Thailand

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On my first trip to Thailand, I spent a month on an island in the South of the country. I flew to Bangkok and took a bus to the Sounth on the same night, as I didn’t want to stay in this big crazy city. When I arrived on the island I was amazed by the totally new for me sounds of animals and birds, that could be heard in the daytime or in the night. On the first evening I was shocked by the sight of a big gecko on the ceiling in my bath. I quickly moved to get my camera, but when I came back, it was gone. Later I heard a strange sound, that turned out to be the same kind of tokay gecko. It is still one of the most adorable sounds for me. You can hear it in this video of nighttime frog, chickets and gecko sounds that I recorded: https://youtu.be/9xyUEVeJPO8

I couldn’t wait to start exploring the jungle there and to see all these exotic types of plants and trees and hear all the sounds of these tropical forests. Unfortunately it rained, and rained, and rained… It rained most of the time for nearly two weeks, even though it wasn’t supposed to be the rainy season. In the end I decided to try to film and record the rain. After many successful and less successful tries, I managed to collect enough footage and sound, to make this video: https://youtu.be/c9pQYOGIWM8

When the sky finally cleared, I started exploring and filming the island’s and jungles and beaches. I also went on a two-day boat trip to the nearby marine national park – an amazingly beautiful and wild place on it’s own. I made a video of one of it’s many wild beaches: https://youtu.be/xGRjCa49C6U

The jungles in the area were lush and rich with vegetation and wildlife and there were some very big old trees and exotic plants. One sound that I didn’t particularly like and I was trying to avoid in my recordings was the sound of what I later found out to be a type of cicada. It sounds like a very high pitched constant noise and I didn’t imagine that the people watching the video would find it relaxing. This is the result of my few hikes in the local jungles: https://youtu.be/MCuFfW3X324

On my way back to the airport, I spent a whole day in Bangkok and started to appreciate how relaxed, peaceful and friendly it’s atmosphere was, despite the constant traffic, crowds and noise. Overall I loved Thailand and will certainly be coming back there.

Here’s a video collection of some of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches, that I managed to film: https://youtu.be/BZYMzs0Jt94

And here is a short film with music with different scenes and aerial shots of the tropical beauty that I saw in Thailand: https://youtu.be/c8vN7Llnyqo

High Mountains

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I went to Pirin National Park for a few days with the idea of making a long relaxation video of beautiful mountain scenery. I have always found Pirin mountain very picturesque and beautiful with it’s sharp jagged alpine style peaks, clear water streams, delicate and brightly coloured flowers and deep turquoise lakes, that are so cold even amidst the summer. Every day I was hiking up the mountain from one of the huts there, absorbing the beauty and the clean, fresh mountain air and filming the endless abundance of breathtaking scenery. The video, that I compiled from these days of shooting can be seen here: https://youtu.be/VtvBpcyQP9M

In the area I also saw and filmed a big herd of beautiful cows, peacefully grazing the lush green grass. I found watching them and hearing the clear sounds of their bells very relaxing and decided to go back next year specifically to film them. And I am happy to say, that I successfully did that. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/QhLMlA3Wb8w

Cosy Cove

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During my last summer’s holiday with two friends to the Northern part of Greece, I had a chance to film some beautiful beaches and rocky little coves along the coast. The weather was amazing and the water of the sea crystal clear. Unfortunately a lot of the footage was ruined by human made noises. Anyone that has tried recording nature sounds, knows how difficult and sometimes impossible it is to escape the noises of modern civilization.

During the trip, we stumbled across an area of the coast where the sea and the wind have shaped the rocks into some amazing forms. The forms were so incredible, that I could spend hours just exploring and photographing them. At the end I managed to make a long loop relaxing video of a cosy little cove, surrounded by those rocks. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/lxNXf9fBv0g

Forest Stream

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On one of my solo trips to my favourite place in the Central Balkan National Park, I filmed a crystal clear mountain stream, where I always stop to rest, to enjoy the fresh air, the sounds and view. On hot summer days, I sometimes have a quick dip the cold waters. It is quite unpleasant initially, but if you take it slowly in the end it feels so cleansing and energising. The video of this majestic place can be found here: https://youtu.be/1t7g690boao

On this same trip whilst camping in the foothills of the mountain I managed to record the early morning song of the birds in the forest. You can play this video and listen to their songs here: https://youtu.be/XxP8kxUn5bc