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Old November 22nd, 2010, 08:27 AM   #1
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UWOL #18 - Source of life - by Trond Saetre

To me, this entry was all about staying on dry land away from the dreadful shark tank.
New job and lots of other events took up plenty of my time.

Anyway, a morning with sunshine came, and off to a nearby mountain I went.
Don't think I got too intimate with my subject, but I got a couple close ups.
Would have been even better if I actually had found any living creatures to include to the video, but I did not even find any insect or birds.
Better luck next time.

I look forward to any feedback.


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Old November 22nd, 2010, 10:29 AM   #2
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Trond:

Viewed your film. I had thought about the ice crystals, as a nice subject in this one, but alas, we are a bit short on it here in California. Nice idea and nice job of capturing. Loved the reflecting image at the end.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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Trond,

it looks like we have a similar approach to this challenge.
You have made a fine video.
I specially appreciate the shots of the frozen water.
The last scene in tranquillity, mirroring water and some people in the golden ratio is tasteful.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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Hei Trond,
you did well in your struggling between work and finding a day with suitable weather to get some footage.

I would have liked however a establishing shoot in the start with some more wide view of the terrain surrounding the stream. Some of the cuts did have some variation in the audio, which is a bit distracting. You can use audio fade, to smooth the transition better. The details in the ice and the ending scene was very nice!
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:46 AM   #5
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Chris and Finn-Erik:
Thank you for the feedback. Good to hear you like it.

Per Johan:
Thank you. I will check into the audio differences.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:52 AM   #6
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Hi,

Well done, enjoyed watching it. It all moved along well with good narration and music.

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:50 AM   #7
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Hej Trond

nice litle film you got there... I'm not a fan of zoom shots, I think it looks better when you cut from wide to tight. I think you should get a tripod.. it will help you get some more stabile shots... some are a bit vobblie. I really like the to last shots... and the closeups on the ice...

good job

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:01 AM   #8
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Mick, thank you for the comment. Glad you like it.

Markus:
I am aware of some of the "shaky" handheld shots. At those locations, I was unable to use my tripod.
But I used the tripod for most of the shots.
Thank you for the feedback.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:12 AM   #9
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Tronde,

Ahhhh, Good subject considering the weather the north ahs been having!! I liked the crystal structures. Very nice shots of the various water bodies, nicely composed as usual.

I actually do like zoom shots as long as they maintain focus and are not to long. Straight cuts just seem a tad harsh to me at times. I think both have dramatic purpose.

The only shot I might improve would be when you pull from out of focus ice to in focus ice. I think that this kind of shot is best when you have something up front in focus and you pull to what is behind it optimizing the change in depth of field.


Very nice Tronde, as always a pleasure to spend my time watching.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 02:53 PM   #10
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Hey friend:

You have put up a solid entry here, despite all the demands on your time at present.. no small feat! I think your eye for composition has very much improved and you are incorporating a wider vocabulary of technical skills in your film making (pans, zooms, focus changes, etc.). I commend you on these points.

Most have noted that the ice crystals stand out as the prize in this film. One suggestion that comes to mind would be to have committed the entire film to the different ice-crystal patterns on the water and the play of light on the frost clinging to the grass. These were beautiful passages in your film and they complimented the intimate detail theme well. By starting with a broad topic of water and seeking where it came from made it a tough subject to portray as intimate and detailed in a 3-min time frame.

This was simply one idea that struck me after watching it several times. On the whole, it was enjoyable and easy to watch, keeping my interest to the end.

Nice to have you with us this round, Trond! Looking forward to what you come up with for UWOL 19!

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:13 PM   #11
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Dale,
Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you liked it.
I will have a look at the focusing you mentioned. Practice makes master, they say.

Catherine,
Too bad you didn't have an *out of judgement" entry. I was hoping you would make one video too.
Thank you very much for the feedback and ideas. Will probably get many more chances to film ice the next weeks. So who knows, maybe I'll make a renewed version of my film later on based on the feedback and tips I have got so far.
Oh, and I'm ready for #19 now. Bring it on! :)
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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #12
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Trond,

Any video that includes water can't be bad (-: I always enjoy a video that includes water and if the subject is water even better. I like the way you started with a closeup of the stream; it seemed to personify the stream. You have some lovely clips: the ice (especially the closeup) and the closing reflected lake are particularly nice.

I know you were under time pressure, but I would have liked to see a bit more.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 10:37 AM   #13
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Trond, always nice to see that part of the world.
I liked the shots at 00:26, 00:47 where the color pops and the camera is locked down. Also good to see some of the country and the ice starting to form. While watching it the 2nd time I had a thought, soon the hills will be covered with snow. You could find a spot and mark it, take some film of the hill without snow, and then come back over the next weeks or months and get shots of the snow filling in and blend it into a kind of timelapse to show the change.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #14
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Rich,
Thank you for the comments. Water is always facinating to film.

Bill,
That's a cool idea. I'll keep it in my mind.
Already, the location has a thin layer of snow. I might hurry up and go back to film more this weekend if time permits.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #15
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Hi Trond. I know you would have liked to find some animals to record, but I think that some of us (like me!) need to be reminded now and then that itís not all about the animals. Your video did a great job of that. Others have said that they liked the ice crystal shots, but I think my favorites were the moving water shots. I liked the way that sequence played. I also liked the beautiful shot at the end. I think I might have left it a static shot rather than pan so as not to end with movement, but I guess you could have played it backwards- start with the pan and end- and got the same effect. I hope to see another great video from you next time!
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