What People Do With Their Hands

It’s November again. Which means NaVloPoMo. Which means posting one video a day every day.

With all the things I’ve got going on, there’s not much chance of me being able to do that this year, but it’s a good prompt to post some videos when I can.

I’ve also devised a game of consequences to run alongside NaVloPoMo, with 30 videobloggers in a chain, each posting on a different day, each inspired in some way by the previous day’s video. More tomorrow, which is my day.

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All Canadian

A ‘son et lumi‚àö?£re’ for British Columbia’s 150th Birthday today.

Shot on the dock behind the local halibut burger bar.

Everything about this, and about that sentence, is Canadian.

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One Minute Sunny

I like lumière videos. I like setting up a frame, as if taking a still picture, and then letting the camera roll for 60 seconds to see what happens within the frame. Often, something serendipitous will happen within the composition and within the allotted time.But lumière videos are silent, and I’m a big fan of videos with natural soundtrack.

Like Ryanne (and Jay)’s films, cut simply together, each clip with its natural background hum. There’s something very moving about the short rhythmic pulse of these sounds and images together.

I shot this one as a lumière , but it’d be half as good without its natural soundtrack. So I’m calling this a ‘son et lumière ‘ 😉

(I used to love these, before irony)

Shot with the in-camera ‘Color Accent’ setting on the Canon IXUS 860, which allows you to sample a colour and turn everything else black and white.

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Amy in Wonderland – silent moving snapshot



I said it before, I’ll say it again. I hate technology. I’m thinking of going Amish.

I’ve tried to upload this twice yesterday/today.

I’ve been away from the internet this weekend. Shocking, but true. Just testing out the Amish thing.

Anyway, here it is. I shot it in Canada in August, in the woods along Long Beach on Vancouver Island (map/satphoto). I usually shoot a lot of still photos on holiday. This time, I shot a lot of moving snapshots, only one or two of which I’ve published so far. Basically, I just experimented with keeping the camera still and shooting a movie instead of a still. Slightly different compositions from what I’d choose for photos, but you see what I mean. I was frequently surprised by what would unfold within the frame in the minute or so I kept the camera running – plus you get the extra dimensions of moving light, and sound (though not here). Futuristic holiday snaps.

This isn’t a Lumiere, strictly speaking, because it’s not under 60 seconds long, but I’ve muted it anyway because (in this case) I wanted to leave space for you to imagine the sound of a forest on the edge of the Pacific, and to imagine what’s being said and thought.

You can re-read Alice’s encounter with a mushroom here:

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20 second snapshot – Friday night at St Elmo’s (Fish) Bar

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Billy: Jules, y’know, honey… this isn’t real. You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them… there was no fire. There wasn’t even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you’re making up all of this. We’re all going through this. It’s our time at the edge.

Friday night is fish and chip night – this is the chippie at the end of our road.

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Moving Snapshot: Family

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My brother-in-law Jan, my sister Amanda, my nephew Vijay and their dog Finnigan. And Amy. On Long Beach in Tofino, on the wild Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. This is just what I need to watch at the moment – takes me right back there. Amazing place, amazing holiday.

They didn’t know I was filming. If you quietly set up a static frame and press record, invariably it fills with beautiful movement, purely by chance. Moving snapshots.¬¨¬®‚Äö?тĆ I shot a lot of pictures like this, while I was away, instead of taking stills.¬¨¬®‚Äö?тĆ Inspired by Lumiere rules videos, but different – I like to keep the sound, to give whole new levels of atmosphere, and I like to be able to press start/stop whenever I want to rather than have to cut it off at 1 minute.

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