Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pioneer Cemetery

A nearby pioneer cemetery was a perfect location to learn drone video techniques. This is a truly team effort in film-making: Angela-equipment manager, Elizabeth-director and film editor, Sandi-managing editor, Dale-cinematographer. Lots to learn but have not mowed any grass or trimmed trees with it yet. Just starting to get out of "auto" in photo/video mode.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Drone Trial

My daughter has let me borrow her drone for a couple weeks. After the initial thought, "I'm too old a dog for new tricks.",  I decided to give it a try. As with all camera gear it is super simple to get a picture but a good photo takes some practice. After an emergency call to her to find out how to turn it on I was ready to go.  My current passion is video so I am learning those features first with some still images thrown in along the way.

Technical: DJI Platinum Mavic Pro, out of the box settings. Edit in FCPX 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cambria (American) Tradition

Cambria is a tiny unincorporated town in southern Minnesota that has been inhabited for about 8000 years. It has a tradition of celebrating on July 3rd with a town parade, it circles the block twice, and a better than expected fireworks display. If you can't get out tonight this is will give you a chance to see some 4th fireworks this year.

For those who want more:

Technical: Music from iTunes. Produced using the slide show feature on LightRoom.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Summer Itch

This young bull moose must have been bothered by mosquitoes like the rest of us along the moose pond trail in Grand Teton National Park. His mother would have nothing to do with him as if to say, "Grow up".  It was tempting to go BBC and add the sound of scratching.  Enjoy.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Daddy Long Legs

I was wandering in the dark, damp woods and came across this daddy long legs spider on a leaf. As I watched it I noticed the rhythm in its leg movements which led to this short video. 

Technical: High ISO, 16k? 1/125 sec, f8, @60fps. slowed to half speed in FCPX

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Growing Mushrooms

I've been exploring the woods in the rain this week, thank goodness for durable cameras. I noticed mushrooms everywhere and decided to try time-lapse again.  Last summer I made my first attempt at mushroom time-lapse and and was not happy with the results. This year I made a few minor adjustments: placing the Go Pro further away from the subject and recording bigger mushrooms being the main adjustments.

Technical: Go Pro @ 1 minute intervals, about 8 1/2 hours duration. Sequenced in LRTimelapse

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Minnesota Storm Clouds

I went storm chasing yesterday morning after recently watching some very impressive storm videos on Youtube, the Wyoming tornado in particular. Yesterday's forecast and radar lined up so I went hunting using a GoPro and my 7D.  Rain is an issue that you don't notice when watching the edited clips. Wind can also be a challenge but yesterday was relatively calm, just wet.