A secondary goal, to improve photos and start sharing them more. I started an Instagram account for my hiking pics – BestHikeVisuals.
Mostly I’ve been disappointed with the many limitations of Instagram. I’m not at all a fan of that platform.
After posting myFrench Creek tribute, I declared I was GOOD ENOUGH at video editing for my purposes. Approaching “Concious Competent“. I could sit down at a table with a professional video editor and understand 75% of what they were talking about. 😀
The remaining 25% has mostly to do with colour. Skin tone. Complicated stuff. Creators who can afford it often send their own work out to an expert for colour correction.
NEXT STAGE = STORY
Story. Story. Story.
Every edit should contribute to the STORY.
I threw this one together quickly as a teaser for upcoming West Coast Trail videos. But in some weird way, it’s evocative of that wild and challenging hike.
Mostly my videos are for outdoor recreation, but I also hope to get back indoor soon shooting Gymnastics.
I’m usually shooting solo
3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone 13 Mini with-or-without DJI OM 4 gimbal)
For video I’ve switched from 24fps to 30fps as it’s a little clearer, though less cinematic.
ZV-1 is primary A roll footage. It has by far the best audio.
Ignoring advice of most experts, I mostly shoot Intelligent Auto Mode. In fact, I shoot Intelligent Auto Photo Mode almost all the time — as it’s QUICK to take a 5472 × 3080 [16:9] photo and QUICK to take Intelligent Auto video 4K 30fps. With 4K I have plenty of room to crop or zoom to my final product in 1080p.
Chris Brockhurst has different opinions on ZV-1 settings. Next time I change it up, I’ll use his advice.
ZV-1 Memory Recall #3 = 1080p / 60fps for slow motion (60 is better math when slowing for 30fps output)
ZV-1 Memory Recall #2 = 4K / 30fps
ZV-1 Memory Recall #1 = is for Time Lapse photos 5472 x 3648 [3:2]. This setting I use mainly for photos, choosing the best from the collection. 3:2 ratio as that works fairly well for Instagram
Apple’s free Photos app on the Mac is not great, but I’m still using it for organization. And quick edits. It’s actually quite a good editor in 2022./
I’ve switched to Pixelmator Pro for editing the best of the best photos for Instagram.
I quit trying Sony S-Log2, S-Log3, and other HLG profiles used by the cool kids as it was way too much hassle for dubious gains in quality. I often shoot photos in RAW and JPG both but usually edit in RAW.
iPhone 13 Mini on the OM 4 gimbal for B roll: slow-mo, time lapse, special effects, etc. (always 4K and 60fps for slow mo or speed ramping. 30 fps normal. 24 fps low light). I shoot HDR High Dynamic Range 10-bit as the better quality ProRES options are HUGE file sizes, very slow to transfer from phone to laptop. The 13 has less stabilization than 13 Pro or Max, so I’ll use it on the gimbal as much as possible.
One great feature that only works intermittently is GESTURE CONTROL to start and track me. Stopping the video with a gesture almost never works.
Time allowing, I’d ALSO do some famous rides in the south of Norway as I worked my way to Oslo. Most interesting is Rena to Lillehammer, the Berkebeinerrittet route. It hosts the largest mountain bike race in the world. Or something even more challenging.
I’ll be celebrating in Lisbon, Portugal. You know — the most vaccinated nation in the world? 😇
No quarantine. No covid test. BLAST. Connecting in Montreal, I was one of about 10 connecting passengers informed that we did need a Covid test before getting on the plane. I got a 20 minute test at the airport for $150. Very confusing as Portugal allows vaccinated passengers to arrive without a test on TAP airlines and others. I blame Air Transat for poor communication.
Trina Moyles is a northern Alberta woman who decided to write a book about climate change and the resulting increase in forest fires.
Forest fires are one of the few outdoor “dangers” that truly worries me when hiking and cycling.
Over several 5-month summers alone in fire towers, it evolved into more of a life memoir.
And Trina has had a very interesting life.
While searching for smoke, Trina unravels under the pressure of a long-distance relationship–and a dawning awareness of the environmental crisis that climate change is producing in the boreal. Through megafires, lightning storms, and stunning encounters with wildlife, she learns to survive at the fire tower by forging deep connections with nature and with an extraordinary community of people dedicated to wildfire detection and combat. In isolation, she discovers a kind of self-awareness–and freedom–that only solitude can deliver. …