I got back from my recent trip abroad to the usual pile of bills. In amongst the brown paper though was a ridiculously heavy padded envelope. I had no idea what it could be. I didn’t remember ordering something quite as substantial as this.
Tearing the package apart I found in my hand the best piece of quality memorabilia I’ve seen in a long time. Then I remembered. After seeing @Sizemore's Judge Dredd paraphernalia he had ordered from @Termight I had to grab some for myself.
The badge is incredibly well made, solid and substantial and well worth the £20 they sell for. I am not sure what I will do with it yet. It’s sitting on my desk as a paperweight at the moment. I have visions of me pinning it to my old bikers jacket I have had since I was 16. It already has a custom painting of Dredd on the front. I got paintings on my jacket instead of tattoos. Maybe i’ll loose some weight when it’s time for my midlife crisis and don the jacket to wear on a newly acquired Harley.
Maybe I will do the right thing and see if @Termight can get me the whole outfit in time for the next Judge Dredd film release. That way I can remain overweight and assume the identity of @JudgeMentally :)
Back in Islamabad. A few hours to eat, say goodbyes and grab a shower before heading to the airport. I have a plane to catch at an antisocial time. First leg of the journey is to Dubai. After a stopover of around five hours there I’ll be off to Hong Kong for the final stop off and another fact finding, video grabbing couple of days before returning home.
My lift is here I will add more to this post form the airport..
UPDATE: After one and a half hours of bag checks and questions I am finally through and awaiting my plane in a comfy chair. It was obviously the first time that Pakistani security had ever seen a Scottevest and come to think of it.. perhaps there are times you should not be wearing your ‘tech enabled clothing’ whilst every pocket is wired to the next, with headphones and chargers and you are carrying three mobile phones, two cameras, spare batteries, and sachets of a strange powder you would explain was a natural medicine for a lost voice.. if you had a voice with which to tell them. As a result I had to whisper explanations as to why i carried so many gadgets which no doubt made me even more suspicious. Anyway. I am here now. It’s 1:30am. In less than two hours I hope to be on a plane. A few hours after that in Dubai. Five hours after that hopefully on another plane. Then who knows how long after that Hong Kong. Then I imagine I will be more than fit to drop. All I have to do is find the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel and I will.
Another very full and satisfying day In Pakistan. Satisfying because I could get right into the reason for being here. Shooting video and capturing conversations. I got to take a look inside some of the educational projects the British Council are working with, to talk to the students and listen to teachers passionate about what they do. After a whistle stop tour across numerous locations in and around Islamabad, the end of the day arrived quickly and with it a long drive south to Lahore. I arrived at the Avari Lahore hotel tired and voiceless. I am certainly going to need my voice tomorrow for interviews in and around Lahore before the long flight back and then a flight late tomorrow night.
This evening was filled with more great Pakistani cuisine. A great end to a long day and as i stare blankly at this out of focus keyboard I know I must sleep if i am going to make it through tomorrow. I have a hot green tea and am collapsing into bed.
It was hard leaving home today. Harder than it has ever been. I guess it’s being part of my own little family. Not someone else’s family, my own. Weird.
Yesterday was spent packing and repacking, I am a bugger for taking too much kit. The trick is to pack and then ditch half of it.
The problem lies with having a gadget for everything and not a gadget that can do everything. Then there’s the issue that many of my gadgets take power. Which tends to come from batteries.. that need chargers ..and cables ..and adapters so those cables can work off a foreign supply.
Anyway, despite all this I am packed into two bags. A backpack with laptop and all the tech i need in order to work. And a holdall with clothes, tripod and non essentials.
I may go into more detail as to what I am carrying as sometimes I am amazed as to how much a person can do with so little. Technically I am playing the part of a videographer, producer, sound engineer, interviewer, archivist, photographer, live blogger and my own general dogs body. I am sure I can rustle up a few other job descriptions like coms expert, secretary, writer etc but I don’t want the Union on my back.
Some jobs require a different way of doing things. As a vlogger who loves to travel and has done so to some random parts of the world before, I guess on this occasion I’m the perfect choice for The British Council who need a fast turn around on some important media, from multiple locations worldwide. It’s great working for an organisation that is not afraid to experiment in new ways of capturing and distributing multi-media. As an organisation centred around communicating and educating cultural relations internationally, it makes perfect sense to be moving with the times.
What used to take a team, can now be done by a well equipped individual. I guess I will come to find out how well equipped I am over the next week as I grab interviews photos and video, travelling across Asia.
Should my trusty Vodafone data sim manage to get some content out, it will no doubt pass through my Twitter account @Documentally
This is a small test with the Lumix GH1. It’s a ‘hybrid’ camera I have only just bought initially with the intention to videoblog with.
I know this may seem like a bit of overkill but as I normally take a pro SLR and a video camera out on assignments I was thinking that this may finally be the device that takes decent photos and video while at the same time is reasonably compact. By consolidating my kit I have fewer cables accessories and can travel lighter. there is no reason why with the additional microphone I cannot use the GH1 for pro audio, video and stills. As it records to an SD card I can pop that in the side of my mac and do away with a card reader too. I am still getting me head around the AVCHD format. Files have to be imported and not simply dragged and dropped, but it is a sacrifice I am willing to take for the extra quality. As well as being able to auto focus the Panasonic will of course record video at 1080p but in this test I wanted to have a quick look at what 720p 50 fps looks like at half speed (25fps). The camera was set to intelligent auto (IA) and continuous auto focus. Please keep in mind that this was filmed indoors, with little window light, in one take, using the internal microphone. I edited it in iMovie in about 5 minutes.