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OctoBeardfest under the sea (video)

OctoBeardFest day 19. Bored of taking photos of myself so I just made a video in my realistic (beacause its totally real) undersea lair.

There doesn't seem to be much beard growth since last time but there is actually. It's getting a little bushier and stragglier. When I had a 'tache and goatee-thing as a younger man it was all silky smooth and soft but now I'm old it's all harsh and wiry beacause I'm old so it's all harsh and wiry.

Enormous thanks to Professor Hardev Pandha for his donation. He is the scientist working on the immunotherapy treatments for cancer that I am fundraising for. I was deeply touched that he is supporting me. I'm over half way to my target and I'd love a few more donors. Head over to my justgiving page to read more and make a donation.

24 things to do before you turn 30: say hi to a large... turtle? (video)

This video of a very large Common Snapping Turtle in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, which I shot in 2009, has recently been included in a Buzzfeed video called 24 Things To Do Before You Turn 30.

Nice enough, although it's captioned as 'say hi to a large tortoise', which it isn't, but I would say would be a good thing to do at any time of life. I didn't get to do it until I was 45, and that was OK. And it was a turtle. But anyway.

You get about a second of turtle action at 16 seconds in. I like the sub-heading of the piece, which is 'definitely go pee in every ocean'. Who wouldn't want to do that, at any age?

My video of a Canadian chipmunk on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams (video)

So I was contacted last Friday by NBC Primetime  News, who wanted to use my video of a Chipmunk  that I took three years ago in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, for some reason on the Brian Williams Show 'Rock Center'.

I don't know the context or whatever but it's only 18 seconds long, I never expected to make any money from it, and I quite like Brian Williams, so I thought, why not. At least they asked nicely.

Photos and videos of rural Hungary in winter

Frozen landscape in Western Hungary

UPDATE: I added a gallery and updated this post 7 years in the future, in February 2019.

At the beginning of February I went with my mum to a family gathering in Ösi, Western Hungary to celebrate my grandmother’s 95th birthday. It was pretty cold (at least -10C plus the windchill) so I stayed mainly indoors and took lots of photos  and a few videos  around the farm - in the house, the workshop, and around the back yard.

Flying over Margaret Island in the Danube, Budapest, Hungary
Still life with stove lighter
TV corner
Winter sunlight through a glass door
Ruined farm building, si, Hungary

A new playlist of videos made in Madeira

I’ve just added a new playlist  of the videos I made in Madeira earlier this year. There are 5 short films so far, and I may add one or two more in due course.

Cabo Girão is a lofty sea cliff located along the southern coast of the island of Madeira, in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

A diamond-shaped sea-cliff escarpment ranging from 560 metres (1,840 ft) to 589 metres (1,932 ft) above sea level, Cabo Girão lies between two river-valleys that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. The escarpment/cliffs extend approximately one kilometre in length and the cliff reaches from approximately three kilometres between the urban sprawl of Câmara de Lobos and the river-valley of Quinta Grande.

Although brochures explain that it is the highest cliff in Europe, at least five European cliffs (Hornelen at 860 metres, Cape Enniberg at 750 metres, Vixía Herbeira at 613 metres, Preikestolen at 604 metres and Slieve League at 601 metres) are higher.

There are terraced fields (Fajãs de Cabo Girão) located below the shear cliffs, and were at one time only accessible by boat. In August 2003, a cable car was installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields.

The playlist is here. I also took a lot of photos (as usual) of this spectacularly mountainous jewel of the Atlantic.

In the clouds, Madeira

In the clouds, central Madeira


Reciprocal linking: 2 sites featuring me (a country torn distant son)

This week I came across a couple of websites featuring my work, Analog: Radio: Transmissionand Flying HighThe first is a site called Analog: Radio: Transmission. The aim of this blog is to draw attention to the relentless technological advancement of 21st Century civilisation. The author states that  the overriding theme “is to show our unyielding tendency towards progress, no matter what the cost. Like a child obsessed with what’s behind the only door that is locked in the creepy house or an adults temptation to press the ‘big red button’, we seem to just have to tinker and look to see what might happen.”

My video ‘Button’ has been used in this entry, and I think it is entirely appropriate and illustrates the theme of the site well.

Kudos toDr Analog.

The second site is a Hungarian website called Flying High (or possibly flying is good). In a section on seaplanes, they’ve featured a video I made of a seaplane flight over San Francisco. Also featured is one of my old paintings.

To my shame, I’ve had to use Google Translate to decipher what is being said, although I know enough to know that it’s a very poor translation. However, I’m going to leave it uncorrected at the end of this post, because, well, I’m lazy, and it has the feeling of certain random, automatic poetic quality that is quite Hungarian in its own way, and emulates the original.

flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam

Translation:

Divided our country into the distance, the son of painter and designer living in London Kiss élménygyűjtéshez Nicholas travels. Globe-trotting, two years ago, one inevitably beleült float planes, even the Golden Gate Bridge and is no longer in operation Alcatraz prison island city of San Francisco. The good old DHC-2 Beaver is still wandering the city center, the in-flight music and  sometimes a bit annoying is returned to the well-off and off when working on engines rumbling voice.

The video should start after a full screen zoom.

Since 1947 the company's operating base in Sausalito since 1994 in the six-way transport of two DeHavilland Canada, that the Beaver is on duty.The Netra also enroll early, as the domain of their seaplane in San Francisco Seaplane Tours and proclaim themselves as such even if they have found the Google search engine. The sightseeing service on the two prices can be found. Shorter 25-minute tour of $160 per person, a 10 minute tour is $50 more expensive. Would be better off if you just add the official video of Nicholas video who is interested in, compare them to other video can be found under the company reported a link under Tour info.

Miklos Kiss goodbye to a picture, find out more about the suggested link for an interview and of course his own side, where even more pictures waiting for visitors.

Finally, plus service announcements, as I write this, we are reluctant public video seaplane sightseeing trips or any other matter not only of our country torn distant son.

 

New photographs and videos from Turkey

Following a visit to Turkey in September, staying a week in Istanbul, and a week in Simena  on the south coast, I have made sets of photographs  and videos  taken there.

Istanbul barber

Istanbul barber

Boats and scenery, Kekova-Simena

There are at least 300 photos (edited down from nearly 800) but I am still adding a few more as I go along - that stuff takes time! There are 9 videos in the playlist.


Video: Maneki Neko / Beckoning cat

Someone at work has put a little japanese golden beckoning cat statue in the window of their office. So I made a little video with an iPhone 3GS and the iSupr8  app.

The Maneki Neko (招き猫, literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Cat Swipe, Money cat, or Fortune Cat; sometimes incorrectly labeled Chinese Lucky Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.

The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—many times at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it.

 

Video: Driving 29 miles in 6 minutes, from Streatham to Guildford

video  I made recently of my daily commute through Streatham, Tooting, Wimbledon and at 3:08 a really high-speed section on the A3 through Surrey to Guildford. (By high speed, I mean, the video has been speeded up! The usual journey time for this 29 mile trip is anywhere between forty-five minutes to an hour and a half).

This is the second of these videos I’ve made.

The first was of my drive home from my previous jobwhich was in Clerkenwell in Central London. Quite a difference in that this first journey is all on city streets and is very stop / start thanks to the heavy traffic and the number of junctions and traffic lights.

Mesa Verde video completes the set

During the luxurious free time between Christmas and New Year I’ve finally found the motivation to edit together the last bits of video from our trip to the USA in July, and post them to my playlist . The videos are of the Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and some scrappy bits of footage from Excelsior Geyser Crater in Yellowstone National Park.

In all, there are seven videos  and lots of photographs  from a road trip from Las Vegas to Yellowstone and back again in July 2010 travelling through 8 States and visiting some amazing places along the way, including Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments, Mesa Verde National Park, Arches National Park and Moab, Grand Teton, Zion National Park, and of course Las Vegas. All the while immersed in the spectacular, monumental landscape of the Western United States.

Why my Giant Sequoias video is getting a lot of hits

I noticed recently that the video I made of the Giant Sequoia trees at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park was getting way more hits (like thousands more) than any of the other videos I have on YouTube. Thanks to the new Insight tools YouTube provide, I was able to figure out why quite easily.

The insight tools are now accessible underneath each video, and provide an easy way to check stats about viewers. I was pleased to discover that the video had been embedded on the National Park Reservations and Yosemite Blog sites. As Yosemite is such a hugely popular destination, these websites (particularly the former) must be visited by many folk, and as a consequence, my video is getting a lot of additional hits.

Yosemite is a beautiful and awesome place and it was one of my life’s ambitions to go visit.  Happily, I got to spend a few days there in June 2009 on a road trip around California, and it was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.

Some photos I took in Yosemite

And here’s a fantastic old film by the National Park Service:

7 videos from Sri Lanka and the Maldives now uploaded

All seven movies made from video I shot in Sri Lanka and the Maldives in April 2010 are now online .

On Velassaru Island  from Miklos Kiss  on Vimeo

They range from a six second pastry-based breakfast vignette to the video above where I tried to capture the tranquility and stillness of the peaceful island of Velassaru in the Maldives. There is a page of all the videos here.

 

Video: To the reef by glass-bottomed-boat

Heading to Galle from Kalutara, we stopped at Hikkaduwa for a cool drink and a short trip out to the reef by glass-bottomed boat.

This takes only a couple of minutes, and once there, we could see the reef in the glass beneath our feet, with lots of small fish darting about in the turbulent water. Our boatman gave us some dry bread, which we threw in the sea to bring the fish to the surface.

Suddenly we saw, feeding over the reef right next to us, a large sea turtle of some sort , which was lovely to see, having just come from a turtle sanctuary where we'd held tiny little hatchlings in our hands.

Newly added playlist of Sri Lanka videos

Also just posted is a thirteen-second video  of a tame Palm Squirrel. There were lots of these tame little animals all around the Kani Lanka Resort in Kalutara.