Friday
Mar012013

Hutchinson Island On The Rocks - GoPro3 Black Edition

I recently picked up a "GoPro Hero3 Black Edition" for the upcoming storm season, and I wanted to test it out and get the feel of this tiny, but powerful little camera, as this is my first GoPro in my bag.

This past week I spent a few hours on the coast playing around with the camera, and I have to say I was really impressed from the beginning. Now, this is not going to be a big camera review for the GoPro3, just a fun video I shot on the south end of Hutchinson Island on the rocks at the "House of Refuge Museum" near Stuart Beach, FL.

I found that I enjoy shooting in the 2.7K and 1080 / 60P resolutions modes of the camera the most, with the "CamRaw" feature on. The CamRaw mode shoots a more flat picture style (not real raw) which makes color correction a lot more enjoyable during post-production. I did try the 720p @ 120FPS mode, but I was not pleased with the amount of noise that I would see in the shadows and overall "blocky" look to some of the shots even in decent sunlight.

Jeff Gammons capturing waves with the GoPro3The video above was completely shot at 1080/60p, and this allowed me to slow the footage down to 24p and give that nice smooth slow-motion effect of the crashing waves on the rocks. I attached the GoPro to an old monopod allowing me to lower it down into the rocks and the water from above. This wasn't the easiest when trying to keep the camera stabilized, as waves crashed into the it and the rocks all while trying to keep my balance on the on the sharp edge. 

You'll notice in a few shots that it looks a little "shaky", but then again this is just a test run with the camera for the first time at the beach. A lot still to learn. All post-production of this video was done in Adobe Premier Pro CS6, including color correction and slow-motion.

This powerful little camera won't replace my more pro Canon HD-SLR'S that I shoot with every day, but it will be the perfect "B" camera during hurricane chasing, severe weather, mobile blogging or just some fun on the water during the summer. The better sensor, lens, and shooting modes that come with the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition I think is the best choice if looking into getting one for your bag. Thumbs-up. 

I hope you enjoy my short video, because I had a lot of making it. Thanks!

Reader Comments (6)

nice work jeff
looking forward to more video work.
no1 son has just got himself a go pro
awesome bit of kit
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Kel
Thank you, Bernie! I'm sure he is enjoying it.
March 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Wow nice work. Very peaceful video. Even though its a test video I def love it!
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Rodriguez
Thank you very much, Katherine! Glad you enjoyed the video. :)
March 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Beautiful and very relaxing. I am in a very pleasant frame of mind after watching.
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Thank you, Ann! :)
March 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons

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