Japan Year Zero
Japan Year Zero video
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Some of the stuff in this video:

A day trip to Kamakura, a Shinjuku Festival, my first onsen visit , a shrine at New Year, Yoyogi Park on Sunday afternoon, Mount Zao Region and Matsushima Bay.


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This video was haphazardly shot with an old analogue video camera during my first 12 months in Japan. From there it was haphazardly transferred to digital. From there it was haphazardly transferred to my computer. At that point I carefully edited the whole mess in Final Cut.
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  Thailand 2000
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This away-from-home video contains:

A noodle breakfast(!), a tuk tuk ride, up to Ayuthaya, Khao Yai National Park and then waiting for a ferry at Ban Phe.

Next: Ko Samet island, Bangkok, the incredible Grand Palace, Lopburi (a monkey town) and Kanchanabury.

Finally: the unbelievable Erawan Nation Park, Kanchanaburi, Phra Pathom Chedi, Hua Hin and a delightful conclusion.


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This was the first video I ever edited. As you can imagine, there are many things I would do differently now. Still, we live and learn. And then we die.

The original was shot digital and looks very very nice. All the music, except the Schools Out song at the start, is Thai. The countless hours I spent searching for the right music for the right moment cannot, strangely enough, be counted. Thai music has a wonderful gentleness to it. The second thing I love is Shoko (my girl friend, or, in the legal parlance, wife)! Those were happy times.
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  Japan: About 2000
Japan: About 2000 video
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In this video :

The island of Hatchijojima, Mount Fuji Region, Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park madness, a ride to Odaiba, Inokashira Park, home life, Hakkone, my local Shrine in Suginami, and some crazy Nikko National Park stuff.


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You have to check out the chapters featuring the great music of Shoukichi Kina & the Champroose. This guy has to be the Alex Harvey of Okinawa!

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This UK travel video includes such colourful places as Leeds, Lotherton Hall, Leeds City Varieties, York, Temple Newsam, Roundhay Park, Blackpool, The Lake District, Ilkley Moor and London.

 
 
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This Mexico travel video includes: Teotihuacan, Isla Mujeres in the Yucatán area, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cobá.

 

This soundtrack—unlike the others and for mysterious reasons—is not autochthonous and includes:

Santana (Mexico)
Lucero (Mexico)
Pedro Guerra (Spain)

Indigenous (Chiapas, Mexico)
Vangelis (Greece)

 

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There are certain terrible times in life when some might turn to poetry, to writing sad songs, to alcohol or even to work. I seem to be editing old videos. Whether it's therapy or madness, only my psychiatrist can tell.
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  Golden Week 2002 23 minutes of golden memories
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This video contains: typical tourist things in Montreal and Quebec City as well as family and friends stuff. A lunatic drive up the north shore of the Saint Lawrence. A beach in New Brunswick. A tour of beautiful Prince Edward Island. And then back to Quebec with more friends and a question about zooming-in. All
in all, it's another of my holiday vids!


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There are two problems with this video. First, as usual when I am on holiday, shooting video is always an afterthought, so the quality of the footage is bad and the quantity limited. This makes editing hard, since of course we want some kind of narrative sequence. Second, the little Canon camera was on its last legs here and lots of video exploded into pixels and could not be used. Still, it's worth a quick gander.
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Golden Week 2002 23 minutes of golden memories video
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A video containing:
Goshiki Numa camping and a wild hike in the snow up Mount Bandai, a weird fishing platform, the lovely shrine at yudonosan, a nice though chilly hill top camp, Shoko's mystery birthday, a golden photo opportunity (or two) at towada-ko, the rustic (dilapidated) and charming nyuto onsen, tousiti onsen, a look at paradise Japanese style: jodogahama, and a waste of time in ojika peninsula. Oh, and a water slide finale.line

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Locations include: Lisbon, up the atlantic coast and off the beaten track. Evora, Algarve and Sintra. Of course, all the music is Portuguese.

 

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I'm now divorced with the girl in this video. So it was a very strange and troubling experience trying to edit this. Stranger still is how happy memories have now become sad memories.
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This Italian travel video starts south of Rome and covers some of the usual places as well as some less usual. I hope that's nonchalant enough. The soundtrack includes:

PFM
Il Rovescio Della Medaglia
New Trolls
Osanna

  sony
japan weekend
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Another video offering a selective view of life in Japan. In this one, various nameless people potter about in various unknown places doing a variety of leisurely activities. You will see: a ramshackle onsen (hot spring), a would-be divorcee having an adventure, total relaxation Japanese style during cherry-blossom season, a delightful river scene, peaceful fishing, an ultra expensive cafe with no cappuccino machine, a log cabin type activity, a death defying swim, and seeking the meaning of life in silence. All this in less than eight minutes? Watch and see.

 
 
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An Indonesian video containing: a couple of days relaxing in Bali; and a couple of weeks enjoying the Holiday Resort Hotel near Sengigi and exploring the rest of Lombok.

 

This was the first time I used our new high definition camera on holiday. It's the Sony HDR-HC1.

 

I was in the early stages of a long convalescence and rather unstable on my feet. In fact, when I first went on the beach in Bali and looked at the waves I thought the whole world was turning upside down! Since HD video has a reputation for exaggerating camera-shake, this video can be considered an extreme test because of the very wobbly cameraman.

 

Oh, and the usual caveats about not bothering to use the camera when when interesting things were happening (bridges washed away in floods, driving through rivers, pot-holes large enough to swallow the entire jeep (no exaggeration), dirt roads through the jungle that forced us to drive at 10km and hour and go on forever etc etc); and religiously using it when nothing interesting was going on. line

 
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Autumn comes late in Nara: end of November early December. I took my bike and camped in the old palace grounds. The nights were cold, well below zero centigrade.

 

This short travel video includes: Kasuga Taisha, Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine; Nara Park; Kofukuji Temple; Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest; Horyuji Temple; and Yamanobe-no-Michi, the oldest road in Japan.

 
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This vacation video will take you to: Chryssafa, near Sparta; mysterious Mystras; Kalamata; marvelous Monemvasia; Nafplio; Acadia; Olympia; Vikos-Aoos National Park; the Sithonia penisula; miraculous Meteora; Delphi and many other places.

This holiday video does not include: my daughter only picking a single bunch of grapes and then running away screaming in fear of wasps; me always swimming naked like some ancient hippy; every meal dripping with olive oil; lazy local bureaucrats and unchristian priests who prevented Yumée and Sota from getting married because the 100 pages of official documents they had from the Greek embassy in Montreal were insufficient and inadequate; my natural wit and modesty.

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This was basically a test of my Canon 5dmkii as a video camera. It is awful to use. Even seeing what's on the lcd screen is a challenge. So I pretty much gave up. As a result I only shot about 30 minutes of video. Back home, I was impressed by the clarity of the video, and also the wide angle shots I could take; so I put together this quick edit which includes still photos.

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  Golden Week 2002 23 minutes of golden memories

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This is my second and final attempt to use the Canon 5d mkii for video. If you are willing to carry a tripod around and set it up for every shot (which I am not) and plug in an external mic for every shot (which I did) then the 5d is great. Otherwise you should use something else. This video also includes footage from and ipod touch! This should give you an even better idea of how inconvenient the 5D mkii is.
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This is my first video using the Sony CX550. It was a short one week new year holiday and so is limited to Seoul and Busan (Pusan).

Update

The camera was crap and soon returned. The editing was also crap. Reedited in 2016 correcting camera and editing issues. Final result is worth a quick look.

 

 

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This was shot with the Sony CX550. Six months after buying it, I managed to get a complete refund. Obviously not happy with the results. Still, this was an interesting (and very tough) camping/bike trip in Kyushu and the final video is worth a quick look.
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This was shot with my new Canon HF G10 which replaced the Sony CX550 (see golden week 2011 notes). Another biking and camping holiday. Pretty fun holiday and pretty good video, if I may say so myself.

 

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Yes, Hong Kong is suprisingly a fantastic place for hiking and camping.
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This is another "Golden Week" bicycle camping tour. Biwako is Japan's largest lake and not bad for a spot of bike camping. The hurly burly of Kyoto followed by the more peaceful Nara and areas to the south.

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  takao mountain

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This is a quick four minute video showing the very popular Mount Takao.

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This is a quick two minute video showing the popular Mount Mitake.

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This video features the well known "alphabet road" from Nikko up into the national park and lake Chuzen-ji. It's August, during the busy Obon holiday week. However, as you will see, you don't need to venture far to completely escape the crowds.

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Check out some of the amazing places that most tourists can hardly imainge are part of the great and wonderful Hong Kong.

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An iPhone video. A rainy autumn walk around Chuzenjuko in Nikko National Park.

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This is NOT one of the best videos on this site; however, it is interesting for those curious about Nara.
In the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima power plant exploding in 2011, I—like many other—fled Tokyo. I spent a cold week in Nara, camping and pretending to be on holiday.line
 

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Cherry blossoms as n
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If this is a holiday, imagine what my normal life is like!

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Bicycle touring—another epic video!

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