Monday 25th June 2016
Monday night is usually the night that I edit my videos. Tonight I was working on my ‘Landscape Photography without a Plan’ video.
It was a reasonably simple edit but I was still chuffed that it took me less than 2 hours to pull it together. Since upgrading my vlogging camera and cutting back on the amount of music I use I am able to edit my videos in half the time it used to take; ultimately that is going free up time for me to create more content!
I was pleased to see that Dave Hirst has put out another vlog.
After a 3 month lay off because of ill health he is back! Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that his health has improved much and the poor lads luck doesn’t seem to be getting any better either with problems in his personal life to add to his woes.
It’s a shame because he’s a top bloke; I am reminded as I hobble about on my injured foot that there are plenty of people in the world worse off than me.
I’ve been giving it some thought and I have decided to shift my focus away from YouTube and devote a bit more time to building my following on Instagram.
My YouTube channel just isn’t growing any more and at times recently it has felt like I’m flogging a dead horse.
I’m not going to give up YouTube, I will still aim to put out a video once a week, but I want to put some effort into shooting exclusive content for Instagram TV.
Sometimes you need a day off of photography, so I watched England play Belgium in the World Cup instead and immediately regretted my decision.
Up at 03:00 to shoot my first video for Instagram TV. It was a beautiful morning and I headed to Brothers Water; clear blue skies are not great for photography but it felt good to be out.
Instagram have decided to support video in the vertical format because users will watch the videos on their mobile phone. Filming was relatively straight forward but the tricky bit came when it was time to edit the vlog.
It was impossible to find any software that can edit in the 9:16 ratio so I had to edit it on it’s side and then rotate in Photoshop. What a faff!
This morning I was a Tarn Hows. It was absolutely beautiful as usual.
I did film a video for my YouTube channel but I was in a bit of a funny mood and so it might not be what people are used to from me.
There are some bits in which I think are really funny but I am always nervous when trying something for the first time.
Sunday 1st July
I was up before 03:00 again for the third morning in a row, a nice simple shoot from Latrigg above Keswick.
When I got home I had received a text from Unitied Utilities asking us to be careful about the amount of water that we are using so with thought we’d go to Haweswater to check out just how low it is.
I don’t think I have ever seen it this low and if the dry weather continues I expect that the remains of the village of Mardale (which was flooded when the reservoir was built) will be exposed.