Posts Tagged ‘Skydiving’

Today’s link sharing for our first Moment of Awesomeness post of 2014 has two videos! Yep. Two.

The first is a commercial for Sony60 A7R camera, the world’s first compact, full frame, interchangeable lens machine. Now, while I am not here to push a camera, the free-falling segment they show in reallly high quality HD is awesome. I’ve never been skydiving, but I THINK (not 10000% sure…) it’s on my bucket list. Plus, the commerical is only 1:00 long.

Click on the “Sony60 A7R” text below this to watch.

Sony60 A7R from Cutting Edge on Vimeo.

The second is about cats. No, not my friends BigKat and BabyKat, aka “The Two Best Friends That Anyone Could Have”. Real, actual cats. Lions, to be specific.

To summarize the video, I’ll just use part of the explanation right from the GoPro YouTube page:
“The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.”

Bottom line, this dude is the “Lion Whisperer”, and basically is a member of the pride. Hugging, playing with, cuddling with them. It’s incredible. The point of the video is to share with the world, how sad it is that the lion population is so low, and the entire species is in danger or becoming extinct.

(Side note: He is also very close with the Hyena population. Unreal.)

Just watch and be amazed. This guys is awesome.

Many of you are aware of the incredible feat of the Red Bull Stratos and jumper Felix Baumgartner, this past weekend. For those you who are not, here is the summary directly from the page:

“Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.”

Yes, you read that right. He actually ended up ascending to over 128,000 feet… before walking to the edge of his capsule, and… jumping off! Here is the summary of some of the accomplishments from the mission:

“Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound reaching an estimated speed of *833.9 mph (1,342.8 km/h) jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall while delivering valuable data for future space exploration.

Felix climbed to 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) in a helium-filled balloon Sunday morning Oct. 14, 2012. This is exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket powered airplane. Felix broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the longest freefall record to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.”

Watching this live online was probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen. I was anxious and nervous during his entire ascent as he climbed from the ground to 128,000 feet above the ground! Then, once they commenced the launch process, you got to see all the went into making this jump happen.

Then, at one point… the door to his capsule opened and you got to see just how high above the Earth he was, it was breathtaking. I am sharing a few videos below here, and I ask that you just take a second and think about how awesome this jump was for us to be able to watch.

Congrats, Felix!
The “Official” Jump Video:

This shows a bit more of the prep necessary to make this event happen:

Here’s just a full video, with music for audio, of the entire fall:

Some more shots of what Felix actually saw… breathtaking:
Probably some of my favorite shots from this video!


My buddy Chris posted this on Facebook today, and I started off feeling pretty “blah” about the video. Sure, I’ve never gone skydiving. Sure, I will at some point in my life, and I DO think it’s really cool. But it just didn’t hit me right away.

But then I stopped and thought about WHAT these guys are doing; Falling through the air performing amazing choreography. The precision required to practice some of these moves is INCREDIBLE. Remember that part about them free-falling through the sky? Yeah, I guess I did for a second.

So for the last 3/4 of the video I just sat with my jaw open. This is really cool stuff!!

Yesterday’s video that I posted was part 1 of a series. Today, you get part 2!
They come from a series of videos from the “Betty Wants In” Vimeo channel, and feature a lot of things I really like.

Extreme Sports. Slow Motion. Skydiving. (even though I’ve never jumped out of a perfectly good plane before)

It’s called “Experience Zero Gravity“, and like yesterday’s video, has some epic stuff.

The crew at LifeAsRx always shares such cool videos! Yesterday’s video was no exception.
Check out Part 1 of this series of videos from the “Betty Wants In” Vimeo channel.

It’s called “Experience Human Flight“, and features some pretty incredible visuals.

I’m not going to divulge whether or not tomorrow will include Part 2 of this series…. but I suggest you check back just be sure!