A Matter of Perspective

Jennifer is probably going to seriously hurt me for posting this bit, but I got such a big kick out of it that I just had to share.We recently received a video camera from our parents so that we may share the experience that is Kaija with them over the many thousands of miles that separate us. When we were done shooting the first hour of video, we transferred it to VHS and shipped them to our parents for Valentines day.Since I was home for quite a while after Kaija was born, I did much of the video work on the first tape. Now that I’m back at work, Jennifer has started to record Kaija with it.Earlier tonight, I had Kaija in the bathroom “standing” on the countertop and looking at herself in the large mirror behind the sink. Jennifer brought in the video camera and started recording because she wanted to get it on tape. Well, at one point, she turned the camera on its side. It’s one of those cameras with a flip-out LCD view screen, which she was using. I asked her what she was doing. She said that the proportions weren’t good horizontally. She couldn’t get all of Kaija standing on the screen that way, but she could if she turned the camera on its side. That might work for still photography, where you can just rotate the print or digital image, but video is a different story (unless you have the right equipment). I stared at her for a few seconds then asked her if she planned to turn the TV on its side when that part of the video came along. Her eyes got big as she realized what she was doing, then laughed but didn’t say much more.We just filled up the second tape and reviewed it tonight. Let me just say that cocking your head to the side for some shots might be okay, but it can get painful when done several minutes at a time. As it turns out, tonight wasn’t the first time she had turned the video camera sideways to get more of the subject in. There were at least 4 or 5 different occurances of substantial length sideways recordings.Oh, well. At some point when I have the time and a faster desktop machine, I’ll probably transfer all of this video to the computer, cut it up into clips, rotate the sideways segments (and crop to get the correct width/height ratio), splice them together and put them to some tear-jerking audio track. In the meantime, Kaija’s grandparents will just have to deal with stiff necks for a few days.

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One thought on “A Matter of Perspective

  1. If you don’t see a post from Brahm for a few days, don’t worry. I decided to practice my parenting skills and put him in "time out" in response to this recent posting…

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