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    Soloshot 2

    POV cameras are great, I love my GoPro's and have tried various different mounts - from kite line, chase cam, the GoPro 3 way and of course the good old helmet mount. But in an attempt to get a different perspective in my videos I was always looking at alternatives, the ideal situation would be to have somebody film me using a camcorder and tripod - but attempts with this with my wife and daughter were never that successful, then somebody introduced me to Soloshot... The robot cameraman - Ergh! Maybe not - Soloshot 2 is a unit that attaches to a tripod and a camera (Camcorder, GoPro or DSLR) and will track a tag that is worn by the the rider and can follow them through 360 degree rotation (at 80 degress a second) and 150 degrees vertical tracking (at 35 degrees a second). The tag is also waterproof to 30m. With a range of 600m (2000 feet) and if you go out of range then it will pick you up when you come back into range - smart! The unit is supplied with the base, a tag and arm band, charging cable, tripod tool and instructions. The tag attaches onto the base for charging and transporting and both have extensive battery life the base for up to 8 hours and the tag 4 hours (the battery in the base can also be used to charge you camera - if you have a compatible camera, unfortunately I don't!). The other issue I had was the thread size on my tripod was different from that of the base of the Soloshot, I had to buy an adapter for about $2. Every time you use the Soloshot 2 or move it from one location to another (even after initial pairing) the base and tag have to be recalibrated and paired. The initial calibration takes 8-10 minutes and involves the tag warm up, attaching the tripod, base and camera, framing and centering the shot. Then there is the walkabout pairing, in which you have to walk at least 50 paces around in a random way ending up back at the base to pair the item. You then walk back to your centering object to calibrate the base and tag (I missed this part when I first tried the Ozone R1 and therefore it didn't track properly!). This sounds like a lot of trouble but is fairly simple once you get used to it and once the tag has warmed up (8 mins approx) is quick to do and I think the results are worth it... Kite buggy - Soloshot 2 from Mark Crook on Vimeo. There are various different settings on the Soloshot 2 depending on what sport you are involved in, wether you are on a level playing field, or will have altitude changes (getting some air) all designed to get the best out of the unit and these can easily be changed on the go. If you have a compatible camera then there is also an auto-zoom function and DSLR can also be set to take pictures at preset intervals. You can also pair one tag with multiple bases for lots of different perspectives or multiple tags to one base and switch between them by pressing a button on the tags while on the move. The base is quite heavy, but this isn't an issue once mounted on a tripod. It does feel solid and well made and does contain the battery, servos and electronics. The tag and arm band are also tough (I know I landed on them during an OBE! The downside - initially the pairing and calibration can feel a bit daunting, and the auto-zoom and charging only work with compatible cameras. Positives - no wingey wife or kids filming you, steady smooth tracking, long battery life, multiple functions.
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    Lake Lefroy Regatta

    The West Australian crew (yep all 3 of us!) are all heading to Lake Lefroy at the end of September for a long weekend of kite buggying and land yachting. There is a certain gentleman from Ballarat has said maybe, come a long and buggy in one of the best locations in the world...
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    kite surfing @ The Pond

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    Kite surfing - David Tonijuan

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    4th in the world!

    Apparently this is David Tonijuan, ranked 4th in the world for kite freestyle. From Spain, I contacted F-one after taking it this evening.
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    David Tonijuan

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    Ranked number 4 in the world. At Safety Bay Pond.
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    kite surfers on the Pond

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

    Thanks but No, it's a good subject to photograph and they seem to appreciate them, I share them on the Sandgropers Facebook page. After following @jhn.holgate around Lefroy with his camera he piqued my interest in photography, then my daughter got a camera and that was it I had to get my own! https://www.flickr.com/photos/142687625@N08/
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    The Sandgropers

    I just wanted share with you some photographs of the Sandgropers Land yacht club in action. These were from the 18th December. https://flickr.com/photos/142687625@N08/sets/72157677978241845
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    The Sandgropers

    A few photographs of yesterdays racing... (only 69!)
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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    Sandgropers Land Yacht Club

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    The Sandgropers

    Took a whole lot more today and will load them to Flickr tomorrow, at the end of the month is the state championships and I will try to be there again... @Chook are you coming up for the states?
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    Blow @ Kingston 2016

    any idea on dates yet, just bought a camper-trailer so maybe able to convince the wife on a family roadtrip ?
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    Lake Lefroy Regatta

    Wow! @Chook it looks like the R1 is really working out for you
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    Skywatch Eolo Anenometer

    Thought I had sold this but found it in a drawer! Full working order, some surface scratches and i think the batteries are going (just takes standard AA's!). $50 plus postage
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    Camera Advice please

    So the depth and perspective convey a real sense of movement?
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