Some images of passing cyclists, mainly from around the Swansea and Blacksmiths areas of Lake Macquarie with the emphasis on local people cycling for transport and / or exercise.
They are shot from the saddle with my Sony Bloggie – and although it’s supposed to be a video camera I prefer to use it for stills because the moving video artefacts on most cycling footage make me motion sick! —- Truly.
The reason I like this camera for bikespotting is not so much for its lens resolution which is fairly ordinary, but simply the ease of holding it in the palm of a hand or of storing it flat in a leg pocket and then having it turn on automatically upon opening out the swivelling lens.
The 270 degree lens rotation on this model is great, as it allows candids from waist or handlebar level by looking down on the screen from above. It’s a versatile “snapshot” camera
As well as normal “mobile phone” type shots it swivels back 180 degrees for easy self-portraits “on the go”, or even over-the-shoulder rearward shots for the adventurous!
The downside is trying to anticipate when the shutter will fire as it sometimes takes a few seconds depending on available light and camera motion. This can lead to interesting framing – or, at worst, no subject in the frame! Also the still and video buttons are so close together that it’s easy to press the wrong one when on the move. There is also a tendency toward overexposed highlights on stills, and it’s no good for close-ups either, with a minimum focus somewhere near the metre mark…
You can easily lay this camera flat on the ground or on a flat topped post, swing the lens as needed, and use the 10 second self timer. There is now a new model that has two fixed lenses (for front and back) – but for my use this would be a big step backwards.
I never ride without it!