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Old May 22nd, 2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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Well,

In the wild everything has its own beauty, Hence the title. Here in the prairies it can be a challenge to make things look as wonderful and dramatic as they actually appear.

I hope you enjoy, and I am open for any constructive criticism and ideas to have made it better.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 12:24 PM   #2
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Dale, the northern prairies are truely a magnificent wilderness and I really envy all the opportunities you have for filming wildlife there. I am used to hearing the Eastern Meadowlark, but I believe I can hear the beautiful musical call of the Western version in your film, along with the Red-winged Blackbird that makes a flyby. The Redheads are just stunning ducks. We get a few every spring for a few weeks in the same area where I film Buffleheads and my jaw just drops every year when I see them for the first time. Glad you got the XL2 back and running for this challenge. Good work.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 04:39 PM   #3
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I enjoyd your film Dale.
Great with the sounds of birds in it. The first one, what kind of bird is it?
It sounds like a turkey, but they are a little bit bigger I think :)
I can see a little bit shaking picture at sometimes. Tripod?
All in all a great film.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 02:13 AM   #4
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Wow, that prairies is flat! The music put me in a nice mood and substantiated the footage in a nice way. There was some hard cuts in the edit and more use of a tripod has been mentioned.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:15 PM   #5
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Green not white but green...I enjoyed the flow of the film the music moved right along with it. Shows me that it is summer out there in southern Canada.

Enjoyable.....Brian
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 02:43 PM   #6
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Dale, you managed to show the beautiness of your area!
I like your video. You captured those birds very well.
Did you shoot some of it handheld? (the camera shaking wasn't that bad, but noticable)

Great job!
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:20 PM   #7
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Dale:

Nicely done. So wide open! It gives one a sense of tranquility and, well beauty as per your title. I love the ending. The owls are a beautiful shot. Thanks for the entry.

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:24 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the commentaries.

As some know I fell and broke my xl and my tripod!!!! got the camera back in time.
However I did not have an adequate tripod to work with at all!!!! Yes I did use one but it had to be kept so loose to make any movement I got the shake!!!! You all problably think I have parkenson's disease.

I by shear luck/blessing did come across an old miller for a song, but not in time to reshoot. Can't wait for July!!!


geir, the first bird filmed is a Sharp Tailed grouse. They are quite larger than a red grouse. The cock sharp tails weigh in at 36 ounces to 44 ounces. I believe that is about the size of a grey hen of the black grouse.

They are my favorite of all upland birds and are the major reason I moved to the prairies.
Of course I love all waterfowl too.

I was going to do a naration but for some reason i couldn't get my computer recording cleanly, Should have got started on that sooner!!

competition is getting steeper!! I can usually pick four of the top real quick and can select top dog easily. this time I have 6 and not so easy to pick my top dog!!!
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Old May 24th, 2007, 11:44 AM   #9
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I like the diversity of all the birds, but think I enjoyed the grouse most- great footage, and nice sounds of their calls to go with it. It makes me want to get down to that area with my video camera!

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Old May 24th, 2007, 12:15 PM   #10
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Nice job Dale! I am glad you kept the Owl's in there. :D

It looks really flat and wendy there... Somewhat reminds me of Texas..

IMO, I would maybe cut the audio out of the tracks in part of it, and ad on some bird sounds from the internet. That way you have a cleaner sounding video.. It was just a thought.

The brown duck(?) going under the water was awesome! I never knew they could do that, and I spent plenty of time with them for my first UWOL entry if you remember "Duck, the Snow Falleth". ;)

Nice stuff, it was rather enjoyable.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 10:50 AM   #11
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This is some good stuff. As you mentioned you are using a broken tripod so no comment there. The audio is what I think I would work on. I beleive you said you have Audition. I would work on taking out some wind noise with the Sharp Tailed Grouse shots. On the shot of the shore bird it sounds like some handling noise that I would remove. Over all I thing this is your best piece yet. Well done.

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