Wildlife

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Mike Walters
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Hi all, I've been wanting to shoot some wildlife footage for a while now but time and the weather have been somewhat against me. So finally the sun shone yesterday and i had some time. As a result here is my first attempt.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kyTf2LR0ipA&fmt=18
As usual Youtube's compression has done it no favours!
ADDED - following the comments below i have also hosted this video on vimeo at http://www.vimeo.com/1852485 - worth looking at both just to see the difference!
It's shot on a PD150 with a sony X2 lens adaptor. i would very much appreciate any input and suggestions to improve my techniques here.
Thanks in advance,
Mike

Rob James
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As you say, YouTube does it no favours but otherwise some fabulous material on the long end of the extended lens.

Rob The picture is only there to keep the sound in sync

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Vimeo, Vimeo ;)

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JMCP
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Nice relaxing piece Mike.

Cheers John

treborsnave
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Really liked the swan take off sequence, nice tracking.
I get involved in nature/outdoors shooting challenges over at uwolchallenge.com as do some other folks from the UK - give it a try, I can happily say that the standard of my work has improved as a result of doing it to a timeline and a theme. ( if you're really quick you can sign up for the next one, which starts tomorrow, but you will have to be quick http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/uwol-challenge-our-newest-contest/133866-uwol-11-sign-up-thread-come-out-play.html )

Cheers,
Rob

Mike Walters
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Hi all and thanks for your comments - Dave i'm uploading to Vimeo now so it should be live in the morning. I'll post the link here. I'll be interested to see the difference. Rob count me in on these challenges though i won't make this months one as other commitments.
Thanks again.
Mike

Mike Walters
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Wow i can't believe the difference! Same encoded file from me - completely different results. Here is the Vimeo link - http://www.vimeo.com/1852485
Think i will be using Vimeo from now!
Mike

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;)

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Some very good stuff in there Mike... really coming on well my young padawan. :D

The slowmo swan in flight was really nice, however remember 'even birds need nose room too' (should that be 'beak room'?). Look at how much better the shot looks when there is room in the frame for the swan to move into. Having the bird mostly to the right with space on the left for it to move to is a much better composition. When following a subject bear this in mind... remember the rule of thirds. :)

Mike Walters
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Ahh the best teachers.......
Fully agree with the beak room. The damn thing just refused to stay in frame! I realise now it was accelerating all the time and i was struggling to keep up with it. It was a really interesting exercise which i will repeat at some point now i have had time to study the footage. Even in the 2 hours i was there it was interesting to see he marked improvement in my filming. Focussing was a major challenge on that length of zoom but that improves with time. With hindsight too much of my effort was taken up on subject selection and zooming and very little in shot composition. And that i guess is what practice is all about. And it gave me a chance to try out Final Cut Pro too which i am starting to really like.
Thanks for the feedback.
Mike