Blog No.46 – Sunrises & Sound

Sneaking in another blog about using the Nikon B700 before the more serious blog on Friday

BLOG NO.46 – IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.45 FIRST, CLICK HERE. If you’d like to read first why I wrote my 65 folk-based tracks, then click HERE to read that blog. (Blue text are external links, which will open in a new browser window.)

(Those getting this via email won’t be able to see the videos. Clicking on the title of the blog in the email will open it in a tab of your web browser. Apologies but out of my control. If you see any typos, pease let me know. Thanks.)

As I mentioned in my last blog, since getting my Nikon B700 digital bridge camera back in December, I’ve been passing a lot of time getting back into photography, bird watching and photographing the sky. This has been especially helpful since losing my ability to play keyboards or type much at the moment. In this blog I want to share a time-lapse video I did of a sunrise. It was a test, really, just to see how it would come out, and I was pretty please with it.

I love both stills and video photography, and, in fact, from the ages of 13 to 16 I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to be an actor or a television cameraman. Besides the fact my widowed mother couldn’t afford to buy me any kind of camera to practice with, I soon discovered that you needed a lot more than photography qualifications to become a television cameraman, and since I had started to get professional acting work from the age of 16, that’s what I decided to go with; but the interest always remained. My career has always been an audio/visual one in film and television, so I have been very fortunate in that respect, and I particularly loved the brief amount of directing I did with the Jim Henson Company on Mother Goose StoriesConstruction Site and The Hoobs (OB shoots).

Since this time-lapse came out OK, if not quite as long as I should have made it, I thought I’d put some music to it. The music this time is an unfinished one of mine, called Dawning. It’s a soundtrack-type instrumental, inspired by the music from the film, Shakespeare In Love. It was recorded in Logic Pro X on a 2011 MacBook Pro using a Korg Triton LE keyboard. It was much longer than the video, so it fades our well before its un-finished ending.

If you want to see the full-sized version click on the square icon to the right of ‘YouTube’. Hope you enjoy it.



The crowd at Pithead, during the West Stanley pit disaster of February 16, 1909

BLOG NO.47 will be out on the 16th February. It will be in commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the West Stanley (Burns) mining disaster, the largest in the town where I grew-up’s history. I thought it only fitting to do a blog about this horrendous event, which I have also written a song about in tribute to the 168 men and boys (and many, many pit ponies) who lost their lives that fateful winter’s day.

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3 thoughts on “Blog No.46 – Sunrises & Sound

  1. I do not often get to see the sunrise. The music is as brilliant as your show. I almost wished it were longer, but alas the sun has its one timing. Love the story behind your early career. If you had a camera then, look how much we would have missed of your other works. Hard to tell which is the right decision. Yet, now you are able to pick up an old dream and test your long honed skills with an expert eye.

    When I was young my mom gave me all she could, but being widowed, there were times, things were tight. Later, I remember giving my son a choice between a computer and a movie camera when he graduated from high school. He was always filming with mine, and even dropped it and it broke. This is from the time when they were so heavy to carry. He chose the computer. It became a group effort, between my Mom and myself, we split the cost. It’s his career now, self employed in the FX industry and so on.

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