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UPDATED - A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

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Re: A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

Post by Sky Islander » December 24th, 2019, 4:42 pm

I enjoyed this quite a lot...including the soundtrack. It surprises me how many boards have multiple snakes beneath them. It is usually pointless to flip boards in Arizona - or at least I never have luck. I like especially the baby rubber boas. And "Love is what I got" with a biting gopher snake. It seems like it must take a long time to edit all of your videos and make a compilation like that, yes?
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Re: A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

Post by Porter » December 24th, 2019, 10:03 pm

Sky Islander wrote:
December 24th, 2019, 4:42 pm
I enjoyed this quite a lot...including the soundtrack. It surprises me how many boards have multiple snakes beneath them. It is usually pointless to flip boards in Arizona - or at least I never have luck. I like especially the baby rubber boas. And "Love is what I got" with a biting gopher snake. It seems like it must take a long time to edit all of your videos and make a compilation like that, yes?
Thank you,
Goose




Thank you! It’s pretty common in the Sacramento Delta area where I live to see multiple snakes beneath a single board. Even a single small board! As far as Arizona goes, I’ve never herped there and can only associate it with California desert habitats. It’s really hard to flip things in the desert. At least from what I’ve experienced in the Northern California deserts. I came across a sheet metal and plywood board line that had at least 50 pieces and found nothing under it. The only time I was successful in flipping snakes and lizards was my first trip to the desert which I want to say was probably mid to late March. I was there with my ex girlfriend during vacation time that I had set aside a month in advance. The worst thing happened, we got a massive and nasty sandstorm as soon as we got there. You couldn’t walk outside without squinting your eyes. And there was just High wind dust and swirling sand all over the place. I wasn’t gonna waste my vacation though, so I got out anyway while she sat in the van and I just went around flipping anything I could find. I ended up flipping two coachwhip snakes, 7 great basin whiptail lizards, yellowback spiny lizard, 2 night lizards, One banded gecko, and A whole bunch of scorpions and side blotched lizards. I returned to those same spots in later months and in better weather. ( I mean perfect weather for flipping!) And I was lucky if I saw a scorpion or a fast lizard run down a hole. So my take on it is that desert herping is completely different. It’s so warm that they don’t need to thermal regulate like reptiles in other habitats. I think they must use the labyrinth of holes and boroughs for stuff like that. Or maybe the sand conducts heat better. I don’t know...

Those little boa’s are so sweet. I love em. My favorite snake to find. :thumb: And yes I incorporated that song to that footage for that reason! :lol: I tried to use songs that did fit at least some of the footage in one way or another. But as far as the editing process went, I didn’t have much planned out for this video at all. I took so much footage this year that I had to throw away 60% of it. In fact some of the really great footage I had on my iPhone was automatically deleted. So I had to resort to my IG for some of the scenes. Which is why some of them are in squares or look blurry. Luckily I still had the IG posts to get the footage from. Those first kingsnake shots were my favorite shots of the year and I did not have the original footage and I almost didn’t make the video because of that. We found 42 snakes that day and I think I only added about 4 or 5 scenes to the video to give some kind of ratio percentage reference. So I was overwhelmed from the beginning. I knew how I wanted the video to start and which song I wanted to use for the beginning of the video. And that I wanted the whole video to be the nursery rhyme dream state versions of songs people might recognize. (Because I have been listening to that recently on my Spotify. Just by coincidence. I added a whole bunch and I was thinking you know what this would work good for the video…) So I had the beginning, and then I just basically kept everything in chronological order and picked out the meat of the footage. And I really really had to cut it as much as I possibly could as I went. This video originally was supposed to be the whole year in one vid. But I simply could not fit it all in. At least not all the good stuff. So that’s why I’m gonna have to do another short video to finish the end. Originally I didn’t want it to end on the mountain king snake because I didn’t want to put emphasis on the species as a big ending scene. But I couldn’t fit anything in after it. So it looked like a nice place to end, instead of squeezing in something else, and luckily I had sent those sunset vid and photos to a girl I started talking to earlier this year. Things between her and I didn’t pan out…(because she lived in Arizona, by coincidence :lol: friggin amazing) So I was like… “Oh shit, I DO still have that sunset footage and those photos… I sent it to that girl back in Spring/summer“ :o :D so I downloaded that from messenger And had a good ending for this video.

It was super sketchy and everything just fit into place how it was supposed to. Very little planning. I remember as I was picking songs, it just felt right to pick that song at the time… And then later on as I got through editing to certain footage, I was like wow that actually fits perfect for the song and I didn’t even think of that when I started. And I basically just tweaked the timing around a little bit to make it more dreamy and disoriented dream-like to make the rhythm fit to the animal’s rhythms and movements. I used to do skateboarding videos. so that stuff I have quite a lot of experience matching up movements to music. It might subconsciously go for granted, but when you watch it, they’re almost dancing to it :lol: :lol: … So yeah, did I answer the question? Lol sorry I went off there for a bit. I’m just now waking up and starting my Christmas Eve at 10 PM

... Oh yeah, (Just went back and read the question). so it normally takes me a few hours to do a video but this took me all day. When I get started on something I really have to finish it or else I won’t finish it. So I think I did about 12 hours on this one. Stopping to eat and do a bit of exercise in between. But it was pretty much a full day of editing. I’m really stickler on shapes and how they balance In between fading/transition footage and stuff like that. So I’ll spend five minutes making sure that I get a fade into the next Footage right, so that you don’t have a boring shape meshing compilation. That kind of thing takes the longest and also matching the footage to the music rhythms.

If we’re lucky, maybe we can get some Arizona Herpers to chime in on some reason-why or explanations to non-successful desert board flipping…

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Re: A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

Post by Fieldherper » December 24th, 2019, 11:56 pm

I absolutely loved this. The herps, the habitat, the unique take on some of my favorite music. Wow!

Well Done,

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Re: A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

Post by Porter » December 25th, 2019, 12:25 am

Fieldherper wrote:
December 24th, 2019, 11:56 pm
I absolutely loved this. The herps, the habitat, the unique take on some of my favorite music. Wow!

Well Done,

FH
Thank you very much! I’m glad you liked it and enjoy those aspects of it. I hoped it would project an emotional experience, Understanding, and portrayal of the animals and the hobby. Something we all understand
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Re: A Dream of 2019 - A sleepy memoir of a year in field herping

Post by Porter » January 1st, 2020, 11:49 am

OK, I finished the second half… Right as I was completing it and had one minute of footage left to edit, my Iphone glitched or something, and it auto edited every film clip & music clip to the same length. Along with same duration of transitions… Which pretty much means the whole project was ruined after spending a whole two days on it. So, if any of you out there are planning on using your iPhone to do a video like this MAKE SURE You Have Enough Strorage Space. I have an iPhone 8+ and with all the tiny little edits I did for the music and transitions, I think the iPhone just couldn’t process it fast enough and it was just too much. I started noticing that the clip I was cutting was displaying photos of other clips I had already edited at the beginning of the video… Super crazy. Luckily I did a test render before it finally gave out on me. So I finished up the last minute in a separate video. There was no way to go back and add the ending unless I wanted to re-render The already finished portion. Which would’ve dropped it down About 20% in quality. (It’s 4K quality by the way, so make sure you click that setting if you watch it on YouTube). It was a bummer, but I was kind of relieved because I was really trying to squeeze in my 24 hr northern trip within a minute and That pretty much started to suck lol Cool thing I was able to go back and include footage I’m going to want to see later on in life that I had to skip over in the first video.

Not doing much photography this year. Most of it was done on the iPhone but I got a handful of DSLR shots to share:





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