Saturday, 21 February 2009
Doesn’t mean you’ll get better vid’s from me but I’ll enjoying doing them. Bear with me. The next point was what to make, subject, style etc for a movie. Creativity is definatley the main the word in this regard. I tried out several of the tutorials about merging videos and effect etc. And tried for a 'lightening effect' on my opening page of this one. Then I just cobbled together some footage of Wanna and I at a local restaurant, taken a few weeks back. You can see it does not have much forethought about sequence etc so story board for next one. I’m going to have to do a lot better planning for future ones. So if anyone out there reads this Blog, and would like, and can offer some advice please do help. Thanks.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Did he just move? We recently went up with friends to Chang Mai. Beautiful place. It could be the subject for several Blog entries but… While thats for later. While there we visited several Wats. As one does in Thailand. Nearly all are so elaborate and generally quite magnificent. Each has its own atmosphere and sense of purpose.
Going into the compounds and the temples themselves seems to surround me with a feeling of calm and somehow an added feeling that life has a lot more to offer on the spiritual side than I am normally aware of.
Imagine my surprise when I set off to do some photos and video because as I entered one small annexed building I was scrambelling around for a few moments unaware there was a Monk sitting calmly in front of me. He looked directly at me without any movement, just continued his meditations. I felt really stupid and rude, almost as if I had entered like a thief into someones home. So immedieately I bowed to him to show respect. And then in as polite a fashion as one can when setting up a tripod and camera, got on with taking a few shots. Still he didn’t seem to mind and remained still. Did I interupt him or was he go engrossed in his prayers that he simple ignored me. But really did he move? Just slightly? A blink perhaps? Amazing composure. Check out the video below.
If you watched the movie you can imagine how stupid I felt when I realised exactly what he was doing. And this after my being on hands and knees and shuffling around for about 30 minutes…Fooled me and no doubt, a lot of other visitors.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
But also I have filmed some ants moving a shell. It really is fascinating just how they communicate and manage to coordinate moving what to them is a massive load. I suppose we could relate to it in terms of moving a double decker bus of something similar….
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Later I sat down next to him to take a few closeup shots. He seemed again uninterested. Taking no notice of me, that is, until Wanna joined me. He then did a few tiny movements and then without any warning, jumped straight onto Wanna’s face. She got what at best can be describes as a big kiss. She did not seem to mind. Thank God it wasn’t me. I’d have jumped a mile, beautiful thing though it is. It's also the second time one has ‘latched onto us’. Earlier, a few years back we were going over on a ferry boat from Ban Phe to Koh Samet. One joined us there for the journey over. Climbed all over our shoes and legs. Can’t find the photos though.
Their colour is amazing and they can remain stationary for what seems like ages then just jump. Not sure what they eat or what they do but seem to spend most of their time just sitting around.
By the way the Mantis is the green one !
Monday, 2 February 2009
Car Parts is possibly not the best way to describe them. More a bunch of 'half cars' in assorted colours. A sort of mix and match. Quite amazing and even more amazing was me, I seemed to be the only one taking any notice. In fact as I got out of our car to take the photos I seemed more the object of interest to passers by than the car bits on offer.
That was interesting enough but further down the road we came across some major transportation. Look closely at the second picture to see the size of men relative to the truck. That was a big beast to be moving through a town even for a quiet Sunday morning.