Many many years ago I started a YouTube channel. For years I didn’t really use it because I never figured out video. Being a talking head was not interesting. Videography required specialized equipment. Then came the R5 and that changed everything. I am still terrible at video but I know what I want to do. Record cinematic short films (wildlife, people, travel) and over time ideally with a proper story. In a perfect world, I’d even write my own music for these but so far I’ve tended to use music from Epidemic Sound or re-use some of my older music.

My niche so far has been short 30 second to 1 minute clips often of a single bird and slightly longer sequences from our wildlife trips. I have noticed the improvement in my shooting and editing. More recent clips are a lot easier for me to edit and make into a sequence. I am also thinking more about how to put things together and how the clips and edits work with the music.

Here are a couple of sequences from a trip to Nisqually in January. I am still a terrible cinematographer and editor, but pleased with the progress.

This…

A couple of years ago, I started getting interested in video. I’ve always been interested in cinematography and have always written “cinematic” music (One of my dreams remains to score a film). I started off by getting myself a cinema camera (A Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K), but despite my best intentions that never went anywhere and I ended up selling it. And then last year, Canon released the EOS R5. There were two reasons I jumped on it; it was the long awaited replacement for my 7D mark I as my primary photography camera and it also did high quality…

It’s been quiet here. Life keeps chugging along and keeps me away from being a regular writer. So today, I wanted to talk about one of the best pieces of software I’ve used recently, Topaz Denoise.

As a bird photographer in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not uncommon to take pictures in poor light conditions. As some of you know, my 8-yr old son is also an avid bird photographer. He does his photography with a Canon EOS RP and a Canon RF 600mm lens. That’s the lightest camera/lens combo I could find that allows him to take great pictures, but…

Earlier today I tweeted

I’ve long had a site on Flickr, but it hasn’t really seen much usage for a long long time. Yahoo acquired two of my favorite sites del.icio.us and Flickr, and essentially let them rot. In hindsight they could have done so much with Flickr. Over the years, I’ve used a number of photography site. One of them, Smugmug, has sustained as my primary catalog of photographs. Instagram has risen up to the top as the default “share my best work” site even mostly because of its reach and the level of engagement one can get…

By any standards this was a weird year. For most people it was a year they’d rather forget and for good reasons. For us it has been a little different. Covid changed our weekend schedule. No more soccer or swim classes. No visits to the grocery store or Costco. But we didn’t want to be stuck at home, especially with a 7-yr old. We were lucky. We all love nature, in particular birding, and our son isn’t necessarily the most rambunctious or social kid. So this year we ended up spending many of our weekends birding and taking a lot…

Like most photographers I’ve been fascinated by black and white photography. In a world of color, how do you use black and white effectively? Is it just useful for portrait and street photography? I’ve dabbled in black and white and editing, but mostly only for people. Till recently almost a 100% of my black and whites were pictures of people and I didn’t do much with them. As a bird and nature photographer, I assumed black and white wasn’t for me. This summer I tried my first landscape black and white. I think it came out well but that was…

For the past decade plus I have rocked a Canon EOS 7D (Mark 1). At the time it was the best camera that I could find for what I wanted to do, mostly bird photography. I ended up buying it used along with a bunch of used Canon L glass, notably the 70–200 F/4 and the 100–400 “dust pump”. Those two lenses and an EF-S 17–55 were my go to’s for a long long time.

Somewhere along the way I bought a Sony a6000 as a small walkabout and travel camera. Nothing that came out in the interim excited me…

I’ve never been much of a landscape photographer. Sure, we went to Banff a few years ago and took some beautiful pictures and there are a few pictures of Mt. Rainier floating around, but in general photography has focused on wildlife, nature, and cities (especially during travel). Part of me regrets not making “documenting travel” a more conscious things, but there’s time to rectify that once we start traveling again.

In recent months, thanks to watching some amazing YouTube videos I’ve become more interested in looking for interesting landscape compositions. This past weekend we went to Camano Island, about an…

As seen through the eyes of my favorite YouTube videographer, Of Two Lands

Deepak Singh

Computing, management, synthesizers, science, photography, writing, geekery, fatherhood. I run Containers, Linux, and HPC @ AWS. http://deepaksingh.net

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