5 GoPro Mount Locations for Your Race Car Video

There are several locations on a race car that are ideal for a GoPro mount. These spots reveal the most racing action with the least amount of custom camera mounting fabrication. This article discusses 5 potential mounting spots that will add to the quality of your racing videos right off the bat with minimal testing.

Spot 1: Roll Cage. With GoPro’s standard roll bar mounting equipment you can locate the camera just over the driver’s shoulder on a vertical, diagonal or horizontal bar. This location offers the best view of in-car race action, whether it’s on the drag strip, road course or oval. In addition to the forward view of the track and racing competitors, a GoPro camera mounted on the cage can be easily adjusted to capture the driver’s upper body, dashboard and gauges, sponsor logos inside the car and race traffic on either side of the car. Slight adjustments in camera angle and resolution will yield different effects. Roll bars make stable platforms so the video is normally vibration-free. Make sure you use the open back GoPro housing cover if you want to capture car sounds.

Spot 2: Front Bumper. This is one of the riskiest locations, especially for stock cars, drifters and road racers, due to inevitable contact with competitors. However, mounting your GoPro on the front bumper has advantages for creating realistic and exciting video. First, the low camera angle gives an awesome sense of speed. The track surface rushes under the car in the lower half of the footage, giving viewers a great sense of speed. Second, close up action with competitors in front, the track, crowd, etc. is captured in a way you can’t get otherwise due to the wide angle lense. The driver always feels close to the action — to get this effect with a camera you must mount it physically close to the action. Obviously, the risk of the bumper mount is you will lose the camera in an impact. This risk can be lessened but not eliminated by locating the mount on top of the bumper toward the rear, or even inside the grill area.

Spot 3: Roof. The GoPro car mounting kit includes a strong suction cup mount that is ideal for locating the camera on a car’s roof. The benefit of a roof mount is the unfettered view in any direction. It gives a “birds eye” view of the action from a high angle. This allows the camera to capture multiple cars, lots of the track and even interesting things like trees flying by, the starter’s flag stand, fand in the crowd and other views. A roof mount is perfect for showing sponsor logos on a car’s hood, roof or rear deck lid. The suction cup mount is sturdy and rarely comes off. The downside is the excitement and impact of being in the driver’s seat doesn’t translate as well from up high. However, this is one of those locations that provides great add on footage for your racing videos.

Spot 4: Outside Over Driver’s Shoulder. The drifting crowd has made this camera spot popular. The GoPro is mounted using a simple sticky mount or a suction cup to the outside of the window behind and above the driver. It has the benefit of capturing the driver’s head and hands during the race, which adds a fabulous sense of action to your video footage. When the camera is located higher it offers some of the birds eye roof mount effect. When mounted lower it offers more driver action in the picture. Beware of mounting it too low or you’re liable to have the camera peeled off by a competitor! The outside window spot is best for very wide angle views.

Spot 5: Inside Pointed at Driver. This option offers a ton of variety in where the camera is mounted and what you focus it on. On the dashboard directly in front of the driver pointed back at his face films his eyes and reactions during the race. This makes the video very realistic and conveys the interesting human element of racing. Moving the camera on the dash toward the center or far corner progressively captures more of the driver’s side and what’s going on outside the car. These angles blend driver action with techncial control movements and outside competitor activity. Pointing the dash mounted GoPro directly backward usually isn’t the best since 75% of the view will be the car’s interior and very little race action will be shown. There are many other spots such as footwell, opposite door, steering wheel pointed back, etc. to play with.

Mounting one or more GoPro cameras in any of these spots on a race car will yield great footage for your next racing video. Feel free to experiment or use these locations as a starting point.

Source by Dann Roberts

5 Different Oil Painting Mediums To Enhance Your Oil Portrait Paintings

There are many different oil painting mediums that can aid and enhance your portrait paintings. For instance, most mediums are designed to dilute or thin paints helping you create thin glazes for painting techniques such as sfumato, which require subtle blending and fine detail, others are used to enhance the body of the paint, perfect for impasto.

In this article I will be highlighting some of the best oil mediums to use for blending and glazing in portrait painting:

Winsor & Newton Liquin: This low gloss liquid alkyd medium is used to improve the flow of oil paint and smooth out any brushwork, it also increases transparency making it the perfect medium for thin glazes and blending work. Also, by smoothing brushwork it is ideal for finer details. Liquin can also accelerate drying by up to half the usual time depending on the oil colour to medium ratio.

Refined Linseed Oil: Although usually mixed with turpentine to create an oil painting medium, refined linseed oil can also be used on its own. Linseed oil increases the fluidity of paint and also the transparency so again it is an ideal oil medium for thin glazes and blending. Retards drying allowing you to work longer with the paint.

Roberson-Parris Marble Medium: Roberson-Parris Marble Medium is made from refined beeswax, turpentine and a synthetic copal varnish or dammar resin. Mixed with oil paint at a ratio of 1:3 and diluted with rectified spirit of turpentine, this oil medium is used to create a non-reflecting matte like surface that can be ideal for creating the illusion of depth, especially for dark backgrounds behind a portrait.

Spectrum-Alkaflow: Spectrum-Alkaflow is an alkyd based oil painting medium that is used to thin oils and smooth out brush strokes. Its effects are similar to Liquin, although Alkaflow is a bit more viscous and creates a gloss-like finish. So again it is an oil painting medium perfect for thin glazes however the shine it creates is more ideal for areas such as the eyes or lips to give the interpretation of moisture or shine.

Roberson-Glaze Medium This oil painting medium is exactly what it says on the bottle; an oil medium you mix with the paint specifically to create thin glazes. It improves the flow of the paint and so is therefore ideal for blending and finer detailed work as well.

Source by Samuel Auit

HARO Folding Mountain Bikes

Folding mountain bikes are quite famous nowadays. For bicycle riders who are looking forward to great outdoor adventure, they opt to choose mountain bikes that are easy to carry, convenient and practical. On the other hand, there are also some who want a mean of transportation that would allow them to commute without hassle. This is where folding mountain bikes come in to the picture. With a great demand come great models that suit every preference. The HARO DX cycle in Korea gives you the features of a folding mountain bike that you would definitely want to try.

Samchuly is the founder of the HARO DX Cycle which is known as Korea’s most renowned and largest bicycle manufacturer. They have been in the industry nearly 60 years now. They are known for having a good reputation of making quality cycles to ISO9001 standard. They have also supplied bicycles to the 1988 Olympics and to the FIFA 2002 World Cup. Despite its quality of construction, this model is more of a recreational bike rather than actually designed for hurling yourself off mountain sides competitively. This is a great option for both mountain riders and ordinary commuters.

Folding mountain bikes make use of different riding position and frame sizing more frequently as compared to ordinary and conventional bikes. The HARO DX folding mountain bike design emphasizes on the compactness of a bike as would expect. It also plays a clever trick within the 16 inch frame size to achieve a small folded size with full size wheels. Most tall cyclists who usually prefer traditional and very high-ride road-bike position may sacrifice a little folded compactness by fitting a longer seat post in order to make room for your longer legs.

This bike is perfect for commuting everyday and can be easily be transported by car, bus, motor home, train and airplane. There is no need for a cycle rack, as they can be carried easily and unfolded for use in seconds without the use of any tools using the built-in quick release levers. It folds to under 30x90x90 cm without having to remove the wheels or all the other spare parts of the bicycle. These bikes are also supplied with a carry bag. It has long zip around the three sides with a carrying handle that can be carried over to your shoulder. This may cost a little expensive but is the quality is worth it. The bag is heavy duty with a water resistant internal coating. The generous three sided zip enable a l opening great for easy loading. It has a simple ‘square’ design that does not only make the bag for versatile but it also offers an ample ‘gap’ for stowing helmets and all other stuffs.

The Haro range of bikes comes in various models and designs. There are a lot of styles that you can choose from with varying prices. Some of these models are sold in discount rates which are quite a good deal in your favor.

Source by Cassaundra Flores