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October 13, 2013in Video

GoPro Hero3 Test @ Eiger Studios

This live production rehearsal footage was recorded in Vox Warehouse, Leeds, 12.10.13. The session's aim was to test acoustics and camera performance of the GoPro Hero3. As such, this clip was shot primarily on a handheld GoPro capturing at a rate of 100fps and playing out at 25fps via interpretation in Adobe Premiere. It also features one or two cuts from a static Canon 7D (with a prime EF 35mm f/1.4L lens) that was tripod mounted directly in front of the stage.

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October 6, 2013in Video

LeedsLapse Part II: City Flythrough

This video is the experimental result of a GoPro Hero3 recording test. After purchasing a memory card from a shop in the centre of Leeds, I held the camera loosely in one hand and took a walk through the city. The footage was sped up by 2500% and output through a Stabiliser process; which tries to smooth out the motion between video frames. Usually this effect is masked or cropped, but I thought that it was quite fun to see how the computer can cleverly pick out features in a scene and make adjustments to line everything up. View project
September 15, 2013in Video

Fire Poi: 1000° Degree Molten Steel!

This method involves creating "fire poi" - a little cage, suspended on a rope, which holds combustible material that is emitted when spun around at high speed. The fuel for this reaction is steel wool - a processed fibrous metal which burns at temperatures in excess of 1,000°C. As such, it's not an experiment for the foolhardy or fainthearted but is reasonably safe if you take the appropriate precautions.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Australian Pink Floyd (Shine On You Crazy Diamond)

The Australian Pink Floyd are a tribute band formed in 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia. Their live shows attempt to recreate the look, feel, and sound of Pink Floyd's later world tours. This clip is an excerpt from their performance of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" at Jodrell Bank on Saturday 6th July 2013.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Northern Rail At Dusk: Sunset Over Leeds Railway Station

Whilst the main reason for visiting this location was to capture still images of a city horizon at sunset, the opportunity to shoot a bit of video footage (and play with lens flare) was just too good to miss. This piece is another test of the Manfrotto 701HDV video tripod head...I'm still mastering the skill but loving the learning process! In terms of camera hardware, the sequence was originally shot at 25fps / 1280p on a Canon 7D through a Sigma f2.8 lens at 17-70mm.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Holbeck Viaduct (Leeds, UK)

This is the view from atop a forgotten railway viaduct which is some 1500 yards long and leaps across the local urban landscape with an impressive total of 85 arches. The route, originally built and operated by the London & North Western railway company, ferried goods and passengers northwards out of the capital from King's Cross. It gave journeying Londoners their very first views of Leeds as they passed into the city. The skyline has changed somewhat over the past century, but the viaduct remains!

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September 15, 2013in Video

LeedsLapse: three months in two minutes

Hence this experimental video is a lazy (but creative) attempt at mashing several thousand individual images into a quick-fire montage, to give you a flavour of Leeds in recent months. Technical detail: this sequence was shot on a Canon 7D using various lenses (mostly a a prime EF 35mm f/1.4L USM). About six or seven seperate sessions worth of photography were imported into Adobe After Effects as consecutive 'multiple file sequences', interpreted at a framerate of 25fps. Post production cuts and soundtrack edits were produced with Adobe Premiere, and have been time-remapped at various parts of the sequence in order to match up better with the music.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Swisslapse

This video compresses about 1,400 photographs into a two minute clip. The images were taken over the course of five days during a holiday with my friends to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, Europe. It's virtually impossible for me to invididually Photoshop this amount of material along with my other commitments, so the timelapse technique forms quite a fun and expedient way of sharing results en masse!

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September 15, 2013in Video

Outdoor Orchestra in Bradford! Carmina Burana (Skipton Camerata)

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936. Here you see it performed by local musicians for the people of Bradford, as part of a series of events which are being held in Park Square at the heart of the city. Sporadic showers of rain and thunder failed to deter folks from attending, and merely added to the day's magical atmosphere as the sun went down and the Carmina reached its climax. The symphony was played by Bradford Catholic Youth Choir & Skipton Camerata; conducted by Thomas Leech.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Bird Flight in Reverse

This trippy edit was created as one of my ongoing experiments in learning the art of capturing life in slow motion. Backwards bird flight looks cool!

The video was shot with a Canon 7D at 50fps using a prime EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens. It has been digitally slowed up to 250% of its realtime playback speed, thanks to Adobe After Effects Suite (and the industry-standard slo-mo "Twixtor" plugin). The post production cut and soundtrack edit was produced using Adobe Premiere.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Pete The Temp: Rat Race (Pied Piper's Calling)

Pete The Temp (BA, MA, PhD, PDF) is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator. His act combines high octane spoken word with musical comedy and audience participation. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and has worked on projects with the British Council and the British Library. He's also gone to the Edinburgh and Brighton fringe festivals, The Oxford Literary Festival and the Bristol Poetry Festival." - http://www.petethetemp.co.uk

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September 15, 2013in Video

Mill Fire in Keighley

The footage in this clip depicts one of numerous arson attacks or accidental fires which have hit the beautiful but decaying Dalton Mills, in Keighley. At the time it was built, the surrounding town was one of the busiest and wealthiest in Yorkshire. All of the new buildings were ornate and worthy of a town of such riches and prestige, reflecting the strong sense of civic pride that had developed in the area. Today much of Dalton Mills lies in a decrepit but breathtaking state and still retains a sense of sad majesty as the structure begins to fall apart in old age.

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September 15, 2013in Video

British Sea Power: Live

British Sea Power are an indie rock band based in Brighton, England. The wide-ranging nature of their material has led critics to liken their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure and Joy Division to the Pixies and Arcade Fire.

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September 15, 2013in Video

Kendal Calling 2013: Glow Stage

*FOOTAGE SHOT AT KENDAL CALLING FESTIVAL / GLOW STAGE, SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2013*

This video mix from the 2013 Glow Stage features a soundtrack by The Mouse Outfit (who performed in Chai Wallahs at Kendal this year) - you can find the full track online here: https://soundcloud.com/themouseoutfit/kickstart_feat_fox

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September 15, 2013in Video

Jodrell Bank Live: Transmission 2013

Live from Jodrell Bank: The Transmissions, are a series of one day shows taking place on an outdoor stage in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope at The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Featuring a diverse array of internationally renowned musical artists with projections on the 76 metre high Lovell Telescope, it's a show like no other...

http://www.livefromjodrellbank.com

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September 15, 2013in Video

Hallé Orchestra: Independence Day

The Hallé ranks among the UK's top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes; and a visionary commitment to building audiences and developing orchestral repertoire.

livefromjodrellbank.com
halle.co.uk

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September 15, 2013in Video

"Doctor Who" theme, live @ Jodrell Bank

(Footage recorded Saturday 31st July, 2013. Shot on Canon 7D at 1080p and 25fps, using a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM prime lens.)

After the Hallé had brought the evening to a crescendo with the likes of Star Wars and Sibelius, they played the crowd out with this fantastic sci-fi themed piece from BBC's Doctor Who...
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January 1, 2012in Video

Kendal Calling!

Held in the pictursque rural surrounds of Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District, this quiet patch of countryside is annually transformed into a seething mass of some 8000 people over the course of three days for the "Kendal Calling" festival. This year, the crowd's energy really peaked during the evening performance of headline act Chase & Status. Clear blue skies gave way to a magnificent sunset as daylight quickly receded into an electric storm of lighting and video effects.

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December 3, 2011in Video

Raise The Roof: 2011

This event, organised annually by Roxanne Yeganegy, is billed as a festival of imagination which never fails to raise the roof of central Leeds. The West Indian Centre played host to this year's gathering, which featured acts including the Dub Pistols, Utah Saints and Slamboree. I was contracted to shoot and edit this official video clip on behalf of the promoter.

Thanks go out to all who attended, both to the acts who provided high-octane tunes and to the audience who were jumping to them! View project

December 2, 2011in Video

Slamboree - Prokofiev Remix

This video depicts Slamboree, a self styled "Neo-Balkan Rave Circus". I've filmed them at a couple of locations (including the festival 'Kendal Calling') and their performance is always dynamic, energetic and highly entertaining.

The track featured in this video samples classical composer Prokofiev's "Dance of the Knights", integrating some up-tempo drum and bass with awesome results. Slamboree's fire-eating dancers join the musicians on stage for this number, which temporarily steals the show for rather obvious reasons. View project

December 2, 2011in Video

Sneaky Experience: Dawn of The Dead

Here's a video created by Tweak Media to promote a new sensation known as Secret Cinema, a themed concept born in the south of England which is now making its way up north! This particular brand is known as "Sneaky Experience", and the Halloween event in Leeds went down a scream. Hordes of zombies, recruited from various social media sites or word-of-mouth, gathered in City Square and marched onward to a secret venue. View project
December 2, 2011in Video

Michael Jackson Thriller Dance

Filmed at a Halloween 2011 event which flooded the streets of central Leeds with an army of zombies, who groaned and shuffled their way to this secret venue with terrifying style. The footage seen here shows a surprise live performance of Thriller, which shocked the undead from their slumber with an energy that only the Jackson classic can achieve.

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December 2, 2011in Video

Views of London

Here's a small video snapshot of central London as it appeared on February 26th, 2011. The locations shown in this clip include Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, the London Eye and Westminster Palace. Temperatures plummeted and it became a bitingly cold evening, but a picturesque sunset, good company and interesting locale made braving the freezing winds well worthwhile.

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December 2, 2011in Video

White Lightning: Video Slideshow

During my stay in New Mexico I was treated to the lightning storm display of my life. There has been a particularly active monsoon season this year, and the results are nothing short of breathtaking. The sunshine scorches the land during the daytime, evaporating huge quantities of water from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans then driving it over the mountain ranges of South America. View project
December 2, 2011in Video

The Enchanted Forest

Some places are worth visiting again and again. Middleton Woods (situated above the Yorkshire town of Ilkley) is one of them, particularly at the height of the bluebell season when the ground between the trees is carpeted with flowers in full bloom and the air is sweet with their perfume. This video clip depicts the annual proliferation of bluebell flowers, an event which occurs here during the months of April and May. View project

December 2, 2011in Video

Lindisfarne: Coast of The Holy Island

Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the north-east coast of England. It is a rather magical place; composed of stern crags, lush meadows and sprawling beaches. The rising and falling of the ocean tides mean that the island is sealed off from the mainland in the evening, so all of the tourists have to evacuate the area before the rolling waves cover the causeway. We stayed on the island overnight and got to experience the serenity that ensues in the evenings.

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December 2, 2011in Video

Leeds Funfair

Here's a brief motion picture glimpse into the bright lights and twirling rides of the Leeds Valentine Funfair 2011. The vast majority of the music pumping out of the sound systems in these places seems to be stuck in a timewarp from the mid nineties...so an appropriately piano synth-driven pop number from 1994 was selected for the video soundtrack!

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December 1, 2011in Video

Remembrance Sunday in Keighley

This video was filmed for Keighley Shared Church to document the events of Remembrance Sunday, which annually commemorates the of the end of hostilities in the First World War (but has also come to be representative of other conflicts, both past and present day). Marked by symbolic poppies, which famously grew in the no-man's-land of Flanders Fields in Normandy, people gather together in quiet contemplation of the debt to which we owe the soldiers who gave their lives.

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December 1, 2011in Video

Maxïmo Park at Bingley Music Live

I had a lot of fun roaming around the Bingley festival ground and finding creative vantage points from which to shoot video of these guys. The crowd were certainly loving it and everyone was energised by the last song of the set, a popular track called "Apply Some Pressure" which can be heard in this clip!

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December 1, 2011in Video

Murmurs In The Sky

From November through to February, dark clouds begin to form in the skies over the United Kingdom. But far from being foreboding, they are one of the country's most amazing wildlife spectacles. In the depths of winter, millions of European Starlings take to the air in an elegant ballet; a multitude of small birds which create beautiful shimmering ripples akin to a weightless shoal of fish in the atmosphere overhead. View project

December 1, 2011in Video

Beaverfest: The 4am Session

This video depicts a bunch of talented performers (and grooving crowds) living it large at Beaverfest! Situated in an old Victorian industrial building which once manufactured beds, the so-called "Beaver Works" in downtown Leeds was the venue for this night of live bands, circus acts and DJs hosted by Mike Freear & Slamboree. There was a great atmosphere and loads of energy, with the party continuing into the small hours.

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December 1, 2011in Video

Worth Valley Steam Railway

Built in 1867, this heritage line is among a small number of remaining steam locomotive railways in England, and the only one that operates a whole branch line in its original form. Situated amid beautiful green scenery in Yorkshire's Worth Valley, the route was closed in 1962 but resurrected by a team of volunteers in 1968. Thanks to the grit and determination of the locals who worked so hard to rescue the route, this small slice of transport history has been well preserved for current and future generations to enjoy.

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December 1, 2011in Video

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been a firm fixture of this quiet Yorkshire countryside town for 46 years now. Once a year, over 90 teams exert a great deal of effort into designing and decorating beds, which are first paraded and then raced through the town in a madcap dash which culminates in crossing the River Nidd to reach the finish line. It is institutional British eccentricity at its very finest, and a thoroughly fun event to attend.

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December 1, 2011in Video

Slow-Motion Fireworks

This montage of kaleidoscopic colours was filmed from the rooftop of a friend's house in Islington, London. The plethora of fireworks which are part of the annual bonfire night celebrations always fill the capital's skies with sulphorous fog and vivid colours.

I took the opportunity to shoot some video at 50fps which was used to create slow motion footage showing the vivid explosions unfolding at a quarter of their usual speed.

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December 1, 2011in Video

Kingdom of The Clouds

I recently journeyed to New Mexico for a brief holiday amid the epic southern wilderness of the United States. The Canon 7D was in my hand luggage so I used the opportunity to document a fine sunset and some magnificent cotton-wool clouds that occurred in the skies whilst en route. If you manage to catch a late afternoon flight which is bearing at high altitude in an westerly direction, passengers with window seats can enjoy the experience of an expanded sunset which lasts for hours. View project

December 1, 2011in Video

Cow & Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor

I took a Saturday stroll up to the Cow and Calf rocks above Ilkley and shot a few video clips of the area. Situated on the fringe of a large expanse of moorland, the rocky outcrop at the top of the valley was quarried extensively in Victorian times and the crags have become a popular spot for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts in recent years. Hangingstones Quarry, seen at the beginning of the video, is a fascinating place with rocks that tell a story across millennia. View project
December 1, 2011in Video

Raising The Otley Easter Cross

This short video depicts the townfolk of Otley raising a cross above Wharfedale to celebrate the coming of Easter. It takes the combined efforts of around fifty volunteers to set the cross in place, assembling it atop the ridge of Surprise View before being hoisted it upward, first by hand and then by rope. Whether you're religious or not, there's a wonderful sense of community spirit at events like this one when everyone gets together to commemorate a symbol of hope and celebrate the arrival of summer.

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December 1, 2011in Video

The Long Photograph

This is another experiment playing around with Flickr's definition of its one-and-a-half minute video facility as being for "long photos"! Usually the idea with timelapse is to choose a scene with lots of motion, but I thought I'd try going against the curve on this particular afternoon and shoot a static landscape scene at dusk to focus on the stillness of the distant valley and see how the light changed. What you see in this one and a half minute clip translates to around three hours in real time. View project

December 1, 2011in Video

God Cloud: After The Storm

This month has held some turbulent weather for Yorkshire, generating a series of wonderfully noisy thunder storms. There was an especially violent one on Thursday night, which saw blue skies quickly turn to a brief maelstrom of hail and lightning. Shortly after the storm passed over, with its thunder still to be heard rolling away in the distance, a gap in the cloud layer opened up to allow a few magnificent beams of sunlight through a narrow keyhole. This phenomenon is often known in the photography trade as a "God Cloud", and it's easy to see why. View project