Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Virtual Tour Of The Long Lake Wetlands

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.


  1. Wow, Gary, little did I know my few words would be a help. Hugh likes his screen shield too, and also has the Canon XA10 in his list of " Wish I could Have"; prohibitive price here, but maybe one day. I can see you are panning more slowly, and I love the still shots between clips, and as always, I feel I am right there in the wetlands. My favourite, the blue Iris with blurry background of moving water, and rolling over to the geese. so lovely. Fond greetings, Jean ( aka Nancy J)

  2. It's wonderful Gary... I enjoy sharing video clips as you know and it's lovely to see your countryside as you see it. Be careful you may find yourself spending hours editing as it becomes addictive.
    Looking forward to seeing more og your clips.

  3. Fascinating, Gary. I have not ventured into video photography yet so this all looks amazing to me!

  4. Fabulous Garry .... gives us a real feel for the place and its abundant wildlife

  5. Wow amazing, enjoyed the post...

  6. Thanks for another very interesting video of an extremely beautiful environment.

  7. Really enjoyed the tour Gary! I see the advantages of video -- showing the way the soil looks and the broad sweep of the beautiful (and brave) flowers growing in what doesn't look real friendly soil conditions. Pretty fancy editing at the end with the fades and spin-arounds and peel-backs (I know nothing about video, I'm sure there are words for what I'm trying to say). I particularly loved the photo of the iris in grays and then into color -- that was lovely.

    Your choice of music is lovely too.