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gopro hero 8 test review

Ever wonder how surfers, snowboarders or sky divers capture amazing close-up footage of their stunts? Well, they can’t carry a heavy DSLR camera while they are doing tricks. Enter the little camera, GoPro Hero 8 Black (boy, that’s a mouthful for a small device), that packs a punch. It is so small that it can be attached to a helmet or a chest harness.

In my video, I try out the cam while riding a bicycle, attaching it to the handlebars and then a selfie stick. I test out its features and HD video quality. The image stabilization is simply amazing, considering how much shaking is going on while I am cycling. Check out my video review!

Please note: I feature wildlife shots, such as birds, in the video which were not taken with the GoPro but rather with my Panasonic camcorder, which has a strong zoom lens.

I hope to do more gear review videos in the future. Let me know if you think I did a good job :)

What would you use the GoPro cam for?

The following gear I used in this video:
GoPro Hero8 Black
Smatree Selfie Telescoping Stick with Tripod
Smatree GoPro Base Adapter
Maxcam Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800

illustration: single speed

October 21, 2017

singlespeed

In cities, a single speed is the preferred type of bicycle by commuters due to its lightness and simplicity. It is so bare bones that it doesn’t even have brakes or cables. There are no derailleurs. Basically, that means you’re feet are the drive train, the gears AND the break. So get ready to pedal hard when you have to climb that steep hill because you can’t downshift to a low gear ratio. And then, how do you go down the other side of the hill? Very carefully, I would say.

The print of my drawing is available at my store. Feel free to check it out :)

drawing: bmx boy

September 23, 2017

bmx_boy_by_al_lau

A simple drawing of a kid cycling, enjoying the outdoors. The weather is nice this weekend. Get out and enjoy it :)

Happy Autumn everbody!

sketch: bicycle shop

February 26, 2016

bicycle_shop_by_al_lau_B

bicycle_shop_by_al_lau_A

I had the awesome opportunity to do a set of pen & ink type drawings for the redesigned website of a local bike shop, called the Brooklyn Bicycle Company. My little sketches appear on the homepage, navigational buttons and other landing pages. Their website has a nice clean look with professional photos of their unique products. If you are looking for a classic style bicycle or a simple urban design, I recommend checking out Brooklyn Bicycle Company. Just order the bike model that fits your needs and accessorize it. They will send it to a bicycle shop near you and assemble for no additional fee.

Hey. Spring is less than a month away. Are you ready for cycling on you’re favorite trails?

illustration: vw beetle

August 1, 2014

vw_beetle_and_bike_by_al_lau

The Volkswagen Beetle has come a long way from being a concept of Hitler’s in the 1930’s. Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, it was born from the need of a cheap and simplistic car design, yet powerful enough to travel on the Autobahn.

From out of the darkness of WWII, however, the Bug is adopted as a symbol of Peace. And now, a fun way to get to your favorite activity destination. Am I starting to sound like a car commercial?

My drawing is based on the new Beetle that was re-introduced to the world in 1998 (including a cool mountain bike).

sketch: mini cooper

July 6, 2014

mini_cooper_by_al_lau

It’s a lazy Sunday. Though, still a great time to take the bike out and hit a trail.
Here’s my drawing of the lovable Mini Cooper.

Happy 4th of July weekend y’all!

bicycle_classic_schwinn_v3_sm

This is a new version of my watercolour painting of an antique 1970’s Schwinn bicycle.

As a perfectionist, I keep tinkering with the details of the illustration.  This time, I’m happy with the final reworking… for now.

bicycle_stingray_green_by_al_lau

drawing: dracula cycling

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween all !

sketch: road bicycle

March 29, 2012

I always see hordes of cyclists on 9W, a route that goes along the Hudson. The old Route 9W is kind of like our Route 66 because newer, bigger, faster highways replaced it. So, with less car traffic, 9W earned a new kind of legacy as the road that cyclists adopted to be a long-distance track.

Well, I like to ride my bicycle too, and with the weather being warm so early in the season (the warmest March in New York on record since, like, 1945), I figured this would be a good time to take my wheels for a spin. So to speak.

On the road, I was quickly, overtaken by cyclists in skin-tight alien suits. With their ultra thin tires, they all zipped past me with minimal effort. I pushed my fat tires as fast as they could go. I know, I know. You’re supposed use road bikes for long distance (but I’m happy with my mountain bike. Really). I may have moved as slow as a snail, but hey, 34 miles later (in 3 1/2 hours), I made it!

Needless to say, when I got home, I collapsed on the bed and was down for the count.

Later, after the fatigue subsided, I celebrate my personal achievement, by doing a sketch of a classic 10-speed bicycle. For the time being, I’ll stick with drawing, and leave the Tour De France to the pros.

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