What’s a Poker Run?

Recently, We attended the 3rd Annual Boo Bar Poker Run, one of the biggest off-roading events in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (Rocky Point). This event isn’t a race. It’s more of an off-roading excursion/party, hosted by Rocky Points #1 Sports Bar and restaurant the Boo Bar. Every few miles, there’s a new checkpoint where you can stop and participate in a game of poker. At the end of the trip, everyone meets back at the Boo Bar and the winner of the game gets to take home the prize money.

So, how many people showed up? Well, after looking back at the footage, there was just about 100 cars at the gas station.

The Drone stuff

I knew that this wasn’t going to be the most cinematic video shoot ever, and getting perfect image quality wasn’t necessary, but I did need a drone with lots of batteries, and a good amount of flight time, so I used the Phantom 4 Pro Plus. I used the Phantom 4 Pro for a week, but the Phantom 4 Pro Plus is a nicer drone to have when you’re out in the bright sun, and you don’t have time keep mounting and dismounting your smartphone from the controller.

Just like in the Maverick X3 video, I shot everything in h.265 which I thought was a good idea at the time. What I didn’t realize was how much footage I was going to capture by the end of the trip. When I got home, I had over an hour of video to transcode on my laptop before being able to work with it. For short films where you don’t need to shoot hours of video, h.265 is great, but for long events, I’m sticking to h.264 for now.

This time I came prepared with a set of ND filters, so (unlike the Maverick X3 video) I managed to get a proper exposure on almost all of my shots. Now, of course, you could always get a properly exposed shot without ND filters, but you wouldn’t be getting any of that smooth motion blur that everyone loves. Here are the ND filters I’m using right now since the DJI filters are not shipping yet.

If you watched the video, you probably noticed how I used a GoPro for the opening scene. I do use GoPro cameras and have nothing against them; however, their drone leaves a little to be desired in my opinion. If you want an excellent action camera, I really do like the Hero 5 Session though.