One of the things I’m most excited about doing in 2017 is learning how to use video more.  There’s such a massive potential now with so many really portable high quality video cameras on the market, as well as the fact that Fujifilm have well and truly nailed video in their new cameras.

Of course this means learning a whole host of new skills, from shooting video and capturing good audio, to editing the footage and cutting music in.  Then there are screen recordings, time lapses, there’s just a lot to learn and it’s going to take a long time till I’ll feel remotely competent.

However, we’ve got to start somewhere so here’s my first attempt to put together a video, showing how the star image The Shoulder of Giants was created.  The location next to the ocean was incredibly loud and I didn’t have a directional microphone at the time, so the audio on location is pretty poor….apologies for that.  I’ve got a lightweight Røde microphone now, so hopefully the next video will be better.  It’s a learning process, but at the same time it’s a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to doing more.

The image itself was captured a couple of weeks ago when my friend Nuno and I decided to make the most of the clear skies we’re having and the fact that the moon set before the sun did and attempt to capture the milky way from the west coast of Portugal.  My main intention was to try and capture it as a time-lapse, but that didn’t work out due to the milky way rising a little too far to the west to be able to capture it from this beach as well as we’d hoped.