PEARL iZUMi: The Spirit of RAGBRAI – Small Towns and Tall Tales

In the spirit of Gonzo Journalism, videographer Justin Balog shares his setup while documenting RAGBRAI – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – for PEARL iZUMi. Check out his video here at the Radavist and read up on his setup below. As a heads up, the 2020 registration for RAGBRAI opens November 20th! Thanks to PEARL iZUMi and Justin for pulling this together!

“What does a modern-day, human-powered, cycling journalist look like 47 years later? Other than a MIPS enabled helmet, electric shifting, and a DaBrim, not much. However, the tools fo the trade have changed. No longer are we using printing presses and film, we are sharing Instagram stories, recording wild sounds, flying cameras in the sky and conducting field interviews on camera. This was my rig for the event, and depending on the day, I’d make a decision as to what to pack in my Swift Industries saddlebag and my Rickshaw bar bag.” – Justin Balog.

-iPhone – Daily driver responsible for roadside footage of the bizarre and ride by field interviews with cools cats like @BambiBloodLust.
-ZOOM H4 – Trusty wild sound recorder.
-DJI Mavic Air – Portable eye in the sky.
-Panasonic GH5 & Sigma Art 18-35 1.8 – Small cinematic powerhouse responsible for Story Core style interviews.