A day out at Tatton Park

I love taking photos, but recently I’ve been trying to branch out into making short video clips. The scope for storytelling is much greater with video, and don’t we all just love a good story – children and adults.

Way back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, I did spend a few long summers as a wedding videographer. I started off assisting one of the local wedding videographers, learning the craft, before he sub-contracted me out to film under his brand.

There can be a fairly fixed pattern to a wedding, the story you tell is already meticulously planned out through the day. I want to tell my own stories. So, in order to get back into the swing of planning, filming, looking for shots, telling a story, sound design, and post-production editing, I’ve been making short films of days out.

Here is a short couple of minutes clip of a day out at Tatton Park in Cheshire, all shot on an iPhone, a little different than the shoulder mounted VHS camcorder I got started with.

Thank you for watching.

Danny.

P.S. Here’s a photo a guest took of me filming a wedding. You can tell it was the 1980s by the double breasted suit with shoulder pads. You can also tell it was a long time ago by the fact I have a head full of hair, long since departed.

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The best camera …

Scottish Sunset

Scottish Sunset

As world famous photographer Chase Jrvis says, the best camera is the one that’s with you. I now understand what he means. I was out at the local shop picking up a few ingredients ready to make dinner when I noticed a great fire in the sky. Mother Nature was treating us to a magical display of colour as the sun set. I didn’t have my “good” camera with me, but I did have my camera phone. I took these pictures with it. I’m very pleased with the results.

Colours of sunset

Colours of sunset