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#1 Mariano Costa

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

Hope this guy is fine. Did look like an awful fall, cool reaction from the athletes, though:



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#2 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:09 AM

Where was the spotter! And why wasnt he in DonJuan if he didnt have a spotter.
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#3 John atkinson

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:46 PM

I don't think sports give you a spotter/utility.  Seems like he didn't scout his surroundings!

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#4 Lars Erik

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 01:50 PM

Done a few football games (soccer for you Americans who actually think NFL is football  :rolleyes: ), there I always had a spotter. So I think the norm is that you usually have one. The ops pride must have taken a bump though. Feel for the guy.

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#5 Jurgen Marx-Badenhorst

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:47 PM

This happened to me while doing Idols and I had a spotter, he was checking out the girls....luckily myself and rig was fine....
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#6 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:32 PM

some years ago, i was shooting a documentary so i had to design and shoot the scene on the fly sometimes without the possibility to check my surroundings before hand.

one day, the scene involved a longer than expected walk and talk and i was stuck to missionary walking backwards, i didn't want to switch to don juan fearing of disturbing the image. i had a spotter so i though i will rely on him.


my foot goes into a hole the rig flies away, i'm on the ground!

the spotter says: "there was a hole in the ground"


yeah thanks dude!

luckily i was moving fairly slow and flying a light flyer LE rig and a dslr. so no real damage to me or the equipment.

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#7 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:42 PM

He didn't have a good form.  (just wonder if he took any workshop)

Look at the video, his head is more to his left.

He looks at the monitor and his subject on his left.

He fully grabs the gimbal with his palm.

The sled is off to the side (dutch) not nearly vertical.



He is goofy, so his head should be turning more to his right.

This way he can glance to the right to check out his path.


With or without spotter, one should constantly check his own path before and during operating.




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#8 RobinThwaites


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:06 AM

Hi Ken


As a goofy with this shot looking 45 degrees to my left I would definitely be checking over my left shoulder not right.



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#9 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

Hi Robin,

I'm sorry that my writing is not clear enough.

I'm a normal operator, not a goofy.


As a goofy he should glance back to his right shoulder to check his path as he walking backward.

It likes you make a quick look back to the right corner of your eye to check.

Then turn your eyes back to the monitor and subject.

Switching your eyes left to right (goofy) as you walk backward.


I use to quickly turn my head slightly back about 15degree and glance back to my right while walking backward; then turn back to normal.  The number of turn is depended on the terrain and shape of the path.




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#10 Andrew Fletcher

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

"I'm a normal operator, not a goofy"



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