Learning to jump out of planes was one thing. But the increasingly difficult task of controlled human flight through the air is a challenge that fascinates me.
No other sport has led me to be so aware of my body, it’s situational awareness, and every tiny millimeter of movement it does. Literally stretching out your fingers can be the factor that allows you to do a certain maneuver.
I never imagined how difficult it could be, watching videos of skydivers in the air and in wind tunnels effortlessly doing whatever they please. But ever since starting to train I’ve realized it’s really an insane level of professionalism.
As an action sports freelance videographer, it is always the dream to be able to get work shooting the extreme sports that you love doing yourself. So I was thrilled when FlyBox Israel, the sole indoor skydiving tunnel in Israel, reached out to me to make a promotional video for their brand.
The main struggle with this shoot was keeping up with the extremely fast moving subjects, as well as dealing with reflections from the huge glass tunnel. These kinds of problems were solved by choosing the best videography gear for the specific type of job. The videography gear you choose for a shoot will have a huge impact on the success of the project and your success as a freelance extreme sports videographer in general.
For this project, I chose the Canon 1DX DSLR that allowed me continuous slow motion shooting to help capture and slow down the action from the fast subjects. The super sharp Rokinon 14mm was used to capture all the wide shots and general action shots (btw, that lens is my go-to best lens for travel photography and freelance videography in general).
A Canon 85mm + 70-200mm were used for all the close ups, along with polarizers on everything to help reduce the reflections.
Gali Bar (@galibar_fly)
Amit Zadok (@amitzadok1)
Alex Krohmalny (@alexkrohmalny)
Matan Patish (@matanpatish)