My friend for the past 60 years, Dr. Paul Bleicher (we met in first grade) recently went on a family trip to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda.
This is not a trip to Disneyworld. Paul’s daughter, Shira, is a veterinary student in the class of 2021 at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, so it might be looked at more as a kind of professional expedition – the kind of thing that National Geographic and Jane Goodall might have done some 40 years ago.
Had Nat Geo gone there then, they would have schlepped (as they say in Uganda) a truckload of professional equipment and spent millions to record the event. But technology has changed.
Paul is an amateur photographer – a good one, but an amateur, and he brought along his iPhone and an Insta360 ONE.
At $449.95 at the Apple Store, it costs a whole lot less than the Nat Geo crews are used to spending, but the results are interesting, and the 360 degree perspective opens a new dimension in the realm of video – particularly when, as in the case of a once-in-lifetime trip to the forests of Uganda – you are surrounded by new and exciting vistas and events.
The Insta360 ONE X action camera bundle lets you capture your adventures in every direction at once. With a few taps on your iPhone, you can frame the best parts of your shot and create a stunning, cinematic edit. Whether it's perspective, time, or anything in between—you have complete control. Plus you get all the accessories you need for maximum shooting flexibility.
Paul posted a few videos on Facebook, and I was so taken by what this piece of gear is capable of doing, that I asked him to send us the links so I could share them with the members.
Regular video: https://youtu.be/yukLqMxSPA0
If you play these on Youtube, note the four-angled icon on the upper left hand corner of the screen. This allows you to move around in the video as it is playing – to get the full 360 degree effect. The best way to experience this, of course, is with 360 degree glasses, but the Youtube will give you a sense of what can be done for very little cost.