Birde feeder in January

The last few days we had cold weather and snow. This increased the number of visitors to my bird feeder, mostly finches.

So I started up two old action cameras and set them up close to the feeders. I am very happy with the result and now I am planning to mount one of the cameras directly on one of the feeders next time. If it works out it will be some fantastic close ups.

What is this, a macintoy?

So, I really don’t know how to start this. But I have used computers for most of my life. It all started with a Commodore Vic-20 when I was a kid. I learned some coding on that one, but it was mostly used to play games.

Later in life I started to work with webproduction, we are talking about building websites with simple text editors. And from this I moved on to be an IT-technician. Working with servers, and client computers.
The last few years I have been a license manager, so I switched from the techi part of IT to the administrative part.

And during all those years I never ever used any kind of Mac computer. Never ever.

Until now.

After some time learning to edit videos, where everyone who helped me out told me to get a Mac, I fell for the pressure and got a MacBook Air M1.

I am now confused. I don’t find things when I look for them where I am used to finding them. My muscle memory is not in sync with the new keyboard, and that’s ok because the shortcuts are not what I expect it to be.

But all in all I think this will be something good. I started my video editor and it started in a second, it loads a project lightning fast and exports a finished video in a few minutes. It makes the whole editing process much more fun.

Now I just need to remap my brain to the new shortcuts.

It will take some time. I am getting old…

Bird feeder actioncam

I started to feed the small birds in my garden in the beginning of the fall, and I have many small visitors to my bird feeders.

One day I put my small action camera and mounted it on a pole close to one of the bird feeders. The camera is simple and of low quality, but for a test if this was a good way to get some photos of bird feeding it was perfect. If the bird breaks it, it’s not a big loss for me.

I left the camera recording until it filled up all of it’s memory card. Then I edited the result to a shorter film, removing all the recording without any bird.

The end result is a nice little movie with different birds enjoying the nuts in the bird feeder.

In the future I will use one of my tripods to move the camera closer to the feeder to get even better picture quality. And I will also use another camera to get sound recordings.

This is a nice little project for the winter, and it’s in my own backyard so I can set things up on the days I work from home.

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.