Thursday, January 23, 2014

Of flying ducks and earth-bound YouTube

Ducks overhead at Boundary Bay . . .

Flap, flap, flappity flap

Ed Yong posted an article in NatGeo last week, reporting on studies of birds that fly in V formation. Not only is the location of each bird (specifically, in this post, bald ibises and pelicans) carefully controlled, but so is the precise timing of each flap of a bird's wing.

Ducks do it, too. But around home, they scatter across the sky helter-skelter, each flapping away merrily to his own tune.


About that jellyfish video; YouTube has been refusing to cooperate. I think it doesn't like the program I'm using (Picasa), so I'm starting again from scratch with another program.

Has anyone else had this problem, and what programs are you using to build your videos?



    I saw this video on how to make a macro photography / microscope stand for smartphone. Thought of you.

    I loved your jellyfish photos and look forward to the video. I have zero help for you tube and your program. I am technology impaired.

  2. Picasa freezes if you do any trimming to the videos, and proceed to export it. I'd suspect this bug applies to youtube export as well. It's been a while since I've tried, but Picasa also uploaded in SD, not HD. I'd look for another editing program. One may have come with your camera. I use Sony Vegas, but I find the learning curve a bit steeper.

  3. Thanks, Tim. I finally downloaded a free Windows program, which worked, more or less.

    Upupaepops: that's really interesting! I don't have a Smartphone, but a stand more or less like this would be perfect for taking photos of tiny critters with my regular camera.


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