I have really enjoyed Vlomo this year. It’s been tiring, but I have watched a lot of great videos from other vlomo-ers, shot and edited a wide range of stuff, and learned loads.
During this month I have upgraded from an old tape-based Sony DV camera to a shiny new High Def Sanyo Xacti, I have progressed from my old comfortable editing software (Serif Movie Plus) to get almost as comfortable with Adobe Premiere Pro. I have moved from hosting WMV videos on my own web site to uploading HD MP4 files to youtube, and changed the theme on my video blog. Without Vlomo I would have achieved none of this.
I hope Vlomo 2010 was good for you too!
The music for this video is “Eyepennies” by She Makes War from the live EP which accompanies the album “Disarm” and is used by permission. Laura is a very talented musician, photographer and video-maker, and I strongly recommend that you watch her videos, buy some of her stuff and see her perform.
Many of the videos I have produced for this year’s Vlomo have shown interesting places I can walk to in my lunch hour. As of 30 November 2010 the client projects which occupy most of my time will move as the client company vacates this building. It’s not far, less than a couple of miles, but it does mean that many of my favourite spots will probably be beyond a casual walk.
This place had a great atmosphere, and I’ll miss it. The end of the Academia era.
A half mile or so from the office where I mostly work at the moment a new coffee shop has opened up. A group of us went over to try it out last week. The coffee was good, the bacon sandwiches were excellent and the staff were keen. Here’s a snippet of conversation and the view of a nearby decorated underpass.
A few weeks ago we folded down the netting and placed the winter cover on our garden trampoline. After some snow flurries, fog, and generally cold weather it had gathered some ice. Margaret and Elizabeth decided to clear the ice and make a piece of ice art in the garden
This weekend (26,27,28 November 2010), Bury St Edmunds has a special Christmas Market, with entertainment, food, and drink, as well as stalls selling all sorts of strange things. Apparently it really gets going in the evening, but I took the chance to see what was going on on one of my lunchtime walks.
Just beyond the ducks from day 21 are the Abbey Gardens. Right in the centre of town and freely accessible to everyone, these gardens are filled with people relaxing and enjoying themselves during the summer. As the days get wetter and colder there are fewer people and more birds and squirrels.
Another pleasant place to walk to in my lunch hour. This pond is really there to catch any rain run-off from the nearby A14. In the summer it is a nearly dry patch of mud, but as winter weather draws in it fills, providing a resting place for flocks of passing gulls and a few hopeful ducks.
Another place I can walk to in my lunch break. Across the other side of the A14 is the older part of Bury St Edmunds. The first bit that I come across is a stream and wildlife area, with its accompanying greedy ducks, gulls and squirrels.