1. Week 8 - Go with the Wind


    from Gavin Hopkins / Added

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    For the eigth week of my weekly video poject I decided to take a trip up to Whitelee Windfarm. It's an iconic landmark that I've seen on the horizon from all across Glasgow but this was my first time seeing it up close. Suffice to say it's considerably more impressive when you're standing in the middle of it. With 215 turbines it's the largest wind farm in Europe and generates up to 539MW of electricity. The turbines themselves are incredibly quiet and there's something almost hypnotic when you see so them silently rotating in unison. As a side note in the final shot of the film you see the view that the turbines have over the west of Scotland and in the distance you can clearly make out Arran. I shot this on a Canon 7D with my Sigma F1.8 24mm and F2.8 70-200mm, Canon F1.4 50mm, F1.8m 85mm and F3.5-5.6 EF-S 18-135mm lenses. The music track is entitled "Falling Snow" and is licensed from Audio Network.

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    • Week 5 - Revolutions


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      This week I happened to find myself working down at the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for some extra curricular filming so during a short break I managed to shoot the fifth of my weekly videos for my Video Challenge. I didn't have a great deal of time and I certainly didn't want the hassle of shooting on anything as large as my 7D so I borrowed a GoPro Hero from my friend Kris Blair. It's a really great little camera although they weren't really designed for indoor shooting which explains the noisy image. Still I'm really pleased with what I shot and it's particularly nice to see the new velodrome being enjoyed by so many people. The music track is entitled Wow and is licensed from Audio Network.

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      • Week 7 - The Bridge over the River Clyde


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        For the seventh week I found Glasgow basking in a little winter sun so I decided to make something a bit closer to home. The Clyde Arc (or Squinty Bridge as it's affectionately known by locals) was constructed in 2006 and has become an iconic landmark for Glasgow. Sitting just across from this is the Finnieston Crane, a giant, rusting and oddly beautiful relic of the city's industrial past. Together with several other buildings they form one of my favourite parts of Glasgow. This is my first attempt to try and document them in any detail but no doubt I'll be back again at some point to have another go. In this video you can also see the BBC building outside of which a number of journalists were strike on the day I filmed. The final image is a silhouette of one of the entrances to an old tunnel that used to run under the Clyde in a time when ships still sailed this far up the river and is a reminder of the history and heritage of this part of Glasgow. I shot this on a Canon 7D with my Sigma F1.8 24mm, Sigma F2.8 70-200mm, Canon F1.4 50mm and Canon F1.8m 85mm lenses. The music track is entitled "Come with Me" and is licensed from Audio Network.

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        • Week 4 - All Work and No Play


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          I've been watching them build the new Hydro arena from my window since we moved into our new flat seven months ago so for the forth video of my weekly challenge I decided to finally get round to filming them working on it. Unfortunately for the two days I chose to shoot the weather was absolutely foul which rather hampered both mine and their efforts. Despite the snow, rain and strong winds though I persevered and this is the result. I was fascinated by the imagery of these tiny figures labouring away on the roof of this mammoth structure. The work has been incredibly slow and there are surprisingly few people visibly working either on or inside the building. As a result it perhaps doesn't make for the most gripping viewing but I'm certain that in years to come when the arena is complete it will be quite an interesting watch to see how they put it all together. I shot it on my Canon 7D with my Sigma F2.8 70-200mm, Canon F1.4 50mm and F1.8m 85mm lenses. The music is entitled We're Going Home and is from the soundtrack to the 2009 film Moon.

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          • Explore Three


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            This is the first of many videos that'll I'll be creating every week as a challenge for myself to produce, practice and improve. I've created the hashtag #WeeklyVideoChallenge on Instagram as a way to remind myself to keep pushing, and as a way for my followers to track my progress. I definitely leaped out of my comfort zone with this one, and it truly was a challenge. I'm not as happy with it as I could be, but this is only mt first WeeklyVideoChallenge Project and I know for a fact that after a few more videos, I'll have drastically improved! This video was actually inspired by Instagram itself, by the fact that Instagram motivates me to explore my surroundings, get outside and view the world. And so it's only appropriate that I dedicate this first video to the wonderful app! Thank you, and I hope you enjoy!

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            • Week 6 - Water of Life


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              During the sixth week of my video challenge I found myself in the beautiful Perthshire town of Pitlochry. I've traveled past it on many occasions but this is the first time I've had a chance to stay overnight and explore it. It's a really stunning part of Scotland especially at this time of year when it's covered in snow so it seemed the perfect setting for my next video. Without any deliberate intension the focus of the video became water in all it's forms. From the snow and ice, to the rivers and lochs and even it's transformation into whisky. As part of our visit we trekked up a hill to the local Edradour Distillery. It holds the record as Scotland's smallest distillery and employs only three people to make all its whisky. It sits in a beautiful little valley completely hidden from the surrounding world. We also visited Pitlochry's famous dam. Again it's on a reasonably small scale compared to others I've seen but it's nice to be able walk right across the top and see the fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. In this video you can also briefly glimpse the Old Mill Inn where we stayed. It's a superb little hotel with friendly staff, very comfortable rooms and really excellent food. I shot this on a Canon 7D with my Sigma F1.8 24mm, Canon F1.4 50mm and F1.8m 85mm lenses. The music track is entitled Four Leaves and is licensed from Audio Network.

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