At the end of the season for Tractor pulling there was one Motocross event left for me to experiment with. Rather than focus on the race itself I played with the Camera’s abilities purely to gain more experience. I couldn’t follow the entire course from a single spot anyway, so I put together some footage that leaves a general impression of what attending an MX event looks like, including a few dead spots while waiting for the group of bikes to come around again.
With a number of local events getting rained out I decided on moving indoors, but what? Talent shows? Bars and Cafés? I didn’t want to spend a fortune to gain experience and end up with footage I wouldn’t be allowed to publish. Well, I ran into an event held in a countryside Schoolroom surrounded by pasture land and dairy Farms, so I tried my luck there to see what would happen. With mooing Cows as background noise I shot video from every possible angle but didn’t want to get in the way of the audience. So here is a music video shot while crawling on the floor. This was a good learning experience because the best shots for a Camera are usually in the worst spot for sound. This next video didn’t turn out too badly though, even if I did everything wrong and used the wrong Camera for this situation.
From this footage I learned that the Microphone needs to be in the middle, above the audience and about 8-10ft away from the stage. But how to get it there without the Camera also being there ruining/limiting the video footage?
Answer: a $6 9Ft Fly Fishing Pole and a separate recording device.
At this point I also realized that Microsoft’s wonderful little Moviemaker would no longer suffice to adequately meet my needs; I needed new skills and new software which I’ll get to in the next post. Thanks for reading if you got this far.
Recently I was asked if I was in hiding. My answer was that instead of following Politics, I was following people with real talent.
I will use this space to showcase a bit of what I’ve been doing. It all started with a Camera that had an incredible lens attached to it; one that could follow a fast moving object both near and far. So for fun I went to a few Tractor Pulls and Motocross events until I could reliably capture usable footage without getting access normally granted to professional Camera Crews. That meant I had to shoot video from whatever was available to me which ranged from a standing on a Barrel to the top of the Stands and everything in between.
When the season ended I got bored and decided to try and record live Bands. Gaining entrance to live performances costs money, but also requires a new set of skills, which I’ll get into in a future post.