The winter was not over yet, so I decided to go to Rila National Park for some winter footage. The hut is only an hour away from where you can leave your car, but still sits around 2000m above the sea level. Along the clearly marked path, on the way to the hut and back, I managed to film some nice shots and record some good sounds with which I made a few long videos. These videos can be seen here: https://youtu.be/CUaybv1jdHw, here: https://youtu.be/X-NY0YVmdg4 and here: https://youtu.be/0fHaQdacCmM
On the two days I spent up at the hut, I made long treks in the thick snow further up the mountain. I was lucky that on both days there have been other people that have walked up before me. I was walking over their steps, which made it much easier for me, as I still hadn’t bought myself some snowshoes. I filmed a lot of the pure raw mountain scenery covered in white snowy blanket. I tested my new drone’s abilities and was very happy with it’s stability, even in strong wind. In the end I made a short video of this incredible landscape, soundtracked by the amazing ambient music, so generously offered by Stellardrone: https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com/ The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/2pmgu6Yfbb8
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.
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
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