Anders Run- Working Out The Kinks

Working out the kinks is an important step in combining video, stills and audio. The kinks would be your work flow, everything changes. My approach to how I shoot has changed drastically since I have committed to audio and video collection while shooting images.

My work flow at the moment goes like this.

In the field:
Set the audio recorder down in a safe place. Walk away to get rid of the camera shutter sound that will be picked up.

Shoot images, shoot video. I rarely use my Flip video for sound collection. Shoot images, shoot video.

Use a Holga to shoot vignetted macros.

In the office:
Using Image Ingester, download, duplicate and add keyword and copyright metadata to all media.

Using Photoshop edit Photos, HDR, Panos, Animations

Using Premiere rough cut the Video and sound. Save early, save often. Add still images and fine edit.

Post images.

Transfer to permanent archive, duplicated and back-up on DVD-ROM.

I am certain that my work flow will become more efficient as I do this more.

Anders Run Cornplanter Forest

Anders Run Natural Area

Just north of Althom, Pa. along the dirt road to the right is the Allegheny River and Thompson Island, part of the Allegheny River Islands Wilderness, to the left is the mammoth sized 14427 acre State Games Lands #86, just ahead on the top of the hill is Anders Run Natural Area. This portion of the Cornplanter Forest is less than 20 miles southwest of Warren and directly across the river from the Allegheny National Forest. Arriving in late afternoon, it is early spring, a perfectly warm day, and I find myself in a tucked away portion of Pennsylvania standing with giants with some the tallest and oldest trees in North America.

The Anders Run Natural Area amounts to only 96 acres but contains a healthy stand of old growth white pine. Some of the pines in the stand are estimated to be over 150 foot tall, four foot around and over 200 years old. Towering over the valley the pines dwarf trees and vegetation in an unprotected area adjacent to the natural area. The difference is striking, The stand of full green white pines is a defiant demarcation between an area of natural beauty and one manufactured landscape. The deciduous trees at the edges of the stand are indicative of a young forest, remain leafless, their full bloom is still about two weeks away.

Flowing through the stand is Anders Run a modest stream flowing with cool clear melt water several inches deep catching and reflecting the near horizontal rays of the setting sun. The natural sounds of the flowing water mingled with the sing-song of early birds indicating spring has arrived.

Anders Run Natural Area