These are some videos I have taken in the past year while I was on my backpacking trip on the otherside of the world. When traveling you are definitely limited to what you can bring in your bag. So as far as video equipment it was basically my camera, an extra battery and memory cards. I bought a Panasonic GF1 before I took off because I wanted the ability to take photos and video wherever I was. The GF1 is also  fairly small so I could keep it hidden better and wouldn’t have to worry about lugging around a DSLR (Not that there is anything wrong with that just my own personal preference). I also didn’t have a tri-pod so unfortunately the result of the videos can be some shaky hand held shots. As I learn more about making videos and get my hands on better gear I plan to be creating more professional looking videos, but in the meantime here are a few I have created in the last little while:

I was in Moshi, Tanzania back in April 2011 spending a month helping out with an organization and had a chance to go on a Safari. It was four days of getting up before the sunrise and searching for animals around Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. I always said that if I ever went to Africa that going on a safari would be the number one thing I would want to do and I was lucky enough to get the chance to do so. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life and I would highly recommend it. We camped out in tents within the park boundaries and one night at Ngorongoro I heard animals grazing outside of our tent and was told it could have been Water Buffalo or Zebra, hopefully the latter. Some of the shots look like they were taken through a binocular lens and that is because they were. The camera I was using had a lens with a set focal length so I had no zoom and needed to improvise.

Jordan was one of my favourite countries that I visited and one of the main reasons was getting to spend three days out in the desert of Wadi Rum. Now the landscape was basically a whole bunch of sand and rocks rising out of the ground which may sound boring, but it honestly was an awesome place to be. Started off by getting picked up by my guide Audi and headed out in an old Toyota Landcruiser to some of the popular spots. I saw some old rock wall drawings, a place where Lawrence of Arabia supposedly stayed, a rock bridge, a giant sand dune, and tons of gorgeous look out points. The day also consisted of taking many tea breaks where Audi would make a fire and boil a pot of tea filled with sugar. Back at the tents I watched the sun set over the desert, enjoyed a dancing display by the Bedouin and had an excellent dinner. Next day was riding a camel for a total of 8 hours just enjoying the desert at a slow and quiet pace. I have an appreciation for anyone that rides camels for a living because I was unbelievably sore after that experience. The camels kept fighting all day like little children and you could tell they had their own personalities. The final day which isn’t shown in the video was climbing a mountain on the border of Saudi Arabia and getting a great view looking over the area that is Wadi Rum. Here is the video for your viewing pleasure.

In June 2011 I was in Bjurholm, Sweden for my friends wedding. I was very glad to be there and be apart of their special day. The wedding was similar to the Canadian style weddings with some small differences, however what suprised me the most was the creative talent that poured out of the swedes on that day. One of the best parts was whenever someone would make a speech they more than likely broke out into song afterwards. At the end of this video I recorded one of the songs that was made up by a group of the Bride and Grooms friends and performed that night at dinner. Their families had taken good care of me while I was over there so I thought making this video was a small step towards paying them back. Check it out.

Last but not least, a video I took traveling around Western Europe over the course of three months. I had a Global Rail Pass that was good for three months and I got to visit Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden. Amazing trip, train travel is now my favourite way to get around, unfortunately there aren’t many passenger trains in the Pacific Northwest.  I tried my best to really make the video flow with the song ‘Ghostwriter’ by RjD2. Have a look tell me what you think.


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