Vlog #004: Ladybower Reservoir

I recently got a drone to spice up my videos and I’ve been practising flying it for a few weeks now. There’s still a lot that I have to learn, but I thought this footage from Ladybower reservoir at the weekend was too gorgeous not to share.

My sister, niece, nephew and I made best use of the early spring weather and ventured into the Peak District for a stroll. The Upper Derwent Valley is a beautiful spot to explore, even if the sun wasn’t out on the day we went.

Over time I hope to get more confident with the drone to fly it closer to things, and get more stable sweeping shots, but it’s all a very fun learning curve so far!

For anyone interested, the drone is a DJI Mavic Pro, and this film is shot at 2.7K resolution and 24 frames per second.

 

 

 

Vlog #003: Steam Trains

Another different style for the third vlog. I’ve tried to create a short ‘ode to’ style video that hopefully shows the beauty of steam trains from a visit Emily and I took on the Severn Valley Railway over Christmas.

I’ve already been filming for the next vlog, so hopefully it won’t be more than a month before the next one of these. I hope you’re enjoying them so far as much as I’m enjoying making them.

The music is from Sergey Cheremisinov, a track titled “Train” from the album Charms, with some editing changes made by me. Find out more at freemusicarchive.org

Vlog #002: Cocktails

It’s been longer than I, or anyone else, expected… but here is my second vlog. Deliberately very different from the first so I can see what style I prefer. I expect eventually it will be a mix of the two.

Expect the next one in the new year. Merry Christmas all x

New York Stop Motion 2016



10 Days.
2,517 photos.
Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, Broadway, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Washington Arch, Little Italy, Financial District, World Trade, Rockefeller Center, Wall St, MoMA, High Line, Chelsea Market, Roosevelt Island Tramway, Coney Island, MTA Museum, Central Park, Queens Museum, Manhattan Bridge and Staten Island.
In 4 minutes.

Music by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (copyright Universal Records).

This is the third stop motion travel video I’ve made, and the second Emily and I have made together – Check out my YouTube channel for the New Zealand and Japan videos.

10 Achievements in 2015

2015 was a year of big change in my life. Here are 10 moments in 2015 that I think sum up the year pretty well.

April: Played in my first Roller Derby game ever

MMDS

May: Completed Tough Mudder, an 11km assault course

Tough MUdder

May: Presented my PhD research at Eurographics in Switzerland

Eurographics

May: Garden Society got a new committee and won over £1,500 to spend on beekeeping equipment (amongst other things)

Garden Soc

May: Quitting my PhD. Long story, but in short I wasn’t happy with the direction the research was going in and I wanted to work on something that had more real-world prospects.

PhD

Jul – Starting my new job as an Integration Test Engineer at Sky UK, working on the new Sky Q product

Sky

Jul – Watching Hamilton win the British GP at Silverstone with my Nephew

Alastair

Aug – Taking the boat to Bristol. It was a very long way to go, and it took most of the summer in weekends, but it was 100% worth it!

Boat

Aug – Moving in with Emily to a (very) little place we can call our own (for the next 12 months)

Us

Nov – Winning prize at CVMP. Very unexpected, but still very cool!

CVMP

Who knows what 2016 will bring!

Charles Gray MPhil BEng