New Video: Kalbe (Milde)


Last weekend my travels took my east to Kalbe in Saxon Anhalt. This place felt like the end of the earth - no people, no cafes, no takeaways. 

Three supermarkets serving the apparent 8000 people that live in this sleepy village!

Anyways, i had time on my hand, so it was time to finally let me Osmo and Spark join forces to make a short video.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.


This also represents the first time i have colour-graded footage, and used Premiere Pro - it's a touch different to using iMovie ;)

Sunset selfie

Sunset selfie

So, the results of my first foray in to Premiere Pro.....

Thanks for reading! Coming soon, more behind the scenes action from the Theater Oberhausen programme shoot!

Until then...:)




So, IGTV (Instagram TV) has arrived!

Is it the future???

I've spent years complaining at people shooting video in portrait mode, because we don't watch out tvs on the side do we?

But, it's here, and maybe it's the way forward. 

Taking advantage of how we are actually used to shooting video nowadays.

Some things i've been thinking about....

As a failed youtube creator (i think i manage about 4 rubbish uploads a year), will it inspire me to create videos again and more frequently? Well, i did upload already, so maybe the answer is yes.

Will these new longer videos draw people away from viewing instastories, and therefore reduce engagement over my regular instagram account? A big advantage is that the videos can be up to ten minutes long, and don't disappear like instastories - is this a shot at youtube?

Time will tell, but i find the concept and the idea really interesting. 

Film-makers, and proper creators now have a new toy - making videos in 9:16!

Drop a comment! What do you think? Is it something we could be doing already via facebook?

Give it a few weeks and see if it sticks!!

Should anyone want to send me a present...

mmmmm... dampness

mmmmm... dampness

Well there it is! The Karma (Sutra). A new drone from GoPro, along with a new camera, the Hero5 were unvield to the public yesterday afternoon!

It flies, it folds, it looks awesome, and it may well have the guys over at DJI worrying!

Apeman is now officially looking for a review copy of this sucker! 

Aerial photography is something that i've been wanting to get in to for a while. The problem is the cost of quality equipment is somewhat prohibitive. For what i shoot, concerts and cars from time to time, such a piece of kit would open up a whole new world and put me ahead of the competition! I need something like this in my life!

Gopro....if you're listening - i have the camera ready to roll for a review!! :)



Is TV dead?

It's Monday again! But this time, it's Monday evening! 

I don't really know the reason behind it, but most of my blogging seems to take place on a Monday. Maybe after a weekend of relaxing and reading other peoples blogs, i perhaps realise that i should be updating my own, and subconsciously that lodges in my brain on Mondays to-do list!

Or maybe i'm inspired or something.

Anyway, TV is dead. Is it? I know my 30 month old LG TV is dead (the f**kers!), and the kind folks at LG want more than i paid for it to repair it (the motherf**kers!)! but that's another matter.

What i mean is, is TV as a medium for us to watch visual content starting a decline? Nearly all of us have smartphones, and most of us have tablet computers, and those of us who have neither have computers. Those with us without computers probably don't have a TV - so it doesn't matter.

But what is making me ask the question is thinking about how my own habits have changed over the last 18 months or so when it comes to watching the custard.

My TV now lives a life almost exclusively for sport. I don't really watch anything else regularly on it other than football. However, i do consume a heap of video throughout the week. 

I'm so in to youtube, and have been for a couple of years. 

I probably discover 80% of my new music via YouTube. I would guess i watch about 20 hours a week of other content that i would describe as serious content - so proper shows or tutorial type stuff - not cats falling off things.

Then there's video on demand services such as netflix, amazon prime, BBC, etc etc. I do watch stuff on these platforms, but not much, as again most of what i do like to watch is available on YouTube.

Were it not for Youtube, my shitty LG TV would probably have died after 13 months!


Challenge update!

Hi folks! 

Well, i said in my post last Monday that i wanted to try something new, and had decided to go with video.

Like i said, it seemed a little crazy not to jump on the band wagon given the fact that i have the necessary camera, lenses, lights, microphone, computer with editing software etc. I was just lacking the courage to take the plunge!

Well, i did it! 

I already posted a video here last week. Since then i've posted a video from a shoot at the weekend, and have a couple more in the pipeline already.

I have set up a new youtube channel here

Hopefully there will be plenty more videos to come, so make sure you subscribe and check back regularly to see what i've been up to!

In the mean time, i hope you all have a great week!

Thanks for reading!