Sunday, 21 December 2014

Great sailboat mast shots get easier

The mast shot works brilliantly on a sailboat, even better than a windsurfer if you can get two people and the action in.
A Flymount and a great camera like GoPro, with a remote release, can get you those 'peak of the action' shots that look so great.
Koo Stark used to climb to the top of masts to shoot this sort of thing with her Nikons. It's a lot easier now!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Omar Sánchez shoots Flymount

Good to be back on the water again with some big waves.
photo with flymount — feeling wonderful with Björn Dunkerbeck, Antonio Arbelo González, Murray Saunders, Ezequiel Evelio PTrainers and Nutz Surfboards.
Tags: Flymount

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Shuvit by Ingrid Larouche - with Flymount and ISAW Camera

The Shuvit by Ingrid Larouche - with Flymount and ISAW Camera

and below is the version with the blacks brought up in Lightroom plus a touch of vibrance to make it more screen appealing - you may think it's too much!
There's a lot to be said for a camera producing low contrast and low saturation imagery - you can always bring the values up but it's hard to reduce them. This image was very durable in post.

The Moreno twins using their Flymounts for great mastshots

Here's a nice series of shots from the Moreno Twins using their Flymount action camera mount as a mast mount

Monday, 8 December 2014

Tatiana Howard shoots with Flymount

here's Tatiana Howard shooting with a Flymount and looking great in in warm seas while we look out on the grey UK winter dusk - wish we were there!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Flymount sponsors the PWA

Quote from the PWA::

The PWA are extremely proud to unveil Flymount as our latest sponsor

Have you ever wanted to capture yourself looking like a pro, but don’t have a personal photographer? We’ve all been there, you’re having the best session of your life or you’ve just landed a new move, but there’s no one there to capture the memory, or perhaps even worse your mates on the beach didn’t see you land that elusive move - whether it be your first carve gybe or your first loop - and simply won’t believe you. Well, now you can put an end to all of that with the help of Flymount, paired with your camera.

Flymount specialise in camera mounts designed for the most of extreme of conditions, so you can have full faith of capturing those magic moments no matter how tough and gnarly the conditions may seem. The Flymount will handle anything and everything you can throw at it!

To give you all the information you need to know about Flymount we caught up with the man responsible for this simple yet ingenious product, for a full interview.

Read our interview with Joe Knapton below:
PWA: Firstly, we’re delighted to welcome you on board the PWA as a platinum sponsor, where did the idea for Flymount originate and when did you establish yourself as a brand?
JK: “The idea started during the winter of 2005 / 2006 in Tarifa, Spain. I was living down there with my girlfriend (now my wife) and we had one of the early waterproof digital cameras made by Pentax. We wanted to mount the camera onto our windsurf rigs, but couldn’t find a mount that would do it, so we started making them ourselves. The camera and the homemade mounts attracted a lot of interest whenever we used them, so we decided to make a business out of it. Flymount as a brand was launched a couple of years later with the first full production version of our mount.”
PWA: Youʼre now on the third generation of Flymounts, what have the main changes been over the years and how has this improved an already great product?
JK: “Windsurfing is a small market, so we realised that the product needed to work on a variety of different equipment to give it a broad market appeal. Luckily, windsurfing is a great starting place to develop a product like this - if it holds tight on a windsurf mast landing a backloop, or being rinsed by a wave, then it wonʼt budge when itʼs on someoneʼs handlebars!”
“The very first mounts used the same system as a tripod (or any other mount) to attach the camera - they just screwed on to the cameraʼs tripod point. The problem with using just the tripod mount was that the vibration would make them unwind, and fall off!”
“This was before GoPro had taken off, so we spent a lot of time developing a mounting system around standard compact cameras. Our mounting system held the camera in two places, thus eliminating any possibility of unwinding.”
“To make it really versatile we extended the range of the product, to allow it to fit onto virtually any diameter of tube found on action sports equipment, from roll bars to BMX handlebars. We also lined the jaws with grippy urethane to protect peopleʼs gear, and prevent movement. Then we added a clever adjustment mechanism to keep the whole unit really compact, even when the jaws are fully open.”
“Weʼve used different materials over the years, but have now settled on a combination of marine grade stainless steel 316, and glass reinforced Nylon-66. This makes the mounts extremely strong - they should last a lifetime. Our camera mounts are 100% British - manufactured and assembled by us. This gives us full control over the materials used, and the care put into assembling them.”
“The current 3rd Generation version of the Flymount Original will look at first glance very similar to the 1st Generation. We prefer a gentle evolution when we make upgrades, rather than a complete redesign. Itʼs an extremely good product that doesnʼt need changing.”
PWA: Does the Flymount only work with a specific camera or a variety?
JK: “Flymounts work with any camera. We always like to say ʻvirtually any cameraʼ but Iʼm yet to find a camera that wonʼt work with our mounts. Out of the box, the Flymount will screw into a camera just like any other mount. However, we manufacture a range of adapters to suit the customerʼs camera, and recommend these to prevent camera unwinding, as mentioned before. GoPro is now the market leader in this area of photography, and we make two great adapters for their cameras.”
PWA: Who is the Flymount aimed at? Purely windsurfers?
JK: “We do still sell a lot of mounts to windsurfers, but windsurfing is now just a part of our market, with mainstream sports like mountain biking making up a big part of our sales. Weʼre very happy to say that Flymounts are used by the likes of Darrell Wong and John Carter, and unofficially by the BBC and Chanel 5 here in the UK.”
PWA: As the innovator of the product do you have any tips for setting up and getting the best out of the Flymount?
JK: “A lot of people like to use their Flymounts on the boom, which gives some great results, but my favourite mounting point is still on the mast - a third of the way down from the mast tip (if using a wide angle camera), and pointing at the harness lines. I love the classic mast mount frame like this - it reminds me of the old mast mount shots from the eighties and nineties that I had plastered over my bedroom wall as a kid.”
PWA: Are there any steps people should take to maintain it?
JK: “A quick wash in fresh water from time to time is a good idea, but overall theyʼre designed to not need much maintenance. If any sand gets into the metal parts, it usually works itself out by opening and closing the jaws a few times.”
PWA: Whatʼs included when you buy a Flymount and do you need any optional extras to begin using it?
JK: “Inside the box, the Flymount comes with a standard tripod adapter, and our patent pending safety leash. This means that the mount works straight away with any camera, but for any filming under high vibration, we strongly recommend one of our camera specific adapters. Most people buy the two together.”
PWA: Finally, where can you purchase Flymountʼs?
JK: “We have dealers all over the world - a full list can be found on our website -”
PWA: Thanks, it’s a pleasure to have you on board, we look forward to seeing even more amazing photos and video captured by the Flymount!

Not only do Flymount have a dedicated website, but you can also ‘like’ their Facebook Fan page, which features just some of the amazing action which can be caught whilst using a flymount. Their page can be found here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Nice spin loop by Joe Knapton in Tarifa

Nice spin loop by Joe Knapton of Flymount, the world's best and most versatile mast and boom mount. Shot here in Tarifa, at the southern tip of Spain in November sunshine.

Spin Loop Tarifa from Joe Knapton on Vimeo.

Ben Proffitt's guide to great windsurfing video

In case you missed it - Ben Proffitt's guide to windsurfing POV photography, cameras, and of course mounts:

Extract from Ben's review in Windsurf Magazine:

The first thing to add to your shopping list is the Flymount 2.
Now this is an awesome mount designed for windsurfers by windsurfers – and it certainly shows. The MK I model was good, but I have to say the small change to 2 really has made this the ‘mount of mounts’ and a must for any windsurfer with an action camera. If you’re going to buy one mount make it this one as it’s super easy to use and takes up no space, plus you can get a few different angles out of it. (Including some good ones of any bald patches you may have!) The main ones I use are the mast and the front of the boom.

• Very versatile. You can stick it on your mast, front of boom, back of boom etc.

• So easy to clamp and secure

• Small and lightweight

• Cheap

• Great for clamping to anything else off the water. (Mountain bike etc.)

• So much better than the actual GoPro mounts

CONS: Err, I can’t think of any!"

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Garmin VIRB on Flymount - test

We have a new Garmin VIRB Elite which we've been testing in various locations from mountain biking to windsurfing in Tarifa and we'll have some more definitive reports in the next 2 weeks.
What I can say is that it is heavier than a GoPro and this can be a disadvantage on a rig where lightness is important so you may prefer to use it on a bike when the mass is lower down and far less obvious.
It seems that the Garmin is designed more for vehicles of some sort (bikes included) and they have added all the usual distance and position GPS and Wi-Fi stuff plus a small screen for set-up - which can be very useful. It feels quite nice in the hand, as well, and the controls seem pretty intuitive.
Here's a shot of it on the Flymount with the GoPro 2 adaptor for rigidity.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Great action image from Jason Polakow

Great Flymount action shot from Jason Polakow shows the creative opportunities from your versatile mastmount - and you don't need to have a full-on face shot!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ingrid Larouche with her new Flymount and ISAW Camera USA

Ingrid Larouche tries her new Flymount and the ISAW Camera USA. Not a camera I've tried but it's a GoPro mount camera, and looks much like a GoPro so it will be interesting to see what real users make of it.
From the footage I've seen it's not such high saturation as the latest GoPros but that's not always a disadvantage for video. You can easily add extra contrast and saturation in post, but losing it is pretty well impossible.
We'll try and get hold of an ISAW to test over the next year and report back.
In the meantime, here are some shots from Ingrid's first trial of her new toys:

Friday, 21 November 2014

John Carter shot of the day

This is one of the most perfect images I've seen in a long time. While it's entirely photographic in the sense of capturing the moment - 'The Decisive Moment' as Cartier Bresson put it so succinctly - yet it's also painterly in its aesthetic.
The light, composition and action make me want to be there and feel the sun and air and sea on me.
I look out at the grey UK winter and dream.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Nice boom shot by John Carter at the PWA World Tour

This is a great view, different from the mast position, and it shows an alternative POV from normal. It's easy to do with a Flymount because you can move from mast to boom quickly and securely, with minimal effort.
If it's hard to move your camera you tend to leave it in one spot, not so good for getting variety in your images.
Position your camera where you can get yourself and, if possible, other windsurfers in the frame. This creates perspective and a feel for 'place' that is richly rewarding when you get back to shore and start to share your images and video.
This shot from John Carter at the PWA World Tour shows what I mean.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Flymounts now in South Africa, Bay Sports in Cape Town


Bay Sports of Cape Town is the place to get them!

Here's a couple of shots of Mitch Wagstaff testing the product out:

Flymount racing at Brands Hatch with Mazda Racing and MEV

Jonathan Blake was racing at Brands Hatch in the Mazda based MEV Exocet from the Nottinghamshire works of Stuart Mills's MEV workshop.

We wanted to fit Flymounts and a variety of small cameras - GoPro, Contour and Drift - to the body and roll-bars but we had to get through scrutineering first. Having tested the Flymounts they were pronounced safe and secure and the guys left for some warm-up laps.

Our original intention was to have two cars with cameras behind them and by the mirrors so we could build a decent set of sequences into a short video.

All did not go well because the Contour, left in the hands of the other driver, was not switched on - although he thought he had done. So we ended up with the GoPro facing Jonathan and the Drift shooting from the roll bar. The weather was great and the shots and video were brilliant, now I want to do it again but much better and with more, and better cameras. I think the sensible option is simply to use one brand so all the footage will match nicely, so it will be GoPro this time on both cars.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

New Flymounts with small cosmetic faults at big discounts!

Here is a chance to buy a new Flymount with full guarantee but with cosmetic faults that don't affect function. After one session they'll look normal!

"We have a batch of factory seconds now available from our online store:
These are the latest Generation 3 Flymounts, with just minor cosmetic flaws. They come packaged and fully guaranteed as normal. Grab a bargain before we run out !"

Federico Infantino ITA - 999 makes the Flymount image of the day

What a great use of light and motion, catching the breaking wave, kissed by the sun and highlighting all the sail colours.
The Flymount was there, making it all possible but not long ago this sort of image would have been spolit by burnt-out highlights. The tonal range of the new cameras is fantastic. — at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Zara Davis shoots with JVC Adixxion and Flymount at UKWA Slalom event

Zara and her husband Pete Davis use JVC Adixxion cameras at the UKWA Slalom to film her  and this is what Zara says:

"Zara Davis, Speed Windsurfer Flymount was brilliant, it took all the jarring from the boat at speed to deliver some great footage and even some amazing stills."


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Great shot of the day, underwater with a Flymount on a mast

Versatile Flymount action camera mount works all over the place - only your imagination will limit the great shots you can bring back.

Great centre mast shots with the best action camera mount for windsurfing

Flymounts are great for boom and mast shots on a windsurf rig but there is a belief that you can only shoot one side or the other.
Here's the simple safe way to shoot great images down the luff and still have your Flymount quickly available for those side and bottom boom positions that make such good shots.
See the image on white below - just add the GoPro extension supplied in your pack - simple and very stable in action. This is using the Flymount GoPro 2 adaptor.
Ultra versatile Flymounts are the world's best action camera mounts for windsurfing.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Low profile, side mounted, the all new action cam adaptor for iPhones by Flymount

Another shot of the lovely new S1. Strong and beautiful, the new Flymount S1 encases your iPhone in a water resistant shockproof safety case, mounts on the side of your helmet and shoots through a new, patent pending lens system that turns the view sideways and widens the angle for great action footage with the phone you always have with you.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The new Flymount S1, the world's first side mounted low profile action camera adaptor for iPhones

Here's a sneak preview of the new Flymount S1 low profile, side mounted action adaptor for iPhones
Shoot wide angle helmet cam footage with your iPhone!
Flymount S.1 is the world's very first helmet cam adapter for iPhones that attaches to the side of your helmet.
Patent pending optical technology rotates and widens the iPhone camera's field of view, allowing it to be mounted safely on the side of your helmet. The specially designed case protects from water and impact.
Shoot, edit and share - all from one device.
On the fly photography

Friday, 7 November 2014

BMX shots with Braden Bradford and a Flymount.

There's nothing like BMX for hard riding and stress on rider and machine so we sponsored Braden Bradford of Nottingham with a Flymount and he kindly used it with a GoPro on Bunney's track in Bulwell, Nottingham.
Braden is one of the top BMX riders and you can see why when you are there by the track - astonishing skill!
Here are some shots and the Flymount Video has a sequence showing the view.

This is the Flymount video and the BMX footage is about three quarters of the way through.