The Making Of: P.O.V. Cycling
In London Video | DIY

Want to know how I got that unique Point Of View (P.O.V.) for the Cycling in London video? So did my fellow commuters on the street as I cycled passed. Here’s how I did it…

On three occasions during my time filming my journey to work, I was asked at red lights about a strange looking piece of kit on my bike. In order, I had to explain what I was doing to 1) a crossing guard in Finsbury Park 2) a motorcyclist near Arsenal and 3) a cyclist near Tottenham Court Road. Here are the stills from the film of those occaisions:

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In order to get the P.O.V. I wanted, I used a “selfie” stick. Usually, as the name suggests, a “selfie” stick is used to mount a camera on a stick so you get an extended reach to make photos/videos of yourself. Inherently, it sounds selfish and self absorbed, which is it.

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Selfie stick

This is a “selfie” stick. As the name suggests, it gives people extra reach to take selfies like a boss.

But I added a twist to get an “over the shoulder” P.O.V. on my bike. To do this, I built a small rig using:
1) The center column (detached) of a camera tripod
2) Bungee cords
3) The selfie stick
4) The pannier rack on my bike that usually holds… well, panniers

Step 1: Attach tripod column to bike

First I extracted the center column of my tripod and fastened it to the panier rack on my bike with the bungee cords, with the attachment head facing out the back.
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Step 2: Attach selfie stick to tripod

I swiveled the tripod head and attached the selfie stick on a base plate so that it stood straight up at 90 degrees.
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Step 3: Attach GoPro to selfie stick

I extended the selfie stick and attached the GoPro on top, then angled it slightly downward.
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Step 4: Preview and shoot

Using the GoPro app on my iPhone, I connected to the GoPro to preview the camera angle, make any adjustments and then trigger shooting when I was ready.
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POV shot

Et voila, you see the results… and why people on the street stopped to ask questions.

And in case you haven’t seen it, this was the result:

VIDEO (2:34) New POV on Cycling in London

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