Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
You can catch the Wild Flower Video here: Wildflowers Of The Vermilon River. Click and it will take you to the Vermilon River. I should add that these are the flowers of the riparian growth, not the forest floor so no blueberries. To return to the stills site, click here: Me Boomer & The Vermilon River.
Monday, July 29, 2013
This video outlines a hike that I took last week to Mystic Lake one of the many uninhabited lakes in the area. I had a lot of trouble with the narration in photo shop only to find out I could use another tract. I uploaded to Vimeo also, and the quality difference is noticeable.But I couldn't seem to upload from Vimeo to this post.
Just a warning: this post is 9 minutes long as it is a four hour hike.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I have since the last post added to my equipment following the advice of Nancy J. of NZ. The addition is a LCD screen Viewfinder from Seven Oaks that mounts on the camera using the tripod screw. It covers the screen allowing for bright sunshine shooting in the video mode. I'm a little miffed at the addition, because I think Nikon should have covered off the problem themselves. The trouble with Japanese engineering is that it inherently stays in the box.Think about this. All companies extol their models and lens for wildlife shooting, but none are naturally waterproofed for rain or snow.They're a fair weather product.Clearly, the engineers need supervision.
The cost was 130.00 Cdn$. Before I bought the device I faced up to the problem that perhaps the SLR is really not a video camera, perhaps not much more than a little toy for shooting birthday parties. This took me round the web again reading about video and SLR's, because I was considering a video camera along the lines of the Canon XA10 , which I'm still interested in.The pros on the web said the the SLR has unique advantages in video because of the sensor size which permits less depth of field problems and a unique 3D effect, which you can see in my close up water scenes. So here we go again.
In answer to some of the responses: You don't shoot video in broad sweeps because a lot will be out of focus, and jerky. Rather you shoot clips. Take a deep breathe and continue on and return again. The editing will let you cut out the jerky garbage, join clips by fades, and cover up mistakes. You don't really think a made for money film gets shot at once. It's shot in clips and put together by a film editor. So your soft wear is all important because you're the director, the cameraman ,and the film editor.The parts that are jerky in today's film are the result of my poor editing, not my camera skills.
But you do need to keep your video on track, and I'm just learning that.So you need to block it out, and limit it. My last video was too long. I also shoot stills in video mode with the device on and peek through the viewfinder. Before using the video I use the still viewfinder to focus, because it's sharper than the screen.
I'm a simple person, and I'm quite fascinated with nature, especially the wetlands, which are home to so many forms of life. This video deals with a wetland and its Riparian vegetation-the wildflowers that inhabit its shoreline.You've seen my forest up close. What isn't rock is sand on clay. Yet the flowers grow like mad and are such vivid colours. Only the Iris grow in the boggy black soil.
I could do a criticism of my video, but I'm running out of space,so enjoy. This one is five and a half minutes long.
To return to the still blog click here: Me,Boomer and TheVermilon River. A post to: Our World Tuesday.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Warning: If video, or improving your video skills is of no interest, then ignore this site. I think video provides another opportunity, although a different one, of presenting your interests- wildlife,travel,or whatever in a pleasing way. Video adds movement and life. The editing equipment is quite good, but video is different than shooting stills.You'll see that in this video where I've linked clips to create a virtual hike the viewer participates in. I'm hoping to get enough people to create a common learning site. To that end I'll post this on My World meme separately.
I'll warn you now that this is a long video, about 11 minutes long. The East Track is an abandoned railway line that ran from here, central Northern Ontario, south east to Ottawa then on to the Port of Montreal. The main idea was to skip Toronto. Most of the northern part is wilderness. The extent of the line I don't know, but remember that Ontario is large enough to hold Texas and California, and still have some room left. This part of the hike is about 8 kms return. It, the trail, crosses a road which leads to an inhabited lake, one of the few inhabited lakes in the area. I marked the intersection, and have made arrangements for some one to drive me there and pick me up, so I can hike another 8 km on the other side, about my limit.
On the other site, I had mentioned the Trans-Canada trail system. I only use that on the River, and even then generally use the cross country sky trails. I generally hike abandoned rail lines, mining roads, or maintenance roads, and old trails. Therefore I carry emergency and safety gear. I even carry a map and an old style compass in case the cell phone doesn't work.
Now to the video. The purpose was to show you a transition Boreal forest. Its richness and lushness, and to give you some idea of the area where Boomer and I, and now me, wander. I'm still in the beginner section of PS video software. I think the filming is less jerky. Now I need to try filming the wildlife, but the screen makes that difficult,especially in the sun. It took me about a week and a half to edit this, so I won't be setting up a meme anytime soon ( maybe sooner if the shield works. See below.). The video has a surprise ending proving you can take the boy out of advertising, but you can't take advertising out of the boy. The fades that bridge the stills gave me a chance to try numerous types.
I just googled video cameras with viewfinders. There are such animals, which are of course a step up from conventional camcorders. In fact they range up to $7000 US in price. Although Canon has one, the XA10, which is about $1900 in Canada. I think video, apart from kids and weddings, has not caught up to wildlife and the wilderness, at least where I want to be, and for amateurs like me in general. I think what I'll do at this stage is perfect the scenic, and work at pleasing cut ins of stills. When I've moved out of the rank amateur to at least "gifted" amateur in this area, I'll look at the higher quality video set up.
Nancy from the note below is right of course. You can buy a hoodman loupe and harness to overecome the light problem which I'll do.On this site I'll let you know how I make out.
I generally look for creatures. On the next leg of this journey, I'll be looking for moose. But most photo ops happen totally by chance.
Click here to return to site one, the stills site: Site One. A post to Our World.
Friday, June 7, 2013
If you have the time, some 5 minutes, take a look at the video to see some of our hiking area. There is a River sequence, a tributary wetland sequence (the east track wetland which you've seen in stills), and a River wetland. The River is old, and meanders creating wetlands right in its own flow This is the second video, and there are plenty of errors in it. But I'm getting there I think. I prefer shooting with a view finder as opposed to a screen.Wonder why the manufactures don't offer that. I've found the 70-300mm lens is most handy mainly because of weight. The 150-500mm is just too heavy and results in too much jerky movement. I use PS Elements 11 to edit. They have a great "on video" seminar system to help train you. You can add stills and use fades to suggest movement as I've done here. The flowers are all wildflowers.
To return to Part 1 click here: Me, Boomer & The Vermilon River. I linked with Our World Tuesday, and Nature Notes.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
With Boom in Valhalla, along with my other dogs awaiting me, I like to think, I needed to fill my mind in the woods, where Boom and I were so happy. I had been going to buy a new camera for a while, but with Boom's rapid aging I could not summon the interest in more technology. I really just wanted to spend the time with Boom. When he passed, I bought the new camera, a Nikon D 7000, and spend the time in the woods where I feel Boom still walks with me. I wonder if time in the wilderness breeds a form of mysticism, or spiritualism. The new camera shoots video as well; so, I set up this site as a secondary site for video, and I'll post as I learn to use it. I'll probably file it on memes along with the primary site, but not as often, as videos are difficult to make. That way you can skip the videos if you wish. Or even click onto to it from the primary site, and vice versa: Me Boomer and The Vermilon River