TA Sunny Day in Edinburgh? Yes, I drove the daunting 320-mile trip to Edinburgh for a whopping 24 hours! Our day started at 5 am. We jumped out of bed, showered, got changed and chucked our bags in the car. After quick diesel stop and coffee for myself we were off.
The weather on leaving was absolutely horrible, torrential rain, windy, and barely any visibility. At points, I was contemplating turning the car around and calling it quits. Fortunately, around an hour into the journey the skies opened up and it was pure blue skies the entire route. Our journey was long! We arrived in Edinburgh at 11:15 and straight away we parked the car and headed into the city. Squeaks picked our hotel and she couldn’t have picked a better location, it was five-minutes from the castle.
We wandered the city checking out the usual tourist attractions and visited sites. On that list was Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Princes Street, the Scottish Gallery, and even visit a Harry Potter store.
The prospect of moving? It seems it might soon be time to move from my home town of Malvern and live in a city. Recently I have been evaluating how much I earn and if it is enough to help advance where I want to go in life. I can honestly say no it’s not helping. So I have been looking for jobs in Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.
These three cities over the same type of job that I am on now, but with huge salary increases for less work. It is a no brainer then, that I take the risk of a fresh start in a new city and apply for jobs.
The Prospect of Moving
Moving to another city is daunting, especially as I’m happy being comfortable right now. The issue is moving all of my belongings, starting a new job, and then making friends. Obviously, I have a few friends in each of these cities, but obviously, the more the better. Fortunately, I’m quite independent and if in doubt, I can always become a hermit and play video games all the time.
So what sort of jobs am I applying for? Well, I’ve applied for social media and digital marketing roles with at least a £25,000 salary. The cities mentioned above all have these roles as options.
So today I spent the day with Dean Cueson a local of Birmingham walking around town. Dean gave me a taste of some of the places I’ll be spending my time at in Birmingham. I also used this as an opportunity to purchase some more clothes.
Picture of Birmingham
Recently I’ve failed to take photographs, but I wanted to take a few. The weather wasn’t the best so I made do with what I could. Below is a selection of mediocre photos.
Yesterday I received in the post a DJI Osmo Mobile. After a fan fair of reviews and praise on the internet, I decided to take the plunge and purchase one. Unfortunately, after only one day of usage, I Have decided to return it for a full refund.
It has bugged me as I was really looking forward to spending the next few weeks being creative. I intended to travel to interesting and visually appealing places and document it.
Issues with DJI Osmo Mobile
One of the main issues I came across was how slow it was to adjust and counter any movement. While I tried to film a friend on his BMX, a simple left to right motion took far too long. In an attempt to be creative I tried to compensate with the control stick to speed up the pan. However, this did not yield any visible improvements. My opinion is that this is targeted at consumers who will focus on vlogging. Whereas, my usage would be of varying styles which would require more responsiveness.
So because of these reasons, my future video plans have changed and I’m pretty gutted with how poor this piece of kit is, especially considering the price. Maybe my iPhone 7+ was too heavy for a speedy movement, but I’ll have to return and invest in an old SLR camera instead.
Until then, do expect a delay on video content for a month or two while I save to purchase a camera. If you know of a camera that is great in low light and shoots 1080 60fps, please let me know.
Over the past few days, I have been revisiting old videos I produced for such companies as Vital BMX, Total BMX, and various others brands to showcase on this site. While viewing these videos I came across this video I produced of Jack Dumper.
Jack was the first person I filmed where I felt I had to put as much effort as I could into getting his story across. He was born with only one arm and has gone on to inspire so many people with his riding. Using his hoodie as a makeshift arm and support to balance and pull tricks is a testament to how resourceful and incredible he is. Not only is Jack one of the most talented people I’ve met, he is also one of the most humble and wisest people.
Please take 3 minutes of your time to watch this short video we produced back in 2015.
Meet Jack Dumper – A One-Armed BMX Rider on Vital BMX
After suffering fairly bad sunburn from a full day of riding the previous day, riding didn’t work out too well today. However, I did manage to snap this shot of Jack Dickinson.
After succumbing to the heat, myself and George headed into town for new shoes. I snapped this portrait of George Taylor outside Two Seasons in Worcester.
Dean Cueson is one person who helped kickstart my career in media and filming. Since then we parted ways when I quit filming and unfortunately had to sell my bike due to financial reasons.
That was until recently when Dean reminded me that he was at University in Worcester. This has allowed us to hang out more and ride together since I recently acquired a new bike.
Being such a good rider that he is, I love taking photos of his riding using my iPhone 7+
Today we visited Hereford skatepark, a park I used to visit frequently and a park that Dean has only visited a handful of times. If you do not know Dean, he likes to go fast and high. Hopefully, this photo will articulate that fact.