“I want to be more like the ocean.
Yesterday I posted some of my favorite black and white photos from my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park to Flickr; today I’m posting some of my favorite color photos from that trip. Here are five samples; you can see more in my Flickr set titled Yellowstone 2013 (Color).
View the Flickr set Yellowstone 2013 (Color).
Returning to southern Africa for the first time in 35 years, I spent 2 weeks volunteering for a conservation research project in the Tuli Wilderness of eastern Botswana. This is a short montage of some of the video I shot there, assembled using GoPro Studio 2.0. For a more detailed telling of this story, see my book Back to the Bundu.
“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
GoPro is a pretty smart company. They make a great product, and I’ve been a loyal user for about 3 years or so. I still have my original Hero HD, which is at least two generations behind the cutting edge, but it’s still amazing. It’s traveled with me all over the world, from 14,000 foot peaks in the High Sierra to the wilderness of Botswana.
My only problem with the whole GoPro phenomenon is that I’ve managed to collect >300GB of HD video on my hard drive, but don’t know what to do with it. Oh, sure, it’s fun to sit at the computer and watch the old videos, reliving past adventures. And occasionally I’ll get inspired and struggle to hack together a crappy video using QuickTime Pro and post it to YouTube, but then I see these slickly produced GoPro videos on their advertisements and I get embarrassed with what I’ve done. Sure, I could spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a professional video editing application, but I’m not a video guy, and I don’t have time for another big thing like that in my life.
Enter the geniuses at GoPro. Turns out I’m not the only person out there with tons of great footage languishing on a dusty hard drive. So they created a simple, easy-to-use, and FREE utility to help me and all the other amateurs out there produce “GoPro-style” videos.
“GoPro Studio software makes it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos with your GoPro content. We’ve taken our most popular videos and turned them into GoPro Edit Templates that help fast-track you to an incredible edit. The music, edit points, slow motion effects and more have been dialed—all you have to do is replace our video clips with yours. Or if you want to create your edits from scratch, you can do that too. Trim and mix clips. Adjust video playback speed for fast or slow motion. Add titles, music, audio tracks and more. It’s never been easier to make epic GoPro-style videos to share with your friends.”
Last night, over the course of about two hours, I downloaded and installed it, and even completed my first video–a very short montage of my daughter Amanda Artz bouldering at Snow Valley a couple years ago. It was mostly a learning exercise, and towards the end I was falling asleep. But it’s done, and it’s kind of fun. And it shows me that there is hope for all of my footage.
If you’ve got a GoPro and you’re not a video person, do yourself a favor and install GoPro Studio. Set your footage free!