Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Hike Along The East Track Wetlands

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

A Video View Of The Vermilon River, Some Wetlands, and Some Wildlife.

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.