1. This is the second HD video sequence taken with my D90 during a day trip from Hong Kong to Macau during our holiday last month. Jorge is originally from Portugal, and so Macau (previously a Portugese territory which was returned to China in 1999) held a particular interest for him.

    Macau has always been famous for its Casinos, however over the 11 years since I last visited it has become less like Monaco and (unfortunately) more like Las Vegas.

    The strangely shaped tower that appears during our trishaw ride is the newly completed 58 story Casino Grand Lisboa, which is supposedly based on the feathers of a Brazilian Carnival dancer.

    The highlights of Macau remain the facade (ruins) of Sao Paulo church & the beautiful Largo do Senado Square. So authentically Portuguese; you could almost be in Lisboa!

    Technical Details: Shot on the Nikon D90 at 720p. Edited in Adobe Premiere CS3 using the Mainconcept M-JPEG codec and converted to H.264 mp4 at the original aspect ratio for Vimeo. The soundtrack features the voice of the beautiful Portuguese Fado singer Mariza.

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  2. This is the first video footage I shot with my new Nikon D90 DSLR while on holidays last month in Hong Kong. We took the train from HK island to Tung Chung (adjacent to the airport) and the Gondola up to the 'Big Buddha'.

    The video should really be called 'Jorge at the Big Buddha', because I only appear in shadows operating the camera (!)

    THe Buddha (supposedly the largest outdoor, seated, bronze buddha in the world; implying that there is one somewhere else that it indoors, not seated and not made of bronze...) was originally built adjacent to a Buddhist monastery. However the location is now somewhat degraded by the proximity to a Buddha Theme Park (replete with Audio Visual 'rides' which tell the story of Buddha) that Disney would be proud of.

    The footage was shot in HD 1220 x 720, edited in Adobe Premiere CS using the Mainconcept M-JPEG codec, and converted to H.264 mp4 for Vimeo at the native HD resolution. Like a lot of demo D90 video, some of the footage is out-of-focus. This is because unlike most camcorders, the D90 shifts to manual focus once you start shooting, & it takes a little while to remember that you have to refocus if you recompose a scene.

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