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Geordie Tarren Selects Miller Air Tripod System

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As a videographer covering the World Surf League (WSL), Geordie Tarren has documented heart-stopping aquatic action. In order to capture the challenging imagery of the competitions, Tarren relies on his Miller Air Tripod System to help create the most immersive video experience possible.

The WSL represents the world's highest level of professional competitive surfing for men and women, with the tour consisting of 11 locations including Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, South Africa, California, France, Portugal, Rio and Australia.

Tarren most recently completed the Australian leg of the tour, which features competitive surfing on the Gold Coast, Bells Beach and the Margaret River in Western Australia.

He was first introduced to Miller tripod systems by cohorts in the Australian corporate film industry when he was involved in camera assisting on projects for Pernod Ricard, Coca Cola and Telstra.

"It was obvious to me from the very beginning that Miller's tripods were designed and constructed at an exceptionally high standard, and, of course, I wanted one," he said. "When I found out about the Miller Air Tripod System, I was intrigued and thrilled to be able to get my hands on one."

Tracking the movements of pro surfing's elite can be challenging at times. To create an enveloping video experience, Tarren finds that shooting with longer super telephoto lenses – up to 800mm – provides the best results. His camera of choice is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, which he says is well-suited to his style of videography due to its image quality, internal 4k at 100mbps, 96fps slow motion at 1080p and a highly mobile form factor.

"I like to frame as close up as possible so that the wide shot is rarely used," he says. "At this extreme focal length, it is essential to own a high quality tripod and that is how the Miller Air Tripod System has taken my footage to the next level. Since shooting with the Air, my work is now being celebrated at the highest possible level. I highly recommend it."

Tarren's goal in his work is to use tripod mounted camera movements that are ubiquitous and subtle, and that enhance the connection between the subject and the audience. "The Air Fluid head is ultra smooth for panning and tilting, and since working with this system, I've found there to be a vast reduction in stabilization requirements in post production and a greater success rate when shooting in high winds," he adds.

"It ticks all the boxes for payloads under five kilograms," he concludes. "It has fantastic stability, portability, ease of movement and a silky smooth fluid head that doesn't stutter on take-off or halt a camera movement on either axis. It's perfect for fast moving objects."


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