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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Blog, Video

Winchester at Christmas

Join me for an afternoon roll around one of Hampshire’s most picturesque cities and largest cathedral. It’s nearly Christmas, so much to my surprise I found a full-on craft market at the base of the cathedral, and this resulted in some classic Airwheel skills-up proximity glide opportunities…

Slow-wheeling

Part 1 is all about Airwheeling the busy market, intercut with a few quality time-lapses of the awesome scenery.

Crowd rolling commence...

Crowd rolling commence…

This was easily as hard work as Westminster was the other week, possibly more so in that at least in London they keep moving, albeit very slowly; here, people were randomly stopping all over the place, and it took all my concentration and slow-wheel skills to do the whole lot without a single UDM or fall. Couple of forced intentional dismounts along they way, as you’d expect, but generally I was very happy with that, and pleased that I seem to be able to maintain increasingly deathly slow roll speeds without losing balance.

Part 2 builds on that as we head into town to test our skills again in a very busy high street, and here, I had several forced IDMs because people will just ‘stop’. If they choose to stop abruptly, there’d better be somewhere to go either side of them, and most of the places I had to get a foot down today were as a result of people stopping in the middle of moving crowds, where there is nowhere to go in any direction.

It might be easy to view this stop-starting as annoying, but of course it’s not because it’s excellent mount/dismount practice, and you can never get those smooth or instinctive enough, even 300-odd hours into the hobby…

Time-span

Tried out a new timer interval on my rotary egg timer for today’s spin panoramas – taking every 2 secs initially, then later every 1 second to produce some excellent final time: recording wait ratios.

As we can see from this handy but poorly laid out chart I made (will replace when I have time), shooting every second, you get loads of time at 30FPS by only sitting there 10 or 20 minutes. So that’s all good.

Time-lapse Rotation Data Sheet

Time-lapse Rotation Data Sheet

Today’s time lapses were made better by the amount of people, who always add to these sort of shots, scurrying about as they do, at hyperspeed…

Go go Gallery…

A few stills from today’s first vid, with more coming later when I’ve edited them. Likewise this will start off a gallery only post, then become a video blog when the videos are uploaded.

See you next time, peoples…

Aero J