It took me longer than I wanted to get this posted and, pardon the pun, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. I ventured out into the wilds of this weekend’s blizzard with the aim of getting some interesting pics/vids. I mostly failed. I towed along a few cameras and managed to trek a combined 24 miles in the snow….basically, so that in a few years I can tell my kids: “you know, in my day we had to hike 24 miles in waist deep snow up hill in 40 mph winds if we wanted to get good pictures…”
And if you’re nice (nice means sharing!) I’ll post those pics and another video tomorrow;)
Anyway, during all the slogging through the conditions (which I loved, by the way) I left my GoPro at home to record the storm one minute at a time. I’ve done this for other snowstorms, but this time I rigged it to the outside of my window. This meant a little engineering. No GoPro battery has the staying power to last through this entire storm, so I had to figure out a way to keep the camera connected to power while also keeping it dry. The solution was simple: saran wrap and a rubber band.
The GoPro was encased in the skeleton shell, and once I had it positioned I wrapped the rear of the casing in plastic wrap and hooked up the USB power cord through the plastic and then added another layer of wrapping. I also pointed the camera slightly down to hopefully avoid streaking from snowmelt. Success. No water seepage at all, even as two inches of snow/hour were drilled at the camera at 40 mph! All said and done this sequence captures about 40 hours, I sped it up by another 25 percent in post-production.
What to watch for:
1. The tireless efforts of our building’s maintenance crew. The fact that you can see pavement at the end of this video is a testament to how hard they worked.
2. The the two stone benches along the main walkway leading out of the building. You always need a point of reference for snow time lapses, and this angle is a bit difficult for that, but those stone benches are a good start.
3. The fencing around the courtyard…another great point of reference to watch the snow pile up.
4. The trees show the strength of the wind, and you can see thick waves of snow as the heavy bands of the storm passed through the blizzard.
5. There are a few times when the sequence seems to jump, it’s actually the GoPro automatically adjusting to the building flood lamps being turned on and off.
6. The clouds…at about 1:00. This is the hidden gem, because there’s a small sliver of the sky at the top of the frame and you’ll be able to watch the skies clear out after the storm.