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Old 06-11-18, 11:09 AM
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Taking bike pictures while riding

Is there something like a tripod to take pictures of your self riding?

I have taken alot of pics of the bike riderless. It's getting boring. I think a bike in motion will be more interesting and complete.

But I don't know if when I'm tired, I'll want to bother with a tripod?

p.s. please post pic of you riding!
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Is there something like a tripod to take pictures of your self riding?
yes. wee, tiny collapsible tripods.

there's this one german dude, cycles in asia quite a bit, loads of photos on his blogs, endless series of shots of him riding his bike. don't know how he covers much ground, constantly stopping to set up tripod and camera, circle back to ride past....

you could search crazyguy for tripod and get reviews...of tripods...used for bike touring.

Bicycle Touring: Review: Cameras: "Lightweight Camera Tripod & Quick Release", posted by Rick Stiles (BentRick) on Mon 17 Feb 2014 11:16 (US/Pacific)
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I generally pack a mini tripod on my travels. Small enough to fit in a pocket, handy to have. One such example: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-.../dp/B00M78G2VO
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These were taken with my old camera. It had up to a 30' delay and would take up to 10 frames. I used fence posts, mail boxes, guard rails , etc. for a support. Unforntunately, my present camera is not very good for taking selfies. I might be able to find a remote shutter release, but I have not looked very hard.
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I don't carry a tripod. I do occasionally carry something similar to this clamp on pod or the Clampette or this ROWI that has a wood screw for mounting in trees or posts (not that I would use it in a tree). They work quite well. But, more often than not I just use what is at hand.

The Selfie, of course.


IMG_0696 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

I used the ROWI for this one


Steamboat Trace bw3 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

I just propped the camera up on the hood of my truck (it was coming home from a tour). I used the lens cap to level the camera.


IMGP1238 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

I got this action shot by propping my camera up on a wall and using the self timer.


IMGP1059 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

It took some tries to get the timing right.

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And, in the end, I cropped the photo.
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The only photos of myself on a bike moving were taken by someone else. But you are right, they are less boring.





A company named Sunset used to make a very compact tripod that you could expand to a good height. I have bought a few of them, this is an example of the model I am talking about.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUNSET-TELE...N/253671973700

They are made of steel and much heavier than they look. They would hold a small point and shoot camera quite well, but I do not think they could hold a DSLR.

I keep thinking about bringing one on a trip, but when I start pulling heavy stuff out before I leave home, the tripod is always pulled out because of the weight. It is a bit over a pound.

Sunset made other models, so if you do Ebay searches, some of the ones that pop up are big full size ones.

My camera remote only works within about 15 feet, so that would not work. And my timer is only 8 or 10 seconds, so I would not be able to push the shutter and get in position fast enough. But most of my cameras have an option of interval shooting where it can take a series of photos on a timed sequence, that is the only way my equipment could do a photo of me riding a bike.
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Just get a spider tripod; https://www.amazon.ca/Vivitar-VIV-SP.../dp/B002B8UL3U
or have your riding partner (in this case my son) snap your picture:
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I wonder if there is a small blocky camera so you don't have to use a tripod. I mean a camera that sit byitself. I mean a small cheap camera. I don't have those fancy cameras.

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I totally agree about photos of the bike, alone, being boring. I don't have a single photo of myself on a bike in all the years I've been riding; just dozens of pics of my bike leaning against signs that read "Welcome to..."

I wish I wasn't so self-conscious about taking selfies, because it's easy enough to set up a small tripod, put the camera in video mode and just ride by it. You can always capture the video frame(s) you're in later to make stills.

That said, now that I've seen the pics and videos people capture of themselves by using drones, I don't think I can ever settle for a dopey timed still!
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Using a fence post in a person's front yard.


Or just set the camera on the ground, and use your glove to tilt it a little.

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Old 06-11-18, 06:23 PM
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I wonder if there is a small blocky camera so you don't have to use a tripod. I mean a camera that sit byitself. I mean a small cheap camera. I don't have those fancy cameras.
I have a couple Pentax WG-3 waterproof cameras. A waterproof camera is not cheap, but it will last for a long time so can be worth the investment. The newer versions have the Ricoh name on instead of Pentax, plus of course a bigger number than 3. They have a flat bottom that will sit on a flat surface just fine. But you need that flat surface up high for a photo. I bought waterproof for touring after I came home from several bike tours and realized that I had almost no photos on rainy days. Since then some of my tours the only camera I had was that waterproof camera, I am very happy with it.

For portable compact waterproof cameras, Olympus and Pentax (now Ricoh) have been around forever, I think they are both equally good. I bought one of my Pentaxs new. Later I found a great bargain on another one, I got it as a spare.
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Not particularly touring, but my Avatar was taken with a tripod + delay... and several practice attempts (I didn't have multi-frame capabilities).

Another option is to use a selfie-stick, which I think some people use for self recording videos while riding. There may be bike specific selfie sticks.
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I don't take a camera with me because I already have an iPhone, and it takes pictures that are more than acceptable. I combine it with these two items:

Joby GorillaPod Magnetic Mini
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Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount

Which combined weigh about 4oz, and will let me snap a pic in almost any situation. The mini GorillaPod will grab/stick to most anything, easily holding up the weight of the phone.
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Could not be bothered...

I brought a tiny tripod for this purpose, and could noy be bothered setting it up, returning for it, and taking a picture of myself. Images of the bike are boring if the background is boring.
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My waterproofs are Pentax Optio WP and Ricoh WG-4. Both still work ; ).
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Pentax Optio WP, Mine stopped working , will give it away for shipping cost,
you can send it in to be repaired , for maybe $100..
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I use a regular tripod that is stable enough for my camera, but I carry 2 cameras. A DSLR and a Pentax Q7 with 02 zoom.
The unique thing about the Pentax Q7 is that it has the interval shooting mode which can be set to shoot off a frame every X timing for Y number of frames.
This is great as I will just set if to shoot a 7 frames once every 5 seconds and I should get myself within position in at least 2 of the frames.
No need to be limited by the 12 second time rush of most other cameras.


20180410-IMGP0944 by jenkwang, on Flickr


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Or course I also use the tripod for more serious shots, with the DSLR.

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I have a little Gorilla tripod: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M9C9EVS/

The attachment can hold my phone, or can be unscrewed leaving a standard threaded camera mount that works with my action camera. My phone camera can use a timer or be activated by my watch. One of my action cameras can take a photo on a delay and one can also be triggered from my phone. Truth is, though, I rarely use the tripod to get a photo of me on my bike. More often I will leave it on the bike to capture a photo of me off the bike.
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I use a regular tripod that is stable enough for my camera, but I carry 2 cameras. A DSLR and a Pentax Q7 with 02 zoom.
The unique thing about the Pentax Q7 is that it has the interval shooting mode which can be set to shoot off a frame every X timing for Y number of frames.
This is great as I will just set if to shoot a 7 frames once every 5 seconds and I should get myself within position in at least 2 of the frames.
No need to be limited by the 12 second time rush of most other cameras.
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Great photos.

Unfortunately the interval timer on my waterproof camera (Pentax WG3) which is my go to camera for bike touring and camping does not have as good interval settings as you have. Each interval 10 or more seconds apart when I would prefer 5. You can roll quite a distance at 10 seconds even if you are trying to go slow.
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updated version of a classic tool

PEDCO UltraPod Grip Lightweight Camera Tripod
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

it's not what you have, it's what you do with it

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There is a facebook page called Look At My Bike Leaning Against Stuff
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The flip side to pics of bikes without riders being boring is that pics with riders tend to not allow third party viewers to imagine themselves there.

It depends on the purpose of the picture.

If you want a record of your particular visit, including yourself in the shot makes sense. If you want others to imagine themselves there, or to admire the scenery, one without a person works better. Or if you have people shoot them from behind so you can't see the face and they then become a generic image others can transpose themselves onto. That way the viewer imagines them self behind the lens viewing the scene. Camera shots looking past the handle bars are good for that. If you shoot a face the shot becomes about that person primarily, even if there is a scene as well.
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Great photos.

Unfortunately the interval timer on my waterproof camera (Pentax WG3) which is my go to camera for bike touring and camping does not have as good interval settings as you have. Each interval 10 or more seconds apart when I would prefer 5. You can roll quite a distance at 10 seconds even if you are trying to go slow.
Oops.. 10s is really too much...
I tried it out too and had to really pretend to be cycling since it was so long between shots.

Maybe consider a 2nd hand Q7 and a few of its lenses with can be had for cheap.
I like the 02 zoom and fisheye the best for cycle touring.


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There is a facebook page called Look At My Bike Leaning Against Stuff
I joined that FB group. I have tons of pics of my bikes leaning against stuff.
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