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Beautiful Day at the Dog Park

January 25, 2012

Had a blast shooting all the fun dogs and pups! Bishop the Great Dane was a little older than 9 months when I shot this. Music by http://morehazards.com/. Had to take down Ratatat, luckily More Hazards more Heros are letting me use their music for free! Check them out!

I had an itch to try out a GoPro. So of course I bought a pair of them used on craigslist. With a newer version just coming out the week before I got a pretty good deal. In fact, I sold them back for more than I paid for them. They are amazing cameras for their price range and versatility. With attachments you can stick them on just about anything. Though quality is obviously lacking in some spots–mostly due to under-exposing the subjects–it’s a great buy. Can’t wait to find an excuse to buy the newer model with an updated sensor (old sensor sucks at medium to low light, and not as sharp).

I bought a harness for Bishop which I could easily gaff tape the GoPro to.  Also made a monopod out of pvc which made a great stick cam. My main goal was to get up close. This is very important as GoPros have very wide lenses, so objects will tend to look distant.

Everything was shot at 60fps and slowed down to 23.976. The super slow motion I got using Twixtor. I didn’t spend a ton of time with Twixtor, so you can see artifacting on some clips.

85 Comments

  • Kelsey W says:

    Love this kelsue :) Meow.

  • Tyler H says:

    Great work! Would you be so kind as to divulge the name of the song?

  • Wow great stuff! Did you post-process the color?
    Congrats!

  • Jack says:

    What program did you use to edit this and give it that tilt-shift blur look?

  • David says:

    What song is over this?

  • Matt says:

    What kind of harness did you use to attach the GoPro to? And how did you attach it to the harness? I do backcountry snowboarding with my dog alot and would like to have her film me.

    Thanks

  • Tim says:

    Yeah, what is the music? It’s cool.

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  • Brian Davie says:

    Hey is this Nashville?

  • Manda says:

    This video makes me smile. Great job!

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  • Cheryl C says:

    Thank you for this wonderful film, a friend sent it to me via Gizmodo. Awesome it brought a smile to my face on a very non-productive day at work. I will be taking my dog to the dog park this weekend.

  • Karen Taylor says:

    Loved this!!!! What a wonderful tribute to dogs!!!
    Delightful!!!!

  • Nancy says:

    LOVED IT!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tim S says:

    Thanks Kelsey, for the video, the dogs and the song. Lots of fun, made my day.

  • Daniel says:

    Great job on the video Kelsey! My wife and I have a Great Dane as well and this has made me start seriously thinking about doing this! I love seeing the world from their view. Thanks!

    Great Danes rock!

  • crazymazy says:

    Kelsey Wynns, I have no idea who you are but I hope you become famous & do commercials! You inspired me LOTS this week! You are mad talented! MUCH LUCK blowin’ up! Send your stuff to W+K in Portland please!

  • chris neglia says:

    That video was a rare gift. Thank you!

  • Robert says:

    this is great…thanks

  • Babs says:

    Hi! Your video is beautiful… and totally inspired me to do a sketch of Bishop as part of my little artsy project I’ve undertaken to keep me busy this year. Thought you might like to see it!

    LOVED all the ears and tongues and tails in slow motion, I’m sure I’ll be coming back to it.

  • Stuart N Remick says:

    Super cool……….it shows just how wonderful socializing dogs can be……….now if we could get more humans to interact in a similar manner. Thanks for sharing!

  • colin says:

    Love the use of Ratatat

  • Benedict says:

    Beautiful! The slobber flying was VERY well timed. Some of the submissive/dominant glances were also interesting.

  • [...] Kelsey Wynns captured a wonderful dog’s-eye view of a dog park by attaching a GoPro camera to his Great [...]

  • This is most excellent. Can you post a picture of what your dog looked like all rigged up, maybe?

  • braunj says:

    Great imagination. So good to see somebody use a GoPro for something other than another boring look-at-me video. Good Job!

  • KimE says:

    Great video, you captured the action from a dog’s point of view. I loved watching the pups interact with each other. Awesome job!

  • lowis says:

    sold them for more than you bought them for? what a douche

  • Amy Yeager says:

    This is A W E S O M E! So creative, playful and wonderful. I’d love to paint all these sweet little doggie’s faces!!! http://www.amyscreativecorner.etsy.com. :)

  • mel says:

    Beautiful video editting….I love that most of the cool folks in this town LOVE dogs!

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  • Sarenja says:

    Dear Kelsey :)

    I really really loved the video. It’s awesome and i believe that that was a great day in the dog park.
    May I ask a question. The dog seen at 00:48/00:49 and 01:42/01:43 – could you tell me which race he/ she is? I would really appreciate if you could help me with that :)

    Greetings from Germany.
    Sarenja

    • Carol D says:

      in answer to
      Sarenja
      January 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm….
      The dog seen at 00:48/00:49 and 01:42/01:43 – could you tell me which race he/ she is? I would really appreciate if you could help me with that :)

      ——– That dog is (I believe) a Labradoodle (cross between a Labrador and a Poodle).

  • Boardy2 says:

    Hey, this was a most uplifting video. I thought of it as a devotional: about entering the rough and tumble of play and of life; no matter what size. Bishop…. is the Bishop of his congregation. I think all dogs in that park should submit to his higher authority!! Or resist, and have a lot of fun.

  • Darren says:

    great video. I would have expected more butt shots though :)

  • Jenna Jameson says:

    I like how your dog uses “the paw”. As if he’s not awe inspiring enough to begin with due to his size, then this gigantic paw comes out of midair clamping down on the other dog.

  • Chris says:

    That was amazing!

  • LOVE this! Bishop is so cute! I want to get a GoPro for my Dane now!

  • Carol D says:

    A truly heartwarming and inspiring video. Very well done!

  • Lois Bryan says:

    Found this on Wimp … and had to come find you and let you know how much I enjoyed it!!!!!!! Shared it on FB … hope you don’t mind … but I thought everyone could use a big smile!!!!!! Great music choice to go with. Excellent, fun perspective from the dog’s eye (neck? LOL) view!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

    best,
    Lois Bryan

  • Sean says:

    This video is incredible! I’ve looked into a number of cams from different manufacturers, but always found that mounting to my English Bully created too much side-side swaying. Would love to find a way to build a mount that counteracted this, sort of like those self leveling cup holders you see in boats. I really loved the footage you shot with the monopod! If nothing else that would make for some great shots at the dog park! Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

  • Can says:

    Just a great idea. I found this on Facebook and it’s just cool! :-)

  • Notte'sPal says:

    Beautiful, evocative video. You captured so many wonderful moments from your perspective, as well as Bishop’s. Loved all his puppy energy and wild, long tail! Many touching slow moments.

    On a more mundane topic, do you know the breed or mix of the small to mid-sized white to caramel dog with droopy longish ears and a big black nose, soft, shaggy coat? He/she is more at the beginning to middle of your video. I’m thinking that it is a golden doodle or labradoodle, but it vaguely resembles a PBGV (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen). Perhaps you’ve met the owner and know something about him/her. Lovely dog.

  • Kaleda says:

    Stunning! I love it.

  • bob says:

    LOL you blacked out the dog tag… Nobody is going to hack your dog don’t worry

  • Fantastic video. Made me smile all the way thorough.

  • mebot says:

    Disappointed that Ratatat made you take “Sunbursts” down. That song helped MAKE this! You choreographed it to that song. It was magic! Very sad that I’ll never see it as it was meant to be, ever again. They should know that there’s people like me who had never heard of Ratatat, and became enthralled because of your video! Spent the night searching for their videos, was planning on buying albums.

    So inspired to learn post-production after seeing this. I have a very old version of Adobe Premiere. Time to dust it off, maybe upgrade! Thank you for your creativity. Love your other videos as well. :)

  • GT says:

    Ok, now this is just TOOOOO much fun. All I need is something else to buy for my Great Danes. I need a GoPro for my Danes outtings at the Domain where they are turned into the celebs of the day. I would also love to see their perspective of people’s reactions to a pair of 4′ tall dogs approaching them – lol !!!!!!

  • TaffyJ says:

    Loved this! What a wonderful way to start the day. I really like the music by More Hazards More Heroes. It fits the carefree, happy-to-be-canine feel of the video. Well done!

  • antoine says:

    Hello,
    Your video http://www.buzzfeed.com/hgrant/dogs-playing-in-dog-park-in-slow-motion is awesome, i am looking for a harness for my jack russell for gopro camera. Where did you find yours?

  • Ayanna says:

    So good! Showed it to my son and he really enjoyed watching all the doggies play. The puppy is huge! What a beauty. I loved the slow-motion effects.

  • Paula says:

    Pure joy. Glad you shared it.

  • Mitch says:

    Hey, I saw this video on wimp.com (posted on January 25th) and I immediately thought that this looked just like a dog park my wife and I have taken our dog to in Nashville. Once I saw that you live in Nashville, I knew it had to be the park right off of Old Hickory by Steeple Chase. I know it’s pretty random, but it’s kind of cool to me!

    I’m a musician by night and I understand where you’re coming from with your comments about the turn of the music industry. My producer and I have developed a more unconventional approach and hopefully we’ll be able to defy the “big” record companies’ methods of contracts and promotion.

    I like what you are doing here and wish you and your wife luck and success!

  • Marcelo says:

    Excelent video!!! Congrats from Brazil.

  • Marcelo says:

    Ohhh, a forgot to thank you to introduce me to this great band. More Hazards More Hereos is awesome.

  • Wesley Ogando says:

    Very, very cool, congratulations for the movie……

  • someone says:

    The effects on this are so distracting. It’s more frustrating than lag, because you know that it’s supposed to be there. I couldn’t even sit through the whole thing.

  • pennypup says:

    This is an awesome video. I loved it! Such a great experience, it looks like your dog, Bishop, had a ton of fun at the park. I may have to try this out with my dobermann Kyuss!

    Great job.

  • Scott says:

    That’s top quality entertainment! Fantastic idea, Fantastic execution.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    :0)

  • I have no words to describe this work. I liked.

  • Rich Joyce says:

    Really like your video. I’ve been looking everywhere to find a good slo-mo workflow. Would you mind sharing your camera settings, and post workflow?
    I am a Premiere, After Effects guy I have a Go Pro being UPS’d to me as we speak. I want to make a movie with my son on his tricycle. Your slo-mo is the best I’ve seen. Would love a couple tips from you.

  • Kelsie Carter says:

    What dog park is this

  • Crystal Sinclair says:

    Fantastic, you’ve done a brilliant job editing and getting in amongst the action. I’ve been tossing up between putting a hand made mount or a go pro chest harness on my ridgeback. Did your gopro chest harness fit quite well on bishop or did you have to modify it to a dog harness

  • Dog @ 1:40 says:

    The dog at 1:40 is cute as fuck what is he?!

  • bullwinkle says:

    That was a totally fun vid. Loved it! Of course, dogs are one of my fav topics. I can’t wait to try this — off of Craig’s list, etc – of course. The obvious hadn’t occurred to me – buy a camera, sell it again. You’re a genius ;)

  • Marnie says:

    Hey Kelsey,

    I am so totally new to filming and editing, but am a dog trainer so when i saw this i knew i had to ask ! i just got Adobe premiere Elements 11 and the GoPro Hero 2 so i was wondering if you could help me with how to edit my dog footage by pointing me to how you edited this in Adobe? is there a step by step or a guide you can show me, which effects or tools you used? any help most welcome this is Brilliant Film i absolutely love it!

  • Great video and creative shooting! How large is your dog park? is it public state county city or privately owned> I need this information to help me with a court case in AZ. The dogs here would be in heaven in a park like that one!

    I wish we had dog parks like that here in AZ. Our dog parks a re small, over crowded and are nothing more than dog toilets.

    If you live in AZ you are a “criminal” to let your dog run free for a game of fetch. You go to court with thieves, wife beaters , drunks, hookers & drug users. Plying fetch with a well trained dog is not a crime.

  • JP says:

    Loved this! Of course I am partial to Great Danes, but this video made me smile!!!

  • Peta Parker says:

    Just perfect! Was it noisy?

  • LindaNoel says:

    After viewing Snoring Doormouse on Random Videos cuz someone had passed it on, I clicked ahead and your Day at the Dog Park was next, and what a delight! Thank you! And thank you for posting the camera info, too.