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Old October 3rd, 2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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UWOL 27: How Do You Fly, Mr. Spoonbill. Steve Siegel

My entry this time is about slow motion photography, and how obtaining rapidly sequential images has changed over 120 years. But there is a question. Did I violate the rules? The UWOL rules state that no stock footage can be used in the contest. Does stock footage include very old, public domain still photos and drawings? I hope not.

The approach to the theme TIMING was to compare Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering photographic studies of moving subjects to what today's equipment is capable of. It's timing in the sense of slow motion as well as across the centuries. A documentary-like video using still photographs seemed like the best (and affordable) way to do it. I don't know if it is permitted. All the video, including the horserace, and the stills of the ducks and the egret were shot by me for UWOL.

I hope not to get disqualified, but if I do, it's a lesson learned. One rule that wasn't violated was #11, because this was a lot of fun to put together. The voice of the old narrator is me using VoxMorph voice-altering software. He sounds a whole lot better if you use headphones.


<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/75904712" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/75904712">UWOL Challenge 27, Steve Siegel: "How Do You Fly, Mr. Spoonbill?"</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user8310268">UWOL Challenge</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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Old October 3rd, 2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: UWOL 27: How Do You Fly, Mr. Spoonbill. Steve Siegel

How do you get the video to embed?
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I tried it too, the code looks right, but something isn't happening.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 09:37 AM   #4
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That's odd; it should have embedded for you.

Okay, I tried it again and it worked. Once you make it public it should be okay.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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Re: UWOL 27: How Do You Fly, Mr. Spoonbill. Steve Siegel

Hi Steve,

Very cool to see the slow motion of birds flying.
And I like the effect of using old photographs. Worked well in my opinion.
Nice to see you try something different than the "standard normal" filming.


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I was also unable to embed anything from vimeo in my thread. The code showed up, but not the film.
Weird.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 04:15 PM   #6
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Really interesting stuff Steve,
It was only recently that I read about the first motion pictures & the galloping horse etc. Fascinating stuff. I am off to the mountains again for a night or two so will have another look at your video when I am back & comment further then.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 07:19 PM   #7
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Great work Steve. The flow of the narrative was excellent as were the accompanying images. I liked the slow move to colour with the swallow.
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Old October 5th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #8
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Hi Steve,
Well I have managed to watch your film again & this time with headphones! Certainly made a difference to the audio quality, but I still felt the filter needs some work. I like the way it panned from side to side & faded in and out a little, mimicking old time audio, it's just that it sounded a little off to me. Maybe it is my system, but I will try to watch it on another computer to make sure it's not this one.
I have to say, your footage of the birds in slow motion is awesome! You really have the combination of frame rate to shutter speed dialled in perfectly! So that was all filmed at 720 60p? If so, it was beautifully sharp!
I also loved the story you told of the evolution of slow motion filming & where we're headed in the not too distant future!
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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #9
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Steve,

I thought it was a clever use of the theme, and was, as always, a pleasure to watch.

I didn't find the audio VO off-putting, although, as Bryce said, maybe a different filter would have given a better result - but that`s nit picking!

I like a good historical yarn, and your last films have provided that - I also liked the use of old footage/stills to tell the story from the narrator's point of view.

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Old October 5th, 2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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Thanks Paul,
Your comments reminded me to go back again & look at Steve's film. Watching it on a different system I think it sounds better than what it did when I watched it the first couple of times. I have to say though, I am not convinced that filter has done justice to the lovely voice you have for narration. Your voice is truly mesmerizing, & a joy to listen to. The dialogue is brilliant & very informative and captivating. Your use of all the historical footage was brilliant & really helped tell your story.
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Steve that was interesting. As mentioned the slow motoin was really nice. I don't really have a problem with the VO and it's not something I've ever tried. Anyway good job.

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Old October 7th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #12
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Your film is wonderful. It has an original and creative take on the theme and I found your story really fascinating. Your images of birds flying are quite stunning and in my opinion technically amazing – probably one of the hardest things to achieve in bird videography. I would really love to know what scope and camera you used for this.

I found the beginning of your story very difficult to follow with flickering pictures and muffled sound. I had to play your video about five times before I could understand what you were saying as the old man. I tried with earphones on different computers and nothing improved. Once I got the story I thought it was fantastic.

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Old October 7th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #13
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Steve, I like your film and it doesn't bother me that you're using stills.
You have a great history and I seccond Marj, I think it's an original take on the theme, nice work.
Audio is OK by me and suited the film.
Great to see those birds in slow motion.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #14
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Marj,

Sorry about the audio. The consumer-quality voice modifier I use can't do any better. I would love to find a better product, but haven't seen one. These are mostly intended to be used in games, or to fool your friends on the phone (or a wayward spouse!, or if you are the wayward spouse!!). Quality is not one of their concerns. It is cheaper, however, than hiring a voice-over guy.

I am just using my Sony PMW EX3 with a Nikon 70-400 zoom mounted with a Mike Tapas adapter ring. The tripod head is a very old Manfrotto 516. Of course, since the shot is slowed down, you don't need very much good following to get useable footage. It is very hard. I wish I could afford a Miller or Vinten head, and had the back muscles to carry one.
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Old October 11th, 2013, 11:10 AM   #15
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Re: UWOL 27: How Do You Fly, Mr. Spoonbill. Steve Siegel

Thanks for your reply Steve. I thought you had used a scope to follow those birds, but yes, I suppose you only need to follow a short time to get enough footage. Really well done.
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