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Old May 22nd, 2007, 09:34 AM   #1
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UWOL #3 "Trekking the Wild Appalachians" by Rick Phillips

Greetings fellow challengers. I started out to make a film mostly about wildflowers, but we had a very unusual spring here and the chrononlogy of the blooming of many flowers were either late or earlier than usual. I did so much walking trying to find some of the species I wanted to film that it eventually became more of a film about walking in the wild. I was determined not to put too many birds in this entry, as I pretty much filled both previous efforts with them. So, only one short clip of a Common Yellowthroat Warbler which happened to be scolding from overhead while I was filming Golden Ragwort by the stream. Hope you enjoy the scenery (including me with dirt all over my pants from kneeling on one knee!).

cameras: Canon Optura 200MC minidv and Sony TRV730 digital eight

shot on Roan Mountain and the Unaka Mountain Wilderness area in northeast Tennessee

link to film: http://www.uwolchallenge.com/challen...palachians.mpg

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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Great job Rick. Reminds me of how much I miss that part of the country. I really enjoyed your choice of music also.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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Hi Rick:

I like it. Great photography both stills and film with good music. Add yours to the stack of beautifully made films.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 12:27 PM   #4
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Some great scenery you've captured on tape, Rick.
Very nice put together and I think the music was great, too.
The orchid at the end was stunning.
Maybe some more of clips where you are walking towards the camera?
Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 01:03 PM   #5
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I instantly recognized Roan Mountain- that is a beautiful spot! I hiked there and did lots of photography years ago when I lived in the mountains outside Johnson City. In all my years of hiking there, though, I never saw the yellow ladyslipper orchid- great shots of that. I liked the feeling of the film combining the hike with what you saw- very immersive.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 01:13 PM   #6
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Looks like a stunning environment, nice film that really made me feel I was going for the trek myself, well if I could walk at the moment of course! Some nice shots, especially considering the cameras used although some of the editing seemed a bit 'piled up' in places and maybe could have done some more levels of detail. I'd have liked the walker to look like he meant business too, he wasn't really dressed for it and that pulled on the 'wild factor' for me a little.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 01:20 PM   #7
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Geir, you are correct. I think editing is my real weak spot right now and I need to spend more time with that. My problem is I'm always wanting to get back out in the wild to film more stuff.

Ruth. Small world isn't it? I'm not surprised you did not see the Yellow Lady's Slipper. They are around, but they are probably hundreds of times more rare than the more familiar Pink Lady's Slipper. What a twist. A friend actually found and told me about the Yellow (which I thought when I started the project I would have zero chance of finding). After filming that I thought I could easily find the more common Pink and put that off until the last day. I walked my legs off (Mat Thompson style, minus the blister!) and never did find a Pink in bloom. I hope to get back up there in June to film the Catawba Rhododendron in bloom during the Rhododendron Festival.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 05:58 PM   #8
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Beautiful work, Rick. Great vista's, made me wish I was there with you. While I grew up neat the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, I've spent the last 31 years and half of my 20 yr air force career in relatively flat central west Texas.

So mountains grab me.

Technique and all looks great. This is not a criticism but those scenic vista's cry for widescreen. Gosh they were beautiful!
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 06:36 PM   #9
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You have some great scenery there!
I love hiking myself.
Your video is a very nice one.
The only thing I would like to see more of, is what has been mentioned by others... more of the person walking towards the camera instead of mostly away from it.

Well done!
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Nice look at the area and some beautiful scenery and points of interest. I was a bit put off by the repeating rear view of the walker too.... Maybe add extreme close ups of eyes, or boots, or whatever for variety. Cool film...
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 02:57 AM   #11
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Rich,
second what have been said already about your film.
Very clean and sharp footage, some more movements in your footage will enhance the overall impression.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 12:01 PM   #12
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great footage of a really varied environment, that's an amazing place and you've bought it out really well. If I'd have to give one piece of feedback, it'd be to vary the shots of you walking - they're all very much the same angle with you heading towards or away from the camera - you could try to vary this by getting some close ups of your boots over terrain, or long shots having you appear over low ground bringing in some ground haze as well. Maybe even a shot or two of you sat facing into the wildeness with the camera looking over your shoulder.

Good luck!! ;-)
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 12:37 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I actually remember thinking at one point during the editing process that I needed more variety in the shots of me walking toward the camera or varying the angle or just a close-up of my boots or something, but obviously failed to implement this in the final product. I'm learning more all the time from your comments and by watching how others do it. Looking forward to the next one.

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 10:16 PM   #14
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Beautiful stuff Rick!

I love the golden flowers next to the stream/river. A bunch of these just sprouted up next to a creek that runs through my back yard!

Wonderful stuff, keep it up!

Say, would you happen to know much about flowers? I took a picture of one a year or so ago that I have never seen before. It looked like something out of a movie... Think you could help?

I loved the music too!
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Old May 24th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #15
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okay now I have to get out backpacking thanks to you :). My favorite shots are the ones of the folks off in the distace hiking. The area reminds me a lot of Nevada where I do most of my backpacking.

I liked the shots of the hiker walking away from the camera and how we couldn't see who it was, it lent to a feeling of mystery.

Thank you for the piece.


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