Some days my greatest joy is sitting at the back window to watch the birds at the feeders. I am also armed with my camera. I have a passion for capturing my fine feathered friends in a photograph.
Below is just one of the thousands of bird photographs I have taken from my back window.
Look how adorable these little cuties are and they are so much fun to watch.
Lately my newest craze has been taking videos of them and converting them to little movies with background music.
I am no Hollywood movie maker. As you can tell this is my first attempt at this sort of thing. The process of editing, cutting, splitting and all the other stuff that goes into making a video is pretty complicated by my standards.
I used a very basic video editor that came with my Nikon camera. When the movie comes straight from the camera it is a very large file. It then has to be converted into a smaller file, which really reduces the quality. But if I did not shrink it down I would never have been able to put it up on YouTube and then I would never have been able to share it with you. Hence leaving you without a blog post this week and leaving your week with a huge lonely hole in it without me!
Anyway once I was fairly happy with the results I uploaded it to YouTube where I discovered even more things I could do with it. I was then able to adjust the contrast, lighting and even some vibration reduction. Believe me when you are sitting at the back window there is no room for a tripod set up. My hands are pretty shaky. On top of that my one zoom lens that is able to capture scenes from a distance does not have vibration reduction. That particular lens with all the bells and whistles is about the price of a small car! (I am not kidding… $9000.00 worth of non-kidding) And that is the cheaper one!
I added some jazzy background music. That was also free. I found the music on YouTube by someone named Longzijun. In the credit at the end, his name got cut off and I spelled it wrong and am really sorry for that. People that give away their own music for people to enjoy should get limitless credit for their craft.
There is a guest appearance from Maggie my one legged Magpie near the end of the video. She is one of my favorite birds that has become a regular at the feeders.
Without further ado here is the finished video.
I wish you could see it in it’s original format as it is a much better quality but like I said it was too large a file. I hope you enjoyed some of my backyard birds and have a good week everyone!
**UPDATE: I just discovered if I click on the HD settings on my FaceBook page of this same video it shows with much better quality. It is there for the public so if you want a look at it in a better quality format you can go to this link and have a look. You can even put it on full screen mode for an even better viewing.**