Video project Alhagen

I started a new video project. It will try to publish a new video every month from the wetland Alhagen outside Nynäshamn. This way I can show how the change of seasons affects nature and the wildlife.

I live close by so I can just pack my camera in my backpack and have a walk to reach the area. I hope this will help in keeping up the project. I don’t have to make a massive plan and travel for each photo session.

The project is inspired by a plan I had for another area when I lived in my old hometown. I never got started on that plan, but I never forgot the ideas I had, and now I make them come true in my new hometown.

The first video was published on Youtube today.

Learning by doing

So my wife and I have a simple Youtube channel. It’s called Filipino food taste test. And the content is simply us tasting different filipino dishes.

It is fun doing but we don’t have any kind of knowledge when it comes to video production. So it is all learning by doing, and failing.

We learned that the camera in a modern mobile phone is fantastic. But we also learned that the sound quality in the same phone is bad. And when sound is bad the video experience is not as good as it could be.

We learned that lightning is important. And that you can build simple softboxes with cardboard boxes and oven foil.

And one important thing. The Internet is full of all the editors you need. I am right now learning to improve the sound with Audacity. And the video edit we are using right now is Shotcut. Both softwares are free to download and use.

This is our video number 4.

I am on Youtube

Just like the cool kids I have started my Youtube channel. No wait, cool kids left Youtube for Tiktok.

Well anyway, I have decided to lose weight. The last year was not nice to my weight. I have not been so active that I need to be, so my weight keeps gaining on me, and I decided to do something about it.

I will start a more active lifestyle and start to be more careful about what I eat. And to make sure I don’t cheat I started my Youtube channel so everyone can see my progress, or lack of progress if that is the case.

This will be an interesting spring.

New things don’t have to be new

I love technical gadgets. Things that connect to my computer or other fun stuff like sound and picture creations. But I am also on a tight budget, so I can’t shop everything I want. But we have an auction site here in Sweden called Tradera. And this is a fantastic place to find “new” gadgets for a reasonable price.

Of course can’t I always find the thing I want at the moment, but surprisingly often I can find exactly what I am looking for. Then I have to win the bidding, it can be so frustrating to lose the bidding in the last second. I always try to add my final bid in the last seconds of the auction. And everyone else has the same tactics 🙂

I also have sold some stuff online to be able to pay for my hobbies. I am always nervous when I ship a box. I am worried the thing I send off will break in the postal handling and I will be blamed by the user.

All my experience from buying and selling on Tradera has been good. So I always encourage other people to do the same. Why keep stuff when you lose interest in it? It will only collect dust on the shelf. Sell it and make money to buy something that you are interested in now.

Below is one of my latest findings on Tradera, it’s a small video camera from Zoom.

Q4 Handy Video Recorder from Zoom

How do single parents survive?

I needed to take my daughter to an appointment in Stockholm today. My plan was to drive the car, but it started to snow heavily. Snow and traffic in Stockholm is a very bad combination. So we changed plans and decided to take the train.

The problem was I needed to pack a bag with some snacks before we left, and I was booked for a work meeting just before we had to leave. So I was short of time.

I ended up taking part in the meeting while I pointed to what I needed in the bag and she ran around in the apartment to get it.

It is in situations like that I wonder how single parents manage to keep life together. I understand that they are better organized than me, but still, kudos to all of you who manage to keep the family together all by yourself.

On another note, we got more snow, so now I can’t get my car out. I have to cross a public parking lot to get off my driveway. And that parking lot has not been plowed once since the snow fell last Thursday.

I am now just waiting for the parking attendant to come around and write parking fines to the parked cars. They can’t get out because the city has not plowed the snow, but still the city can give them fines.