Strapping a GoPro to a moving object has become 'the thing' over the years. More recently, we've begun to see spectacular aerial footage of GoPro's mounted to small remote control drones, such as this video shot over New York City earlier this year. But every once in a while someone puts a GoPro on something that just makes sit up and you just go "WOW!" If you've ever dreamt of flying or soaring free like a bird through the mountains, this is the video you've been waiting for.
This video of an eagle in flight above the mountain of Chamonix in France emerged this week and has already become an instant hit, racking up close to 4.5million views.
It's easy to see why, because the camera angle captures the essence of what it must feel like to truly soar through the mountains and what it must feel like to have complete freedom-of-flight. As a skydiver, I've been obsessed with trying to experience the feeling of flying for as long as I can remember. I've always dreamt of what it must feel like to feel free like a bird in flight, particularly a bird of prey like this eagle, with a great wing span and the ability to float on thermals and just cruise around. This video provides perhaps the closest 'feeling' to what that experience must feel like, as we see this wonderful creature cruising around completely unhindered by the force of gravity, and with the ability to increase as well as decrease it's altitude relative to the ground.
Technology and gear advances excite me because of the new possibilities it provides for us as image makers to capture new and exciting perspectives on life. This was the reason GoPro was formed as a company to begin with, so that it's founder, Nick Woodman, could share new life experiences of surfing and travel with his friends back home. As the technology gets smaller, ever more pervasive and produces higher and higher quality output, it's exciting to think about what other interesting facets of life might be captured that previously inaccessible to us as image makers.
If you've seen some innovative and creative footage like this, please feel free to share in the comments below!