Since I work from home, I don’t have a regular commute, but I do have to drive to meetings in the “big city” at least a couple of times a week. Fortunately, my “commute” isn’t much of a chore because it happens to be through a beautiful, scenic canyon! The last several weeks, with the fall colors in full array, I’ve been wishing there was a way I could share it with all of you! I knew it was impossible…..but then a couple of fortuitous things happened! My new iPhone arrived, which allows me to record time-lapse videos, AND I had a brilliant idea! :-) Well, at least *I* thought it was brilliant…I’ll leave it up to you to decide.
With the time-lapse video feature on my phone I now had the capability to share my scenic canyon drive in a matter of seconds, rather than the 30 minutes it takes in real time. However, I couldn’t figure out how I could record the drive without crashing…a minor obstacle. :-) Then while I was at Target shopping, after my meeting was over, I noticed a bag of rubber bands in the office supplies aisle and my brilliant idea began to form.
When I got back in the car I rubber-banded my phone to the visor, camera pointing forward, with just enough of the phone’s screen (and the record button) extending out over the end so I could easily start and stop the recording. (It goes without saying that you should only do this when you are completely stopped…never while driving, but I’m saying it, just in case.)
After I adjusted the positioning of the camera and the visor so I wasn’t recording too much sky or too much dashboard, I took a few laps around the parking lot to test it out. It worked! I could hardly believe it was that easy, but often the simplest ideas are the best ideas! Don’t you agree?
I set off up the canyon and recorded my “commute” with both hands and both eyes safely on the road. Starting and stopping the recording was easier than reaching up to adjust my visor, and I didn’t remove the phone from the visor until I was safely stopped.
So now, without further ado, here is my scenic canyon “commute” for your enjoyment. I hope you enjoy the view AND the “dash cam hack” idea. I’m not really sure what other practical uses this idea might have, but hey, it was a lot of fun and I definitely impressed my family & friends (and anyone else I could convince to watch!) ;-)
(fyi…I recorded it in two parts because I thought one video would be WAY too long, even with time-lapse! Silly me. They’re both super short!)
I guess it’s too late to ask if anyone gets car sick??? :-)