So Its been while since my last post… I don’t know why but I seem to have very little spare time nowadays. I guess working a full time job really does take its toll on personal projects and keeping things updated. Any way at the beginning of April I went back out to the French Alps with some friends from Nottingham Trent Uni. Once again we had an awesome time. The snow wasn’t amazing with it being towards the end of the season, however the X-games were held there only a few weeks before so the parks were top level. We spent most the days shredding them up. I filmed quite a bit again.. standard, this time I didn’t edit all the footage to music etc so I just created a few little videos that consisted of the best bits, these went up on facebook.
I did get time to produce the following little edit. While on the slope I had the idea of the camera pole floating between people by getting someone to carry it from behind. We did a few trial runs and it actually ended up being quite difficult. The person being filmed had to remember not to get the person who handed the camera to them in shot. The person taking the camera around had to make sure their shadow wasn’t in the shot. We tried it a few times, The following edit has been chopped up a bit to make it go to the beat, also to cut out any bits where you could see the carrier.
Magic Floaty Cam from Rob Antill on Vimeo.
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I’ve been wanting to get a prime lens for some time but haven’t had the budget.. I’m going back up the French Alps in a few days time so I decided I would get this lens for the trip even though I still don’t really have the budget…
I asked around and did a bit of research and it seemed the best starting place was a 50mm f1.8.
I had a Logitech mm28 NXT speaker for about 4 years. It was great, amazing battery life, good sound (up to a certain point), portable etc… However it broke a few months a go (due to me dropping it on a concrete floor) and I didn’t know what to get as a replacement. I was thinking about getting the same one again but I found out they don’t make them any more.
So after three months of hard work the time arrived to finally show everybody what we had been doing. Me and Alex had one final push to get the DVD completed before Trent students broke up for Easter holidays. It was quite a stressful time as there was still a bit to get sorted. Alex was working on getting all the artwork ready to print and I was working on setting up the menu system for the DVD. We finished it all by the Sunday evening and had the master copy of the disc sent via next day recorded delivery (Royal Mail Style) on Monday.
Nottingham Trent Snowsports Val Thorens 2010 Trailer from Rob Antill on Vimeo.
Here’s the trailer for the DVD I produced for Nottingham Trent Snowsports society.
In my previous post about ShutterCal I said I’d ordered the monthly photo package and the ShoeBox to store them in, I also said I would write a post once they had arrived.. well they arrived!
The ShoeBox comes in another larger box, this was actually my second one. The first got pretty much destroyed in transit! The Guys at ShutterCal sent a replacement free of charge. Super cool.
Waste is a small graphic design and screen printing studio based in Nottingham. They have been developing their new website for some time and now it’s finally gone live! Go check out their work! The site also features some of my photos. All looks superduper especially on a large screen.
Ever since I got my first iPhone back in ‘07 I’ve tried to take a regular picture of what I was up to. Really this was just for my own personal record and the photos weren’t really all that great. Over the past year or so since I got my DLSR and I started to take a real interest in photography. I have noticed that I was taking more photos with greater consideration. With the new iPhone 4 picture quality is actually very impressive and in the right conditions it can produce some very nice photos. Because I now have a camera with me all the time I thought I would experiment by taking one photo daily. I roughly started this in September ‘10. I kept doing this for about 3 months during this time I was trying to think of ways I could keep an organised record of it. I wanted to have it online somewhere so it would be backed up and I could show other people what I’ve been up to.
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I spent the last weekend blasting through more Snowsports DVD. On the Sunday my friend Alex (who designed all the branding) came over to help with the editing and work on his intro animation. Over all I recon I’m over half way done. The total length of the main section so far is around 20 min. There is plenty of spare footage that will go in the extras. On average there’s around 1 hour of footage per day that needs to be cut down to around 3 min! It’s a long and some times boring task, however once a section is finished its pretty rewarding.
I found some more photos from my recent trip to the French Alps that needed editing. I had a bit of spare time last night so I got to work.
The First one below was a fairly easy job. There was minimal tweaking the only thing I had to remove from the stitched images was my shadow. This was really easy with this shot because snow is dead easy to clone with out being noticeable.