September 4, 2019

The price you pay for special effects

I managed to complete a project that had been hanging fire for a while.

Today I posted a special effects video I’ve been eager to try. Using the camera’s special capabilities, I took a video of cloud formations on a time ratio of 60 to 1. That means for every minute you see on screen, an actual hour has passed.

Speeded up like that, the effects are fantastic. It looks like the clouds are racing across the sky, while shadows race across the ground. I added music, and – well like I said, I’m very pleased with the results.

However, it also comes with a price. It took about two-and-a-half hours to get the footage I needed. During that time all I could do was sit there, because let’s face it – I’m not going to walk away from the camera for two minutes, let along more than two hours.

Oh I was able to clean the car, and go through some papers. But for the most part what I did was sit and sit.

That was about the only thing I did today, and I realized I’m going to have to put in more on a daily basis in order to attract more viewers. Oh the blog is good – I get the feeling people are reading that. But I know that I need more, more, more – because that is exactly what the reader demands when he or she visits the site. What I’m going to have to do is start planning a series of projects, then work at sticking to the scheduled.

Spoke to my father today, who offered words of encouragement. And you don’t know how much I appreciate that. Dad and I went through some interesting times together, and while we never got to the point where we couldn’t remain in the same room together, things were considerably strained at time, let me tell you.

But I’ve always valued his opinion highly, and the fact that he supports what I’m doing is very comforting indeed. I continue to be plagued by self doubts about that – and I fear it will continue for a very long time. But he said that even if it fails, at least I made the effort at something like this. Such things help to keep me on track.

All right enough banter. It’s now time for what you all really come here for. Today’s bad joke!

A man was in a restaurant, eating a bowl of soup.

“Waiter!” the man suddenly roared. “What’s this fly doing in my soap?”

The waiter ran over, and peered into the bowl

“I think it’s doing the backstroke, sir,” the waiter replied.

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