Category Archives: Video

Time Lapse again

I enjoy making a time-lapse. Unfortunately these past nights have been cloudy. Indeed, I would love to make something with moving stars.

This is just a simple test. Some 350 images, 10″ exposure taken with a 15″ interval.

Corrected colours, sharpness, contrast and WB with Lightoom and stitched it all together using Final Cut Pro X.

I know this is rubbish but I’m posting this so I can evaluate my progress.

Feiyu Tech FY-G4S Handheld Gimbal for GoPro

There are a zillion clips about a gimbal on Youtube alone. It is a device that allows you to shoot steady footage. So check it out on Youtube if you want to know more about the topic.

I bought one for my GoPro. A Chinese manufactured FY-G4S. For my budget is was rather expensive. I made it up by selling my unused Nikon D300 and a SkyWatcher telescope.

I had some ideas about what a gimbal could do with video footage. You know, the stabilising the walking and so on.

To be honest I was flabbergasted by what a gimbal really can do. Once again there are a ton of reviews to be found on Youtube. But it surpassed my expectations.

My examples are raw. No slow motion or whatever other effect. The footage I am sharing is out of the box except for some basic color correction.  No post work on shake or anything else.

Just the gimbal working.

Thoughts – August 4, 2017

Past Friday, July 28, Sweetheart and I went paddling in The Netherlands. On the Veerse Meer at Kanoa Outdoor Events. I had reserved a kayak the day before. Great place, friendly people and democratic prices. Except for the fact they did not ask if we wanted a life jacket. Okay, we did not ask either.
Getting in a kayak after turning over is very hard. I am sure I would have a serious problem. But then again I am a trained swimmer. I could stabilize the kayak and help Sweetheart in it.

Lake Veere is a huge lagoon in the province of Zeeland. In 1961 the Delta Works dam system partially cut it off from the North Sea. The Delta works were an answer to the 1953 flood killing 1836 in The Netherlands.

Sweetheart and I kayaked some 4 hours and had a great time. Obviously I took the GoPro and a suction holder with me. The suction stuff did not work as the plastic of the kayak was too rough. I had to use the camera handheld but that wasn’t a big deal.

The weather on the lake was rough, about 4 to 5 Beaufort,  so we choose calmer water. On the lake itself the waves were high and we don’t have enough experience yet.

With the GoPro Hero 4 Silver I shot everything in Protune, native white balance and flat color in order to get the most out of the footage. Also I choose the 2,7 K video setting at 24 fps.

We were hungry after the paddling so we stopped at Yerseke and enjoyed mussels in a small restaurant called De Schelde. I’ve been visiting this place a few times a year for the past 3 decades.

At the moment I am not sure yet what I will use a my video-editing program. I am trying both Final Cut Pro X and Premiere CC 2017.

What I find difficult is the color grading. Been watching quite some tutorials on Youtube.
I like this stage because it involves a lot of learning new stuff and experimenting.

Just a couple of weeks ago Sweetheart, her grandchild and foster kid Star, Sweethearts brother, wife and two kids visited a 3 kilometre barefoot path. I filmed the event and edited a 7 minute clip out of it. Added some royalty free music and voila.

I am pretty sure none of them expected such a beautiful result, not even me.

Sweetheart loves the fact I am now documenting our life on video. There is nothing wrong with photos but footage, voice, the surrounding sounds is a whole different experience.

I have many pictures of my mom who passed away in 2005. I would love to hear her voice, watch her speak, smile, enjoy life.

Photographs are stills by nature. We have to add our memories of that moment, that person, that whatever moment.

Over time that could be something very deceitful. My father passed away when I was 13. That was 45 years ago. I never missed somebody that bad as my father.

Anyway, today he is, in my mind’s eye, a god. Just an image. Just a fraction of a second. Yet I remember vaguely being hit, skin burning, crying. I vaguely remember the scent of the Pétrol Hahn he used.
I would sneak in the bathroom and shake the bottle with the green liquid and the oily substance floating on top of it.

I vaguely remember his cough, like something tickling his throat.  When that couching finally went away he could not eat much anymore. Cancer got him. He was 64.

I wish I could watch him walk, talk, smile. That would be so fucking soothing at times. Even today. Fuck, I really so miss him. I would have love presenting Sweetheart to him.
It would never have been possible. He married my mom when he was in his fifties. I’m 58.
Do the math.

Yeah, I wish I could see my father one more time. Hear him talk, watch him walk. Smile at me.
Hug me.
Hold me.

 

 

Dilemma

After quite a long absence on this blog I am faced with a dilemma.

I wrote about what I like to call my love/hate relation with photography a few times.

As a matter of fact I haven’t touched a camera since Sweetheart and I returned from out holiday in Denmark. I’m talking September last year.

I posted some images from that trip and that was it. My last entry on this blog dates from October 2016.

This is a blog about photography and there is a thin layer with a personal grow path, kind of diary.

A month or two ago I started kayaking. Not that often but I like to be on the water. I used to dive too, mostly in the murky water of Zeeland in The Netherlands.

The I picked up a Denver action camera. The quality was okay and I mounted on my kayak and shot some footage. Enjoyed editing it. Nothing special, just your basic amateur video images.

Liked it so much I bought a second-hand GoPro Hero 4 Silver. It offers much more control and the quality of the footage and images are quite high. Shortly after that I bought an electronic stabilizer or a gimbal. The difference between handheld shots and the gimbal breath-taking. Yesterday I got a second-hand ultra-compact Acom H1 Handy Recorder for better sound.

So where is all this taking me? I don’t have a clue. I have almost no experience with this medium. I’m guessing this will be a thrilling new road I’ll be traveling on.

My dilemma is this.
Should I continue this blog albeit is not about photography anymore or should I start a new blog? I have no idea.

What do you think, dear Reader?