Fun With Video

I’ve not posted for quite a while, but that’s because I’ve been quite busy with other projects, one of which was to prepare a lecture for my local photography club, Worksop Photographic Society. My lecture was entitled “Ice Alert” at the suggestion of one of the members, but was really about my trips to Iceland and Antarctica. The title was fun though.

I first went to Iceland in 1975 believe it or not, where I spent almost 5 weeks as part of a School Geology and Geography Field Trip. It was amazing experience for an 18 year old. I did take a camera .. my mum’s Kodak Instamatic, but knew absolutely nothing about photography. I still have the negatives of those snapshots which I dug out this last week end and scanned. A task which has been long overdue. Unfortunately the film acetate had almost completely faded to a yucky orange, and they were scratched and grainy, but after some considerable trial and error I manage to salvage some happy photographic memories.

They’re probably not worthy of a straight slide show, so I had some fun putting them to getter in a small video using ProShow Producer. It’s a while since I’d attempted anything like this but here’s my result.

Iceland School Trip (1975) from John Birch on Vimeo.

Special thanks to another former Geology teacher Pete Williams, for helping to jog my memory and providing some of his own photos.

In case you’re wondering the music is “Helm’s Place” by acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin, which just seem to fit the mood. You can buy his music on iTunes here.

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