How does unicycle.com do it?

These guys must be pretty quick. They’ve managed to find someone fast enough to hold the unicycle upright in place and quickly run out of the way letting the camera man take a picture before the unicycle falls down or while the runner is in the pictue.

Re: How does unicycle.com do it?

They hired Bill Massey to take professional photographs of the products they offer in their catalog.

> These guys must be pretty quick. They’ve managed to find someone fast
> enough to hold the unicycle upright in place and quickly run out of the
> way letting the camera man take a picture before the unicycle falls down
> or while the runner is in the pictue.

A technique they got from me. I’ve been doing it for years:
http://www.unicycling.com/garage/munigar.htm
http://www.unicycling.com/garage/racing.htm
http://www.unicycling.com/garage/special.htm

The hard part is doing it without an assistant :slight_smile:

Another technique was used in this picture of three standing unicycles:
http://www.unicycling.com/garage/piles.htm

This technique came from Craig Milo Rogers. The unicycle wheel is
supported snugly by the rocks, keeping the cycle from falling down to the
sides. Then a small rock is placed between the fork and the upper crank
arm, so the frame is at a slight angle to hold the rock in place. It works
great as long as it’s not windy…

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on safety
equipment cleaning methods

Unicycing is intimately connected to juggling, and juggling is intimately connected to magic. This triangle of knowledge helps balance the world as we know it today.

The ultimate pinnacle of a unicyclist/magician’s career is where you trackstand and then make yourself disappear. Various rocks and other obstacles nearby are there merely for training purposes.

Then you can have someone take your photo to prove you can do the trick.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada

m,y birthday has just gone by, i have been wanting a digital camer for awhile, mostly to take pictures of unicycling.

but after going to all the stores and looking at most of the cameras, i found a problem. they all do the focusing thing. the focusing thing is the full second it takes to focus after you press the botton, the it takes the picture.

i am looking in the 0-200 dolar range so i havnt got many choises. basically i cant take a picture of anything moving, so it screws me. if anybody now of a digital camera that does not do this, pleas inform me. danktheduck@hotamil.com
aim- dan who say
thanks in advance
dan

danktheduck@hotmail.com
my bad

I don’t know specifics, but the cameras I’ve used worked like this:

you’ve got that annoying one second focus thing, yes. However, if you hold
the shutter button down half way, the camera focuses. Then, when you press
it the rest of the way, it snaps the picture, without delay because it’s
already in focus. Motion is still annoying, but if your camera workd like
this, it makes it reasonable to photograph if you plan a few seconds ahead.

Another cool feature to look for (not sure you’ll find it under $200) is
rapid fire mode (not sure the technical name)… my roommate has a camera
that you can set to take 8 photos in a row, over 2 seconds. That’s a
really cool feature for motion, though, the flash doesn’t work when you’re
in this mode.

If properly timed, still photos are the coolest. You only need to be able
to do a trick for about a second, and you can have documented evidence
which would look about the same as if you could do the trick for hours
nonstop. :slight_smile:

jl

> m,y birthday has just gone by, i have been wanting a digital camer for
> awhile, mostly to take pictures of unicycling.
>
> but after going to all the stores and looking at most of the cameras, i
> found a problem. they all do the focusing thing. the focusing thing is
> the full second it takes to focus after you press the botton, the it
> takes the picture.
>
> i am looking in the 0-200 dolar range so i havnt got many choises.
> basically i cant take a picture of anything moving, so it screws me. if
> anybody now of a digital camera that does not do this, pleas inform me.
> danktheduck@hotamil.com aim- dan who say
> thanks in advance
> dan
>
>
>
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> i am looking in the 0-200 dolar range so i havnt got many
> choises. basically i cant take a picture of anything moving, so
> it screws me. if anybody now of a digital camera that does not do
> this, pleas inform me.

There are digital cameras that take pictures with virtually no lag.
Unfortunately they are out of your (and my) price range. Professional models
can do basically everything, for several thousand dollars. Cheaper cameras
are getting faster, but it will take a few years before they can compare to
the instant shooting of film.

So pre-focus your camera as described in another post. There are some kinds
of action you will not be able to catch well, but if you know the spot where
something’s going to happen, like a rider jumping off a rock, you can
pre-focus and be ready when they jump.

See examples in my Ofoto albums. All the pictures in there are digital, and
all but the most recent were taken with my Olympus D-450. The current
version of that camera is the 510, but it’s over $200.

Good luck,
JF

> i am looking in the 0-200 dolar range so i havnt got many
> choises. basically i cant take a picture of anything moving, so
> it screws me. if anybody now of a digital camera that does not do
> this, pleas inform me.

There are digital cameras that take pictures with virtually no lag.
Unfortunately they are out of your (and my) price range. Professional models
can do basically everything, for several thousand dollars. Cheaper cameras
are getting faster, but it will take a few years before they can compare to
the instant shooting of film.

So pre-focus your camera as described in another post. There are some kinds
of action you will not be able to catch well, but if you know the spot where
something’s going to happen, like a rider jumping off a rock, you can
pre-focus and be ready when they jump.

See examples in my Ofoto albums. All the pictures in there are digital, and
all but the most recent were taken with my Olympus D-450. The current
version of that camera is the 510, but it’s over $200.

Good luck,
JF