I got up today, loaded my car with my camera gear and took off to the mountains. My goal was to film the Cleveland National Forest Sunrise Scenic Byway and create a You Tube video. I was excited because I haven't done any filming due the quarantine and haven't been in the mood to film for a while. So today I thought it was the day, but things did not go as planned.
The dash camera I was depending on to get footage of the byway did not function. It turned on and off but never stayed on. I knew there was an issue with the camera but I thought it was only the memory card. I formatted the memory card but the camera would not stay on. I had to use my cellphone to film the road. To make things interesting my cellphone battery was running low and the charging cable would not reach the cellphone mounted on the windshield. Thinking that the footage was going to be a bit shaky and the camera showed a small section of the sucker cup on the top right hand corner I decided to stop filming. I couldn't ignore the corner as I played back the footage. I also didn't want my viewers to be distracted by this.
I also forgot to bring my selfie stick which makes a world of difference for me. At times I don't care what I look like but other times I do. I don't know why but I am sure there are many people who have those days where the hair must be in the right place and the light must be hitting at the right angle. After all selfies are self portraits of our best angles. Unfortunately for me I have not master the selfie so it is a struggle for me to make videos.
When my Gopro stabilizer broke, that was it. I was going to add some really nice b-roll to the video but with my stabilizer acting up I was not able to get the shots I needed. Not to mention that the memory card was giving the camera errors. So I packed my cameras and just enjoyed the ride.
I didn't want to just delete the clips I took so I figured I write a blog about my failed attempt. This will be a blooper blog. Surprisingly the cellphone footage was not as shaky as I thought it would be. In fact I think it has a camera stabilizer built in. I am very impressed with my new cellphone camera and might just do a video only using my cellphone camera. I just ordered some charging cables so there is no more excuses next time.