Ben recently wrote in about his recent camping trip on the Black river in Wisconsin. It looks like they had a great time, and the river itself looks like a pretty ideal canoe-camping location. Of interest here, was the GoPro paddle mount that he made using a Mini Cardellini Clamp (Amazon), which looks like a vise with male 3/8 – 16 threads coming out of it. It’s attached to a Manfrotto 494 Ball Head (Amazon) that allows the GoPro’s 1/4 – 20 tripod adapter to screw into it.
This technique should work with any camera, but I’m not sure I’d trust a full-sized DSLR wth it!
As seen in the video after the “read more” at 0:27, the paddle is used as a “tripod,” similar to the PVC stake mount featured here earlier. I initially thought this would be used for “FPV paddle” shots, but those probably wouldn’t look that good. A very similar setup was used on the canoe’s upper edge, as seen below. Note the safety cord; never trust your GoPro over water!*
Thanks Ben for writing in with this interesting mount. I really like the idea of turning the paddle that you already have with you into what looks like a very sturdy GoPro holder. Here’s another image of the paddle setup:
*Never trust your GoPro over water… Or just shoot it into a lake with a slingshot as I did.