Mike Kobal

May 27, 2010

Kissena Velodrome, New York City’s only bicycle track: Panasonic Lumix GH1

New York City’s only bicycle Track: Kissena Velodrome from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Went there on a late afternoon and

shoot til sun down. The track is fast but has may bumps. A lot of fun and very addictive. Already have too many bikes, now I am seriously thinking about adding a track bike. This was shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH1, the standard 14-140mm and the 7-14mm. I also used the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 via adapter. Tripod, hand held (steady cam) and mounted on various places on the bike. I had a huge studio clamp with a fluid head attached, clamped it to the seat post, handlebar, tightened it to the max, after one lap it was loose. The camera and lenses survived, hitting the ground only once, and countless laps of rattle. I am impressed with this little camera. I should mention that the rider, Thomas Hassler, does not sweat and does not rest. I couldn’t believe it. You are looking at the future of cycling :O) Hope you have as much fun watching this movie as it was making it. Edit in FCP, converted to b/w, added grain and curves, that’s it. very straight forward. If you like what you hear, one of my all time favorites: the-streets.co.uk/
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Filed under: City Life — mike.kobal @ 10:19 pm


  1. I loved this really like the slow shutter effect that the camera has shame i cant achieve that with my 5d so much artistic possibilities for those little abstract shots. the gripping was awesome and very steady on the shots used really sorry to hear that the camera fell. OUTCH! glad its ok. Great job!

    Comment by karlo — May 28, 2010 @ 1:34 am

  2. You’re a saint for pointing me to your work and sharing the details, thanks, great stuff. Anyone having this much fun is golden in my books.

    Comment by DeeZone — May 28, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  3. Kissena Velodrome…

    Dope outdoor track in New York……

    Trackback by EHVFXD — May 28, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  4. Great Video I reblogged it on my blog!

    Comment by Jeff — May 28, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

  5. Love the slow shutter effect as well. the gh1 is a surprising darkhorse in the dslr race. and those new 4/3’s lenses coming out… forget about it!

    Comment by Ryan gray — May 31, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  6. […] to Mike Kobal for […]

    Pingback by Kissena Velodrome « 14bikeco’s Blog — June 1, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  7. thanks Jeff!

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 3, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  8. Great bike video Mike! What lens did you use for the handlebar looking down shot? Loved that, made it almost look like a unicycle haha.

    Comment by martin(33hertz) — November 14, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  9. thanks Martin, the 7-14mm

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 15, 2010 @ 9:05 am

  10. Cheers Mike. Great looking lens and angle!

    Comment by martin(33hertz) — November 16, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  11. Mike, DO you use the Hack on the GH-1? Which SD card are you using?

    Comment by Brian Ortega — March 17, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  12. no hack, class 6 card, using the gh2 now

    Comment by mike.kobal — March 18, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  13. were is this track located

    Comment by angel — September 23, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  14. Queens, New York

    Comment by mike.kobal — September 25, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

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