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Title: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 20, 2011, 10:24:35 PM
Here is a new blog address that I have put together for various video experiments that I have carried, or will be carrying out. Camera used is a Sony HDR-SR1. Sound system is a Bluetooth ECM-HW-1R.
 
http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com
 
In a way I am trying to end up with a professional result at a shoestring expense.

So enjoy yourself, and if you are interested why not join the Bourne End Video Camera Club. Here you will find people willing to help you.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Roger on November 20, 2011, 11:38:30 PM
I can't access the blog as it says dynamic views are not supported on my browser.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 21, 2011, 12:05:06 AM
Sorry to hear about that Roger. Blogspot is a Google blog. Maybe your browser is not Google compatible.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 21, 2011, 08:11:32 PM
If you want to learn more about the Bourne End Video Camera Club you can find their very informative website at:


http://bevcc.socialgo.com/



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Roger on November 21, 2011, 10:27:16 PM
The browser I normally use for everything else IS Google.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: CH on November 21, 2011, 10:34:26 PM
As usual, you always add such an interesting perspective to the Cookham website.

As you mention the Bourne End Video Camera Club, you may be interested to know that they also have a website www.bourneendbucks.com which has a discussion forum.  I'm sure that they'd LOVE to hear from you and all about your video.  Maybe you could even do a history blog for them as you must almost have exhuausted Cookham by now.



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 21, 2011, 11:56:02 PM
No CH I was specific when I mentioned the Camera Club at Bourne End. As for running out of Cookham History that is not the case. There is still a lot more in the pipeline. Sorry to disappoint you.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Canada Old Bill on November 24, 2011, 04:22:09 PM
Works just fine for me...way to go James


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 24, 2011, 07:34:15 PM
Thanks Bill. It is a wet and windy day here on the island. I understand back east you have some of that white stuff floating around.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 25, 2011, 09:45:34 PM
Last Wednesday morning the sun was quite a rosy red. It then reminded me of my school years at  Holy Trinity and the hymn we use to sing every morning "When Morning Guilds The Sky." The idea was the brain child of Ken Burns and can be found in the Editor programme of AVS4YOU. Which by the way is a British Company.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 30, 2011, 06:52:46 PM
To follow on with those of you that like taking both still and video. Check out the photo tha Kingfisher took and the zoom movement that I have added.


http://widbrook4.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Canada Old Bill on November 30, 2011, 11:37:51 PM
Way to go James..nice video of the pictures.
Yes we did have a little snow but not for long...


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Rhubarb on December 01, 2011, 08:52:04 AM
Why are people in Canada swapping weather conditions on a Cookham discussion forum? Give us a break Guys and stick to the agenda.....


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 04, 2011, 02:33:38 AM
Because it is the Christmas Season! A time to be jolly, right Canada Old Bill. Eh Bill! Take a look at all the goodies at Thrifty's Food. Which is a part of the Sobey's network. They even have a touch of Gingerbread about it.

http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Roger on December 05, 2011, 10:30:59 PM
Am I the only one who cannot get these videos to work?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 06, 2011, 01:28:44 AM
Somewhere on these pages someone mentioned that it did not work with one of the Apple products. Sorry about that Roger, as I am now having fun with my new Sony SLT-A35K camera with a 16.2 megapixel capacity. Mind you it comes with a 200 page instruction manual in English.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 19, 2012, 03:35:11 PM
The little dog in this picture was saved from a dog rescue centre. But the present owner found out that it does love to dig hole in her garden. From this single still shot I have been able to come up with a 30 second story.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 20, 2012, 03:35:27 PM
If are interested and living in the Cookham area take a look at this as it is very well done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKHJLxNThho


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 07, 2012, 11:47:27 PM
Now here is a new twist to the Ken Burns effect with still photographs. In this one minute clip not only does one zoom in on your subject but also then be able to track sideways, in this case from left to right.


http://victoriavideo.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 09, 2012, 06:23:52 PM
We now move on from stills to video clips, where the camera is motionless and all the movement is created in the editing afterwards. In this clip I was able to zoom in following the walker. Then pan right to left, ending on the shore.

So the experimenting continues.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com




Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 18, 2012, 12:09:49 AM
Still using the same effect as in the previous blog and the Zoom In and Freeze effect then pan from left to right. A thermal inversion often occurs over the Straits of Juan de Fuca, which can be seen in the video as a ribbon of Stratus cloud lying across the middle of the picture. Above and in the background are the white caps of the Olympic Mountains.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 18, 2012, 10:19:47 PM
Having a problem editing you video? Well I have come across this site that may just answer your particular question on a wide range of video subjects.

http://onlinehelp.avs4you.com/AVS-Video-Editor/Features/EditingVideos/index.aspx

Anyway have fun reading the many facets covered.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 21, 2012, 07:23:16 PM
While waiting for morning sunrise to catch the top of the Olympic mountains this morning. My friendly gull showed up on the roof and started his usual banter or chatter. In the background you also hear the many crows nesting in the park.

In this clip I used the Ken Burns effect to zoom in up until the gull was about to take off, and then I switched back to the starting point for the take off. All this was done in the editing.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com





Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 24, 2012, 06:40:52 PM
Once again we are back to the Olympic Mountains. This time with a live 1 minute video to make a Ken Burns Zoom & Pan clip. If you look closely you can see the odd seagull flying across the screen.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 29, 2012, 01:57:15 AM
Still on the same theme of the mountains, but from a different angle. This time I have added music to compliment the scene and the tranquil mood of the subject.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 01, 2012, 09:27:27 PM
We now switch from a distant scene to a close up, and again with movement both of blooms moving with the breeze, but also zooming in and out.  Also the various formats that you can use for different applications.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 09, 2012, 06:54:30 PM
The present day marvels of both Video and Still photography using High Definition has come a long way from the Kodak Box Brownie or the Bell & Howell film camera with a turret lens attachment. Now we are all digital and we now look to see how many megapixels we have. Mind you for the best landscape videos or stills a good firm tripod is a must, and with a fluid head all the better. There is so much out there to learn, and the field is growing so fast, that I find it is not hard to learn something new every day.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 15, 2012, 03:51:57 PM
Recently I have been asked by those new to the hobby, "What is RAW or ARW?" The answer is that the RAW or ARW version of what you have taken is the uncompressed version as shown in the blog.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 21, 2012, 05:42:11 PM
Following opn from the previous posting I have taken two photographs from the same shot. The first shot is as it was downloaded from the camera at 4,912 pixels in width. The second is after zooming in to take a close at the down still in the birds beak after it had preened its feathers. Note the texture of the filaments of the down is quite visable.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 26, 2012, 08:08:18 PM
Once again using favourite and very cheap model I am showing you the result of taking a photo at about 25 feet from the subject using a 75-300 mm lens. Then manipulating the photo while in the RAW or ARW stage to see the iris of the birds eye.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 28, 2012, 06:32:48 PM
This video clip is to emphasize the point that when taking videos and where possible always use a tripod. Let your subject do the moving and where possible use short clips. This one is not I-Pod trained as it is the .wmv format. Turn up your sound as well.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 30, 2012, 07:17:26 PM
This time the study is again of a seagull but, this time we are using a tripod and once again to demonstrate how important it is to use a tripod. Sorry to the I-Pod users again it is in .wmv format. Goes well with Windows, even with Windows-8.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 01, 2012, 01:26:18 AM
Sometimes one has to be up very early to catch a shot like this. No time to set up a tripod. Just one aim and shoot and the subject was gone.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 04, 2012, 05:50:04 PM
When taking wild life video photography, one never knows what the result will be, as everthing is unrehearsed. Even more so when you are working within a certain time frame. Once again I have my regular gull actors taking part.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 09, 2012, 12:22:53 AM
Now this 30 second video blog I took this morning. To gain the trust of wild life over a period of time I find very gratifying indeed.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 15, 2012, 04:23:36 AM
Today the field of photography is moving so fast that when buying a new camera to update your old one, it will pay you to consider buying one that will cover a dual purpose like a SLT unit that will give you both high definition video and still photographs as well. They come in various makes and price ranges, so look around ask from people who use them, then find one that will suit your needs and pocket at the same time.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 17, 2012, 10:30:05 PM
Once again I have gone back to working with both RAW and ARW format. The results you will find quite remarkable as you will see if you compare the two photographs I have posted in this latest blog.
The pace at which digital photography has progressed in the past 30 years, when I started with a Sony Mavica camera and a floppy disc.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 23, 2012, 12:07:33 AM
One desirable piece of gear that the serious video or still photograper needs is a quick detachable camera mount for the tripod. There are several mounts available on the market and I have used mine to demonstrate how helpful this type of mount can be.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 28, 2012, 06:53:33 PM
I'm in Nova Scotia untill the 4th of September.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 15, 2012, 07:14:36 PM
My historical pictures of late have taken me back to what we think is the work of one man William Bailey, who was a painter decorator by trade and took up photography as a hobby. You will in the near future seeing a lot more of what we believe to be his work.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 20, 2012, 11:24:00 PM
For those of you who are budding amateur video makers, this blog will be of interest to you with reference to recording sound over a distance from your camera.

By the way if you are having problems making good videos, there is an excellent video club over in Bourne End, which you can find on the web.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 22, 2012, 05:36:59 PM
Carrying on from the previous blog on sound. I have now put together a demonstration clip using my little friend Augustus to give us all a few squawks! Note how sensative the microphone is while planted about 20 feet from the subject.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 27, 2012, 07:29:39 PM
While trying to capture the varying calls or cries of seagulls. This little amour took place between my star gulls Penelope and Augustus.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 30, 2012, 06:04:38 PM
We now switch from a video to a still shot that catches the subject in that certain light that only remains but for a few minutes. It is of a cruise liner paying its final visit of the season before heading to the Caribbean.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 05, 2012, 11:53:24 PM
This is the time of the year that the active photographer gets out and takes photos of the trees as they turn from green to gold. The time span is a very short one so you have to be quick while the conditions are there.
For my subject I have used the good old Horse Chestnut tree, where every boy in Cookham would be playing Conkers. While yelling out the call: "Idy,Idy Onker my first Conker." To which the reply would come "Idy, Idy O my first go!"  From what I hear that Conkers have been ruled out by Health and Safety as being dangerous. Mind you, I never heard of anyone getting hurt playing the game, except for the occasional rap on the knuckles from the odd conker, and that was taken as part of the game.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 09, 2012, 07:59:32 PM
Here I am showing two ways that you can present still photos. The first is a video clip in .mpg. The second two photos are single stills using the RAW technique to enlarge without loss of pixels.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 16, 2012, 12:30:44 AM
Videoing animals, birds and I find gulls in particular right now, you never know what action they will pull next. Then of course you have fun playing around with your footage to make up this short clip. Now for those with I-Pads I have included a still so that you can view the subject half way through and if you click on it, you will get a full screen view.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on October 16, 2012, 10:01:28 PM
Cracking good video James, plus the enlarged photo catches the moment.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 20, 2012, 11:41:48 PM
Making a home video can be a great deal of fun, and like with old time photographs you need an album and a way of introducing the collection that you made. When watching TV and perhaps a play or even an advert, just take a look at the way it is put together or edited, and believe me there is a lot you can find out by just watching. The intro should not be to long as you don't want to bore your audience. Take a careful look at how a commercial of even 15 seconds gets it message across. Anyway have fun!


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 25, 2012, 12:16:39 AM
Once again I would like to demonstrate how you can turn high quality still photograph into a useful video clip.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 25, 2012, 08:33:05 PM
We now move to a video shot using the same technique as for the still rose. This time I am using Autumn Leaves blowing in the wind, while zooming in and still maintaining focus on the subject.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 27, 2012, 04:54:49 PM
It is one of those still days with a soft rain falling that I took three stills of my local feathered actors who were just hanging around to see if any rewards were coming their way. They were looking all forelorn and wet, so I called them my "Soggy Duo."


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 28, 2012, 06:33:24 PM
There is a very good website http://www.videomaker.com/ where you can pick up a tremendous amount of useful tips on a daily basis once you have signed on. Plus you can search their website for a lot of good material as well. There is a lot of uselful information on cameras, so you can make an informed descision on your next camera.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 30, 2012, 11:52:50 PM
Once again when a subject presents itself then you grab your camera and shoot. This time it was one of this year's crop of gulls. As they seem to scarce this year.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 31, 2012, 05:58:08 PM
For those of you who would like to learn more about making videos, I have already mentioned the Bourne End Video Club. Now I have a .pdf file that has been put together for the Southern Counties group and their editor Pip Critten:

To read this newsletter please contact Pip at: pip@pipcritten.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 01, 2012, 02:20:13 PM
As we now swing from summer through autumn and into the long winter nights, it is time to reflect and recall and record your summer photos and create and burn your memories on to a DVD disc. The photo of the Crown in Cookham is just a short example of what can be done on your computer and an editing programme like AVS4YOU.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 03, 2012, 06:35:26 PM
I know there are a lot of cell phone cameras in use today, but I rate them back with the Box Brownie of years ago. If you are serious in obtaining first class photos or videos, then one has to consider buying an SLT camera, and with intercangeable lenses you will get the best of both worlds.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 06, 2012, 12:52:50 AM
As I have been discussing SLT lenses. I thought I should mention the fact of looking after your lens when taking shots or videos, and to minimise the contamination of the lens from dust.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: wannabe on November 07, 2012, 02:01:15 PM
Just to save the rest of you bothering to click on the linkthis is wahta it says ....
Avery useful tip to remember is to keep your lens cap in place right up until the time that you want to take a particular shot or video sequence. Then replace it to avoid the lens becoming contaminated with dust. The same thing goes for when you are changing lenses, also replace the body connecting cap of your lens. Dust can can play havoc with your lens and you can't be too careful.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 07, 2012, 06:12:30 PM
The subject of stitching still photographs has come to the fore. For those of you who would like to try this technique I have prepared a step by step example and told you where you can download a free stitch programme. So once again enjoy and experiment. There is still time to teach an old dog new tricks!


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 11, 2012, 10:05:03 PM
Now here is a 30 second short clip of a Hummingbird at a man made Feeding Station shot with my SLT-A35 camera. It has also been trated with the Ken Burns effect.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 11, 2012, 11:07:56 PM
That is a cracking little video James


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 12, 2012, 03:30:22 AM
Thank you Dragonman. I have now added a still that I have captured from the video, so that one can take a closer look at this wonderful little bird.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 17, 2012, 07:31:02 PM
When using a camera such as an SLT-A35. Sometimes it is better to take a short video clip of what you want and then when back at your computer, you can select the exact moment to use for your still. I have added a short number of video clips to show you what I mean. Then I have selected the right moment for the still.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 19, 2012, 02:18:12 PM
 I came across this short documentary featuring Ken Burns telling us what telling a story means to him.

While a compelling glimpse into what motivates him as a film maker, the video also uses several interesting stills that have been layered to create a three dimensional effect. In all, it does show that my experiments have only just scratched the surface of what is possible

http://vimeo.com/40972394


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 23, 2012, 08:49:37 PM
Very interesting James. Have you seen his latest effort "Dust Bowl?"


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 24, 2012, 07:55:07 PM
Thankyou Dragoman. Now here is a 60 minute interview with Ken Burns which a greater depth in to how the film was made and the research that was made to make the video. It also shows how the combination of still and old movie footage were put together.

You can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9GkNQa5of8



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 01, 2012, 11:25:20 AM
Are you looking for an ideal Christmas present for a member of your family or a friend who is keen on photography both still and video. Well here is one that I have just purchased for my wife Deborah. I am sure that she will be able to make good use of it on our trip to the Cook Islands this Christmas. Plus with a 4 gigabyte memory card it did not cost an arm and a leg.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 03, 2012, 09:37:55 PM
This video is very worth watching. It has been made by a fellow member of the Victoria Video Club, Lars Reese Hansen. My thought is that the same sort of video could be made using the river as theme around Cookham. https://vimeo.com/52911288 Also if you need some good advice, then you can always contact the Bourne End Video Club, who by the way are listed on the internet.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 05, 2012, 08:38:52 PM
On December 12th, 12.12.12, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the third annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.
Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth's first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. and the second on 11.11.11. The 10.10.10 collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world. One Day on Earth collaborations create a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an annual feature film.
Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 07, 2012, 12:32:31 PM
In a previous blog I gave you an idea for a small camera as a Christmas gift. Now with the memories of an old BBC programme "Dessert Island Discs." I can give  a little taste of what it is like on the island of Rarotonga.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 08, 2012, 11:35:36 PM
Tomorrow the 9th of December my wife and I take off for our Christmas holiday to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Our packing is almost finished and then we look forward to being with our Maori friends once more. So have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 17, 2013, 06:18:33 PM
Well I am now back from my sixth visit to the Cook Islands in seven years, and still I am meeting new and interesting people and new natural subjects to photo and video. With those balmy onshore breezes to keep you cool. Yes, there is always the odd rain squall, but they are usually quite short. This first picture is of an Hibiscus, of which there are 37 known varieties on the island.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 26, 2013, 01:46:28 PM
Having returned from my annual holiday in the South Pacific with some 1500 still and video clips in the bag, which by the way may or may not used down the road. There again to use an old blacksmith phrase: "Strike while the iron is hot." As time never repeats itself. My ever willing gull subject was very glad to see me back and as ever, very willing to pose for me.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 02, 2013, 06:36:47 PM
The Cornish waterwheel shown in this clip is to demonstrate how in a few seconds how the machine works, by using two still clips at either end,, with a 17 second video in the middle. The water to work the wheel is channelled by a wooden flume or duct to the top of the wheel.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 05, 2013, 08:11:07 PM
Having returned a short time ago from a trip to The Cook Islands and the abundance of floral beauty along the roadside to photograph. Now it is what use to be known as "February Fill Dyke." Of course the first of the flowers to appear on Widbrook was the Marsh Marigold, also known as Water Bubbles. These were followed very closely by Cellendines, Violets and wild Primroses in the hedge banks of Cookham Dean in particular. So now is the time to get your camera gear ready as soon there will be lots to photograph.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 05, 2013, 10:41:12 PM
Have you ever wondered why ladies in the South Pacific wear flowers over their ears. Well go to the blog and find out.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 06, 2013, 11:19:18 PM
The photo in this blog is just a sample of what you can do today with a digital camera. I know some smart Alec or Alice is going to say "We don't have Lotus blooms in an English Garden!" No perhaps not but there are a great many other blooms that you can turn your camera lens and focus on. For instance, what about a Flag Iris, have you ever taken a close look at that bloom? Also at the same time you are taking that photo a bee will come along and enhance your photo. Any way get ready now to have fun. Take a look at the oil paintings of Magnolias by Sir Stanley Spencer and see the detail he captured.
To me Stanley was a fine digital artist, and you to can be with your camera.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 14, 2013, 03:14:09 AM
It does not have to be a bright sunny day to take photographs, and when the situation arises then you take advantage of the situation.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 19, 2013, 07:13:21 PM
I have now added yet another camera to my arsenal. This unit covers all the things that I could not do with the other two cameras, one of which is underwater photography in both video and still time lapse. You also have to download a 64 page instruction manual from the website.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 20, 2013, 07:32:32 PM
It is not often that one can get a clear enough day to take a still photo of an object some 40-50 miles away, as it is with this skyline photo of The Olympic mountains of Washington State from Vancouver Island. It was not the brightest of February mornings, but the subject was clear and visable.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 21, 2013, 09:40:32 PM
When the subject turns up and lets you have time to erect your tripod and camera to take either a still or video shot it is always a thrill to see the result as it happened today. Wildlife can be most unprodictable as they will move out of the frame before you get a chance to start filming. Once again don't forget to click on the bottom right hand corner to get a full screen presentation.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 28, 2013, 01:26:37 AM
Now here is a very useful tool to have with you at all times, especially when you are away from your home. Even in the home it is always a good idea to use thjis when cleaning or making a lens change to your camera.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 01, 2013, 05:43:39 PM
Video is becoming a bigger part of our lives everyday. Just a few short years ago, sharing video online was a pipe dream - today we have YouTube, Vimeo, Google Videos... And with cameras becoming cheaper and easier to use, more and more people are jumping into the video creation business. But even with so many new creators entering the market, it's always obvious who the real pros are. The Internet is awash is poorly made, poorly planned videos that no one will ever watch. And why not? Because if you want to stand out, you can't just upload grainy footage from your smartphone. You need to know how to make video that looks good, that sounds good, and grabs people's attention.

This is why I am putting in a plug for the Bourne End Video Makers. I have attached their latest video promo for you to take a look at and see what you you could gain from being a member.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKHJLxNThho


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 03, 2013, 04:57:47 PM
It was most heartening to hear via the grapevine that the Bourne End Movie Makers have two new members from Cookham. It is much to ones advantage, when you can learn so much more when you are part of a team. It is a very fast growing hobby/business, besides being part of the action, you can achieve so much more with your own work.

I have just put up two different videos. One is made up from stills, the second is a video of the same subject.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 23, 2013, 11:04:00 PM
Spring has sprung in some regions of the world, while some parts are still suffering from the onslaught of winter! My two gulls that have made their home on the flat roof, seem to be getting ideas of having a family, though no signs as yet from them gathering nesting materials. Remember to get a larger picture, just click on the small one.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com

Note: I have just added a youtube to the blog http://youtu.be/6vVTNIpcbpI


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 28, 2013, 08:33:14 PM
Once again my ever willing subject has supplied me with an eyeful of material. It is hard to figure that a seagulls eyes are seven times more powerful than a human eye. Though they seem to see food in the offing from as far as half a mile away.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Joni on March 30, 2013, 11:38:49 AM
Does anyone know of any websites where I could find some mediocre shots of seagulls?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 30, 2013, 11:03:16 PM
Well here we are  and it is Easter. To brighten up your Easter Sunday I have put together a floral bouquet of roadside flowers. So enjoy and a Happy Easter.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Roger on March 31, 2013, 12:59:26 PM
Nice thought James, but I am not getting any flowers. Happy Easter anyway.

(http://www.cookham.com/images/jhatch.jpg)


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 31, 2013, 03:22:56 PM
Sorry about that Roger. It is working at this end, though I have been told that it does not work with some Apple products. Anyway, give it another try.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 04, 2013, 05:37:12 PM
As it is Spring, my thoughts went back quite a number of years and Sunday tea with my Aunt Amy and the occasions when we were joined by Sir Stanley Spencer at Widbrook. My photo taken with my Sony SLT camera and 75-300 mm lens is of Stanley's favourite blooms. The Magnolia like the Lotus in the tropics doesa not stay fresh very long. So this photo of mine is in a way a tribute to his landscape works.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 15, 2013, 10:59:17 PM
Here is something that I am using and find it very handy to have in the old bag of gear. That is of course the good old "Gorilla Pod." You can get close to nature without disturbing the subject.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 20, 2013, 09:48:07 PM
The next photograph I took this past Christmas in the Cook Islands and is of a Breadfruit. This tree made the history books in the mutiny on HMS Bounty. The plan was to transplant these trees in the West Indies to be used as food for the slave trade. As a matter of fact some of these trees did make it, as I have seen them growing on the island of St.Lucia.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 23, 2013, 07:23:33 PM
This is a long distance landscape photo of the Olympic Mountain Range, taken on the 23 April, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. PDT.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 26, 2013, 06:34:45 PM
Once again I have just received conformation of my flight tickets once again to visit my favourite Christmas and New Year tropical South Sea island of Rarotonga. Here is a photo of the famous Wigmore Falls.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 03, 2013, 03:02:50 AM
Not a seagull this time! Now now we are getting a lot of attention from Joe Crow and his buddies from the park oposite.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 09, 2013, 01:12:57 AM
I am once again going back to what asset a 75 to 300 mm lens can be if you are thinking of buying either an SLR or SLT camera in the near future.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 13, 2013, 06:15:25 PM
Still looking for that special photo. Well here is a little information on why you should choose a camera that will download to your computer in a uncompressed RAW format.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 17, 2013, 12:00:02 AM
Sometime ago I saw a youth made video which had been made with the use of cell phone. If my memory is correct it was outside the west door of Holy Trinity Church. So many of our youth have cell phones with this function available and you never know when a good story will happen. So this part of the blog is to give you a couple of pointers to follow. Who knows it maybe something that Garden Productions is looking for as quoted in the previous post on this page.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 19, 2013, 12:24:19 AM
I have delving back into some historical newspapers and found quite a few excellent woodcuts. I find the artistry of these craftsmen to be very exacting to obtain the varying shades.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 23, 2013, 08:49:51 PM
This very short video clip which I have named 'The Garbage Picker.' Will show you what can be done with a sequence of still photographs, paste tricks and a little narrative to go with it.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 30, 2013, 06:52:00 PM
I have mentioned using Sony RAW or Canon ARW format with your still pictures. This example had me surprised at the result as well, as I was only using my 18-55 mm lens.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 07, 2013, 08:22:12 PM
The next photo was taken with my Sony SLT A-35 camera using a 75-300 mm lens and a Kenko 55 mm filter. Here we have managed to capture three things all at the same time. A departing aircraft, an arriving ferry boat and the mountains in the background.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 14, 2013, 12:26:05 AM
Now we dip into the term RAW and what it means to work in a RAW format. Showing what can be done with a single long distance shot.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 14, 2013, 09:13:48 PM
Getting rather bold, this shot of a crow was only three feet from my camera. I guess the kids have to be fed somehow.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 17, 2013, 08:06:56 PM
I have now switched from bird studies to this next one of a rose bloom and bud, where you can see the distinct advantage of working with the RAW format. Still what is new today will be history tomorrow, as cameras are about to take another leap forward. Just to think a short time ago the Baby Brownie was the king!

Oh! Yes the new camera I mentioned will set you back about £4,000!


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 20, 2013, 10:08:37 PM
You have seen and met my actor friend Augustus before. To get him to pose, he has to be hungry. So here is a short video clip that I have produced using YouTube:


http://youtu.be/0gNaSiyzJZQ



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 22, 2013, 08:24:58 PM
Again I have switched back to my Charles Darwin rose bush and the second bloom that started to open as started to rain. After the shower I took this photo of the bloom that still clung on to three rain drops, which you can view when you enlarge the picture.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 29, 2013, 05:04:35 PM
The photo I have posted is of the Olympic mountain peaks in Washington State. It was taken on the 28th of June 2013. Yes that is snow you can see! Then you hear so much on global warming! It makes one wonder.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 30, 2013, 05:29:03 PM
It is back to my favourite subjects, the gulls, that visit our rooftop abode. This time after eighteen months or so, my gradual movement and presence has paid of in trust that the pair are showing. This allows me to gain more practice with my cameras.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 03, 2013, 06:58:55 PM
In the world of photography, as well as computers, you will find it is an ever learning process. Try as one may, one is never going to know it all. I have found a way while working with RAW photos, of a way to preserve a very high quality photo and not having to compress it in the process. Mind you a few years ago this would have not been possible, because of the pixel size of the photo. Now it is possible to move material of up to 10 megabyte size with little or no problem. For the young that read this, you go to school to learn how to learn! Because you will find that for the rest of your life you will still be learning.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 08, 2013, 09:45:59 PM
I have Gardenman to thank, for giving me the next idea where one has a very small garden or a Balcony/Veranda. So it may give you an idea to pick up one from your local garden centre.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 13, 2013, 05:03:58 PM
Once again it is strange how one thing can lead to another. In making videos, especially when it comes to nature, writing a script is nigh impossible. Here the actors taking part did their own directing.

So click on this You Tube location: http://youtu.be/AVPoAhbQOyw



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 20, 2013, 10:35:57 PM
The study of wildlife in general as been a life long interest, especially having Widbrook Common on my door step where nature abounded in all its several forms . Even now with my lofty rooftop perch I get to enjoy the antics through the seasons of my regular visiting gulls and crows. Both gulls and crows are use to my presence which allows me the opportunity to both video and still photograph them with ease.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 24, 2013, 12:37:13 AM
Here is a short clip of Canada Geese feeding on the mud flat of the Victoria Outer Harbour. The subjects are about 200 yards from my SLT camera as I was shooting this scene from a sixth floor roof using a 75 - 300 mm lens. There is no sound as it is quite short:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n5PAAMQguw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 27, 2013, 06:07:40 PM
As you sit out and enjoy the summer sunshine in your garden, why not capture that moment with those flowers that are in bloom. Then when the Autumn leaves start to fall you will have those wonderful summer days to look back on. You don't have to have a large garden, even an apartment balcony can give some colour.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 01, 2013, 12:05:19 AM
These two photos are of a gull taking off after having a crop full of food and are one frame apart in sequence.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 01, 2013, 07:25:22 PM
Back to flowers, this time it an orchid which is now producing wonderful blooms for the second year.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 05, 2013, 08:24:10 PM
This time we switch back to a video. Here with the use of a tripod, one is able to catch the movements of a hanging basket of Begonias, dancing in a gentle breeze. There is a music background.


http://youtu.be/BSyUamDxYFg


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 10, 2013, 05:29:51 PM
Well I hope you enjoyed  my short video of the "Dancing Begonia's." Now we switch to a technical item that you can find very useful for both Still and Video Cameras. It is a USB.2 card reader which is mall and compact. Ideal for you to carry in your gadget bag.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 17, 2013, 05:50:04 PM
With nature and wildlife photography it is not always possible to get the ideal shot. Here I was very lucky as I had the camera and the right lens with me. Of course my gulls are getting use to my presence and this made it a little easier.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 24, 2013, 12:31:28 AM
This time have a short video of the two gulls having breakfast. The hen bird is always the first to come to the table. She is then followed by the cock bird.


http://youtu.be/UPtNGQ56Rzw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 31, 2013, 12:24:35 AM
This time I am using a little bit of artistic licence as with all things new and a chance to catch them with your camera. Ever since Bush invented the electric milk float back in the 1930's Man has been trying to invent an electric car that would cover a reasonable distance between charges. Now with the coming of the Lithium Hydride battery, this can now be obtained.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 04, 2013, 01:58:29 AM
When ever I go on any extended trip I always like to have my camera with me. In this case it was a trip to the Chemainus Theatre about 60 kilometres north from my home in Victoria. This little town has had quite a past history, which has turned into a good business as you will see.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on September 06, 2013, 12:53:23 PM
That mural is a lot better than our spray can art.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 18, 2013, 06:41:04 PM
It is always a wildlife photographers dream to catch a close up of any wild creature. In this photo in the blog I have taken a photo of a rescued squirrel receiving a four hourly feed. He or she with six others are now being well looked after at a Wildlife Rescue Centre.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on September 20, 2013, 07:03:57 PM
What are you trying to do James? Melt the ladies hearts with that cute little fellow!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Ellie on September 23, 2013, 01:39:34 PM
He is truly adorable, James!  :)

We are fortunate in having some very good photographers posting on this website.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 23, 2013, 08:34:27 PM
Thank you Ellie. I find the hobby of both Still and Video photography most gratifying, especially now that the digital High Definition art is ever growing and has come a long way since the days of the box Brownie camera. Bourne End has a very active video club I know, and as most still cameras also have the added feature of taking video shots as well. So the world of photography today can be your Oyster!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 26, 2013, 10:11:18 PM
Digital Photography, both Video and still is advancing so fast these days it is very hard to keep pace with all the fields.
I have been asked by my Video Club to try out a camera dolly and test it over the next month to see how many useful applications I can discover. So in the blog I have included a still photo of the dolly mounted on a tripod. I have made a simple clip to show the effect of the camera slide.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 06, 2013, 08:30:00 PM
Here is another example of using a small camera dolly on a flat surface. In this instance a Shuffleboard. The object is my new hand puppet of a Red Squirrel.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 13, 2013, 09:32:45 PM
This is the final use that I put the camera dolly to work on. This time to going around a subject or model. It will give the enthusiast food for thought on how to achieve an aim.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 18, 2013, 09:57:55 PM
Once again I have used one of my gull models to demonstrate how to manipulate still RAW photographs.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 24, 2013, 11:12:22 PM
In this video we have three short clips of a very long blooming fuchsia. So given the opportunity to take this video, it can be saved for viewing in the winter months. With so many digital cameras that are dual purpose these days, taking both still and videos, it does make keeping very easy indeed.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 31, 2013, 11:37:54 PM
I have spoken about working in RAW format before. This time my willing model posed to let me give you a demonstration of what you can achieve by using maximum pixels.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 06, 2013, 07:01:40 PM
We are now in the throws of preparing once again for our annual winter holidays in the Cook Islands, and in doing so checking over the cameras that I will be taking with me, which this year will include a GoPro Hero 3 camera for under water photography. Also it can be mounted on my scooter while motoring around the island of Rarotonga.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 09, 2013, 07:54:28 PM
We have had a very mild and wet Autumn so far which the hanging basket blooms seem to enjoy. Take a look at this Fuchsia bloom.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 15, 2013, 11:48:37 PM
We now turn your thoughts to editing both your still and video clips. The choice of editing programmes is yours, most of which come with a tutorial for you to follow. Most of these are very fast and hard to understand. So I am going to try and take it a piece at a time. My editing programme is based in the UK and I find it very useful indeed. Plus if you get stuck they have a very good support service.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 23, 2013, 12:18:00 AM
In this next blog I now turn to how you can add sound to still photographs. There are several ways you can do this depending on the video editing programme that you are using. When I return from my winter holiday, I will go into how you can add flying words to your lead in and end credits.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 30, 2013, 02:53:36 AM
Here is another idea that I put together in You Tube may for you to try and create. Not for Christmas this year, but there are other occasions like Easter.


http://youtu.be/LqAow51GOd0


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 06, 2013, 10:28:34 PM
This is to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be back from our holiday in six weeks.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 18, 2014, 11:47:00 PM
This just to let you know that we are on our way back to our home in Victoria tonight. Look for more history in a week or so. I also have quiet of lot of information on the GoPro camera and quiet a lot of material to share.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 20, 2014, 11:28:30 PM
This is for general circulation and was shot at the Muri Beachcomber Resort on the island of Rarotonga, Capital island of the Cook Islands. I am indeed grateful to my friend Bobby Browne, who is a well-known instrumentalist on the Cook Islands for the backing music of this short clip.

http://youtu.be/4Yyl3Tkf7yw

There are more videos of the island of Rarotonga is the pipe line as I complete the editing of each piece


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 26, 2014, 01:41:33 AM
Here I am giving you a chance to see the GoPro camera in action. It opens up a whole new aspect in video photography. You could cycle around the village and show the village in a different way.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 30, 2014, 08:45:03 PM
Now I am going back to a subject that is close to my heart, that filming wild life close up. It does take time and confidence to be gained between the subject and the camera operator.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 02, 2014, 06:47:38 PM
I have mentioned the instrumental work of my good Maori friend Bobby Browne, and I have his blessing to use his music to back my video work of the island of Rarotonga. Don't for get to click on the bottom right of the photo to get a full screen picture.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on February 07, 2014, 09:47:05 PM
The bike ride video is brilliant,   the colours so vivid
I feel like Ive been there myself now  after watching it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDfbY4Qd4j8&feature=youtu.be


Thinking about it,  the camera mounted on the head....
the  head is probably the  most stable  place to put a camera when riding a
motorcycle.
   I could watch this kind of  travel video  forever...
The  front seat of a train comes to mind...
 The Big One  in  Blackpool ....
A parachute  jump ....


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 08, 2014, 12:26:43 AM
Thank you Golden Meadow. Both Still and Video photography has been a retirement hobby of mine. Also I love to experiment. I have more on the island of Rarotonga still in the can, which I will bring to the screen in the future. I have also used the practice of doing voiceovers for my History Blog. Right at the moment I am using the GoPro camera mounted in various positions on my car. For editing I use a programme called AVS4YOU. The head office believe it or not is in Harley Street.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 11, 2014, 09:00:14 PM
The GoPro camera is getting to very popular around the world and especially in the sports field. There are various way to use this camera and one is to secure it to the Hood or Bonnet of your car. I have put together a short one minute YouTube clip for you to watch.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on February 11, 2014, 09:31:54 PM
Just  realised ,  you re on the  wrong sidee of the road !
you must be living in Germany or somewhere !

But a very good result... a clear, stable  pic.

On a long journey it would be good to video just  the best bits,
but that would need control from inside the car which might not be possible.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 11, 2014, 10:59:37 PM
Yes Goldenmeadow I am located 8 time zones to the west of Cookham in the provincial capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Of course when I am in The Cook Islands, I drive on the left as they do in Australia and New Zealand.

No problem with the turning on and off of the camera, as the GoPro Hero3 Black comes with a wireless remote control.

Just one thing has occurred to me Goldenmeadow. How long have you been using an electric helicopter to take your photos? As I have studied your photo and I caught the familiar fish eye view of the horizon.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 04, 2014, 06:13:53 PM
Well here is Shrove Tuesday and early this morning I had a visitor looking for a nice big "Pancake!"


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 31, 2014, 06:38:32 PM
Well I have been off now for nearly a month, meanwhile I have been experimenting trying different ways of editing the video results from the GoPro camera. I have downloaded the editing programme that comes with the camera. The problem was that my other editing programme did more that 30 frames a second. Now I can work and get a much better result at 48 frames per second. It is very true with the old saying: "What is new today, is history tomorrow!" So what ever you do you still have to play catch up!
So for the time being I am working in 1920 X 1080 pixels at 48 fps.


http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 31, 2014, 06:48:45 PM
This is the second time post posting today. Anyway I am posting a re-vamp of a old video that has been reworked with a new editing programme.

http://victoriavideo1.blogspot.com


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on March 31, 2014, 07:37:26 PM

1920 X 1080 pixels at 48 fps....  that  sounds  like  exellent  quality to me !

When is that motorbike and  camera going to appear in the lanes around Cookham ?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 31, 2014, 08:09:45 PM
Hi Goldenmeadow. There was a time when I use to ride around Cookham on a Red Lambretta named "Bugs Bunny." That was during my youth. Now I rent a Yamaha when I visit the Cook Islands. You can see what I am talking about if you visit my you tube posting ; http://youtu.be/AIyNca46xaY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 04, 2014, 07:55:16 PM
Here is another clip for you Goldenmeadow. This time it is to show the versatility of the GoPro camera when mounted on the bonnet or hood of a car. The setting is 1920 X 1080 pixels at 48 frames per second. It also shows how the camera will adapt as it goes from daylight to artificial light. No sound with this clip. The editing was done using the GoPro editor, which is supplied free to GoPro users. Even so it took about an hour to load on to YouTube.


http://youtu.be/LTGmMGqybN8



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on April 04, 2014, 09:17:24 PM
exellent quality once again,  but you d think the software would let you put a
voice over or  some  music.

How did it take  an hour to load a vid less than 2 mins long ?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 05, 2014, 02:35:49 PM
Hi Goldenmeadow. The reason that it took so long was due to the fact, that clip of just under two minutes was 451.4 megabytes in size. I could have added a voice over and music, but that would have added to the size. At the present I am working on a competition piece of four minutes and when complete I expect it to be somewhere around a gigabyte in size. The one thing is, that I am enjoying the ever growing learning curve that this hobby presents.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on April 05, 2014, 04:49:03 PM
  450  meg  for  a 1 min 50  vid !   that is overdoing it,  I can get
1 and  half hour movies off the net for about 600 meg  !
There must be some way of  converting to  mpeg 4  or  something !  without losing much
quality .

   This  guy must be around your age  James,   what a wonderful  vid
he made of his  Swiss holiday... top quality !
go here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3lfB_UKOTE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 09, 2014, 02:26:24 PM
Yes, I agree it is a great tour of Switzerland. I also noted that it took him about a year to edit before uploading it to YouTube. It is amazing what can be done today on a home computer.


Title: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 13, 2014, 04:51:14 PM
Now here is a short GoPro clip with the camera mounted on the bonnet/hood of the car with a purpose built suction cup. The camera was set at 1920 X 1080 pixels at 48 frames per second. The clip was edited using the downloadable GoPro editor.

http://youtu.be/EF3BP2U0lDQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on April 13, 2014, 05:01:22 PM

 Brilliant  quality,  to think you can go anywhere   switch on and off  at will
film just what you like.

  Well done James,  now  head  south to the Grand Canyon,  or  east  to the  Rockies !


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 24, 2014, 03:13:46 PM
Hullo Goldenmeadow. This one is not quite the Grand Canyon, but another clip that I made for exhibition showing at a recent video club meeting. This clip I have the camera mounted on the passenger door window. I also show how one can can do close up's in the post production editing stage.With is camera I am learning something new every day.


http://youtu.be/1f_BTWMf1eQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 05, 2014, 12:51:31 AM
Have you ever thought you would like to take a video from your car while you are on your way to work or to the shops. Here is a clip I took just recently with my GoPro camera mounted on the Bonnet/hood of my car while crossing a new rebuilt bridge.

http://youtu.be/mKAwV2luD8I

The new bridge is about twice the width of the old one to also include a cycle lane and footpath on either side. Oh yes it took 18months to replace and cost $16 million dollars.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Aries on August 05, 2014, 03:07:40 PM
Seems a bit bumpy on the concrete surface - not like our recently resurfaced uber-smooth Sutton Road!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Roger on August 05, 2014, 08:32:37 PM
And Sutton Road only cost $15 million! What an achievement.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 06, 2014, 04:52:00 PM
So buy a GoPro and fit it on your car. Mind you I remember when the Cookham Rural District Council resurfaced the roads there was no closure of roads. Ah! but that is progress!!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 20, 2014, 01:26:40 AM
I have just returned from a trip to Canada's East Coast and the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to a small community of West Quoddy. About 6 miles away is what I would call the village of Sheet Harbour. It has no council or Mayor as such, the village is run very well by the Local Chamber of Commerce. Every year they hold a Seaside Festival, and this year I was there in time for their annual Parade. All the local business and clubs and other organisations are happy to take part. Here is a You Tube clip that I took of the parade as it went past my spot at the side of the road.

http://youtu.be/71zbhCXR6x0



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 23, 2014, 06:58:24 PM
Now here is another GoPro camera trick that you can use while driving along in your car. In this instant your camera is mounted to the windscreen inside the car with a GoPro Suction Cup Mount with the camera upside down. The clip I have attached shows the result when downloaded to your GoPro editor. In the process of editing you can reverse both the vertical and horizontal settings to view the video the right way up. There is no audio with this clip. It is just to show you what can be done in editing.


http://youtu.be/s9JdubPwBRY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 06, 2014, 03:16:04 AM
Several times this summer I have tried to catch the derparture of the local COHO ferry leaving Victoria for  Port Angeles In the state of Washington. Well this morning my timing was right on.


http://youtu.be/5S6VA3CvhL0

So enjoy this early morning departure.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 17, 2014, 09:33:47 PM
This time we have hung the GoPro camera upside down inside the car windscreen. It is a safer position for the camera rather than mounted on the hood or bonnet. In the voice over at the end I mentioned a road noise . This has now been removed.


http://youtu.be/vpJw3mklxCo



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on September 18, 2014, 01:06:23 AM
Looks like an expensive bit of  video editing kit you ve got there !

Im still at the  V Dub   stage !


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 18, 2014, 01:51:40 AM
No Goldenmeadow, the editing programme comes with the camera. The extra mounting equipment is not that expensive. Just take it step by step and you will find that the world is your Oyster!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 22, 2014, 12:31:06 AM
Here is a young gull from this years crop, It like many others when they can fly, the parent birds neglect them completely. So they have to scavenge for what food they can find. At the first molt next spring the feathers will change to white and the beak will start to turn yellow. You will note the size of the throat, which enables them to swallow quite large portions of food.


http://youtu.be/gEw1t2iufGo


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 25, 2014, 04:56:46 PM
Every day I am finding out more and more about the GoPro camera and its editing programme. Also I realize that I should wash the car more often and try and exclude the sound of a seaplane taking off from the harbor. To get a full screen, click on the lower right of the picture.


http://youtu.be/5QmAqXbXluU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 02, 2014, 02:51:50 PM
This particular clip is taken in the opposite direction, and I have been able to clean up a few more errors and realign the voice over. GoPro have now introduced a GoPro4 camera. Though I feel I still have a lot more to discover about the GoPro3, especially in the editing programme which comes with the camera.


http://youtu.be/drBU1RjH16w

As one lady already has mentioned from the UK. It is so real in full screen I feel nervous driving on the wrong side of the road.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on October 03, 2014, 03:08:59 PM
Great video shots James. I wonder if anyone in Cookham has one of these GoPro cameras. Then we could display the village we love to the world.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on October 03, 2014, 03:31:53 PM
  Great  idea........ and  James  could  give  lots of  help 
with  the  set up


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 04, 2014, 03:13:14 PM
Yes I am willing to help Goldenmeadow. The GoPro 4 Black is out now at $499.00 US. So it is quite possible that you could pick a GoPro 3 Black up at a reduced price, and you can download a very good editor for free.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 08, 2014, 09:21:32 PM
This clip was taken during my last visit to the Cook Islands. I have I think gained a little more knowledge of camera technique since then. Now I am experimenting with voice over combined with background music.


http://youtu.be/ExodPBDK1fA


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 13, 2014, 01:04:04 AM
This quick Demo Clip is to show that you can have fun when editing your home videos, especially if it is a GoPro and you are using a GoPro Editing Programme. This piece was made to enter a competition "Anything Goes!" Of course it gives one a chance to let your mind run wild. So turn your sound up for a ad-lib voiceover


http://youtu.be/-ZxIMYEwKwo


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on October 13, 2014, 03:22:56 PM
just  saw  an  article on the  web  that  said  that 
Schumakers  head injuries  were  caused by  a  Go  Pro  camera  that
he  had  mounted on his  helmet.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 13, 2014, 06:58:07 PM
Hi Goldenmeadow. I think the speed at which he was traveling at was the main contributing factor. It is the old story of don't believe everthing you read in the press, especially if the writer happens to have an axe to grind against a very successful camera company. I am expecting delivery this week a three axis hand held gimbal for my GoPro this week. Another step forward in technology. I have now found that using 1080 at 48 frames per second gives me a very good result at the moment.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on October 13, 2014, 07:37:46 PM
quote
He is still immobile and unable to speak, but he has been taken home from a rehabilitation clinic in Switzerland and is now being looked after by a team of experts in a specially designed facility at his £35 million home by Lake Geneva.

Moncet told a radio station: ‘The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the Go-Pro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain.

end  quote


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 13, 2014, 08:28:09 PM
I still think that speed was a factor. Also who is to know that the helmet had been modified by one of his crew that weakened the structure of the helmet.  I have seen a testing lab where all this type of safety equipment is tested, and believe me these articles are pounded to destruction, and a lot don't make the grade. I think that someone on his team modified the helmet and did not think that was weakened.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 19, 2014, 01:34:10 AM
Over the past few days I have become the owner of a Ultra3 Handheld 3 axis gimbal for my GoPro Hero 3 Black camera. It now means that I do not have to take my tripod everywhere I go. This clip that I am attaching was taken just down from our apartment on the walkway around the outer harbor here in Victoria.

http://youtu.be/Ak14jf0L5ts


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on October 25, 2014, 05:19:48 PM
Nice piece of work James. Was that in slow motion as well?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on October 25, 2014, 06:40:47 PM
Leave  it behind next  time   you go  winter skiing  in the  Rockies  James


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 25, 2014, 10:25:12 PM
First off, to answer Dragonman. Yes the video was shot at 29 frames per second and edited at 48 frames per second. Hence the people moving slowly.
No Goldenmeadow, I do not ski, skateboard or any of that crazy stuff. Instead. in a couple of months time I will be enjoying the tropics of the Cook Islands and the company of my many Maori friends.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 27, 2014, 04:55:33 PM
I have revamped the video that I posted on the 19th of October. I have now returned back to normal speed of 48 frames per second. This GoPro system has so much to learn and it very hard to keep pace. But press on regardless!


http://youtu.be/iJwAjBc9PpY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 30, 2014, 12:34:31 AM
Here is a young gull that has found that I am a soft touch for a free handout. He comes once a day, and always picks a time when older birds are not around. Has I stay close to watch it eat, it seems to know that he or she can eat with out being driven off by older and more aggressive birds.


http://youtu.be/vLJpN_NVBWY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 03, 2014, 02:42:11 PM
There was a posting by a lady the other day asking if there was a Health Spa in Cookham as she was moving into the village. Then more recent a posting by Ryan Bashford and his services on offer. Well in the apartment where I have been living for the past 14 years, this is what is available for my use which is included in the rent.

Oh yes! Before someone asks what is the red light flashing in the last part of the clip. It is the running light from my GoPro camera reflecting in the plate glass window.


http://youtu.be/MSX11mnuAaw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 05, 2014, 01:06:27 AM
Cracking good videos James, especially when you make them full screen and turn up the sound. Keep them coming.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 07, 2014, 08:33:56 PM
I am still trying out my Ultra 3 gimbal at every chance I get. I find that it works very well as long as you remember which setting you have it in.


http://youtu.be/Aai9OpB-8pM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on November 08, 2014, 05:08:26 PM
this must be  go  pro....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsaxf2HjilY#t=37


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 08, 2014, 11:55:06 PM
Yes Goldenmeadow you are right. But now a change of pace in putting still photos together with a fade transition. Then you add an Ad-Lib voiceover. It's yet another way to publish or keep your still photos on a digi-stick or a DVD. There are many ways in which to store family history and be able to pass it on.

Here below is a group of blooms that are still out on our rooftop garden and it's the 8th of November:

http://youtu.be/dGJ_4NoCXwI


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 16, 2014, 08:50:55 PM
This video use to be somewhat of a tradition when I was growing up as a boy in Cookham at Christmas time. As I will be away once again if all's well on the island of Rarotonga for Christmas and New Year I though I would put together the story of the Mince Pie or Tart,
so you can all warm up to the warm thoughts of Christmas.

http://youtu.be/Rci70ammpdA

So have yourselves a Very Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year collection of Happy Month's.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 18, 2014, 09:54:31 PM
At least James you are reminding people of what Christmas used to be like in Cookham.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 23, 2014, 02:42:26 AM
This story takes me back to the days when used to plough the fields at White Place Farm, and the flocks of gulls use to follow me ready to grab the odd worm that would come to the surface, Then at the end of the day they would take off and fly to their night roost at Stains Reservoir. The Gull in this photo is from the 2013 brood and is still changing the feathers in the second year.


http://youtu.be/p7PFig2jia4


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 28, 2014, 02:35:52 PM
Christmas came early this year with a present from my young son in the form of a wireless weather station. So once I had it set up and working, I took this video clip just as temperature records were being broken for this time of the year. The station is made by a company called Acurite and gives me climate conditions both indoors as well as outdoors. Clip taken with my GoPro Hero 3 Black mounted on a Ultra 3 handheld 3 axis gimbal.


http://youtu.be/LtYESnFB_jQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 04, 2014, 02:59:27 PM
This coming weekend, is when my wife Deborah and I take off to our island paradise of Rarotonga for six weeks. So we say have a Merry Christmas to one and all and wee will be back in mid January. To find it just Google Earth and type in Rarotonga.


http://youtu.be/UMYB9TFI6-E



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on December 22, 2014, 05:00:48 PM
I was wondering why we have not had a posting from James Hatch, now I see he did mention spending Christmas in the South Pacific, as I o like his videos he puts on You Tube.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on December 22, 2014, 05:22:04 PM
While  we  re  freezing  to  death.....  James  is   luxuriating  on his  tropical  island

life  isn t  fair  !


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 31, 2014, 05:07:15 PM
Wishing everyone including Paris, a Very Happy New Year from the island of Rarotonga. Which by the way you can find on Google Earth.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on January 12, 2015, 05:06:19 AM
Any idea when James gets back from Paradise? As I am looking forward to his clips.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 19, 2015, 03:17:02 PM
Hello Dragonman. Thanks for asking, we arrived home from Paradise (Rarotonga) yesterday afternoon, after a 12 hour flight from Auckland and a short hop in a Dash 8 from Vancouver to Victoria. I have lots of stories and digital material in the can. That will come as soon as I catch up with a 876 message back log on this computer.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 23, 2015, 04:31:59 PM
Well Dragonman here is a little something to make you hungry. So sit back and turn up your sound.
http://youtu.be/uDFXB-NavsQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on January 26, 2015, 04:50:50 PM
Thank you James, good to have you back. Mind you all you have done is to make me feel a little peckish!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 27, 2015, 05:32:28 PM
Well Dragoman this one reminds me of December 1936 when  Holy Trinity School put o a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and  the infants class put on a skit of "Hey Diddle Diddle. in which I played the dish that ran away with the spoon and I sang a duet with Joan Wainscott. In Rarotonga the children as soon as they start school both boys and girls start to learn Maori dancing. The little girl in the video, who I put at around seven years old. Is showing off her new costume which she was given for Christmas. Here parents were running one of the market stalls off to the side.

http://youtu.be/3xzAc4sXK7Q


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 06, 2015, 05:59:28 PM
Well for those of you that are water sport minded and love speed. This was taken with my GoPro series 3 Black camera mounted on my newly acquired Ultra3 axis hand held gimbal.

http://youtu.be/Cr7nqUsPHdc

So turn up your sound and click on full screen for the HD event.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 10, 2015, 09:51:18 PM
This young lad was spending his winter holiday with his uncle and aunt on Rarotonga. He had been spending the morning helping his uncle painting a bungalow, and got more paint over himself I think. Anyway during lunch I caught him playing on his uke.


http://youtu.be/79ZHemXeNak


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 20, 2015, 08:19:31 PM
Saturday is Market Day in Avarua, on the island of Rarotonga, capital island of the Cook Islands. Where island culture and visitors mix, both to do shopping. Sit back and enjoy


http://youtu.be/aRcG_cn1bwg



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on February 20, 2015, 11:37:55 PM
Go Pro  was made for the  road ........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqLt3D2AZBQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 21, 2015, 12:08:01 AM
OK Goldenmeadow. What I am waiting for is someone to start taking GoPro videos of Cookham, while it still remains a beautiful village.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: goldenmeadow on February 21, 2015, 12:55:47 AM

Are  you  up  for  it  James  ?

 ( Dont forget  the  parachute  !)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM1vss7FXs8


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 21, 2015, 05:59:12 PM
To start Goldenmeadow, what you need is a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 Black and a 3 axis stabilizing gimbal mounted on a bicycle. Yes a bicycle! and cycle around the village. As for the parachute, I will leave that to you! If I want altitude, then I will go with a drone. For starters go with buildings that are historical, like the church and Holy Trinity School.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 27, 2015, 11:34:24 PM
Here is a clip that I posted a couple of days ago, but it got stuck in Private. So I reloaded it with my gull friends taking part in a gardening exercise!

http://youtu.be/YUJmNr4xQIc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 28, 2015, 10:48:40 PM
I guess one can say that Spring is just around the corner with a lovely warm temperature of 19 C. Clip shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black camera mounted on a Ultra 3 three axis handheld gimbal.

http://youtu.be/bb2I8B3352c


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 07, 2015, 10:13:55 PM
Seeing the Magnolias blooming here on Esquimalt Road in Victoria, reminded me of the painting of a Magnolia by Sir Stanley Spencer in Berries Road looking towards Rowborough.

http://youtu.be/LdvSNp-dgrE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: lizzyk on March 07, 2015, 10:57:43 PM
Did you mean this painting?

http://www.kwantes.com/SSG%20website/locations_artwork_40.html


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 07, 2015, 11:53:42 PM
Hi Liz, Yes that is the painting I mean. You know a great many of his works in landscape are what I would refer to day as high definition. I can recall one of his paintings of a potted cactus with all the fine hair like spikes well defined.
When I was very young I remember him painting Widbrook stream from the bridge looking east toward Cliveden, and he said to me, when painting in oils start with the background and then come forward layer by layer.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on March 08, 2015, 03:44:11 PM
Beautiful Blooms James.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 10, 2015, 07:53:50 PM
Thanks Dragonman. Here is the first of this years Roof Top Blooms in the form of a Daffodil.

Taken with my Sony A35SLT camera.

http://youtu.be/YhIq2YuS53s



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 18, 2015, 02:30:08 PM
As I have torn a tendon in my right hand and had a Plastic Surgeon re attach it. Now I am lumbered with a big forearm cast, which makes it hard to maneuver my trackball mouse among other things! Ah! But I will be back as soon the cast is removed. By the way the Plastic Surgeon did not do a face lift or tummy tuck at the same time!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 04, 2015, 09:41:33 PM
Not only have been flying like a one armed paper hanger for the past four weeks as the result of a torn tendon between my thumb and fore finger of my right hand. I had a mystery problem with my GoPro editing programme. Well the thumb thanks to a good plastic surgeon is doing very well with lots of physiotheraphy, as it is rather hard to use a trackball mouse with your left hand!
As for the editing programme, I discovered that two programmes had got in together and were fighting over the work. So I kicked one programme out and all is working well, just like my weather station.


https://youtu.be/gGOJ4feuPJc



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on April 05, 2015, 04:11:01 PM
That is quite the little weather station James. Is it available in the UK I wonder?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 05, 2015, 08:49:39 PM
The name of the Weather Station is 'Acurite.' I think there is a company in West Sussex selling them and one in Germany. Hope this helps you.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 08, 2015, 02:56:25 PM
This is a still clip of the Aurora Borealis or sometimes called the Northern Lights. I have added a voice over explanation of what causes this well known effect.


https://youtu.be/ph2pLavMYYk



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 09, 2015, 08:32:44 PM
Once again I have returned to Muri Lagoon on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The thought had crossed my mind that a good windy stretch of the river at Cockmarsh, might be a good place to practice this sport. So enjoy this clip.


https://youtu.be/JkqewMcAQ2w


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 11, 2015, 06:49:21 PM
It is that time of year again and our roof top pair of  West Coast Herring Gulls are making those breeding signs once again. So far, Augustus and Penelope have not been very successful in their attempts due I thing in part to Crows pinching their eggs.


https://youtu.be/OP2HZYYBVHk


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 15, 2015, 06:12:04 PM
This is a short clip that made this morning to demonstrate how smooth the pan action is when using a Ultra-3 three axis hand held gimbal.

https://youtu.be/3IlLLSBcyuc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on April 17, 2015, 03:06:20 PM
Once again James a very nice clip! With that background music you have made look like "Dining at the Savoy!"


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 19, 2015, 05:04:32 PM
Well Dragonman, here we are back with our pair of Gulls, Augustus and Penelope. This time my Go Pro camera is mounted at deck level on a Gorillapod tripod. Take note that they will share food, but will fight off any other interloper, like Joe Crow and family, plus any other gull interloper!

https://youtu.be/-W2defluvhc



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on April 20, 2015, 06:59:01 PM
Once again James a very sharp and clear picture all around, though I think I am too old to learn your tricks.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 24, 2015, 08:11:17 PM
Well summer is not quite here as yet. So here is a little of our Rooftop blooms from last summer to cheer you up.

http://youtu.be/yRQuE4MXlPk

Turn your sound up for a little Percy Grainger


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 29, 2015, 03:08:53 PM
This pair of gulls have been together now for past three years at least, so it would make them at least six or seven years old, as they don't breed as a rule until their third year. The one thing I do notice that they will share food and yet fight off any other interlopers.

https://youtu.be/sQRgRqeJIFg



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 03, 2015, 03:25:58 PM
Here is a little Spring like floral clip with a music background to suit. No not "Rock the Moor," style but in keeping with the flowers.

https://youtu.be/d76Io0RupA8


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on May 06, 2015, 07:15:31 PM
James your talent abounds. Once again you capture the beauty of the various bushes.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 09, 2015, 09:28:23 PM
Thanks for your kind remarks Dragonman. This next clip I am back with my ready actors on the roof top back lot. This time the video was taken with a Sony SLT A.35 camera, which I downloaded and converted to a MP4 Video, then used a GoPro Studio 2.54 editor. It is with trying out the various mix and match techniques that one makes discoveries.

https://youtu.be/720dco3UZY0

https://youtu.be/fnrTQx_2imQ

The next clip I am going to try is over a distance of about a half mile. Using the same idea.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 11, 2015, 03:22:04 PM
I have just received information that the Bourne End Video Camera Club are putting on an exhibition of their work to mark the clubs 50th anniversary on the 31st of May at the Bourne End Community Centre. For more information please contact Derek Miller :

derekmiller@bulldoghome.com

This I am sure will be a great show, and knowing what the club has produced in the past, it will be well worth seeing.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 13, 2015, 05:27:59 PM
This next subject is of a young gull that is just about a year old and still has its original fledgling plumage.

https://youtu.be/bHTrf5jJY6U


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on May 14, 2015, 02:18:51 PM
I say James, another clip or should I say still photo. Poor thing does look a little moth eaten though.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 16, 2015, 02:31:55 PM
Once again I have been experimenting with a one minute clip. Again I used my ever willing bird actor Penelope. In this instance I shot the scene using a Sony A.35 SLT camera with a 75 - 300 macro lens at 29.97 frames per second in MP4.
Editing was done using the GoPro Studio 2.5.4 programme. About one third the way through the clip I made a cut, then zoomed in on the gulls head. At the two third mark I cut again and zoomed out to my original position. Needless to say I was quite happy with the result. Mind you not all my experiments pan out as well.

https://youtu.be/IXSb_3nnZzs


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on May 17, 2015, 03:34:21 PM
Now that is what I call a good crisp video James. Now tell me, is it the hen bird that does all the chattering?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on May 20, 2015, 11:52:13 AM
James mentioned the Bourne End Video Club are showing some of their videos. Here is a bit more information.

http://www.cookham.com/adverts/cookhamnow/clubssocieties/bourneendvideo/film.htm


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 20, 2015, 05:44:33 PM
Thank you Cookham Webmaster for giving the Bourne End Video Makers a plug. In this day and age nearly every still camera is a video camera as well, to which you can add sound.  you can then, like the photos you may preserve them for a long time for future generations. The thing is that through a club like the BEVM you can make with time, some very high quality videos.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 30, 2015, 01:11:17 AM
Just a reminder that this coming Sunday afternoon that The Bourne End Video/Film Club will be holding their 50th Anniversary open house at the Bourne End Community Centre. Doors open at 2.30 p.m. The show starts at 3.00 p.m. and will end at 5.15 p.m.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 02, 2015, 06:56:57 PM
For those of you that enjoy a very small space. this is what colour you may enjoy with a little TLC. Shot with a Sony SLT A-35 camera using a 18 - 55 lens.


https://youtu.be/Wb2Y_SLxo1E


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 06, 2015, 03:19:46 PM
It is June and it is the season to eat outside in the garden or go on a picnic. So here is a tasty photo of our evening meal last night.

https://youtu.be/EGDUmqQYhNU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on June 06, 2015, 11:12:48 PM
You are making me hungry James!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 14, 2015, 12:28:27 AM
Here something for you to think about if you are living in a confined space, like a flat with a small balcony. This tub of Hydrangeas is about four years old and I have had it in my care for the past two seasons. Also you will find that it is a continual bloomer that attracts a large variety of butterflies.
There is no sound with this as it is a very short clip, using both stills and video shot with my GoPro Hero 3 Black camera mounted on a 3 axis handheld gimbal mount.


https://youtu.be/g9ZmtraVy9k


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 16, 2015, 12:06:21 AM
With all this expanding of cell phone coverage these days, one of the local cable companies has erected two WiFi repeaters on our apartment building. One of these repeaters has become a favourite perch for one of our local crows from the park next door. So I got the tripod and my telephoto lens to take this still picture. Then computer hacking crossed my mind, and why not a crow hacking into a cell phone conversation. The result is this little clip. So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/k7SIaAxx1-Q



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 17, 2015, 10:56:12 PM
Yes it is back to nature once again! If it is not Crow's, it is Seagull's, they seem to have got a stage where they get use to seeing me with a camera. These stills were shot with my Sony A-35 SLT camera and using a 18-55 mm lens.

https://youtu.be/xv4HydYGHYU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 23, 2015, 01:37:40 AM
Once again this is to demonstrate two things. One to show you what you can obtain with a small garden space. The second to demonstrate what you can do with a mixture of still and video pictures.

https://youtu.be/W53sZ_p76iw



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on June 26, 2015, 07:58:31 PM
Nice arrangement of blooms James.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 01, 2015, 11:30:37 PM
With the GoPro camera fitted inside the car to the windscreen I have found that one picks up a lot of unwanted reflections. I have in the past fitted the camera wit a suction cup to the hood/bonnet of the car, but it still picks up every little vibration and bump in the road surface.
So now I tried using the camera fitted to the G3 hand held stabilizer, with its 3 axis gimbals:
https://youtu.be/DabnR4kqeYE
As you will see the result is a much smoother result. The video was taken at 48 frames per second and the colour was set with the GoPro 'Protune'.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 14, 2015, 01:35:51 AM
Editing with a GoPro Studio editor, one is never finished, as there are so many tricks to learn and experiment with. Once again I am using our Charles Darwin rose bush, as it it has come in to bloom for a second time this season. Here I am using a tripod yet let the bloom give the movement. So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/ZskApHM56QE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 18, 2015, 05:59:40 PM
Once again I would like to show you what can be done with a GoPro camera to photograph the back lanes of Cookham. This is five minute clip I took after grocery shopping on my way home. The camera is fitted to a three axis gimbal to smooth out any bumps in the road.

https://youtu.be/CSTgKtwfssc

The music was given to me by my good Maori friend, Bobby Browne, on the island of Rarotonga, C.I.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 09, 2015, 01:18:42 AM
Once again a similar video to the last, still with a three axis gimbal but with a different experimental mount. With a little Nutcracker thrown in for background. I still have a few other ideas for mounting I would like to try for smooth continuity.


https://youtu.be/s1huuQJCEGw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 13, 2015, 01:34:18 AM
The Hibiscus is usually thought of as a tropical plant. This summer I have been able to have two plants outside to decorate our rooftop balcony.

https://youtu.be/EmH_5qbdppE



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 19, 2015, 12:44:20 AM
Gulls can be very curious at times so I thought I would try out the 3 axis gimbal with the  extension that I bought recently. The only thing was the sun was behind the gull subject. It does have a voice over.

https://youtu.be/Z4hzusYQ9FM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 21, 2015, 12:49:48 AM
Another moving video taken with a GoPro camera fitted to the car door with a clamp and using a 3 axis gimbal with a extension connecting rod. Taken while crossing the causeway over the Esquimalt Lagoon on Vancouver Island.

https://youtu.be/AkXYNauMUUs


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 26, 2015, 01:30:14 AM
One of the viewers of my clips passed the remark that the roads must be very smooth. That is not the case as like any road surface there are always bumps where patched have been the result of some excavation, or the crossing of railroad tracks. When looking at this clip and notice how the bonnet or hood of the car moves while the camera stays stable.

https://youtu.be/YyZuyWD0rSQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 30, 2015, 12:20:20 AM
You have seen a few of my car mounted camera shots. Now here is a still photo with voice over, so that you get an idea of how I have mounted on our Dodge 2SX car.

https://youtu.be/QpWsqXtb0OY



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on August 31, 2015, 07:10:03 PM
Pretty neat James. You were always a bit of an inventor as I remember.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 04, 2015, 10:58:07 PM
Now here something for you to think about if you have a series of still photos and to make them more interesting if you add a descriptive voice over as well. There is an ideal editing programme that you can use called AVS4YOU, and is based in Harley St. London.

For this one I researched the subjects history and made it about one minute long:

https://youtu.be/lxDtAoeajp8


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 12, 2015, 04:55:06 AM
Here we have another clip taken with the camera mounted on the drivers side window, driving throught a local residential area.

https://youtu.be/mh31Arl9rnc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 19, 2015, 09:52:53 PM
We have demonstrated what can be done with a GoPro mounted on three axis gimbal. Now we are going to take it a step further to get what one call a birds eye view of the countryside. I will be a while as I now have to learn how to fly a quadcopter.

https://youtu.be/Ho06ulencHA


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 03, 2015, 01:18:24 AM
Progress with the DJI Phantom 2 drone update. I have received everything that is required to get flying, but before the first flight takes place, my friend Alex & I have been putting the machine through a great many static tests on the bench, testing out all the electronic controls.

Here is yet another clip of our island country lanes that I took on my way to do the static testing.

https://youtu.be/qgPodjuaBy8


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 09, 2015, 05:50:18 PM
In just two months time I hope to be on the island paradise of Rarotonga in the South Pacific. This time I will have a camera drone, that will enable me to take aerial videos of both the coastal and inland highlands.
https://youtu.be/QLByPNEi7_w
In this video clip it will give you an idea of some of the views that I want to take. Some of the interior of this island is as it was discovered by Captain Cook all those years ago. The only changes being those of nature.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on October 09, 2015, 08:50:02 PM
Got room in your luggage for me James?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 11, 2015, 01:34:18 AM
Sorry Dragonman, my Phantom Drone has taken that seat. But here is something that will remind you of the tropics, that should not be blooming in the northern hemisphere in October.

https://youtu.be/JbcQSPZMXmw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 29, 2015, 05:52:22 AM
I have been quite busy in preparing for our annual trip to The Cook Islands in the South Pacific and the island of Rarotonga in particular. Getting myself familiar with my new drone and all the feats that it can do when handled with a steady hand on the joy sticks.
Here below is a short still clip with a voice over for you to get a close look at my DJI Phantom 2 Vision:

https://youtu.be/mNaUbCoaXaQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 04, 2015, 03:56:53 PM
I have flown solo with my new DJI Phantom 2 vision quadcopter. concentrating on the aircraft twin joystick controls and letting the GoPro camera take footage on its own. Eventually I will take on the monitor for the camera when all controls become second nature. Anyway here is a five minute clip and turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/7G5Fl6U77xs


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 04, 2015, 07:44:55 PM
Nice piece of work James. I wonder if there is someone here in Cookham that could do a drone survey of The Pound, Strand Chicken Plot and any other green spot that has the eye of a developer.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 10, 2015, 04:09:28 AM
Once again I have come out to a different location of the Inner Harbour here in Victoria. I grabed the chance as it was not raining or blowing a gale. The ideal conditions  for drone take off and landing by hand. Plus a chance to gain a little more experience in handling the controls to make smooth movements.

https://youtu.be/m-5rP5IAHrc

So turn up your sound and sit back and listen.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 17, 2015, 02:35:24 PM
Once again James, another great piece of steady video photography. I am looking for more.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 20, 2015, 09:54:59 PM
I am still trying to improve my flying skills Dragonman. Though it is getting rather chilly with an on shore breeze blowing. I certainly enjoy flying the Phantom 2 Drone and the GoPro 3 black is giving me some good results at 48 frames per second and at 1920 X 1080 pixels:

https://youtu.be/czulsKNZlI4

In two weeks time we will be off to the island of Rarotonga for our Christmas & New Year break, where of course I hope to get in a lot more drone flying, looking at parts of the island that still exist the way Captain Cook would have seen it in the middle ages.

So with this I will wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 22, 2015, 09:08:46 PM
Thanks for your Christmas greetings and I look forward to more of your flying video work on your return. By the way? What currency do the Cook Islands use?


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 23, 2015, 06:00:41 PM
The currency in use is New Zealand Dollars. If you are thinking of making a trip the best way for you is London to Auckland, then Auckland to Rarotonga, which is the capital island of the Cooks.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on November 24, 2015, 10:29:37 PM
Thank you James. I have just added to my "Bucket List."


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 29, 2015, 01:06:32 AM
One little clip to whet your whistle Dragonman. A very short clip of what my Paradise Island looks like. There is no sound, and the rest you will have to wait towards the end of January, 2016.

https://youtu.be/ikqB6UOEX94


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 29, 2015, 07:14:39 PM
There is one little thing that I wish to add before we take off. This little clip is something that you would like to add to your Christmas wish list, especially if you have just bought a GoPro Camera.

https://youtu.be/7qwnNHQJ3GE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on December 03, 2015, 10:16:09 AM
Smooth James! Something to reflect on eh!!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 04, 2015, 08:08:41 AM
Very subtle Dragonman. So while you enjoy a traditional Cookham Christmas with frost and a few icicle's. I will be celebrating a warm Christmas with our Maori friends on Rarotonga.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 17, 2016, 10:12:49 PM
Well now we are back from Rarotonga and I would like to introduce to you my very good Maori friend Bobby Browne. Bobby and I have known each other for ten years, ever since our first visit to the island. His talent and style is all of his own making as he can play six different stringed instruments as well as a collection of Maori drums, even down to the coconut shells for the hoof beats in the recording. You will be hearing more of his work in my later clips. He recently made a clip for a film company using the old English melody of "Greensleeves." He can adapt most styles of music, but he is not a fan of Heavy Metal.

https://youtu.be/f3pnCIKDFLs


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Roger on January 17, 2016, 10:44:32 PM
Welcome back James. I must admit your friend Bobby Browne really is excellent. Eat your heart out Johny Cash.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 22, 2016, 12:48:29 AM
Thank you Roger for your kind comments which I have passed on to Bobby Browne. This next clip is a photo of a Yamaha Cygnus 125 cc scooter. It reminds me of my youth when I use to scoot around Cookham on a fire engine red Lambretta model. It is handy to get around on and no trouble to park.

https://youtu.be/7TIPofAzZZQ



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 23, 2016, 09:31:57 PM
This pool has just been renovated and a new wooden sun lounging deck added, this among a lot which seems to be constantly updated. No wonder it tops the list of Air New Zealand resorts for its size.

https://youtu.be/YVI5JHcJBQ0


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on January 26, 2016, 02:27:19 PM
Good to see you back James, hope you enjoyed your trip to the South Pacific.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 27, 2016, 03:08:33 PM
Thank you Dragonman. Here is a short aerial clip which I took outside our bungalow. Here I am using a GoPro 3 camera at 60 frames a second.

https://youtu.be/-3RyYW323cM



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 31, 2016, 12:39:38 AM
I am quite sure someone will say that Christmas has passed. Well passed or not I think quite a few people will enjoy looking at this nativity scene.

https://youtu.be/S3bkeW8xTYc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 01, 2016, 05:39:43 PM
You have a short pan shot and you want to lengthen it with no splice marks. You enter the converted clip into the time line four times, then reverse the second and fourth clip:
Go on have fun with this one: https://youtu.be/BjT53AQPTKg

I also used this in the nativity scene as well, but only once.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 09, 2016, 03:16:07 PM
Here are a few examples of what you can do when editing your GoPro material. For one thing you can operate your camera upside down, the in editing you can turn it the right way up!

https://youtu.be/gw_Rmk6mMew


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on February 09, 2016, 07:06:16 PM
It's a pity that your reversing camera technique could not be applied here. Sometimes I think the RBWM is upside down!


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 10, 2016, 04:08:28 PM
I have just come across this video of Cookham High Street and The Moor from a drone. I was taken last September by Ian Blyth, who I would love to get in touch with through the Webmaster.

https://youtu.be/0wz_deAWWbk


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Roger on February 10, 2016, 05:04:06 PM
I believe that Ian Blyth may work at Moor Hall. I think it was his idea to have a new Cookham website. www.beinspiredbycookham.com.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 11, 2016, 02:49:31 PM
Thank you Roger. I hope he will get in touch with me.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 20, 2016, 12:54:27 AM
Now here is a little more airborne photography. No it is not from a drone, but from an RCAF Snowbird.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/tTnTEvKC-sE



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 01, 2016, 01:37:58 AM
Now for another bird clip. This time its is a low shot of sea gulls fighting for a small handout. The GoPro 4 Black camera is mounted on a Gorilla Pod tripod at about 8 inches up from the roof deck.


https://youtu.be/Lm1WUN3DFwE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 08, 2016, 03:09:52 AM
This time I used a telescopic monopole, on which I fitted a GoPro 3 Black Camera with viewing monitor attached. I know I use quite a lot of gulls in my shots, but they are interesting subjects and don't seem to mind what equipment I am using. Anyway here is a short clip from the roof.

https://youtu.be/r74RP2tfvS0



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 11, 2016, 07:38:13 PM
These gull clips were shot using my Sony A35 SLT camera with a 18 - 55 mm lens, with the subject about 3 feet from my feet. It reminds me back at Widbrook, where a Robin would sit on the kitchen window still and tap - tap on the window for a few crumbs.

https://youtu.be/AS4ncmQmVL8



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 14, 2016, 07:26:52 AM
Once again with the use of a Gorilla Pod and a GoPro 3 Black Camera. I managed to get this clip of a yearling gull, more interested to get the grub rather than the camera. Shot at 60 frames per second, and in the middle in editing I slowed the video to 30% of the original, which actually calculates out to 18 frames per second. I found that it gives one a chance to study the subjects movement in greater detail.


https://youtu.be/i9gh8RGeEYg


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 17, 2016, 01:24:49 PM
This is a drone shot of where we have spent the past ten Christmas and New Year. It is also very popular with people from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. This past year we even met a couple from Iceland. The music backing is by a very good Maori friend, Bobby Browne. He writes and records his own music. He can play six different stringed instruments as well as the native Maori drums.

https://youtu.be/mOcRjymllog


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 25, 2016, 08:17:12 AM
Every Spring when these blossoms burst forth for a very short period on Esquimalt Road. It triggers a nostalgic memory of the different paintings that Sir Stanley Spencer of this very same subject.


https://youtu.be/Jzy5OnqeISw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 29, 2016, 11:32:52 PM
This is to show a very early Spring. The peaks of the Olympic mountains in the State of Washington are some 35-40 miles from my home vantage point. Due to the Pineapple Express that comes up from Hawaii we have had a very mild winter and no snow. It was shot with a 75-300 lens.

https://youtu.be/hdtRE8qZSEc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on April 02, 2016, 10:37:57 PM
Great picture James. Makes me remember my last visit to the Alps. Snow! what is snow? All we get is rain and more rain.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 03, 2016, 11:34:43 PM
Well to cheer you up, here is a photo of a very young gull. This gull has got very use to me and my camera, knowing full well there will be a treat in the offing.


https://youtu.be/vRnRkpOFNhI


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 14, 2016, 02:00:48 AM
I am now off to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia for the next 10 days, and looking forward to returning with some good photos.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 24, 2016, 02:58:46 AM
Well having traveled four time zones from west to east and back again in eight days and still have time for family and a little photography. Two years ago I traveled across a wrought iron bridge over the West River in Sheet Harbour, now it is a super highway

https://youtu.be/LpSZ9gdBCWI



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 28, 2016, 03:38:27 PM
This next little video clip I took on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands five years ago, of Mynah birds feeding on toast scraps. These birds remind me a lot of the British Starling.

https://youtu.be/DmQbwSkN4C8


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 02, 2016, 08:05:58 PM
Around the time that Itook the video of the Mynah Birds, I shot this next clip while playing all the parts of a video crew. The Yamaha Cygnus Scooter is still my favourite form of island transport on Rarotonga. No parking problems even even in the busy areas of downtown Avarua. It was shot in the first place in .AVI and then I converted it to .MP4.

https://youtu.be/Qmf_uCetdj0



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 09, 2016, 07:46:30 PM
Here it is the 9th of May, and this morning our first bloom of our Charles Darwin rose is bursting forth. The photo was shot with a Sony A35 SLT camera, with a 18-55 lens. The RAW still was then converted to a MP4, so that it could be processed in my GoPro Studio Editor. I am using a 'Wondershare' converter.

https://youtu.be/86839IW8gZ4



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 10, 2016, 10:30:36 PM
In just twenty four hours nature can sometimes really get a move on, as withe the Charles Darwin Rose that I photographed yesterday. Using the same camera, a Sony A35 SLT with a 18-55 lens.


https://youtu.be/Fexel5LACao


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 12, 2016, 05:22:35 AM
While out today collecting material for a story on the worlds largest seaplane airport here in Victoria, British Columbia. This Heron flew into this rock pool alcove of the Outer Harbour and started to look for some lunch on some unsuspecting fingerling sprat. After a while it gave up and flew off to fresh hunting ground.


https://youtu.be/6afZX9SJ67c


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on May 14, 2016, 09:58:05 PM
It seems that birds love to pose for you! First, seagulls, and now a lonely Heron.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 22, 2016, 11:10:13 PM
Yes I am always experimenting, this time I am trying out a new audio system with one of my ongoing collection of various seaplanes that arrive and depart from our very busy floating terminal here in Victoria.

https://youtu.be/8uGmAYcEL8Y


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 29, 2016, 05:58:16 PM
This is a still shot taken from an elevated site of passengers embarking on a Single engine turbo-prop DH Otter. I have been taking quite a few shots recently of this brand new floating seaplane terminal. It is held in position by large steel tubes, which allows the terminal to rise and fall with the tide. It was built at a boatyard up island from here and when completed was towed down to the inner harbour by tugs.
The camera used in this photo was taken by my Sony A35, with a 75 to 300 lens.

https://youtu.be/rQvMRaSsfuk




Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: monty on May 29, 2016, 08:22:47 PM
There are serious things here James like Poundfield and a chicken farm we do not want cookham destroyed by these two elements


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 30, 2016, 12:38:04 AM
That is why I am pushing camera and video. So that all who are on the spot, can keep photo and video records of what this monkey is up to. What you need is visual ammunition.
Like, has anyone got any photos of the area when flooded.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 07, 2016, 12:12:22 AM
Once again we are back to our roof top garden and the first bloom of the season in a tub.
So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/kdcm_-Pfprc



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 11, 2016, 09:25:56 PM
From flowers back to the very busy harbour, both inner and outer here in Victoria. The session from which this clip was taken, I shot five takeoffs and two landing. This landing as you will find out was unexpected by me. Turn on your sound as there is a voice over attached.

https://youtu.be/_4Hrm3obGos


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 12, 2016, 07:34:01 PM
By the way I prefer to keep all my Videos in .MP4, so if I get material in other forms, I have found The Wondershare Video Converter very useful.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 21, 2016, 05:42:49 PM
Here is a sport that first saw happening on Muri Lagoon on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
Now it has become a popular summer sport here in Victoria Harbour. An ideal place in Cookham would be The Thames Reach  at Cockmarsh, or the Cliveden Reach.

https://youtu.be/Yy_QZHSCHbM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 28, 2016, 01:04:34 AM
GoPro have come out with an attachment to fit on your bicycle handlebar, so that you can shoot your videos while riding around the village.

https://youtu.be/2h0stDWDWuU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on June 28, 2016, 03:02:08 PM
Nice idea James, but I had to retire my bike some time ago.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 29, 2016, 01:55:51 AM
Too Bad Dragonman! Well here is somthing you could try, it is still experimental with me . It is one way that you can mix still and videos together, and you don't have to ride a bicycle to do it.

https://youtu.be/2h0stDWDWuU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Dragonman on June 29, 2016, 03:11:28 PM
I don't know how you do all this new fangled stuff, as you must be knocking on in years, as I am. Sorry to say its a bit beyond me.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 02, 2016, 11:40:29 PM
Here you are Dragonman, these Leg Lamb Medallions are better than any take out, and far cheaper.

https://youtu.be/JV6KPjMqZBY



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 08, 2016, 11:57:22 PM
This is a video that took a couple of years ago on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. I don't think you will find one like this in Cookham!

https://youtu.be/iKPxFXHXRJM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 15, 2016, 08:40:58 PM
Houses even with small gardens are getting fewer by the month, even affordable housing is something to many is rather sparse! Mind you I guess I am rather lucky to be living on a roof top with an ocean view. Mind you a big garden would be too much for me these days, but I do enjoy the balcony garden.

https://youtu.be/ITsCh5Ohs10


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 25, 2016, 12:31:15 AM
It is usual for a human to adopt a pet, whether it be a dog, cat or a bird. In this instance, I have a seagull that has adopted me! This gull is just into its second year and just completed its change to adult plumage. This you can see in the clip that | have attached:
https://youtu.be/lp7vqaV-hds


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 03, 2016, 08:46:18 PM
Once again I have been along the strip of water between the Outer and Inner harbours here in Victoria. This happens to be the worlds busiest seaplane airport, with over 100 landings and take-offs every day. It is a visual flight rules airport, which means that it only operates during daylight hours with VFR weather conditions.

https://youtu.be/HBRMVoCimio


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 18, 2016, 11:37:56 PM
Here once again I am having fun with a young gull down at its level. It seems to be a little scared of the GoPro 4 on a Gorillapod, but in time I will be able to get a real close up.

https://youtu.be/5fRqno_o860


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 30, 2016, 04:01:01 PM
This clip I took with a GoPro 4 Black mounted on a handheld gimbal last December from the control tower at the airport on the island of Rarotonga.
This airport was built by American CB's during the second world war.

https://youtu.be/lydfKqm7Jq0


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 06, 2016, 10:21:52 PM
On the 5th of September, 'Labour Day.' in North America. My wife Deborah and I went to Oak Bay and suburb of Victoria for a family get together. While there we had a visit from the local wildlife in the form of deer. So here is a short clip:

https://youtu.be/O60r8NH21Tc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 07, 2016, 07:43:16 PM
In two months from now we will be winging our way to the island of Rarotonga, the capital island of the Cook Islands and our bungalow on the edge of Muri Lagoon.
The clip I have enclosed is something I did last year as an introduction, also to show how one can use a GoPro 4 Black camera mounted on the drivers door window to give a smooth flow to the clip.
https://youtu.be/x2QEV9oFLDU
The background music is by my very good Maori friend Bobby Browne.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 18, 2016, 12:54:12 AM
Once again I am using my gulls here on the roof using a GoPro 3 Black camera mounted on a Gorilla Pod. This way I was able to get the subjects as close as 18 inches. The lead in is something I am working on and I am looking for a suitable music score to go with it.
https://youtu.be/TZnjLN8UYDg
The library background is fictional as it is made from two halves and Paintshop Pro paint tube effect.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: Medtner on October 18, 2016, 05:04:34 PM
What about Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 21, 2016, 02:51:31 PM
Yes Medtner I have thought of that and 'The Devils Ride.' The signature tune to the old Dick Barton Special Agent series, from many years ago. At present I am working on a signature leader from my work. Similar to MGM that has a Lion. Or J.Arthur Rank who used a Gong. It has to be only 10 to 12 seconds long including fade in and out.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 29, 2016, 01:14:57 AM
Now we turn to making sure that our camera gear is working properly before taking off early in December for our annual Christmas visit to Rarotonga and the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. Here I made sure that the GoPro suction mount, together with the three axis gimbal, and GoPro 4 Black camera, are all working properly. This clip may give you an idea of taking road scenes around Cookham.

https://youtu.be/uhuBzPvjTnw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 07, 2016, 10:20:47 PM
Now we take a look at those of you who who would like to turn a stage play into a video. In my research I came across this You Tube of a lecture by Sir Michael Cain, talking to five students and a whole audience in the background. Beside this particular clip, there a lot more that you can view as well.

https://youtu.be/bZPLVDwEr7Y


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: monty on November 07, 2016, 10:51:02 PM
There are so many important things like copas ect


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 13, 2016, 10:59:49 PM
Beside having the joy of still and video photography, I also love to study the bird life of the roof space and the park next door. Seagulls, are fascinating birds to watch and study, especially when then are so close at hand.

https://youtu.be/IoBpYvcFhyM



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 22, 2016, 06:49:31 PM
Up until this point of time we have been discussing the camera and you behind the camera. Now to improve on your work we now turn to you in front of the camera. For this I am turning to a lecture by Sir Michael Caine, which is in six episodes and can be found on You Tube.
Here is part 1.  https://youtu.be/ibzR9__N1pQ
You will find a great deal of information, both in front and behind the camera, right from part 1. through to part 6.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 27, 2016, 10:47:46 PM
The city of Victoria has just had its Father Christmas or Santa Claus parade on the 26th of November. Not only do crowds  line the streets, but the gulls perch on the street lights and roof tops join in for the scraps of food left behind.

https://youtu.be/gQAC0P7XsyU


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 07, 2016, 12:00:42 AM
Winter wanted to know where I will be for the next five weeks. Well here you are with my cameras and scooter buzzing around Paradise:
https://youtu.be/MJ-TpPh2i9w
Yes it is Paradise or Eden here on earth. This will be my 12th visit to this island,
so have a Merry Christmas, I'm going to have a Maori one.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 13, 2017, 07:17:52 PM
A Happy New Year to you all. To start with we see Rarotonga, Island of Paradise in the early morning light from a Air New Zealand jet at about 6.00 a.m. So sit back and enjoy, the background music was supplied to me by my good Maori friend Bobby Browne.

https://youtu.be/1d-bjwQ9L-E

The best way to get there from the UK is via Singapore, Auckland, then Rarotonga. Traffic drives on the left of the road, so should be no problem for you.

All clips were shot with a GoPro 4 Black on a handheld gimbal.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 19, 2017, 06:38:19 PM
I see that at the end of the month you have been asked to take part in a National Bird Count in your garden. Besides counting, why not photograph your visitors as well. Then you have photographic evidence as well.
Here I took a snap this morning of a young gull visitor:  https://youtu.be/6LFKtY22n7U

Don't forget to turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 21, 2017, 12:53:27 AM
This next bird I estimate to be about 20 months old and not quite an adult. Not ready to breed for about another 16 months.

https://youtu.be/jpiDM9oEJ-w

Turn up your sound


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 04, 2017, 02:08:39 AM
To obtain close up shots of wild life and this time a gull, one needs to set up a camera close to the subject. In this instance I used a small tripod with a dummy camera. When the subject had got use to the setup. I replaced the dummy camera with a GoPro 4 Black.
Here below is the edited result. The light could have been better, but there is always another sunny day in the future.

https://youtu.be/3yc3Dsv9IoY
 
(There is no sound with this clip.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 14, 2017, 01:51:04 PM
Using the same technique and the GoPro camera, but this time I have recorded sound as well.

https://youtu.be/juW1owDc-nc

I am pleased with the high definition result as well. Shot at 60 frames per second.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 20, 2017, 02:00:48 PM
Spring seems to be a little late this year out here on the west coast. Clips shot with a GoPro 4 Black mounted on a 3 axis gimbal.

https://youtu.be/7PejZVVNo2g


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 29, 2017, 06:30:37 PM
It seems that the local gullsare getting use to me and my camera, this time it i  the Sony A35 SLT unit with a 1.8 to 55 lens.

https://youtu.be/Y8CIT8wQogs


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 08, 2017, 06:03:41 PM
I suppose you could call this one "Big Boys Little Toys." It took my son Neal and I about 3 hour to assemble it. It was made in Germany. We did not use the fuel lamp to test it, instead we used a bar-b-que lighter. Camera is a GoPro.

https://youtu.be/rWIdtTaydow


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 12, 2017, 11:39:35 PM
It is this time of year when the Magnolias come into bloom for such a short period of time, that I cast my mind back to those years that Sir Stanley Spencer painted various Magnolias in Cookham.
https://youtu.be/Z6NjL7bMrck
There was that time in 1934 when he came to Widbrook to paint the stream, sadly, I am told this painting is missing from the Dudley Tooth records. I watched him paint this "Pot Boiler. " from start to finish. This of course was when the Thames Conservancy kept the feeder streams to the Thames clean and free flowing. Together with the Pollard Willows on the north bank and Cliveden Woods in the background.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 15, 2017, 08:35:23 PM
The light was right yesterday afternoon, so I shot this clip with my GoPro 4 Blaclk camera mounted on a 3 axis gimbal fitted to a GoPro suction cup mount attached to the drivers side window. Shot at 60 frames per second. Clip edited with the GoPro Screen Editor.
https://youtu.be/Drd9xhSc-HI
With music backing from the Cook Islands.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 20, 2017, 09:36:08 PM
For the past three years now I have been enjoying using a GoPro camera. First I bought the GoPro 3 Black camera with a DJI drone, then I purchased a Feiyu Tech G3 three axis gimbal to steady my hand shots. Now I have a GoPro 4 Black which goes with a Feiyu Tech G4 three axis. These two can be readily mounted on the car to create excelant motion shots as seen in the previous posting.
 
If anyone has a GoPro, or is thinking of buying one, and has any questions. Please feel free to ask me here.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 22, 2017, 06:02:44 PM
Here are some hand held shots using the Feiyu-Tech G4 gimbal with the GopRO 4 Black camera set at 60 frames per second. The lead in is still in the experimental stage. I thought if J.Arthur Rank had a man beating a gong, I could have some westminister chimes.

https://youtu.be/Q_2FLoAEyGo

Remember these are all hand held shots.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 05, 2017, 02:48:08 PM
Here is another floral shot with the same camera and hand held 3 axis gimbal. This time in a city parking lot:

https://youtu.be/VMBEmF-yuoM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 12, 2017, 12:50:03 AM
At last a close up of a gull about 18 inches from the camera. Mind you the crows want to steal the show as well. The camera is a GoPro 3 Black on a tripod. Edit with GoPro Studio.

https://youtu.be/Bt9DYBn5dxs

There is sound with this clip.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 19, 2017, 01:40:21 AM
Here in this photo you get a close up shot of a Feiyu-Tech 3 axis gimbal, fitted with a GoPro 4 black camera, mounted on a GoPro suction mount.

https://youtu.be/ydpyABrvxrA

It has sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 21, 2017, 05:18:21 PM
This is the follow up to the Feiyu-Tech gimbal and the GoPro 4 camera. It ha a voice over with several gaps so one can study the gimbal action.

https://youtu.be/ppxRpdX96Aw

Mind you I am still in the experimental stage, always trying out new ideas, as you will find out this is a very fast moving hobby. What is new today, is old hat tomorrow.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 23, 2017, 08:21:02 PM
In this clip I am using my Sony A35-SLT camera with a 1.5 to 55 lens using auto focus. There i a voice over so turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/yisv6q7IlWo


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 28, 2017, 06:45:03 AM
This gadget- has just come into my camera collection and I thought it is worth passing on. Turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/lGpYQAJb9lI


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on May 30, 2017, 06:26:00 PM
Now you have to turn your sound on for this one! How many times have you been in a meeting and wished that you could take shorthand like my wife Deborah. Well now you can for about £16.00. So switch it on and place it on the desk in front of you and start talking.


https://youtu.be/hjXAVSoy_0A


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 02, 2017, 09:49:14 PM
Once again our Charles Darwin rose bush has started to produce lovely blooms. Turn your sound up.

https://youtu.be/B3hYfloQ6XQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 06, 2017, 12:35:54 AM
I have been waiting for over eighteen months for this little beauty to arrive together with its latest camera. I have been putting in quite a few hours on the simulator programme as there are quite a few thing to commit to memory. There are quite a few drones on the market, but this one is leading the field at the moment.

https://youtu.be/2uBSO79ZPzQ


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 07, 2017, 06:40:39 AM
From now on it is discovery time for me, as I still have a lot more to learn and discover.

https://youtu.be/jY2nIDttMAA

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 10, 2017, 12:50:50 AM
It seems that every day I get to try something new in editing, or playing with the new GoPro 5 camera and the Karma hand held gimbel.

https://youtu.be/MBV2qIX2nH0


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 12, 2017, 06:33:11 PM
Joining our other five rose bushes this year we have a climbing rose, one I had never heard of before called The Kordes Aloaha Rose. So here are a couple of pictures of it.

https://youtu.be/HFLuQnx9eNc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 15, 2017, 12:01:15 AM
One has to pay to get actors, well maybe not in cash, but you can always try a bribe with a meal!

https://youtu.be/JhPVIzxJn54


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 18, 2017, 09:17:19 PM
This short clip is of a gull landing on a guard rail, almost like a circus act on a tight rope. This was shot with my GoPro 5 camera in the Karma Handheld Stabilizer. Looking now for a calm dry day to fly my GoPro Karma Drone.

https://youtu.be/DlzPH8GuLOA

No voice over on this short clip.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on June 27, 2017, 05:45:56 PM
Once again my gull model was very cooperative to pose for close up's. So turn up your sound for the full You Tube:

https://youtu.be/toJ3pg3Rgpc


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 02, 2017, 06:45:35 PM
Over the past two months I have playing with my new handheld Karma Grip. I noticed that my horizon level was tilting slightly in one direction or the other. So back to the drawing boards and ask questions. As my grip came with a Karma Drone, it most likely had not been calibrated at source. So I found a good source of instruction from someone who calls himself "Remotenine." His lecture is only 1.54 minutes. So you will find it worthwhile to run over it a couple of times:

https://youtu.be/tBCT3RJIyKk

Now to the mounting on the car: https://youtu.be/5h2IcNehyG8

Now the final work: https://youtu.be/a6a-_-chp34

Sound turn up your sound and enjoy all three clips.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 06, 2017, 09:25:12 PM
This is what I call a quick sneaky shot. For the longest time I have been trying to get closer to my gull subjects using a GoPro camera and handheld Gimbel. This time I got within four feet.

https://youtu.be/KQbZLjOk7_o

Turn your sound up it has voice over.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 14, 2017, 06:08:27 PM
I have been asked by several followers to illustrate my latest method of mounting my Karma Grip to the car to take mobile shots. Like driving around Cookham, while there some country left to see!

So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/LZWPFrCE8_w


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 16, 2017, 07:01:24 PM
Here is a Tip for those of you that attend business or community meeting and want someone to take the minutes of that meeting and have it all verbatim. Also I use it now for my Voice-Overs.
So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/hcmQ_b-bl8U


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 18, 2017, 09:28:35 PM
Here are three shots of the same bloom of our Aloha Climbing Rose. Taken with a Sony A-35 SLT camera with 18 to 55 lens.

https://youtu.be/7J2M6qtRi9w


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on July 22, 2017, 09:54:58 PM
This next clip is to show how the Karma Grip keeps the GoPro five steady, also how the GoPro cameras all adjust automatically to light change.

So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/wQfgFPKpAXw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 01, 2017, 10:27:22 PM
I know this is the second time around, but I am sure that most of you will find a very useful gadget.

https://youtu.be/6XrliywhNr4

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 05, 2017, 07:18:36 AM
When making a close up video of your nature subject one has to gain the confidence of that subject. It certainly can't be done in five minutes, but the result over time makes it very worth while.

So turn up your sound:

https://youtu.be/6B5ObXMcpkg


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on August 24, 2017, 11:58:24 PM
Once again back with my seagull subject. This time with a handheld Sony A-35 camera and about four feet from the subject.

https://youtu.be/g4ckNXuIOlo


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 09, 2017, 06:02:34 PM
Once again I have produced another clip made with the Karma Grip and GoPro 5 black camera mounted on a 3" suction cup high on the cars windscreen. Note how smooth the picture is compared with bouncing motion of the cars bonnet or hood in the lower right hand corner of the screen. There is no audio with this clip.

https://youtu.be/BXJMOTWzEH4


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 16, 2017, 08:30:02 PM
Now with the same mounting set up of the Karma grip, I drove over paving that was under construction of a new bridge. Still crossing on the old bridge, but the road connections had to be altered several times. Note how the car bonnet or hood bounces around in the lower right of the picture, while the camera is perfectly steady.

https://youtu.be/1qFkgtnEr10


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 19, 2017, 03:11:02 PM
You have seen the clip taken crossing the Johnson street bridge in both directions. Now here is a clip of how the camera was mounted on the car. It has sound.

https://youtu.be/wMOPw7cob2k


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 23, 2017, 02:46:32 PM
The wonders of nature. I have always had a fascination for wild life, especially birds.
Not only do you see the same ones often, but they get use to you. In this case the subject allowed me to set up my tripod and Sony A-35 SLT camera and take a 1 minute clip.

https://youtu.be/d0DuO2xvpCw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on September 30, 2017, 02:12:58 AM
I know the picture is of the GoPro Karma Grip with the GoPro 5 camera. But what I have to say covers all modern day cameras and their batteries, most of which are now the Li-Ion type. These batteries when not in use tend to lose power and you will go out to take a series of shots, only to find your power is not there. Some will say I'm an old fuss bucket, but experience is my watch word.

https://youtu.be/0Mp9dCycWvk


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 07, 2017, 12:51:23 AM
If you have a GoPro camera, you will certainly enjoy having this little bag of tricks.
So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/ApJZYxmGP9I


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 14, 2017, 08:48:32 PM
The sun being lower in the sky during October, November, December and January in the northern hemisphere, one always has the problem of sun glare on your lens. To solve the problem I have just ordered a set of Feewer Neutral Density filters, as you will see in the following clip:
https://youtu.be/ALxAOHDmmwE
So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 21, 2017, 12:43:24 AM
Well the filters have arrived and with it came the rain, a full 2" of it yesterday. At least I have had the chance to unpack and assemble the package in sequential order as you will see.

https://youtu.be/V1VHp7s9OIc



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on October 29, 2017, 04:45:03 PM
I have just finished topping up my assortment of Lithium batteries, due to the fact I have not been able to fly my Karma Drone due to poor weather conditions. It is the end of October, and if I don't get a chance to fly before we leave for our annual visit to the Cook Islands, they will be topped up once more in early December.

https://youtu.be/7RRf_cKxBAY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 05, 2017, 12:01:00 AM
I have just ordered this Drone Landing Pad, it will be used on my upcoming trip to the South Pacific, where the Drone take off and landing sites will be quite sandy. Turn up your sound:

https://youtu.be/ApJZYxmGP9I


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 10, 2017, 10:00:52 PM
I have heard and seen a lot of selfie shots, most of which are on the end of a pole. What I have come up with is to mount the camera on a tripod, this leaving both hands free to handle the subject or item being discussed. So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/teLEltXl0xE


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 17, 2017, 10:15:44 PM
You may remember seeing my GoPro stability test with the Karma Grip and GoPro 5 camera. It was designed to show how stable the camera was over a rough road surface. A remark was past that it would be better if the hood or bonnet was not in the picture. So I have made this before and after clip to satisfy the complaint.
So turn up your sound and watch.

 https://youtu.be/PRyz5Wg26GM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on November 25, 2017, 01:10:56 AM
I have just been sorting all my Karma Drone equipment out, that I plan to take with me to The Cook Islands this next month. One of the things I have carried out was to update all the drone software. This way my drone is equiped with the latest improvements by the GoPro technical staff.

https://youtu.be/v38N0YK6Yiw


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 02, 2017, 07:33:31 AM
Another item that I am taking to the Cook's is a stereo microphone that I can use with my GoPro 3 & 4 Black cameras. Though it is small, it is quite effective.
So turn up your sound:

https://youtu.be/zFjP68EqHoM


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 08, 2017, 12:05:26 AM
I'm taking off this weekend for our annual Christmas holiday on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. This card is made up from material that took last year. I hope to be back with more camera material early next year. So a Merry Christmas to all my followers.
So turn up your sound for local colour:

https://youtu.be/pC6NVDbFY3A


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on December 16, 2017, 03:32:56 AM
Just to say that we have arrived safe and sound on Rarotonga, and enjoying the Maori hospitality. I have been Drone flying and  gathering more video and still material.
So once again have a Merry Christmas.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 11, 2018, 10:53:59 PM
Well we are now home and getting settled back in to our routine once more. Here is a still clip with voice over, that my wife took of the first Karma drone take off from the lawn just outside our sea view bungalow.

https://youtu.be/ENQuNFyTXE8

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 15, 2018, 12:57:45 AM
Now we get to show you what the GoPro 5 black sees when aloft with the Karma Drone. The GoPro 6 black camera is even better I am told. Please excuse the whistle picked up during the voice over. So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/rnz89hnjC0M


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 20, 2018, 12:43:11 AM
Here is a two minute clip from my first flight of the Karma Drone at Muri Beach on the Island of Rarotonga.

 https://youtu.be/rnz89hnjC0M

There is sound, but excuse the voice over whistle.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on January 26, 2018, 07:51:08 PM
Recently I received the Karma Harness for my Hero 4 Black, and I find it works very well:

https://youtu.be/jw-b18Vpm4o

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 10, 2018, 02:15:33 PM
I have just received my GoPro Hero 6 Black camera from Amazon. From time to time I will post my findings as they are discovered. So click on to the You Tube and turn up your sound:

https://youtu.be/bjB6aAwRwg0


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 17, 2018, 01:08:01 AM
Here we have the GoPro Hero 5 mounted with the Karma Stabilizer and Karma Grip. The camera is set to look about 20 degrees to the left to catch the new bridge under construction.

https://youtu.be/p-eS3TjIvxg

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on February 24, 2018, 01:00:43 AM
I have trimmed this clip from just over 10 minutes to around 6 to 7 minutes. It takes you to about 500 feet above sea level, also I wanted to show you how stable this drone can be if you follow the set up instructions and have a strong GPS signal:

https://youtu.be/nQrW4-Byhxw

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 02, 2018, 11:13:56 PM
This clip I put together a couple of weeks ago, which I thought those of you would like to make a mobile video of the lanes around Cookham. I have also noted that there is quite a bit of rubbish littering these lanes according to Discussion postings. This is one way in collecting evidence.

 https://youtu.be/inxcM3Y-BHg


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 13, 2018, 09:22:35 PM
This Clip I hot just before Christmas on the Island of Rarotonga. The camera I used was a GoPro Hero 5. Set at 1081 and at 60 frames per second. The editor is Wondershare Filmora. The colour was set in the camera at Protune.

 https://youtu.be/1aoRr8dJ-o0

So turn up your sound.


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 17, 2018, 01:42:22 AM
You may remember in a previous Mobile Mount of the GoPro camera and the white safety cord. Well it recently happened to give way and the cord saved the day. So here is a little reminder for you. So turn up your sound.

 https://youtu.be/8UqJM65bI_E


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 25, 2018, 02:46:34 AM
In the previous clip you saw how the Karma Grip was installed on the car. This clip is to demonstrate the stability whe held in the hand:

https://youtu.be/f2NMb54MiZY


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on March 31, 2018, 08:57:57 PM
To me the Magnolia blooms always heralds Spring. Our shopping centre has planted two six foot trees and they have just come into flower. This of course cast my mind back and the Spencer painting in Berries Road looking from the magnolia through the trees right up to Rowborough.

https://youtu.be/v54lS-h8olE

Turn up your sound.



Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 07, 2018, 06:08:52 PM
Thinking about the survey of Cookham Bridge, my only hope that it does not run into nine years of problems in design, engineering and construction. I have dubbed it after the then Mayor who was at its conception. So turn up your sound:

https://youtu.be/qnXUMjCaNcI


Title: Re: For those of you that have Video/Still Cameras
Post by: James Hatch on April 14, 2018, 05:52:53 PM
I have just ordered this anti glare screen for my Karma Controller. I will say more after I have tested it at the end of this month.

https://youtu.be/wloOdaNq05I