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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2019, 11:02:21 pm »

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2019, 11:09:24 pm »
This has been my first video that has actually turned out well. Previous ones were poorly framed and poorly lit. Thankfully a new camera method fixed the former and a customduo insert along with the nice openess of Eldon hole helped with the latter. I apologise about my weird ramblings that you hear but I think the ambient noise is important to the video and blasting music over it takes away from the effect.

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2019, 08:49:16 am »
This was just a gentle amble to pass a wet day while Nikki did some studying in the van. Nice enjoyable wander though.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2019, 05:35:34 pm »
There is a new cave videographer on the scene. This is the first in a series of documentary films which will be uploaded every week for the next 5-6 weeks.



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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #54 on: July 29, 2019, 08:52:21 am »
I had a great time at the 2019 NAMHO conference, organised this year by the Cambrian Mines Trust. It's always a great weekend and this year was no exception. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation and running of the event.

Here are some of the highlights of my itinerary.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2019, 09:02:52 pm »
Please enjoy this surreal film of the Marble Arch Caves made by BBC Northern Ireland in 1985, featuring Tim Fogg, a busload of schoolchildren, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and also the young Neil Hannon, later leader of the band The Divine Comedy.

Particular highlights include bad poetry, endless bars of meandering flute playing, and far too many choral performances.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #56 on: August 20, 2019, 10:45:42 pm »
I had another great day out at Wookey Hole Caves last week at the invitation of Chris and Becca, and we made another video of the Wild Wookey Adventure Caving route. Great fun!


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #57 on: August 21, 2019, 10:25:46 am »
Nice touch, Imperial measurements.  Not sure that I approve of solo caving  ;D

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #58 on: August 22, 2019, 06:58:47 pm »
A bit belated, ttexla2 – but I enjoyed watching your NAMHO video (we went on pretty much the same trips, but at different times).

What do you make of your new light (the latest (?) Fenix)?
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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #59 on: August 28, 2019, 07:42:16 pm »
Northern Lights in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. IMHO this is one of the Country's finest caving trips.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #60 on: August 29, 2019, 08:42:56 am »
A bit belated, ttexla2 – but I enjoyed watching your NAMHO video (we went on pretty much the same trips, but at different times).

What do you make of your new light (the latest (?) Fenix)?

Excellent, thanks. Would you believe I've not actually used the new light yet, although it may get an outing this weekend  ;D

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #61 on: September 21, 2019, 10:29:53 pm »
Here is one for young speleologists to enjoy....




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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #62 on: November 15, 2019, 01:04:24 pm »
This is the first of 3 behind the scenes videos in which I aim to answer a number of the questions I’ve been asked over the last few years concerning my work.

In this, part 1, I will cover the equipment I use - cameras, lighting, sound recording and so on. In part 2 I will go over some top tips for budding cave videographers and in part 3 I will look at the massive importance of editing your recorded footage.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #63 on: November 15, 2019, 05:13:13 pm »
In my video I mention flickering evident in my videos from some Scurion lamps.

I've just has a message from Rolf and have learned something new. The flickering only happens when one or both LED's are on the super-low power level 1 of 4. It's very easy to avoid by ensuring that no lamps on set are on their lowest setting. Top tip! Thanks Rolf.

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #64 on: November 19, 2019, 02:28:29 pm »
EAT SLEEP CAVE REPEAT

Not one of mine but one I would have liked to make.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #65 on: December 26, 2019, 05:44:55 pm »


Now available in public for the first time.

Also on Youtube (sorry, it won't embed here no matter what I do)


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2020, 04:38:39 pm »
We were fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks holiday cave diving in Mexico just before Christmas and as usual, I rarely go underwater without a camera of some sort.

I've thrown together this little AV to show off the types of cave and the diving out there.

There is no story, no talking, no horrible overlay titles....just beauty and some inoffensive music.

If you have 7 minutes, stick it up on a big screen, turn the sound up and immerse yourself into an underwater Otter Hole on speed  :lol:

I've called it 'Fairyland'.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #67 on: January 29, 2020, 12:25:11 pm »
A very gentle wander into the top entrance of OFDII, the main point being to try and get the video lighting right. Fulk may be interested to know that the lamp on my helmet was the Fenix light I bought at last years NAMHO and I was using my old RF NAMHO as a seperate video light (by the simple expedient of wedging it between the legs of my tripod).


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #68 on: January 30, 2020, 06:25:30 pm »
Here's my traditional annual caving roundup video containing some previously unseen footage.
It’s not been the most prolific year for the studios in terms of videos completed but it has been a very good year in other ways. I’ve completed a couple of commissions, gone back to my roots, won a prize and an award, completed a behind the scenes video which had been in the planning stage for a couple of years and got my best ever viewing figures on YouTube.


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #69 on: April 16, 2020, 06:36:12 pm »
Lockdown does have a silver lining.  As CK is in the COVID-19 ‘increased risk’ group, even when restrictions begin to be lifted he will be one of the last people to be granted freedom and no caving means no new CK videos! I can hear the collective sigh of relief from here.

Sorry but meanwhile I’ve been looking back through the video vaults and remembering the fun times I had making the videos and the great team of people from Dudley Caving Club who helped and encouraged me. I couldn’t help selecting my own personal favourites. I’ve picked 14 of them. They are not my most watched videos and they are not necessarily examples of my best work but each one has a very special meaning to me.

I aim to share one every five days or so. That should hopefully see me through this period of lockdown.

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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #70 on: April 17, 2020, 09:08:29 am »
Lockdown Video No. 14. Ogof Craig A Ffynnon (November 2010. Views 32.3K)

This video was my attempt at story telling. It is my first video to be narrated and I reluctantly (as I do not like the sound of my voice) recorded the narration myself. It was my first video to attract a significant number of comments with most of them being positive and encouraging. It definitely marked a turning point in the success of my YouTube channel. It also introduced a little known caver by the name of Mark Burkey to an unsuspecting world. The lad’s done quite good and achieved some modest success of his own since this first appearance.




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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #71 on: April 22, 2020, 08:26:34 am »
Lockdown Video No. 13. Ogof Rhyd Sych (May 2011. Views: 17K)

I’ve only ever visited this cave twice. After the first trip I vowed to never enter the cave again. This video was taken on the second trip. It was the first video where I used the catchphrase, “Remember we do these caves so that you don’t have to.” Due to it’s highly constricted nature it wasn’t an easy cave to take video in. I was very pleased that what I was able to take really seemed to capture the essence of the cave. It was also the video in which I discovered that less is more. The more footage I ditched the better the video became. It’s pace and hence its watchability improved with every scene that hit the cutting room floor or was shortened. It’s also the first video in which I dabbled with editing tricks. Can you spot the clip which has been reversed? Next year it will be 10 years since I took this video. Now that the memories have dulled sufficiently for me perhaps I’ll give it another go, and I’d really love to take Chunky with me. I understand he's fitting ratchet straps to the caving corset.



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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #72 on: April 27, 2020, 08:29:35 am »
Lockdown Video No. 12 UK Caving Video Best Bests 2014 (December 2014. Views: 16K)

These videos are my personal favourites. They are not my most watched videos and they are not necessarily examples of my best work but each one has a very special meaning to me.

This one was my third annual roundup video. It was selected to be shown at the prestigious Kendal Mountain Festival in 2015. I really though I had hit the big time. I was invited to attend the Filmmaker’s Summit, all very heady stuff, but I’ve since come to realise that I’m not as good as I thought I was. As it turned out I couldn’t attend the summit as I was in the Major Trauma Unit of Southmead Hospital in Bristol recovering from a nasty fall . It’s still my favourite annual roundup video and it contains the Cavers’ Rocket Boots advert - an essential accessory for nervous climbers.



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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #73 on: April 27, 2020, 10:40:47 am »
My last jaunt before lockdown was brought in. A thoroughly pleasant gentle weekend in some North Wales slate mines in good company. Seems like a distant memory now, if in reality not very long ago at all.....


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Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
« Reply #74 on: May 04, 2020, 09:32:20 am »
Lockdown Video No. 11 Wet Chicks in Black Rubber (August 2013. Views 5K)

Subtitle: Getting down, getting dirty, and having fun!

My advice to anyone wanting to build a presence on YouTube is choose to title that is intriguing enough to rouse curiosity and this title certainly did that. The view rate took off quickly but judging from the comments it wasn’t really what the viewers were expecting to see.

I plagiarised the title from an advertising slogan for a university caving club - ‘Wanna see hot chicks in black rubber?’ The video is a cut down version of my Shakespeare’s Cave film featuring just the female members of the party in their black wetsuits.



 

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