Yesterday evening I was setting out to head down to Sydenham for the first night of an Alpha course that a friend is doing. I gave myself plenty of time to get there and had the route planned and plotted in my phone via Google Maps navigation.
It was a beautiful evening, I had the radio playing some music and the windows down.
On my first left hand turn this gloriousness was to be short-lived when my phone decided that it wasn’t quite comfortable in the cradle and decided to launch itself out of the previously mentioned open window. It then skated across this quiet residential street only to be met by some very uncharacteristic traffic for the street in the form of a van and two cars.
The above is what was left of it.
What have I learnt?
This has left me feeling incredibly silly even if it was a freak turn of events but in future it makes me want to advise others what I have learnt:
- Always Always Always check your phone is sitting snuggly in its cradle
- Good idea to keep your phone plugged in so the charger acts as an anchor.
- Keep the cradle below the car’s widow line of the car if possible
EDIT – I have got phone insurance so a replacement will be sent to me in next few days!
So far today’s shoot is going well. My brother has been away and normally I would use his kit so on this and last week’s shoot, I’ve been hiring in kit from www.kitroommonkey.co.uk who are based in Ealing studios.
The kit is centered around a Canon 5d mk2 on rails with a Dedo light kit and a H4N with boom. There are a few items new to me but generally it’s a great kit and packs down well.
I’m particularly loving the rail system. It’s great to be able to pull the while rig off the sticks and run it from the shoulder. My first rail setup last week was poorly thought out but this morning I had a little more time to set it up and I nailed it.
Proof will be the footage!