591 – Out and about

This is the Brittany Ferry Salamanca. Coming into the harbour at probably around 1630 today. I wouldn’t have seen her if I hadn’t made the decision that I was going to go to the Haslar Marina Pier Wall (HMPW) with a set sequence of shots in my head. I wasn’t even worried about being out and filming in public.

I set from from home, about 4PM, with my tripod and the DJI OSMO 5 in my man bag. I got to the bottom of the HMPW and set the phone up open the tripod. I was only going to use the three lenses in the iPhone 12, the 0.5 wide angle, standard (1x) or the 2.5x lenses, not touching the digital zooms at all, and ensuring best quality.

Town was still quite busy, but was tailing off in the aftermath of the Saturday Market, although not unexpectedly the bars and cafes were busy. I arrived at the HMPW to see that there were quite a few people on the pier, walkers and people fishing. I was determined that nothing was going to deter me. I set the phone up on the tripod, and took an establishing shot of the HMPW. I then moved the phone onto the OMSO5, did a minute or so walking along the boardwalk. Not far in to that I saw the ferry coming in. Now, I did go in to a bit of a panic, because when I realised I hadn’t seen this particular boat at all, I was determined to get a picture, but I had to turn the O5 off because I couldn’t get it to line up. Nothing wrong with it, just me not knowing how to use it. Mind you, this is exactly what these sessions are for; familiarisation with the kit. Anyhow, at least one picture of the Salamanca taken, I resumed videoing my walk up the HMPW.

At the far end there were some teenagers fishing, and a couple of people in mobility scooters. It didn’t stop me from moving the phone back on to the tripod. This time, I was after one of those Jack Hargreaves picture of him wandering around and looking at things. So I took pictures of the Mary Mouse 2;

The Medusa;

This new facility, which has only recently been put up. I have been speculating about its purpose which could be anything from being a supplies storehouse, through to a wedding venue;

There was one other thing that I wanted to photograph but there were a couple of you fishermen lolling about at the base of the pillar. I asked them if they minded me filming and including them – they kind of mumbled their consent. I fear I may have put them off YouTube for life – the oldies have moved in!

Anyhow, I have the pictures and videos I wanted, and because I wasn’t bothered about audio, I can get the movie together and then record my commentary, which is one of the main activities I want to do, to develop my video voice. If you watch any of my GB3IW videos, the minute before the net starts are almost there, my voice to me sounds reasonably realistic with no stress or false tones. And the great thing is I can record multiple versions of the commentary, which I want to be a combination of fact and interpretation, which I want to get it sounding just right. When ready, I will release it on YouTube, and let you know.

It was a really good exercise today, getting out and filming in public. I even enjoyed doing it. A new concern though – my posture is dreadful, and I really do need to lose weight – again.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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