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Don't Let Rain Stop Play!

Don't Let Rain Stop Play!

Posted by Andi Lucas on 24th May 2017

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:This week I'm up in Anchorage, Alaska shooting an HGTV show, and while it's beautiful up north, we're dealing with shoot days where it's just rain, rain, rain... Given that we can't change our schedule around, we just have to deal with the wet conditions.The DJI Osmo on my 25' jib arm has become a crucial part of this home-buying show and I've been regularly employing a jib set up on this series (as explained in a few previous blogs).  So while I can't make the rain go away, with a carbon-fiber pole, a little bit of weatherproof clothing for myself, and a bunch of Dinkum options I can at least keep it off my gear!    This combination would also be a perfect and fast set up for any real estate video, wedding video, or any shoot that needs to show grandeur and large spaces in any conditions.  When it's rainy out, all you have to do to … read more
​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

Posted by John Mans on 10th Jan 2017

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Dinkum Systems in Travel Channel's new special, "Alaska - Water and Ice"Travel Channel is airing a special this month called, "Alaska - Water and Ice", and I was lucky enough to shoot a couple of the segments. One of the challenging shoots was stand up paddle boarding (SUP) around icebergs just outside of Seward. Due to the danger of calving icebergs - where ice chunks break off from the edge of a glacier - the environmental conditions had to be perfect: not raining, not too windy, not too hot and with the tides just right for our boat to pass into the inlet.Because the boat had to carry eight people, three paddle boards, a raft with an outboard and lots of camera gear, we needed to go as light and quick as possible. Instead of doing the standard long-lens shots from a shoreside tripod plus a handheld camera from the chase boat, I tried something a little unusual, and it worked out great. We tied down my trusty Sachtler tripod to th … read more