Sunday, December 23, 2012

Homemade Toy Rockets

I learned how to make homemade rockets from scratch in shop class
in middle school.  Yes, I know "what is shop class" something most
schools got rid of and I think one of the reasons our country is in
trouble.  Making toy rockets from cardboard tubes and paper
teaches a young mind many things.  Not that I'm completely
against buying a kit at the store, but a rocket you build on your own
is your creation. Watching it fly, figuring out why it flew the way
it did is exactly the kind of exercise a young mind needs.

This Christmas I made a few homemade toy rockets for my Godson.
He is a little young to build and shoot them himself but I figured
the time had come to introduce him to the most fun you will ever
have in six seconds.

Here is a link to the video I shot of the launches.  Click here.
I shot the launches with a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition.
At the end of the video I slowed them down to 5% to see how well the camera captured it.
  All of these shots were captured at 720p at 120fps.
This is an interesting example because we were launching right around sunset.
It's visual stunning in person and a good test for the new Hero3 in a low light situation.

Want to see more?  My Godson is the son of DSLR expert and fellow blogger
ChadSorianoPhotoBlog.  He posted some more photos and a video he
shot of the launches with a Canon EOS M over on his blog, check it out.

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