BloomBoom

Demo 03, Venice – for a travel show on some aspects of “La Serenissima”. Here is something for pixelheads + technophobes. I sit somewhere in between, prefer to travel lightly. I used my travel tripod mostly for video. Camera is a compact, Nikon Coolpix P7700, 2 batteries and one 16GB card, which I filled half in 3 weeks Venice and the Alto Adige. A few notes for photographers, who are interested in technical aspects. Synchronization of sound and action here is essential. Editing two takes of video is quite easy when separating them with some stills, and letting the song continue un-interrupted. The closer setting at the end actually happened before the bridge scene. I wanted the song to continue and timed the visuals to the original song. Looks effortless, but only a lot of fine-tuning did the trick. The audio is the original camera recording. Not bad for those built-in microphones, but the surrounding buildings helped to contain the sound. I noticed a little problem at the end, where people talking were much closer to me than the singer. Professional outfits have of course a whole different set up, director, multiple cameras and their operators, sound person, assistants etc. We as amateurs hardly can ask for trial runs and various takes. But making an effort and doing some judicial editing, can lead to success. Now I have to get on with the bulk of that AV, which contains more stills than Video.

[contact-field label="Name" type="name" required="true"/][contact-field label="”EmaDemo" 03, Venice – for a travel show on some aspects of “La /> Here is something for pixelheads + technophobes. I sit somewhere in between, prefer to travel lightly. I used my travel tripod mostly for video. Camera is a compact, Nikon Coolpix P7700, 2 batteries and one 16GB card, which I filled half in 3 weeks Venice and the Alto Adige. </p> <p>A few notes for photographers, who are interested in technical aspects.</p> <p>Synchronization of sound and action here is essential. Editing two takes of video is quite easy when separating them with some stills, and letting the song continue un-interrupted.</p> <p>The closer setting at the end actually happened before the bridge scene. I wanted the song to continue and timed the visuals to the original song. Looks effortless, but only a lot of fine-tuning did the trick. </p> <p>The audio is the original camera recording. Not bad for those built-in microphones, but the surrounding buildings helped to contain the sound. I noticed a little problem at the end, where people talking were much closer to me than the singer. </p> <p>Professional outfits have of course a whole different set up, director, multiple cameras and their operators, sound person, assistants etc. We as amateurs hardly can ask for trial runs and various takes. But making an effort and doing some judicial editing, can lead to success. Now I have to get on with the bulk of that AV, which contains more stills than Demo 03, Venice – for a travel show on some aspects of “La /> Here is something for pixelheads + technophobes. I sit somewhere in between, prefer to travel lightly. I used my travel tripod mostly for video. Camera is a compact, Nikon Coolpix P7700, 2 batteries and one 16GB card, which I filled half in 3 weeks Venice and the Alto Adige. </p> <p>A few notes for photographers, who are interested in technical aspects.</p> <p>Synchronization of sound and action here is essential. Editing two takes of video is quite easy when separating them with some stills, and letting the song continue un-interrupted.</p> <p>The closer setting at the end actually happened before the bridge scene. I wanted the song to continue and timed the visuals to the original song. Looks effortless, but only a lot of fine-tuning did the trick. </p> <p>The audio is the original camera recording. Not bad for those built-in microphones, but the surrounding buildings helped to contain the sound. I noticed a little problem at the end, where people talking were much closer to me than the singer. </p> <p>Professional outfits have of course a whole different set up, director, multiple cameras and their operators, sound person, assistants etc. We as amateurs hardly can ask for trial runs and various takes. But making an effort and doing some judicial editing, can lead to success. Now I have to get on with the bulk of that AV, which contains more stills than Video.</p> class="has-white-background-color has-background">It’s a temporary title, I might change it to style="color:#cf2e2e;" class="has-inline-color">“ From Amaranth to class="has-inline-color style="color:#ff6600;">”</span>. </span>The theme I had done in my slide-AV days, some people called it “Veg-City” after the big fruit + veg retailer. Scanning slides was not an option for this AV. class="has-inline-color">BloomBoom</span></span> is not a garden show, that will be a different Audio-Visual, more about home gardening with its joys and tribulations  ( mainly pests, sharing the fruits of one’s labour).</p> data-attachment-id="1917" data-permalink="https://niemolens.com/portfolio/pizza-the-av-video/poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412/" data-orig-file="https://niemolens.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,412" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"5","credit":"","camera":"COOLPIX P7700","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1479459458","copyright":"","focal_length":"11","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"0.16666666666667","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="poppy-spider-dscn9113-200×412" data-image-description="<p>Taken in my make-shift studio, mostly daylight and reflector. A torch for the glancing blue. </p> " data-medium-file="https://niemolens.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412.jpg?w=320" data-large-file="https://niemolens.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412.jpg?w=780" src="https://niemolens.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412.jpg" alt="poppy-spider-dscn9113-200x412" class="wp-image-1917" /></a></figure> <p><em>That little spider on the Poppy I only noticed, once I had transferred the images to the PC.</em></p> <p>Feb. 2018.  Presently I have my “BloomBoom” 70% finished. This 1-minute MP4 file is about 7.7 MB, resolution 800 x 450 pix. I extracted 3 parts, one for each section of the sound. Very slow beginning, medium-pace middle and a really fast end.</p> style="color:#0000ff;">The clip includes the transition from medium to fast pace at the poppies.</span></p> [wpvideo 9ZmOZg5Y/]

The overlay on seven of the yellow coreopsis blooms you just saw briefly, coming in from left to right, synced with the beats: 1-2-3-4-5-6—7.  A special effect, not done with any of these “300 new effects in our new…………version”

7 coreopsis heads on blinking water

Just recently our (outgone) chairlady at the local photo club urged the dwingling membership to go into Audio-Visual making, after all “you will have thousands of images on your harddrive, so what’s stopping you to make AVs?”  That’s the same old ignorance, as long ago a viewer asked me after a slide-AV screening: “I got boxes and boxes of slides stacked away, will you help me to make AVs?”

AV makers will know that the above sentiment is certainly not the the right way to make meaningful AVs or Videos.


In the Harold Porter Botanical Garden
In the Harold Porter Botanical Garden.  

My idea of “50 /50”  means 50 meters – 50 km.   So far 80% of my subjects I find within our gardens and for more inspiration there is the Harold Porter Botanical Garden about 25 km from here. That’s where my motto “travelling light” comes in, photographically and environmentally. I keep my compact camera until it gives up. It’s the second one since 2006.

Several short sequences within the 6 minutes took me really very long. Now I’m thinking up more complicated scenes. Some ideas work, others don’t.