Earth and Sky

The first month is free, so in thinking I have “forced” myself to shoot more video, I’ve got an out. But I hope I find the Vimeo Plus account for $60 a year worth the expense to my little biz.

I’m thinking that it would be neat to embed short videos in my “multimedia” presentations (or future Prezi packages) that to date have used only my digital stills plus background music or spoken word or text over image.

I now have some tools for use with my iPhone 5s for both low light, slow motion and time-lapse video. I still have the HandyCam 260v that I stopped using partly because I was running out of hard drive space. The new internal 3TB drive fixed that.

So here’s the first use of the Time Lapse app, OlloClip wide angle clip-on lens, and my ancient tripod, in place for only 25 minutes.  More, I’m reasonably sure, to come.

I need a source for free legal music (if such a thing exists). I’m a little disappointed (but not surprised) that there is a good bit of aberration in the lens–more by far in the fisheye lens that is part of the kit. (The newer 4 lens kit I think has improved on this defect.)

Life on the Other Side of TurkeyDay

You’ll be shocked to learn that there was absolutely NO shopping activity from this household on Black Friday–a day upon which those who have the day before given thanks for all that they have are driven by an incomprehensible consumptive urges to go out and buy more. (And you want it delivered to your house in 3o minutes, get Amazon Prime Air…I’m not making this up!)

It seems like it ought to be a day upon which you are compelled to give stuff away, out of your abundance, to those who have not been as blessed. (You may have to step over one of them in the crush to get into Target or The Gap first thing Black Friday morning.) We were driven to go out and collect twig-kindling for the stove, taking the high road up above the bluff. This is NOT the path of least resistance. Bluff View West-Goose Creek This view from the top of the bluff looks down on Goose Creek just where it is joined (out of view to the left-center) by Nameless Creek. Behind the tree, the sun is just setting below the western ridge at local sunset–about 4:00, but even earlier in another three weeks at Winter Solstice. We have to import sunshine from up top, and it gets here the next day. We are, however, not plagued by the winds visited upon our elevated neighbors last week! House at Local SunsetIt was just about here below the house that the temperature dropped as the sun settled lower in the west and cold air began to slide down into Goose Creek Gorge.

Both shots taken with the iPhone 5s–the top with the very good pano function of the default camera app. It does a very good job of (almost instantaneously) stitching images without merge lines or exposure lapses. There is a little color noise in the sky. Picky picky.

The bottom shot was taken with the Pro HDR app, that actually takes then processes two separate shots exposed for highlights and shadows. I’m noticing on this shot there are some ghost edges in the larger version, but I was pretty shaky by that time of day. A tripod adapter for the iPhone is in my future.

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