This is the cycling route I rode for the 2009 Highlander Century held on Sept 12, a bike ride based in the stunning Finger Lakes region of New York. Its the premier 105 mile century of the event, featuring 11,000 feet of climbing in 18 separate climbs, 8 of which climb 1-2 miles with grades ranging between 9-23%. The daring riders who enroll in this pain fest visit five lakes and climb all the mountains separating them. It is a commendable athletic feat to finish such an event. I will return hopefully next year to finish her off in lesser time, 7 hours or less. [Why do I have a strong feeling that'll be a pipe dream? :-)]
View the Grand Canyon through our video and images. We use a Google Earth tour to show the locations of each geo-referenced image and video clip. Sara Woodmansee in our studio creatively matched up the real video sequences with the fly-through commands in Google Earth.
All images were shot with a Hasselblad H3D-39 camera, and color-corrected in-house.
Aerial Filmworks is working with the Grand Canyon National Park to film the national park using the Cineflex V14HD. This amazing gyro-stabilized aerial system uses an integrated Sony CineAlta HDC1500 camera with 42x 9.7mm Fujinon lens. All footage was recorded 1080/23.98p dual-link 4:4:4 to a Sony SRW1 deck on HDCAM SR tape stock.
The Cineflex V14HD was mounted on the nose of a Bell 206B3 Jet Ranger helicopter. We worked closely with the national park to make sure all permissions and permits were in place. Daily updates to local air traffic control and the tour helicopter companies were sent on flight days. Our pilot was specifically approved for the operation by the FAA and Department of Interior. We mapped reference points to the GPS and input sensitive condor nesting areas that we needed to avoid. Natural resource and wildlife managers reviewed our flight plans.