Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Rambling about Rambling

For the first time in many years, I took a walk up to the summit of North Barrule HERE with Russell. We cheated a bit by walking up from the Guthrie Memorial, but we then walked down all the way back to the sea.

Here's the view from the summit looking north. We had hoped to be able to fly the drone from here, but it was a bit too windy to risk it. it was also, as you can see, very hazy and the cloud kept forming and clearing around us as we took a good look around.

The walk up wasn't too bad, but if anything, the return trip down the eastern shoulder of the hill was more demanding. I'm glad we didn't try and go up that way, as it is very steep and any accessible starting point is much lower down.

Here's another photo taken on the way down, looking towards Ramsey and the north. Russell liked the juxtaposition of the rocks in the foreground and the view into the distance. I've even tried running a Neutralhazer filter on this one in Photoshop, but even that can't pierce this much cloud.

We are hoping to go up again and it'd be great to get the drone out from that high up, to give a different perspective on the area.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Video Slideshows

I've been working on a couple of slide-show videos, both taken from My Namibia-Botswana trip. The first shows some of the wildlife we saw during the trip and the second is a look at some of the panoramic landscapes that I photographed as we went along.

They've given me some insights into quite a few new things, 

Making slide-shows is quite time consuming and not something I'm going to do that often, maybe only one or two for each trip like these.

I now know how to do a few more things in Adobe Premiere, particularly the stuff that can be done with animation and movement.

I've found a couple of great sources of freely use-able music to give a little background to videos like these and they seem to be making quite nice stuff available.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bridging The Gap

I've just added a page describing the trials and tribulations of installing a half-mile wifi bridge to enable some networked CCTV cameras. It all turned into a bit of a marathon, but we've got it sorted in the end. The page is here - http://darkmann-iom.blogspot.com/p/bridging-gap.html

Sometimes things don't go according to your original plans and you have to move to Plan B or make up a new plan and start all over again. Does anyone want to buy a couple of as new wifi dish antennas?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Canvas Travel Prints

I've decided to make some of my panoramic and wildlife photos available as canvas prints. They make a nice addition to any home and include a wide range of subjects and locations across Africa.

If you are interested, then I've put a large link in the sidebar to the right. Take a look if you have the time.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Travel Reports

As I've started to work with the Blogger platform, I've realized that it can be used as a quick way to get some of what I write as I travel online in a way that's more immediate and engaging than waiting for a book.

I'm going to try and put all of my six African Trips online and I've started with the most recent. If you don't want to look through a 200 page book preview, then take a look at the text by following the link below.

I've included a few panoramic photos along the way, but nowhere near the number of pictures that the books contain.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Namibia Video - Around Purros Gorge

I'm sort of getting to the end of the video footage I took with the ActionCam during my Namibia/Botswana trip, But I keep looking through it and finding sequences worth the effort of editing.

Take a look at this page if you'd like to know how I did these.

This was one of our shorter drives, a quiet afternoon from Purros down the riverbed and then back out via an alternative route. Not much to report on the wildlife front, the stop in the middle of the video is to look at a few Hartmann's Zebra on the rocks opposite us. The photos I took of them were rubbish, as it was getting dark and they were quite a distance away in the shadows.

Anyway, here's the video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Putting some content into it

I've added a couple of pages of info, about my books and the camera that I used to take my latest holiday videos.

The book page links to the previews on Blurb who can print and send you a copy if you want one. All the travel books are 13x11 and nicely bound.

The camera page goes into a bit of detail about the reasoning behind the choice of camera, mount and memory, as well as my decisions about the recording quality and choice of editing software. Hopefully someone will find the info useful.