At the start of VloMo ’08 I honestly did not think I would make it. Now I am really “chuffed” to have got to the end having posted a new video every day for a whole month.
I have definitely learned a lot – my editing is much faster and smoother and I even got to try a few new techniques during the month. If you participated in VloMo ’08, I hope it has been a similarly uplifting experience for you. Now to catch up on watching the ones I have not seen yet …
[update: enclosure was pointing at the wrong file, so this video did not initially appear properly in the feed. Fixed now, sorry 🙁 ]
After leaving Vancouver we picked up our RV (camper van) and headed north into the mountains. At home we barely even have hills, so this was an exciting (if rattle-clattery) adventure all of its own. By the time we returned the RV I had driven around 1500 km of these kinds of roads.
While I did not manage to fit in any time to record and edit yesterday’s post the evening before (as I have often done this month), I did decide what I would do for today’s video, and even started it going.
I have been slowly working my way through the collection of videos for the Semanal Project. Inspired in part by Mike Moon’s “Time Lapsed Saturday” posted for Semanal Week 34, I decided to record my own time-lapse movie.
I dragged out a USB cable until it allowed my low-spec webcam to point out through a slightly dirty window and set it to record an image every minute. To capture the images I used the free “Webcam Timershot” Windows XP powertoy from Microsoft. I set it up following the instructions in Time lapse photography using digital camera or webcam at Mike Temple’s Open Resource Center.
Naturally it has no sound. Interestingly, it fulfils most of the criteria for a Lumiere (with the exception of the duration, I guess), but whether a time-lapse video is in the spirit of the Lumiere rules I’m not so sure. In some ways early film-makers would probably have found it more natural to take a separated series of still pictures to form a moving image.
I didn’t manage to work on video stuff last night, so here is a quick piece from this morning.
Margaret and I got married in August 1995. Our recent trip to Canada was a kind of second honeymoon, and brought back memories of what it had been like thirteen years before. For this video I delved right back to the first tape I recorded with my first camcorder, a Canon UC8Hi which I bought specially.
As you can imagine, I was kind of busy on the day of the wedding, so I just handed the camcorder around to guests and friends and asked them to film anything they liked. Here are a few little clips to give a flavour of the day. Apparently I never stopped grinning the whole day!
This is probably the last Vancouver video for a while. It’s from our last day in BC. We were a little sad because we had dropped off the camper van which had been our home for ten days, and were due to spend a night in a very ordinary hotel before flying across Canada to Ontario the following morning. Luckily, before we left we managed to fit in this perfect evening, playing in the last glorious rays of the setting sun.
Another tiny slice of Canada. This time a trip up Grouse Mountain, Vancouver’s nearest and most popular recreation peak. You can walk up if you really want to (some people even run), but we took the cable car.
The music is “Earls Breakdown” by The Backsliders, via The Internet Archive.
Yesterday we had the first tentative snow flurries of the winter. At the same time petrol prices are the lowest they have been in years, so while I ate my lunch I sat and watched drivers queuing for fuel in the chilly wind.
This year we spent most of August travelling around Canada, I took a lot of photos and video, so don’t be surprised if some of our experiences appear here 🙂
Our first stop was Vancouver, and this video is a snippet of a visit to the “lookout” at the Vancouver Harbor Tower
Yesterday lunchtime I found two of my colleagues enjoying their sandwiches while cooling down after a run. For no obvious reason, they wanted to tell me all about bread!