The first video, Wind, was shot along the seaway with Rhonda. It was one of the most windy days of the year in the region so we headed out to the water for a little bit of filming with some her exercise bands. I wanted to capture of the motion of the wind through the bands, her hair and some loose clothing. We filmed for about 30 minutes on location and then I brought it home to work on. The only changes I made in post were to slow the video down to 60fps to accent the movement of the wind, and I added some slight vignetting.
It was a fun afternoon along the water, but taking the footage home and playing with it really drove home a point to me; that I can only do so much with my camerawork handheld without some help. Sometime this summer, I'm going to be looking at grabbing a Glidecam HD1000 which should make a world of difference in what I can do. I had a Manfrotto ModoSteady that I used with my old Canon HV30, but unfortunately, the Canon XA10 that I use now weighed too much for the ModoSteady, so the ModoSteady went to a new home where it could be used. I'm excited to see what new dimensions I can add to my work with a properly balanced Glidecam.
You can see "Wind" here:
The second video I shot in the Trail system at Jones Creek. I've known about the park there for years, but never went into it. Rhonda and I made a trip out for an afternoon on a beautiful sunny day to get out, see the scenery, do some filming & photography about whatever grabbed us and just do a section of the trails in however long it took us to do.
We spent 3 hours on the trails, just walking around looking around and capturing different things. The park's a great example of typical Canadian Shield land, which I find to be among the most beautiful in Canada. (The other areas I find breathtaking are the Rocky Mountains, Canadian Badlands and The Cabot Trail.) After hibernating for most of the winter, both out legs were a little stiff after the excursion, but Rhonda ended up with about 250 pictures, and I ended up with about 50 different scenes filmed.
I got separated from her for a while, which was a bit nerve wracking for me, since she's completely deaf and unless I make eye contact with her there's no way to get her attention. (Cell phone battery was dead.) I was filming something that caught my eye (which will be in a future video) and got sidetracked off of the trail for about 20 minutes. Rhonda used that opportunity to go ahead without me on the trails. I completely lost track of time and had a fair amount of ground to make up to catch up to her. Luckily I ran into 2 women we saw at the parking lot and they told me which way Rhonda went with the trail forking ahead. 5 minutes of fast walking and running later I caught up to her. The last thing I wanted was for her to end up lost in the trail system since we didn't have a map of the trails with us. I could see her ending up sleeping a night in the woods, having to cuddle up to a black bear for body heat. ;)
There were some great highlights, like the long boardwalk, the scenic lookout and the winding trails along the water. I'm looking forward to having a chance to go back and walk a few of the other trails here in the future. It's a really neat place to go if you're into hiking and if you're in the area, I definitely recommend you spend a few hours here. I could only imagine how much prettier the park is during the summer.
In post, again, I didn't really do much with the visuals. I liked the look of the natural colors. Though I played around with a few different looks, ultimately I decided to just put a very subtle vignette on it to direct focus.
Check out "Wilderness" here: