GoPro Hero 2: Experiments in fatherhood and beyond

My dad died the weekend before my 38th birthday. I didn’t learn until a few days later that one of the last things he did was buy me a birthday gift. It was a fun little GoPro Hero 2 Camera, something I’d mentioned in passing that I wanted to mess around with on running adventures and otherwise. The cameras are made for extreme sports–surfing, snowboarding, motocross, etc. As a father of two boys, my extreme life is limited by the necessity of staying alive for a while (you’ll find me riding motorcycles and jumping out of planes when I’m 80).

Nonetheless, my dad and mom bought me the camera, my dad insisting I get it in time for the half marathon on my birthday. As it turned out, I was too emotionally wrecked to figure out how to use a camera for that. Since then, it’s been sitting here as a reminder.

With no crazy cliffs off which to jump or cars to drive fast, I turned to a couple things in my life that make for fun video: my kids and running. The effort is still a little raw, but I can see myself having fun with the camera, extreme or not.

Here’s an afternoon with my older boy in less than two minutes:

And here’s a bit from a race we rean this morning. Still working on a way to get the horizon line right on my head when running…

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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7 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    What a great gift! We have been having fun using the GoPro in our commercial production too.

  2. Kat says:

    Keith just got one for the trip to Australia, and ash been playing with it to get stop motion sunsets. Looking forward to playing with it on the Great Ocean Road (got the motorcycle mount!).

  3. KenP says:

    Well, we finally find out why your producer wife insisted a real camera person accompany your media high jinx. Either that or it was intended as a mode piece on watching overcast sky. But that’d make the music wrong.

    Be sure G-Rob gets nominated for a Gerald Ford award.

    Don’t let it get you down. As an Uncle used to say time after time, “Perfection is attained only by hard studies and constant practice.” and that is still annoying to write or hear.

  4. Mean Gene says:

    Holy crap, he’s got a pretty good swing already.

  5. The POV aspect really is useful in many circumstances! Nice videos!