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03-23-2018, 12:06 AM   #1
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Photography while paragliding?

Dear pentaxians,

I am planning to explore the photography experience while doing paragliding?

All that is worrying me is the safety of the equipment. Considering that there are available some camera grips to have firmly secure the body in the hands, any more suggestions as to what should I be careful of? Or should I just give up this plan to save my precious gear?

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P.S: I won’t be paragliding myself. I would be with a partner paraglider

03-23-2018, 02:48 AM - 3 Likes   #2
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Hi haroon, if I was worried about the risk of damaging my gear, I would do it the FIRST time without any gear !! This would do 2 things for me. It would allow me the chance to enjoy the experience for what it is, and also give me practice of what to expect if I did it again WITH a camera. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
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I think you should worry about yourself. Its quite distracting to do photography or video while doing such things. Instead of concentrating on what you're doing, you are thinking about your camera and putting yourself at risk. I would only go as far as a mounted camera like a GoPro that is on the whole time. You can maybe take frames from a 4K video. Even with this kind of setup, your attention to flying will be diminished because you are thinking about the shot.
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In those cases I think a video is better. Use a go-pro or similar, put it on your helmet, forget about it and enjoy the experience.

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QuoteOriginally posted by haroon88 Quote
P.S: I won’t be paragliding myself. I would be with a partner paraglider
Hope it means you will fly as a passenger, not as pilot-in-control I've attempted to take photos when flying gliders - this is definitely feasible, however I had to adapt to the environment:
no hood - it's too easy to loose it or simply break
no big lens - glider's cockpit (even in large two-seater) is pretty cramped
never, ever attempt to pilot an aircraft when taking photos or even holding a camera
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Another option would be to use a small camera set to create a time lapse. You'd have an ongoing series of images to select from, in addition to a time lapse of your flight.
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I appreciate everyone's comment here honestly so thank you very much. Should I assume that everyone here who replied have had a paragliding experience? Anyone who has done paragliding and DSLR photography would be a great "first hand" experience advice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pjv Quote
Hi haroon, if I was worried about the risk of damaging my gear, I would do it the FIRST time without any gear !! This would do 2 things for me. It would allow me the chance to enjoy the experience for what it is, and also give me practice of what to expect if I did it again WITH a camera. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
This is surely an excellent advice. However the paragliding is kinda expensive so for one run is fine but doing consecutively 2 runs would be difficult to do.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gbeaton Quote
I think you should worry about yourself. Its quite distracting to do photography or video while doing such things. Instead of concentrating on what you're doing, you are thinking about your camera and putting yourself at risk. I would only go as far as a mounted camera like a GoPro that is on the whole time. You can maybe take frames from a 4K video. Even with this kind of setup, your attention to flying will be diminished because you are thinking about the shot.
Thank you for your reply. As in my original post, I mentioned that I would be just enjoying my paragliding by the help of a pilot who will be doing actual paragliding.
Secondly, I don't possess a go pro right now.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentageek Quote
Hope it means you will fly as a passenger, not as pilot-in-control I've attempted to take photos when flying gliders - this is definitely feasible, however I had to adapt to the environment:
no hood - it's too easy to loose it or simply break
no big lens - glider's cockpit (even in large two-seater) is pretty cramped
never, ever attempt to pilot an aircraft when taking photos or even holding a camera
Thank you for your first hand experience advice. You got my point that I would be a "passenger" during paragliding.
Hood is for sure the loose part on the lens. Regarding big lens, that is my worry since I have Sigma 17-50 f2.8 which is not only costly, but heavy as well but nonetheless an excellent lens for me to walk and do photography. I don't want to damage it during this experience so ........... Could be then I should get my hands on to an old Pentax lens like 24mm f2.8 etc.?
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I have not paraglided, but I have skydived. I would imagine that the experience paragliding is not unlike skydiving when flying under an open canopy. If you're a "passenger, i.e. this is a tandem jump / flight, then you should be able to take photos while under the canopy, using a DSLR or any other camera. But, paragliding is not unlike skydiving, in that, in the event the paraglider needs to dump the main parachute and deploy a reserve, your DSLR will be a major liability. I would not let you fly with it if I was that tandem operator. You have a large, heavy appliance that can whack you in the head when things go wrong. Or whack your pilot in the head, potentially rendering him/her unconscious and then you are as good as dead.

Landing a paraglider is also not unlike landing a normal skydiving parachute, although the paragliding 'chute is, of course, quite a bit larger than a skydiving 'chute. In theory, therefore, you'll approach the ground much more slowly, and in theory, have a much more gentle landing. This assumes nothing goes wrong and you don't faceplant when you reach terra firma and your DSLR eating dirt. There are too many things outside your control to safely fly with your DSLR. A (securely) helmet mounted GoPro would be a far better and safer idea.

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I have to agree with Mark and say no to a DSLR. If this is a professional outfit, they probably have helmet mounted Go Pro style cameras for either the pilot or passenger's helmet for rent so you can relive your experience. Skydiving companies almost always offer still and video services for customers, especially first timers who are unlikely to ever do it again.
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I really appreciate all the comments here. Thank you for removing the confusions... after all it is better to save the precious gear while pursuing a dangerous stunt. Have a nice weekend guys.
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