David Whitney French Photography | Up the Mountain -- Testing the GoPro Hero 5

Up the Mountain -- Testing the GoPro Hero 5

May 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So the other day I got the GoPro Hero 5. I wanted to update my Hero 2. As good as the GoPro Cameras work as action video cameras, I wanted a small camera that could take stills as well and at the same time, fit in the back of a jersey pocket on a bicycle. 

The climb to the Palisades was the first test for me using the Hero 5 and I can say I was impressed enough to keep using it for situations when I need something ultra-compact, but still capable of decent photographs. 

On the way to the Palisades, I passed San Pedro Vista. This lookout point hold a special place for me, as it was here that I made a turn to head back down the mountain one day last October while training for the Mount Graham State Hill Climb. On the way down from the overlook, just past Molino Basin, I hit some rocks at 38 miles per hour, causing both of my bike tires to explode and landing me in the hospital. The San Pedro Vista is a beautiful place, as it overlooks the San Pedro River Valley, a desert between the Tortilla and Galiuro Mountains, but on that in October 2015, I wondered if I would ever make it up there again on a bicycle.

At San Pedro VistaAt San Pedro Vista



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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!