Mountain Biking Photos Captured with a Chest-Mounted DSLR

Many extreme athletes these days use helmet-mounted HD cameras for photos and videos captured from a first person point of view, but photographer Justin Olsen does things a little differently: he uses a chest-mounted DSLR. Using a custom rig created for him by a local sewing shop, Olsen snaps his unique photos using a 15mm on a Canon 1D Mark III or a 5D Mark II, and a PocketWizard to trigger the shutter wirelessly.

PopPhoto has an interview in which Olsen talks about this unique rig.

(via PopPhoto via Gizmodo)

Image credits: Photographs by Justin Olsen and used with permission

  • Cryingwolves

    Why not use a GoPro and save on the bulkyness of a DSLR? Chances are you are not looking through the viewfinder as you are snapping pictures.

  • lloyd

    because of the quality of photos this has produced!

  • will hall

    So how about MILC?
    I agree a Go-Pro isnt going to give you DSLR quality, but a 5DII might be a bit overkill with the bulk it brings

  • Jeoncs

    what happens when you land chest first onto something?

  • Ángel Oviedo

    Really nice! I will try to do the same…

  • Anonymous

    you don’t. you have hands. also head sometimes takes the hit if you are unlucky/not trained.

  • Cryingwolves

    The quality I have seen from GoPro is nothing to sneeze at. The GoPro would probably have trouble the first shot as it was most likely shot with a lower shutter speed to motion blur the ground. The shutter release would also be an issue right now, but they are working on a wifi remote. P.S. I do think the shots are great but I think the implementation would be a bit bulky both in size and weight.

  • kdv

    your camera will apply enough pressure to the mid section of your rib cage and snap every single rib bone – at the same time the rib bones will puncture all of your organ eg.. heart, lungs, liver and your stomach.  Internal bleeding is guaranteed and death is a maybe..

    But above all… the beautiful lens and camera will survive with minor injuries. 

    I’m kidding.. very cool shot, just dont make a mistake. 

  • Guest-o-meter

    As an avid mountain biker and photographer, I can tell you Go-Pro mounted anything is nothing special in the action sports world anymore. In order to excel, you really have to step outside what you would consider to be the obvious way to go. As far as crashing with your gear, yes it’s a possibility, but to be honest, there’s nothing really that hazardous for the camera in any of these photos, as hard as it is to believe. 

    The last shot of Ryan Howard tabling that jump is by far my favourite as it really gives me the feel of training the guy on a trail, and I would consider that shot to be the sketchiest, but both of the riders are pros who have ridden that trail hundreds of times and would probably feel just as comfortable upside down in the air as they do right side up.

    Action sports photography is no place for anyone worried about getting too close or possibly getting dust on their lens. The funny thing is you often find your priorities shifting to getting the shot over personal safety sometimes. Some of the setups I’ve seen would look completely stupid and ridiculous if I didn’t understand the excitement of getting that different angle. 

  • Anonymous

    OK, maybe the GoPros are not enough, but a DSLR? why not an EP-3 / GF1, even the Nikon V1 pictures actually look really good.

  • Peter Page

    I guess it’s not very easy to mountain bike and take
    pictures at the same time. It could ruin the fun if you are too worried about
    the pictures. Thanks for the review and I am glad that I still can take
    pictures when I am mountain biking. I will give it a try and share my pictures to
    the world soon.

  • Kevin

    Come on all 21+ full CMOS sensor versus a GoPro or Micro-Four Thirds camera?  These are sick would love to see the video the 5DII produces.

  • Michael Hanlon