Fade To Black aka Blanket of Night

Another timelapse from Thanksgiving Day, this time of the sunset. I was pleasantly surprised how this turned out given a cloudless sky doesn’t always make for the most appealing textural video.

Shot with GoPro Hero 3+ Thanksgiving evening 2016 (Watch for the horse!). Processed in GoPro Studio with fresh music by me from an iPad app called Pattern Music. I haven’t used it very often and I liked the variation in the instrument choices it provides and got a nice moody effect from it. It’s set up with a grid system so I was really expecting a more rigid musical result and it fell into place nicely in the middle.

I’ve mentioned before an ambivalent view of GoPro Studio. I don’t like that you have to convert everything when you bring it in, so the app can feel snappy during the editing function. That’s a good idea, but the best workflow is to ingest your video and very quickly get it processing while you go do something else. You also have to have a lot of hard drive space for these giant copies it makes so your video card doesn’t have to fight to decode the compressed video or multiple high res images you shot as it flies through them or applies filter effects. I get it. I don’t love it.

And when you import and it crashes of hangs on converting something, only my Google love and ability to find a suggestion to change the framerate saved me from a very frustrating failure to edit.

I also really hate that you can’t zoom in on the timeline when making cuts, and if you can toggle along a frame at a time to find the right spot, I’ve forgotten how. Then when you do make the cut, every clip on your timeline is the same inch long size, with no indication of how long it really is. Ooh, like Legos. But I am not working with Legos. And I understand the simplicity of it, but the workflow is not creative to me, it’s blocky.

—–David.

P.S. I don’t use GoPro software to import my video, preferring to bring it in using Windows Explorer under a main GoPro folder and nowadays breaking it into a dated name folder with the subject. It comes in as 116GoPro and I will rename the relevant container as 2016_11timelapse. This date format, year-month-day, lets the folders sort properly in chronological order so I don’t have to read a giant list to find things when I know roughly when they happened.

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Westward Ho, Phoenix

I love this building, once the tallest, fanciest hotel in Phoenix (ooh and air-conditioned!), favorite stop of movie stars, politicians and celebrities. It’s not the one from Psycho, but it was in a few movies, and that tower on top was erected in 1949 to broadcast the first television station in the Valley Of The Sun. Given from 1928 to 1960 it was the tallest building in the city, it was a good choice. And the tower is taller than the building!

Before my time, but still standing. It became a home for low-income seniors, and I just loved the idea that there might have been people that always wanted the chance to stay there when they were young who got to live there. I’m also hoping that’s sweet and not ironic, but the owners have done well keeping it up.

An HDR taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note  4 and filtered via the Google Photos Assistant.*

—–David

* I’ve taken higher resolution pictures of this building with a “real” camera, but viewed on the web those higher pixels don’t matter much, and since I don’t have to crop this for a digital zoom, you just can’t tell. Now if you wanted a poster, that could get ugly.

P.S. Classy old lobby

Some cool history and photos 

P.P.S. Wikipedia of course

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