

Road to Revision elevation

The plan is to leave The Hague on the 18th of December and arrive in Gernsheim on the 26th. This means travelling about 60 kilometers a day; not a whole lot but this will give me time to shoot and edit video as well.

Hopefully I'll arrive in Cologne after about 5 days.

After Cologne I'll just have to follow the Rhine to get to Gernsheim.

In order to prepare for the trip I'm currently sorting out my gear. I'm investing in winter clothes because it's likely to get very cold and possibly wet. I'm also looking into revising my camera equipment as I misplaced my GoPro and crashed my drone in England... I'll post more about this soon!

Road to Revision


Road to Revision was my first big bicycle tour. The journey started in Mijdrecht, just below Amsterdam. 8 days and 550 kilometers later I arrived at Revision in Saarbrücken, Germany. Climbing through the Ardennes was not a lot of fun and neither was all the night cycling. Luckily I met many friendly and helpful people along the way and if I have the time I'll probably do it again next year!