Well followers, it’s that time of year when you’re old camera gear is starting to look a bit too long in the tooth – you’re competitors are making vlogs about their fancy new 2020 cameras and they are looking forward to impressing their clients with the best dressed kit!!
We now live in a world where camera gear is obsolete within the year and we are under pressure to keep up with the pack. In the last two years I’ve seen myself go through both Panasonic and Olympus kit, each time thinking “this is the ONE!!!” but soon after, a new improved piece of ‘must have’ tech comes out and you feel a little disheartened after just investing large sums of money on what you thought would be ‘in vogue’ for at least another 5 years.
So – I’ve been looking around the net to decide on which brand to invest in next, as there’s just so many. I decided that this time I want to go “BIG BIG BIG” as opposed to my previous ‘small is best.’
I’ve tried most brands of camera except the Fujifilm range – however as this year most of my projects are more moving image oriented – I feel the Fuji range is more ergonomically suited to still image capture rather than video. Fuji cameras have that retro photography camera design and feel.
So I’ve narrowed it down to 3 brands – the Sony A7III – the Canon C70 and the Panasonic S1.
They all have their advantages. The Canon C70 has all the audio ports built in so no need to add a cage to strap on your mic. The Sony A7III (described as a computer with attached lens) has the fancy and useful flippy out screen (loved by all vloggers,) and the Panasonic has a fantastic full frame sensor with its defocus to focus system utilising the Leica SL mount lens mount.
The Canon is the most expensive of the Top 3 Video cameras however, if you’re serious about movie making and you want to come across as a Professional on set, then you want to be seen using the Canon C70 which will induce instant respect and awe from all clients and bystanders alike.
BIG is indeed BEAUTIFUL as they say and I can’t but help accept defeat on this arguement. As I write this I can only stare at pics of these magnificent big beasties while salivating, trying to decide which one to go for!!
Christmas is coming!! And perhaps there may be some bargains to have in the seasonal sales towards the end of 2020. I can’t wait!!
Only thing is, in 2021 my newly obtained prize camera will be obsolete once again…….c’est la vie – damned if you do and damned if you dont!!
If you’re looking for something different to enhance the quality of your mind body and spirit then e Biking may just be for you.
I’m still a relatively newbie when it comes to e bikes but in this article I’m going to explain why I decided to join this global community and why I chose a particular brand.
I’ve had bicycles and motorcycles my whole life and have always had a passion for two wheels. I had been out of motorcycling for a few years and after watching many youtube motorcycle reviews, could feel myself being pulled back in. The problem being that I don’t have a garage and in Scotland, you really need to keep a motorcycle garaged to protect it from the winter elements. I wanted to experience the joy of motorized two wheeled transport again but I needed a bike I could physically pick up and keep indoors.
The solution was an e bike. I started to realise how many advantages an e bike has over a conventional motorbike. Because of the weight factor, I would be able to take the e bike on a train or tram and really adventure much further a field. From the social aspect I could join the Cycle Touring Club and meet other cyclists and join up for cycling holidays. I would also have the motivation to explore places I had never been to before, locally and in the central belt areas.
As a form of exercise, an e bike would help me burn off much needed calories and enable me to go on much longer rides as e bikes are designed to help eat up any hills on a road trip.
I wanted to combine e biking with my passion for vlogging and photography and I would be able to start producing e bike tour vlogs on youtube, encouraging others to take up biking and visit new places of interest in central Scotland.
I also felt it was time that I join the 21st century and invest in my first electric vehicle, which would help save the planet and help me cut down on my car fuel prices which are just rocketing.
Once I had made the firm decision to commit to purchasing an e bike I had to spend many hours researching for the right brand as I knew nothing much about electric bikes. I narrowed the search down to a road runner style bike rather than a mountain off roading bike or an electric Tricycle.
Being an x motorcyclist I at once was attracted to the new Triumph Trekker GTwhich had just come out this year. I wanted to do something to support the motorcycle industry and as I had never owned a Triumph motorcycle, I wanted to join the Triumph community. I was attracted to the bike’s slim design and beautiful color scheme – it is most definitely a lovely looking machine! I had to commute through to the branch in Edinburgh to collect the bike, and then started teaching myself how to make the thing go.
An e bike is quite simple to operate, some have a twist grip that allows you to just go on electric power and many just give you power assist when you pedal. One advantage an e bike has over a conventional motorcycle is that if you do run out of power on the road, you can at least cycle your way to your destination and charge up the battery.
After adding all the accessories, my maiden test voyage was going up the hills of Milnathort and you can imagine my amazement of cycling up steep hills effortlessly – the torque of an e bike is insane.
As I write this, I am one of Scotland’s first owners of the Trekker GT and I soon went about shooting a couple of vlogs on youtube to explain how to operate the bike and my first impressions. I then tried doing my first weekly shop on the Trekker which was a return trip to Cowdenbeath. I did work out that I was saving approximately £5 a week on fuel costs by making most of my shorter trips on two wheels. Out of all the bicycles and motorcycles I’ve owned, I can say the Trekker GT is the best bike I’ve ever experienced.
My future plans are to produce an e bike tour vlog on Loch Leven to highlight some of the cafes, farm shops and places of historical and ornithological interest that e bikers and cyclists can make pit stops at. I’d also like to experience taking the e bike on the train into Edinburgh to see if this could be a viable alternative to commuting by car. And I’d like to do a cycling holiday in Harris, Outer Hebrides, as it’s the perfect destination for e bikes with those terrific hills and breath taking scenery.
I’ll finish by saying what e bikers said to me before I caught the bug – If you haven’t tried it, you’ve got to try it!!
The UFO Show Scotland last weekend was a great success. Put together at the last minute, I wanted to do some kind of media project to commemorate 25 years of the famous Falkland Incident which occurred in 1995, Fife, Scotland. I also wanted to get the broadcast out on Saturday 6th June 2020 as this was to be the weekend of the Scottish Ufo and Paranormal Conference, sadly cancelled due to lock down.
There is currently one web page still on line regarding the Falkland incident and I wanted to produce something more, to act as a kind of time capsule, a resource for future researchers and truth seekers.
I decided to do a Live Stream show concentrating on 3 of Scotland’s most interesting Close Encounters of the 3rdKind – namely the Bob Taylor Dechmont Classic case, the Falkland incident and the Blairgowrie incident.
My chosen formula was to do a virtual tour of each location and complimented with a more detailed report from Ron Halliday, a renowned Scottish Paranormal Investigator and Author of several books on the subject.
I was blessed with good weather during the 4 day shoot and on one visit to Falkland, had to do a hill walking trek just to get one shot of a landing location. I had 6 days to shoot and edit enough content for a one hour live broadcast.
The show ended up being one hour and thirty eight minutes in duration. There were many ‘raconteurs’ as I coin our online contributors. The beauty of live stream is that it’s interactive. The viewers can comment and ask questions to each other and the presenter using the comments box.
Ron Halliday was able to join us during the broadcast and did a sterling job answering the viewer’s questions and comments.
I started off by giving my own opinions about the UFO / Alien question. I have been interested in this subject for over 40 years. During the 90’s I enjoyed travelling down to Sheffield and Leeds in England to attend the big UFO conventions with some of my Scottish colleagues. I did work on some video productions which were used by Scottish researchers as part of their presentation materials.
I enjoyed listening to headline speakers such as Budd Hopkins – the alien abduction guru. During the 90’s it was a golden era of ufo abduction books, documentaries and movies. It was also a golden era (pre digital) of the ufo channellers. These were psychic mediums who were able to be the voice of extra terrestrials from other worlds such as the Ashtar Command. On Sundays, my friends used to meet in a house and after enjoying a fantastic vegetarian meal, would sit and listen to audio tapes of the ufo channellers.
Although I’ve never personally witnessed a flying saucer or aliens, my conclusions about the phenomenon were:
Weird Shit happens
UFOs are real, they have been captured on photographic plates, video, radar and have been reported by credible witnesses such as pilots and police officers
The phenomenon is temporary, much in the way Taoism describes reality – we are manifest on this world and then we are unmanifest
As science now accepts the holographic theory of reality, I mentioned a scene in the Matrix Reloaded movie where the Oracle describes UFOs and Ghosts as ‘software errors’ in the Matrix which shouldn’t really be here. This may be why the phenomenon is temporary and then simply disappears. This may also explain why in 70 years since the classic Rosewell Crash story of 1947, there has never been any physical evidence / proof of a craft from outer space in a museum for us to examine.
And finally I made reference to the Children’s 80’s TV series Chocky, which was based on the book by John Wyndham. This is the story of an extra terrestrial who contacts a young boy and is able to project it’s mind as a hologram that the boy can see and hear. Chocky’s mission is to advance the boy’s knowledge of science and the arts. It was developed into 3 TV series, continuing with Chocky’s Children and Chocky’s Challenge. Many of these shows are available on Youtube to watch. To me the idea of telepathic communication is the most likely form of contact between humans and extra terrestrials as the distances to cross space in a metal ship are just too huge. Again these are my own opinions, and during the show I welcomed any of the viewers to voice their opinions of what they thought.
So this was my first Ufological media project in over 25 years, and I was very much enjoying the whole process of gathering content then sewing it together into 8 short videos for the live stream.
The Falkland incident involved a family encountering the typical Grey entities who were standing by a black triangular shaped Ufo. One of the main researchers of this case was Malcolm Robinson of Strange Phenomena Investigations and he has written about his research into the Falkland Incident in his books available from Amazon.
The Blairgowrie incident involved a family witnessing strange unmarked black helicopters over their house and seeing men in black walking up their neighbours path, complete with the gate opening ‘magically’ by itself.
The Dechmont Incident with Bob Taylor is Scotland’s Classic Ufo story, where by Bob was attacked by two strange spherical entities that emerged from a semi translucent saucer type craft in the Dechmont Woods area of Livingston, West Lothian. Malcolm Robinson’s book on this particular case is also available.
After the show I received many positive comments from the viewers on the show’s content and it was very gratifying indeed! I look forward to doing another Ufo Live Stream show next year, perhaps an outside broadcast from the 2020 Scottish Ufo Conference would be an exciting project to work on.
To watch the show you can find it on my Youtube Channel: Vincent Anthony Media. If you would like to find out more about the Scottish UFO scene then you can contact the following organisations / researchers here:
Last night’s live stream show was an overwhelming success, plenty of comments coming in from the viewers enjoying the show. We had some practical gentle movement exercises and some theory from the mini module on Conflict Management Studies.
Our special guest was Graeme Harvey who is a clinical hypnotherapist and also know as ‘The Time Lord.’ With hypnotherapy Graeme helps all clients with many types of mental and physical conditions. He has worked with victims of domestic abuse and has helped youngsters with exam stress and all sorts of phobias.
However, one of the most interesting aspects of Graeme’s life is that he offers clients past and future life regression therapy to help them solve problems in the present. Graeme also has the ability to time travel – with no need of a Tardis.
As I said on the show I can testify to Graeme’s Time Travelling ability as back in 2013 I had been filming Graeme for another video project and he let us in on a little secret – the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum Results – in Advance!!
Sure enough, when I had just graduated from college, I heard the results and Graeme was the first person that came to mind.
Graeme runs CenScot Therapies and if you want to contact him, his details are in the show on Youtube channel: Vincent Anthony Media
I allocated Graeme a special extra extended interview of over 40 minutes on last night’s show as he is a very unique and special individual – after all, how many time travellers do you know apart from the fictional Dr Who?
Lock down is still on – Mindfulness vs CONrona is still on – so Game ON!!
It’s the morning after last night’s live stream show affectionately called ‘Round #3.’ Last night had a change to the planned schedule. I was going to start off by giving an explanation of Neuroplasticity of the Brain.
Minutes before the show went live, I received an email which was so full of negativity it was quite clearly a form of attack. The person who sent me this email hit me with the element of ‘surprise’coming from someone I would least expect. It had also been sent it at a time when it would have most impact.
The person was in actual fact, trying to manipulate. The email brought up feelings of anger, anxiety and self doubt.
However, I made an executive decision, rather than fall into this drama that the Drama Queen had set me up for, I decided to use this on the show ‘live’ as an example of how to use Mindfulness in every day situations – it was perfect!! I even thanked the Queen on the show for giving me an spontaneous opportunity to demonstrate Mindfulness!!
The message of our course is “Don’t be a Drama Llama.” That is, use your Mindfulness skills to watch out and identify Drama Queens who will try their best, consciously or unconsciously to bring you down. Then you can neutralise these people quickly before they have the chance to manipulate you to their own advantage.
Very often this will happen in the work place or even in your own home. For me this also happens in the supermarket car park:
I’m reversing my wee Micra out of a space and this has caused a flustered driver to have the indignity of having to wait a minute extra while I get out my space. That driver then will provoke by racing past me and. cutting me off. If I let them drag me into their drama I will react and the whole situation ends up as a police matter, and it’s a lose lose scenario for me and the Drama Queen.
Drama Queens will always pull you into their drama “just when life is going so well.” They have an innate ability to smell your happiness which leads me to explain why they do this in the first place.
The answer is very simple, they are not in a good place and don’t wish to be alone in that place, thus they drag you in so that you’ll feel the same way they do.
That is why the arcane message is still of value to this day – “Don’t react to people!!”
Let them put on their Dramas for all of us to watch – after all, the Drama Queens can’t touch you if you’re just observing their performance can they??!!
Anyway, many of the viewers of the show gave me some positive comments and feedback during and after the broadcast and this helped quash the efforts of the Drama Queen, it back fired, you could say.
So, there is much to do, much content to produce for next week’s show!! Stay tuned!!….
Another Live Stream has been completed. After many hours of content gathering and editing, I achieved my 2nd ever Live Stream Broadcast. My nerves were with me to the end as I tried to Multi Task for the entire hour. Well actually, not the entire hour, I got a little bit of a break while running the exercise video.
The new lesson I learned from the second attempt was just how quickly time flies by when your going out live.
I’ve decided that as our classes are about an hour in duration, that would be the best guide for how long to steam mindfulness.
Saying that I’m really enjoying producing content and on next week’s show, I must throw in the classic line “and here’s one I prepared earlier….”
I’m also looking out for fellow content co creators to join me in future shows whether that be film makers, life coaches, wellbeing practitioners, therapists and anyone connected with mind body spirit industries.
It’s been two days since my first attempt at doing a Live Stream on my show entitled ‘Mindfulness vs CONrona’ – Round #1 the big fight LIVE!!
I was somewhat nervous before the transmission as it had been over 20 years since I worked in Television News Broadcasting. However once I got started the nerves started to fade so I could concentrate on presenting and pushing the right software buttons and dials.
It was only after watching the show that I realised the limitations of using my wee laptop as the only video and audio feed. For example when I tried to do the gentle movement exercises Live, on playback I could see the laptop was struggling to mix the audio channels from my music track with my built in microphone, so at times my voice was garbled.
Lesson learned, so to give a more professional, slick looking show next time, I’ll simply pre record the exercise sequence using cameras and wider angle lenses. That way the viewers will be able to have a much better quality experience.
Also during the broadcast I realised that I was doing 5 or 6 things simultaneously – Presenting, Vision Mixing, Reading the Script, Answering comments, Monitoring what I had just said to make sure that it was at least in English, and editing parts of the script out in my head that were not absolutely necessary.
I also plan to go out and about, producing some content for the show with professional therapists / coaches and other film makers too.
Perhaps after 10 shows, life will start getting back to normal and the CONrona reality will be replaced by normal reality. Watch this space!!
sorry it’s been probably months since my last post, however I finally get the time to write a new short blog.
Just when I thought I had explored most forms of Photography and Cinematography techniques, I am now experiencing the Joy of doing Live Broadcasting.
This all came about due to the current Global Lock down and it forced me into looking at instructing my classes online, in the same vain as my own university has moved my course to online teaching.
After spending a few hours researching, I became aware that there are numerous software packages out there for Webinars and Live Streaming. I was understandably confused as I wasn’t sure exactly what the difference is between a Webinar and Live Streaming.
My understanding is that Webinars are like office meetings where the participants can interact on the same screen, where as Streaming is practical for reaching out to unlimited audiences.
I then narrowed down my search to Zoom or Ecamm Live Stream. Being a film maker I naturally gravitated towards Streaming, especially as Ecamm is specific software for Apple Mac Computers.
As soon as I started using Ecamm I realised how user friendly it is, rather like Final Cut Pro X, in fact you could say it’s the FCPX of Live Streaming in it’s Powerful yet simple user interface.
The only technical hitch I’ve discovered is that I can’t use my Olympus Camera as a 2nd feed as I’m required to purchase additional hardware and leads which are not cheap, so I’m limited to using my laptop camera meantime. If I had kept my Canon 7d, it would have plugged in to Ecamm with just a USB cable.
Now, back to the blog. The first few broadcasts will be on the subject of using simple mindfulness techniques taken from the 2 year course I run in the class room. However the show will also be taking an in-depth analysis of what is going on in the world from and Alternative News Broadcaster’s point of View.
I also hope in future to work with a Film Maker from Edinburgh who has shown an interest in helping me by providing mini news reports providing a variety of content.
The Nissan Micra is an iconic British brand of small car and has now evolved into its next metamorphosis. I wish to state categorically that I am neither an employee or sponsored in any way by Nissan.As Scotland’s no1 Micra fan boy I felt compelled to write this blog, especially as I have just taken advantage of a Micra lease deal only available during this September in the Uk.I am now the proud owner of a new Stylish fourth generation Limited Edition Micra Ascenta!!
So why choose MIcra?If you’re downsizing from your 4×4or perhaps you’re looking for a second family car, the new Nissan Micra may just be the ticket.So lets discover why this car is one of the best Japanese All Rounders currently on the market.Some of the Pros of the new 2019 models:
The most important aspect you could consider in a new car is its safety features, after all, you can get a new car any time but you can’t get a new life.So I’m going to describe some innovative safety features I have discovered on my new Micra journey. The novelty feature of the lane cross over warning system must be my favourite.When you start to cross over the dividing lane, an audible alarm sounds and vibration is sent through the driving wheel, much like the silent warning of a mobile phone. Another cool feature is the anti glare rear view mirror which makes a huge difference when driving at night in congested traffic – you will appreciate no longer having your retinas burned out by other’s headlights.On the AI front, if the car senses a toddler or person behind or in front of the car, an automatic halt action kicks in, however I hope never to experience this life saving feature.The ABS on Nissan cars are second to none.I had recently been travelling back from a business networking event when a dog broke free and ran out in front of me at short range – fortunately the ABS allowed me to do an emergency stop and no one got harmed.The dog, oblivious to the car, continued racing across the road to its favourite play park.
For me priority of a new car is to have a boot large enough to put my dive equipment in.The Ascenta’s boot is visibly larger than the previous Visia 3rd generation Micra.As you can see from the photographs, I can easily fit all my Snorkel Dive bags with more space remaining.There’s also a handy additional boot light which will make managing the boot at night convenient.
Another thing to consider is that the Micra is not only easy to manoeuvrein the city, but can also handle motorways and countryside roads with ease as well.Earlier this year I took my previous Visia to the Outer Hebrides to write a Magazine article about the North Harris Snorkel Trail.In the car I was able to take a passenger, luggage for two, 3 dive bags and my camera kits.The visia handled the steep and dangerous sheep ridden back roads without any problems what so ever which is why I feel that this small car is one of the best all rounders I’ve experienced.
The only tech I want from a car is to be able to answer important business client calls on the move – as a freelance photographer, some clients who have little time will not give you a second chance of a job if you don’t answer your phone the first time.With the new Ascenta you also have a cool feature called Apple Car Play.This means I can link my phone via USB cable and use my Map apps and watch them on the 7 inch touch display screen.I no longer need to invest in phone holders and have the satisfying convenience of not needing to take my iPhone out its case every time I want to use the maps app.You can also listen to the wireless while using your maps app.I have yet to see what happens when I link my go pro action cam to the system, using the car screen as a giant viewfinder.
For me this is the least important factor when choosing a new car, however the new Micra is noticeably more pleasing to the eye both with its exterior curves and sporty leather clad interiors.I have noticed that heads have been turning in my direction and I’ve even had cars tailing me to get a closer look at this sporty new automobile.
The Limited Addition Ascenta has a one litre engine which is extremely economical as a super mini should be, with an average of 47.1 mpg, emitting 118g per km of CO2.However despite the compact engine, the car feels like you are driving a much larger German brand.The words ‘smooth’ come to mind whether you are driving the manual or CVT transmission Micra, both of which I have enjoyed testing.Another word I think of is ‘solid.’You immediately feel this when you close the car door as compared to my previous 3rd generation Visia.The Visia in comparison felt more like a toy car with basic yet functional features.Albeit the Visia still has all the essential safety features to help keep you and the car in one piece.
Dino Leone, Senior Sales Executive at the Halbeath Dunfermline Nissan Showroom explained that Micra customers like myself keep returning.He had even sold a Micra to his sister and mother.Dino told me that Nissan only make cars to order, unlike other brands who have surplus vehicles sitting in fields.Due to public demand, the showroom are finding it hard to source automatic Micras, so as yet, it’s mainly manual cars that are available on the special lease deal.However CVT transmission Micras are currently available as a Mobility Option.
And the Cons?
The new Micra is noticeably larger than the previous incarnations.I found the new micra a little harder to park in between cars as I couldn’t judge the distances very easily.Perhaps in future Micras, Nissan will include the Aerial 360 degrees parking camera which would solve this problem for more petite drivers such as myself.
Apart from this I have found nothing else I would want to change as the new Micra has totally evolved beyond the pattern of previous generations.As long as a car can get me from A to B – dry and in comfort without breaking down or breaking the bank on the never ending rising petrol prices, the new Micra ticks all the boxes!
So if I’ve now got you ‘Micra Curious’ and would be interested in test driving the new Micra, contact Dino today at Nissan Dunfermline, Tel 01383 321 000email: firstname.lastname@example.org