Catch the Wind( click to see video)
You never really know how things will turn out.some time ago I was commissioned to travel to northern Ireland to film a new windfarm for the electricity company. I drove the 4 1/2 hours to the location and produced quite a nice video.
A few days later when working with my editor. He said those dreadful words ” I think you have a problem”
And when we looked closely at the footage on his screen we could see that indeed I did have a problem. There was a little dust on my sensor and while not very obvious was still a flaw on my images.
I phoned my client who said he had liked the video and when I mentioned the dust, he looked carefully at his laptop screen and said yes. I think we do have a problem.
Although the dust could be cloned out during postproduction. I felt the best thing would be to reshoot the project.
So with this in mind I drove up to Northern Ireland again. Again it was 4 1/2 or trip giving me a nine hour return trip for the project.
As I drove north towards the town of Sligo. I notice that the day was getting quite dull. As I am an optimist I continued driving but the day kept on getting darker and darker.
About 20miles from the location I encountered fog. By the time I got to the foot of the mountain. I could hardly see the front of my car because of the very dense fog. Because I travel so far I decided I would continue up the mountain and if necessary, sleep in the car and wait for the weather to clear.
As I drove up the mountain I emerged out of the fog into the most wonderfully blue sky. The quality of light was exceptional and I could hardly believe my eyes with such beautiful shooting conditions.
If you look at this video you will see that most of the images were framed as I would frame a still image. Having framed each image. I just let the wind generators provide all the movement.
After a few hours filming I had everything I needed in the can. As I was preparing to leave the windfarm. I looked behind me and so that the fog was creeping up the road towards me and engulfing some of the generators.
At the end of the shoot I drove home and enjoyed every minute of the journey, realising that we had done the honourable thing by offering to reshoot the project and were rewarded with a magnificent day and a great shooting opportunity.
Enjoy the video.