You don’t expect ramping kids at Ightham Mote, but that was the scene today. (We were even encouraged to break the usual rules of picnicing in the grounds). Typically associated with an older generation, National Trust gardens are a great escape for the under 5s and there’s often organised events. This week the bluebells are in full bloom, giving a splash of colour to our Easter trip.
It was Mother’s Day, so surely I’d organised a day of relaxation for my lovely wife. Or at the very least, organised a day out for the family. Alas no, and the Peters resorted to last minute planning. After “discussion”, Coolings nature trail was chosen, a charming walk in the Kent country side. Thoroughly recommended for the over 2s with bundles of energy!
Like most, I’ve always been fascinated by slow motion. Seeing what the naked eye can’t opens up a whole new world. Twixtor and the like can do a reasonably good stab at slowing things down, but they’re always going to be plagued by the same problem – you can’t make something from nothing. And cameras that record at a high number of frames per seconds are ridiculously expensive.
So having 120fps on my iPhone has been a bit of a treat. I’ve been filming over the last few weeks in 720p 120fps whenever I can. Being a dad to a toddler and a new born, this means filming my kids. I’ve been really please with the results, and it’s certainly not a gimmick. On the iPhone vide app, you can slow down the video at a key point (which the app does automatically).
For my use, I imported the videos into a 30fps project and slowed down the clips by up to 25% of the original speed without quality loss. Sure, it would be nice to have 1080p, but something is better than nothing. Will I film everything in 120fps just incase I want to slow it down? Probably not – it’s definitely a case of using it when I think the footage will be slowed down.
Take it from a two year old, there’s no point in eating ice cream unless you get it all around your mouth. It’s the only way to eat it. We’d planned to go to Hornimans for the afternoon, but I hadn’t accounted for parking (I’m clearly a Kent boy at heart). So after promising Elyssa she’d see fishes, ice cream in the park was the second best thing. We’ll do Hornimans another time (when the fishes are awake according to Mummy).