Upgrading and Evolving

Creating. Those of us who blog and vlog or make music and art… we have a need to create. Doesn’t matter sometimes what it is, just as long as we make something. In this process we evolve and change, it’s inevitable. Over the past few years, I have found a lot of enjoyment creating video. I started messing with video years ago with a VHS camcorder… it was horrible, but I found ways to “produce” and “edit” on the fly. Since then I have tried my hand at video tech reviews and had a lot of fun doing them, but had more fun editing them. So I decided to merge my love of the outdoors with my new found enjoyment of video. It started with actual video about 7 or 8 years ago. Unfortunately, my computer at the time couldn’t handle the processing so I did the next best thing. I merged outdoors, video and photography and started making video slide shows of sorts, eventually mixing in short video clips.

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to dive back in to full video for my outdoor adventures and immediately realized it was way different than recording in an indoor setting. For the last 2 years I have struggled to find a balance between, good stable video and good audio. I’ve had cameras with good microphones and no image stabilization, ones with stabilization and poor microphones,  decently stable with good mics but render horribly… you name it. On top of trying to find that right balance, also trying to improve my filming and editing skills. And yet, it’s never gotten me down… frustrated occasionally yes, but not down. Now let’s see what my new recording setup does. I’m now using my GoPro Hero 5 Black on the Karma Grip for stable recording and my Tascam DR-05 portable audio recorder with a lavaliere mic. Below is my test of the new setup. What do you think?



What is 730? Well, 7:30am is a great time to start hiking or kayaking in the summer. 7:30pm is too late for a big dinner, but the 730 I’m writing of is about days. 730 days since my last post here… that’s a long time between posts. It’s not that I forgot or was being neglectful. I was just busy exploring.

So, I figured maybe it was time to start posting again. The question was…. About what? I originally started this “blog” as a place to post photos and not write much. In the past 730 days though, I’ve been so many great places that “just photos” aren’t always enough. For that reason, I’ve recently started taking my GoPro along with me and filming my adventures. So, my new goal for this blog is to share my adventures with words, pictures and video.

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