A few days ago I went for a hike. I thought it would be fun to take my camera and share the experience and talk about why health and fitness is important. So I, and about 30 pounds of camera gear, headed out. Yeah, yeah. I have smaller, lighter gear but I really love shooting on this camera so I really wanted to take it. However, things didn’t go according to plan. Pretty much everything I could screw up I screwed up on this little adventure.
I looked at the map and planned my route. I had a good idea where I was going. I’d gotten together all my camera gear the night before so I knew that was all set. I had been reading comments about the route and someone commented about a waterfall that you had to pass. I had been to this waterfall so it immediately gave me an idea where I was going. This was my first mistake… So off I went on my 6 1/2 mile hike. However that comment kind of screwed me up! HA HA HA it ended up nowhere close to 6.5 miles.
If I had just stuck to the map instead of basing my hike on that comment I wouldn’t have gone a mile out of my way. Whoops, my fault. I had to backtrack about a mile to get on the right trail. Shortly after backtracking, I realized that my camera lens had been on manual focus instead of autofocus this entire time. This little mistake meant most of my footage was probably out of focus. Oh well. At least I caught it and the rest would be in focus. I would just have to work around the blurry footage.
A few days later when I sat down to edit the footage, I made a very disturbing discovery. None of my footage had any sound at all. I had used a different mic than I usually use and this mic had to be turned on. I had never turned the mic on! This was a major blunder! After a minor meltdown, I had a good laugh at myself and regrouped.
The video I had planned to make was completely out the window. There was no way I could do it unless I wanted to just subtitle over all the parts that I talked, assuming I even remembered what I said… I needed a new plan. I decided to cut the video that I could use together, add some sound effects and some music, and just have a nice hiking video. I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out!
This is a great example of done is better than perfect. My first inclination was to scrap all the footage and just not have a video this week. This isn’t the video that I wanted to shoot, but I’m really happy with the way this video turned out. AND it never would’ve happened if I hadn’t screwed everything up. So I hope you enjoy this video that I totally screwed up.