Here’s the footage from the mid December 2 way ‘mini-track-jump’ with Thorndahl.
As December is usually freezing cold we decided to do some low jumps all day. I like this video, because it also has me in it… Both Thomas and I had our cx 105′s on (one with .5 video angle and the other with .3 – both Century optics)
Alice and I went on 2 absolutely fantastic tracking jumps last weekend at EKRK Roskilde dropzone. We we treated with a beautiful August sky that carved out a visual scenery that made you want to stay up there forever. I brought my still cam and played around with some new settings – as I’m still learning how to get the best shots.
There is a long way to go for perfection – both for perfecting tracking skills as well as learning the tricks of photography along the way. But with each jump I think both skills are exercised well so hopefully some of it will stick. The best part of learning new stuff is the journey there, and with skydiving it’s so much fun you can’t stop trying again and again.
Here’s some of the shots from the day that I think are worth sharing.
This weekend I was out playing with my friends at my local dropzone. We decided to go on a couple of tracking jumps, with me as the rabbit flying on my back. First a 5-way, then some 3-ways. Tracking on my back is not my strongest feature but these 4 jumps definitively improved my skills on this part. All of us also picked up on our ability to fly together in a group, all tracking and dynamically adjusting to my forward speed and angle of flight.
I fitted my new GoPro Hero Wide to Alice’s helmet so soon I should be able to add some video footage from the GoPro 170 degree view. Along with my cx-105 and my Canon I think there’s a good basis for debriefing our track jumps.
First 5-way – ‘sofa tracking’
Here’s what my Canon EOS 450D picked up on the first 5-way – with Alice, Thomas, Claus & Peter.
You may notice that most people are not really tracking in any of the pictures. That’s because I was in a nice and comfortable sofa position with no real forward movement. Didn’t spoil the fun though! See the full picture gallery
Second jump – moving fast but not staying together
We went back up on a 3-way, now aware of how to apply much more forward speed on the rabbit. Successfully tracking on my back – nice feeling – but we had a hard time staying together on this jump. Full gallery
Getting there – good stuff
On Sunday we gave it another go, this time Uffe, Alice and myself as the rabbit. A little out of timing on exit but good speed and moving more as a group. Full gallery
And then…on jump 4 we made it stick. What a great feeling – good exit, flying close, flying fast, turning, moving, smiling, laughing – don’t want this skydive to end!
Just brilliant. Want more please! Just the thought of getting on my next tracking jump makes me high – good thing that Saturday and Sunday I will be with my friends at the dropzone again. Full gallery