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Make me ill - point of view heliski footage

Posted by Topher Donahue on Mar 26, 2010 11:10:00 AM

Running helmet cams while heliskiiing is all the rage.  Be your own hero.  But the results too often will make your friends want to puke.  When a few seconds of helmet cam view is cut into traditional footage, it gives an awesome perspective, but watching endless raw helmet cam footage makes me feel like I’m sitting below deck on a tossing sailboat, reading a newspaper while the other passengers eat roast beef sandwiches and smoke cigarettes.   

Check this steep skiing footage for a stomach churning example of what I’m talking about:

Jeff Bellis, a ski guide for CMH Revelstoke, uses a chest cam in this clip for smoother motion, and cuts it into other footage for a much more palatable effect:

November in Revelstoke from Jeff Bellis on Vimeo.

So, as a still photorapher I became inspired to put a different twist on point of view imagery, and hoping to avoid the nauseating helment cam effect,  I decided to give it a try.   I put a trigger release down my sleeve and mounted my industrial strength Nikon D3s on my chest with a 15mm fisheye lens.  Here’s one from a bluebird day last week at CMH Cariboos:

And one from a deep powder day last year at CMH Adamants:

What do you think about helmet cam footage and point of view imagery?  Have a favorite point of view clip?  Comment here!


Topics: ski film, Adamants Lodge, CMH Revelstoke, Cariboo Lodge