Although you wouldn’t guess it by looking out the window here in San Francisco, this has been a crazy week for all things weather. In honor of the crazy storms that have crushed much of the US, below is a time-lapse shot using Gorillacam.
On a related note, we were thrilled to find the GorillaTorch Blade in the company of Tactical Bacon and the Bed Bunker in MSNBC‘s list of essential products to survive doomsday. Yeah, I am not joking…
Friday has come and it is absolutely fabulous weather here in San Francisco which make us all anxious for a weekend full of running, skiing and who knows what else. This week I stumbled across some intriguing stop motion videos all created with the help of a GorillaPod. The first is just cool from a construction point of you as it allows you to watch the multi-day construction process required to put together the Technicolor booth for CES. The second is a beautiful ode to the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia Spain. In this well scored piece, the imagery is just gorgeous. My favorite parts are watching the random cleaning of the pool reminding me of some aqua-aerobics classes which I may have enjoyed.
2010 has come to a close and what an amazing ride it has been. At JOBY, we have moved into new offices, launched some amazing new products and have been thrilled by some of the bewilderingly creativity (all very positive) ways that you have used our products in the wild. Have a wonderful New Years Eve and please do send us some photos!
Having spent this morning freezing on the Golden Gate Bridge (you’ll find out soon enough why). This tender ode to socks really captured my fancy. Shot with Nikon and Gorillapod SLR Zoom and Ballhead as part of a 365 project, exhibits a gentle journey in reverse motion.
Gorillatorch Goes Big
This lovely juxtaposition of a larger than life Gorillatorch with an adorable car, comes to us care of Automechanika, a major automotive tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany. Probably not the best for aerodynamics, but definitely good for finding your way in the dark.
We are headed out to an offsite in Park City, Utah to catch up on all the summer fun that you all seem to have been experiencing. Watch this space for photos of us taking advantage of the great outdoors. In the meantime, enjoy these fun videos of other creactives taking full advantage of the elements.
Taking Down Camp Rocker Style
At times, this does not seem like the most efficient way of packing up, but eventually, like the song, these guys seem to get into the rhythm. Captured with a Canon 5D, a Gorillapod and a soundtrack to rock out to, this video let’s you see a little bit of Mount Adams and the outdoors. Even, when you are trapped inside.
Windsurfing From All Angles
This starts a little slow, but gains energy and ends up with some crazy cool angles as the sail lifts up and over head and the windsurfer takes on speed and really takes advantage of the Gorillapod and Fisheye lens.
I must admit that when I hear Elise, I think of my fabulous friend (salut Elise!). Apparently, I am in the minority – in this office the Lotus Elise seems to be king. This drive in the Loire Valley is captured with new Panasonic Lumix TZ10 and of course, a Gorillapod. This guy is clearly a gear head…and please, don’t test me on what happens in minute 9 of the movie.
…and a Gorillapod Focus Press Hit
5 out 5 ain’t bad. Especially, when you aren’t selling toothpaste or other dental products. This great review of the Gorillapod Focus by Appletell makes us happy.
A camera, a Gorillapod and a $4 egg timer combine to make the ultimate 360 degree time-lapse video. Move over rotating restaurants, this souped-up egg-timer is an accessible way to feel totally immersed in an activity or skyline. Poised on top of a Gorillapod Focus, this great time-lapse video makes you feel like you are part of the conversation. For further details on how to recreate this awesome experience visit Philip Bloom’s Blog.
Vanity in the Eye of the Camera
This great New York Times piece by David Coleman titled “Me, Myself and iPhone- Mastering the Art of Taking Your Own Photo,” investigates the best way to take self-portraits in the digital age. Fueled by the increasing need to have pictures of ourselves online for work and pleasure, the self-portrait has become a must. Of course, Gorillapods make the picture taking process more doable – or at least, so says the article.
Check out this half and half pro. I don’t know how it is physically possibly that it doesn’t just end up as a big knot, but I guess that is where the skill lies. And, of course filmed with a Gorillapod.
Fight to the Death
Apparently, Mr. Dinosaur got creamed by Mr. Gorillatorch in a knock-down, drag out fight in the messy land of the design team’s desk.
Adrenaline rush without the effort, yes it would be even better to actually participate. This cool film of windsurfing Lac Bay Bonaire in 2010 is captured with a Kodak ZX3 Playsport and a Gorillapod on a Tabou Rocket 105, JP Supersport 65 and 69 and the JP Funride 130 with Ezzy Freerider 4 sails. Ok, that’s a lot of detail about the equipment, but it does make for a fun ride.
CNET Hits the Road
Daniel Terdiman, a reporter for CNET once again has started out on his yearly road trip where he explores technology and geekiness in different parts of the country. This year, all eyes are on the Eastern Seaboard as he heads off in his loaned out Porsche and his trunk full of goodies including, of course, a Gorillapod.
Here are more details about his trip:
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is back on the road again. This year, beginning June 24, he’ll be driving a car loaded down with tech gear thousands of miles up and down the East Coast, searching for the most interesting spots for technology, military, research and development, naval shipbuilding, and more. He’ll begin at a NASA facility in Virginia, hit induction day at the Naval Academy, watch paper money get made in Washington D.C., and coins get made in Philadelphia, and see how the famous PostSecret project comes together. Come along for the ride, all without leaving your computer.
Istanbul’s Blue Mosque Time-Lapse
As a co-worker lamely (shhh…don’t tell him I said that) stated while looking over my shoulder, “those people sure are walking fast.” This gorgeously shot footage of Istanbul by day and night was shot with a Nikon D3 and Gorillapod Focus. You can find out more about the set-up for the time-lapse video on Richard Peters’ Photography blog.
We received this awesome email the other day from a customer, that was too fun to pass up. I love the image of the Gorillatorch holding on for dear life as the car surges down the road.
I received a gorillatorch as a Mother’s Day gift. I was playing with it to see if it would attach to my van. It did. It worked so well, that I forgot I had placed it on the outside of the van. I drove at 70+ mph for over 30 miles before I realized that I had left the torch attached to my van. To my amazement, it never moved! The bulb still worked despite all the road vibrations. Very good product. Thank you.
Biking Season is Clearly Here
Apparently, people got the memo. The sun is out and it is time to start biking. This week you can choose from a charity cycle in the English country side, some hills in a Vancouver neighborhood or a quick city trip in Slovenia.
Biking Gorillapod Style: England
Biking Gorillapod Style: Vancouver
Biking Gorillapod Style: Slovenia
Gorillatorch, the hands free flashlight with personality, makes an appearance in Parents Magazine this month.
Ahh, the joys of constructing – Ikea style. This time-lapse video taken with a Gorillamobile and Gorillacam is a study in what putting together an Ikea bed is supposed to be like. For the most part everything goes smoothly, he doesn’t spend hours the way I do hunting for tools which I happen to be sitting on. Nevertheless the result is pretty entertaining, especially the headless wife inspecting the work at the end. Added bonus, the background music is sure to make you start doing a little dance at your desk…It’s tricky!
Best Gift for Tech Moms
To celebrate Mother’s Day WPIX, a local news affiliate in New York, welcomed Rebecca Dogin, the Executive Editor from thenest.com, to suggest great last minute gifts for moms. The Gorillapod Magnetic with its adorable wrapping legs and magnetic feet was selected as the Best Gift for Tech Moms. Our little guy was so embarrassed by the attention that its feet turned red, but I think we’ll all get over it.
Playing it Oh-So-Cool
What do you Joby Gorillapods and George Clooney have in common? Other than being both so ruggedly handsome, of course. Apparently we are both hip enough to appear in the Weekender Version of Urban Daddy.
Pretty Pretty Time-lapse Sky
@andyhadfield makes me jealous with this perfect lapis blue evening sky with the help of a Gorillapod.
I came across this mesmerizing video on the Picture Perfect blog today and loved it. I then read that some of video was shot using a Gorillapod and I had to share. Composed of 35,000 stills stitched together, the video shows a day in the Life of New York but with Lego sized proportions. Some details on how the film was achieved from the artist Sam O’Hare:
It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card…
I did some initial tests a while back using a rented 24mm tilt-shift lens, which is the standard way to do this. However, after my tests, I found it made much more sense to do this effect in post, rather than in camera. Shooting tilt-shift requires a tripod, as it is very hard to stabilise afterwards, and gives less flexibility in the final look. I opted to shoot it on normal lenses, which allowed me options in the depth of field and shot movement in post. I used a tripod for the night shots, and my Gorillapod (which is much more portable) where possible, but many locations—like hanging over the edge of a roof or through a gap in fencing on a bridge– had to be shot hand held, and the inevitable wobble removed afterwards.
Montreal City Time-Lapse by Martin Reisch
Awesome find on twitter this week by the Canadian Artist Martin Reisch aka @safesolvent. Joby fan that he is, he posted his spontaneous time-lapse photography of the Montreal Skyline that he captured using a Gorillapod Focus.
Here are the details of the shoot from Martin’s perspective:
so i went out with my 5D Mark II, 40D, MacbookPro, iPhone as usual (yes, i tend to travel light) and the sky looked fantastic so i found myself down by the waterfront near Montreal’s Peel Bassin (one of several classic skyline vantage points) looking for a perfect place to shoot from.
As always, the best place to view un-obstructed skyline is in the middle of the water, but with a Gorillapod i was able to hug the railing on the bridge and stick my lens through the frame giving me a centered and perfect FLOATING clear view of the city!
I shot a frame every 4 seconds for 4.5 hrs and It held for the entire time without even a slight shake or slide! I keep my Gorillapodmobile 3G for my iPhone in my bag too, so i managed to snap a shot of myself waiting beside my timelapse with my laptop.
Joby in the International Press
Joby was feeling quite continental this week with a feature of the Gorillamobile in the Italian Vanity Fair and a piece on the Gorillapod Magnetic in DSLRmagazine.com in Spain.