The 3rd Covid Camping Nature Snapshots video features western wildlife images and panoramic views. Some of the key scenes include Great Basin bull elk wading in a pond, several wild horses and of course lots more white pelicans! Wild burros, coyotes and bighorn sheep are in this package too. The birding sessions feature common western species and there is a series of flying Phoenix Moth photos filmed with a 200-500mm lens that are interesting to view.
The nature photo sessions in this video took place during my Covid isolation camping ordeal, which began as a 6 month tour of the west in August 2019. Because of the pandemic, the tour finally ended in April 2022. My own occupation was caput during those years, so I focused solely upon building up content for the Destination West travel website project. Needless to say, I accumulated many terabytes of digital imagery during that time.
Since I was camping, power management and communications continually presented challenges. Uploading content during Covid was best done overnight in a cheap dive motel room once every 2 or 3 weeks. The primary focus was placed upon the western website imagery, so the travel content photos were uploaded immediately. All of the rest, including the wildlife imagery had to wait to be published at a later date. When that later date finally arrived in mid 2022, I realized that I had a mountain of digital material to process. It is easy to see why the Covid imagery is finally being completed in late 2023!
Figuring out how to present a boat load of nature photos also took some time. Selling images meant dealing with a payola marketing system, so I sought a better option. Because I was a chef for many years, entertaining is second nature. For this reason, publishing the Covid camping nature imagery in a modern video slideshow format for sheer entertainment value turned out to be the way to go.
For those who actually had to endure a 1960s style amateur slideshow, the memory of low quality images projected on a living room wall surely will compare to a long forgotten nightmare. The days of the noisy bulky film slide projector are long gone, but for many years digital slideshows remained plain and simple because that was the traditional way. Piling new boredom on top of old boredom did not exactly help the slideshow cause, but in recent years this has all changed with advancements in technology.
Every video processing software manufacturer currently includes all of the necessary tools for creating an entertaining modern video slideshow. There are also slideshow template plug-ins, which make it easy to design a captivating finished product. A music soundtrack is a nice choice for a modern video slideshow and basic jam band software opens the door for even more creativity.
If you have a ton of good photos collecting dust that you would rather share than sell, designing your own modern slideshow may be the best option. A project like this will surely keep you busy and the finished video will certainly impress guests. This is especially true if you learn some professional video editing techniques. There are several professional slideshow creator tutorials on YouTube that definitely will help getting started.
On the downside, not every computer is capable of performing video editing, so be sure to check the computer RAM, processor and data storage system requirements for the level of video editing you want to do. There is a big difference in the hardware needed for HD 1080, 4K or 8K video projects. Knowing this will save the frustration of experiencing system overload when the editing tasks are big. For modern slideshow video projects on a weak computer, sticking with simple tasks may be the only option.
Because of the rising cost of data storage, I am currently phasing out the photo gallery system that is employed at the Destination West website. The western travel destination photo galleries are now being converted to YouTube video slideshow format. This means that tediously browsing through hundreds of images in the antiquated Flickr image galleries will no longer be necessary when seeking more input about a particular destination. Watching a western travel destination slideshow at YouTube is far more convenient and it is more entertaining as well. The first in the western travel destination video slideshow series to be published will be Dinosaur National Monument, so be sure to stay tuned and subscribe!
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*This website will be going through renovations soon. Separate destination articles will be combined after the videos replace the outdated photo gallery system. As many readers know, most of the writing was done on the fly while camping, so many articles read like a rough draft. The articles will be cleaned up and edited. Many of the old photos were straight out of the camera due camping limitations as well, so you will finally see full living color images, just like in the new videos. Another goal is to make navigating the index pages easier and condensing the articles will help. This website will continue into the future and your patience is greatly appreciated!
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