Reflections – July 2017

Looking back July was an interesting month. I completed the June video diary during the first week of the month having pre-prepared some of it at the end of June. I’m getting quicker with Final Cut Pro (FCP) and more adventurous with the edits. I’m also thinking more about what video I am going to need particularly B-roll type clips. Both skills that came in very handy during July. The main area to work on though is audio and I am working on that.

© Dave WhenhamDuring the second and third weeks I managed five separate outings with my cameras (and drone) which resulted in five video diaries and a handful of very pleasing still images. Pleasing because on none of those days did I get good light. It’s all about the light! I also grabbed my first aerial abstracts which was an unexpected bonus and the fulfilment of one of my photographic-wish-list items. The conditions, strong winds and frequent rain, haven’t leant themselves to aerial photography; at least not in the hands of a newbie like myself.

In the last week of the month I added a sixth trip, although I spent most of it sat in the car drinking coffee. I did get the shot I went for however (see below), albeit not in the light I had hoped for, and the video from that trip is currently sat in FCP awaiting the voiceover which I need to redo as I wasn’t happy with the original voiceover I recorded.

© Dave Whenham

One of the “features” of July was the totally inaccurate daily weather forecasts. I planned my trips in such a way as to be out when the conditions were due to be best for my needs and to be at home doing the domestic chores during the less appealing weather. In the end I managed exactly the opposite on all six occasions.

Whilst I did capture some nice still photographs with both of the Fujis and of course with the drone my main focus during July was videos. Skills such as shooting video footage, experimenting with using the iPhone to record voiceovers whilst on the spot and of course practicing with FCP all received plenty of attention during the month. I ended the month pleased with what I had achieved and satisfied that for the first time in many months I had made the most of those opportunities that had presented themselves. It was good getting out again with a camera and a tripod, not forgetting my flask, and I hope that August will be as productive.

There is no video diary for July as I mentioned previously. Given the number of videos I posted it seems superfluous and I’d only be reusing the same footage.

Of course on the final day of the month I installed Parallels software on my iMac and started playing with Pictures to Exe, but that’s for the August update!

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