The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

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The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Post by Porter » February 14th, 2020, 11:01 am

PREFACE: I’m not gonna lie… This is going to be The most unentertaining thing you’ve ever seen. You’re better off watching your computer screensaver and starting an update ...Or charging your phone and staring at it until it's done. You’ll be left with the feeling of, “why did I waste the last 3 minutes of my life on this” ...urged to send me PMs with the heading, “I want my money back” ...and, the all-time classic “I thought this guy had something to offer, other than more disappointment...”

Readers choice says, “it just lacks the pizzazz..!”
Cisco & Ebert.. "two thumbs down!!"

So, without further ado, I present to you... The Mattress



Welcome to THE MATTRESS :thumb: The Field Herp Forums first ongoing vlog :sleep: Times have slowed down in the forum realm... We all miss the good ol' days where interesting subjects, fresh photog, and herpetological news was shared and discussed on a regular basis. Still, the forum thrives with viewers young and old. Along with a handful of authors, old and new. When life gets boring... "hmmm, maybe I'll check out the forum and see what's happening." A thought we all share! Over the last 10 years, I've found that what I enjoyed the most was video. Getting a close up look at the unique beauty of these strange creatures. As someone who couldn't take just one photo of any given individual, I commonly struggled to pick out the best four shots of what usually turned out to be an extensive photo session. With video, I can easily record everything I want to remember in just a few seconds :mrgreen: So, I'm returning back to my roots. The good thing about the mattress is you never know what you'll find... Or when you will find it...

To kick things off... Here are a few clips I've gotten so far this year. They're in 4k so make sure you click that setting on the vid for the crisp clearlity:
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Post by Porter » February 16th, 2020, 1:08 am

Ok, so I received some complements and encouragement on the mattress video by another videographer tonight :beer:
Also, wanted to say something.…

I got a little touch of the anxiety over the preface last couple days. Worried it would be taken out of context. I just want people to know that I’m not trying to be obnoxious and that it’s coming from a non-stressful humorous random standpoint. Not sure how that translates to some viewers, but my intentions with this ongoing thread are positive.

Also I just want to say that this is a huge Relief for me because I was already not looking forward to doing an end of the year video. They just take way too much time, I have to wait till the end of the year so I can try to figure out what direction to go with all the footage, and I already wasn’t looking forward to it. Not to mention the footage I already tossed out.

So, as a toast to non-stressful situations, the next vid I’ll be adding is an outtakes & b-sides. Then we should be pretty much caught up at that point...

Again, My intentions are good and I’m not trying to launch any type of attack on anyone. But I’m gonna warn you right now, shits about to get weird............ :lol:

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Post by Porter » February 17th, 2020, 10:10 am

ImageIMG_0208 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0200 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0181 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0183 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr




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Re: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Post by Porter » February 26th, 2020, 9:29 am

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Well, tragedy fell upon the Mattress this past weekend... We received our first worldwide youtubean blockage for our attempts to use Kimbra's song, The Build Up for the next vid-story release :cry: We our devastated... Choosing the right track is never easy or taken lightly. I spent hours driving at work listening to my Spotify Liked Songs album on shuffle play. Until the perfect track clicks AND... :shock: :thumb: "That's it!!" ...there can be no other! For this little number, her drumbeat resembles that of a broken but still functioning clockwork tick-tock. Slow and solemn... Enchanting and majestic... No better sounds could capture the true essence and emotion of a fragile snail crossing over burnt oak woodland bark. In itself, a visual theatrical display of inescapable tragedy, death, and rebirth. I tried to find another song to fit the bill... imposable :cry:

With my artistic creation blocked from viewing, I had to do what I could to at least get the footage on the tube. This is best I could do :roll: At best, it's a little entertaining... I however was forced to take a different approach (along with a quick monologue for my youtube viewers) :sleep:
Also!!! There IS more than just snail footage... so, if CA native snails ain't your thing, still could be worth a watch. The snail is only about 1/2 of the footage.

I think the snail is a Sierra Sideband monadenia mormonum but if I'm wrong and anyone knows the correct ID, feel free to post a comment or PM me...








Also, if anyone is interested in seeing the original "Kimbra" version. I was able to upload it to Flickr. However, I had to divide it into 2 parts because Flickr only allows a 3 minute duration. It sould be in 4k quality tho :thumb: ...and a much better version in my opinion :lol:

PART 1:

ImageThe Wind Up - part 1 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr


PART 2:

ImageThe Wind Up - part 2 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr




...And, in other slightly relatable however unrelated news... Every Field Herper's favorite band, Ween, pulled off yet another EPIC performance at the Golden Globes!! :thumb: :thumb: A must watch if anyone out there needs to find themselves a smile :mrgreen:


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Re: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Post by chris_mcmartin » February 26th, 2020, 6:49 pm

Porter wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:10 am
ImageIMG_0208 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr
That's a cool photo!

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Post by Porter » February 27th, 2020, 3:43 am

Thanks Chris :) I showed my friend the picture after I took it and we were Trippin on how cool the clouds look. I like How the shapes in the clouds mirror the shape of the tree branches on the left. The scattered broken light is pretty awesome too. Right place at the right time

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