Shooting San Francisco Bay with a Beholder MS1 and RX100-IV October 31, 2015
Recently while on the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito, I used my Beholder MS1 with an RX100-IV to shoot some city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge shots. This was my first time using this gimbal on a moving boat, so I didn’t know what to expect.
Needless to say, as you can see from the short demo below, the video was impressively stable. I had my Panasonic GH4 with me as a backup, but the Beholder and RX100-IV performed so well, I never took it out of my backpack.
I was even able to use the camera zoomed-in to get some nice shots of Coit Tower and Alcatraz Island. Plus, I was lucky enough to time the ferry ride back to the city to get some quite impressive sunset shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I did use After Effect’s warp stabilizer on a few shots to smooth the motion out even more, but frankly, I probably didn’t even need to.
The first shot of the Golden Gate Bridge in the demo below was shot with this same set-up from a bicycle I was riding on Marine Drive near Torpedo Wharf. Other shots from the moving bike also came out very stable.
Overall, this equipment configuration is extremely capable of shooting steady, smooth tracking shots from most any moving vehicle.0