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11/26/2021 12:30:14 PM · #1
Inspired by the success of my recent entry,
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I decided to put together a little video of a series of photos that were used to make it:

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Don't know about the imagery, but the musical score is really beautiful :). Check it out if you have spare 3 minutes. If you have a little more time, you can also take a look at some other little clips I've been uploading on my YouTube channel, mostly produced from my drone footage.

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11/26/2021 02:31:14 PM · #2
Very cool. With Sienna's narrow streets and odd angle, you've captured some fascinating images. And, the rest of your clips are quick and creative.
11/26/2021 04:56:24 PM · #3
Siena (as NYC at night) - or San Gimignano - ah, the nostalgia for travel....
Lovely tribute Lev. You captured the silence and centuries of mystery.
As to music, why not Boccherini or Agazzari - closer to Siena.
11/26/2021 07:31:34 PM · #4
Originally posted by mariuca:

As to music, why not Boccherini or Agazzari - closer to Siena.
Thanks Mariuca! Good point, and perhaps you're right... but with my sequence of photos I wanted to find something non-religious and a bit dark and slow.... not what I (with my limited musical knowledge) normally associate with early Italian music. I thought that Bach's Andante filled the bill pretty well :). I may be wrong, of course. In the hindsight, I should've also looked for some organ music, it could work well, too.

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11/26/2021 08:39:50 PM · #5
Thanks Lev..it is very beautiful. The colors and the textures are especially lovely at night.
It is such a special place..
11/27/2021 06:00:44 AM · #6
Very nice, Lev, I wonder what it would look like in B&W. What software did you use to put it together?
11/27/2021 09:40:50 AM · #7
Originally posted by MargaretNet:

Very nice, Lev, I wonder what it would look like in B&W. What software did you use to put it together?
Thanks Margaret! I thought about it but it looked warmer and more "Italian" in color, so I kept it. As for the software. I'm using DaVinci Resolve for all my videos. It is a very powerful video editing tool, rivaling Adobe Premiere, and the best part: it's free!
11/27/2021 10:46:43 AM · #8
Originally posted by LevT:

Originally posted by MargaretNet:

Very nice, Lev, I wonder what it would look like in B&W. What software did you use to put it together?
Thanks Margaret! I thought about it but it looked warmer and more "Italian" in color, so I kept it. As for the software. I'm using DaVinci Resolve for all my videos. It is a very powerful video editing tool, rivaling Adobe Premiere, and the best part: it's free!
AHA! I use it too, it is fantastic and much easier to learn than Premiere. I discovered it while learning Unreal Engine. Do you use PureRef as well?
11/27/2021 12:47:10 PM · #9
Originally posted by MargaretNet:

Do you use PureRef as well?
No, never even heard of it. I'm normally not into making collages ))
11/27/2021 01:39:25 PM · #10
Cool idea to put those views together Lev. I've been to Siena but didn't stay at night, next time I should spend more time. I like that area of Italy. I've worked in Viareggio a few weeks ago and Siena and Firenze were not too far, but I didn't have time.
11/27/2021 02:06:06 PM · #11
Originally posted by LevT:

Originally posted by MargaretNet:

Do you use PureRef as well?
No, never even heard of it. I'm normally not into making collages ))

it is not about collages but putting together ideas, a lot of artists use PureRef.
11/27/2021 08:39:01 PM · #12
Originally posted by Alex_Petrini:

Cool idea to put those views together Lev. I've been to Siena but didn't stay at night, next time I should spend more time. I like that area of Italy. I've worked in Viareggio a few weeks ago and Siena and Firenze were not too far, but I didn't have time.
Same here, I was in Siena a couple of times before, but only for a few hours during the daytime. It is very different at night. Noise and bustle die down, most tourists are gone, the subdued lighting of cobble-stoned streets and churches is exquisite.
12/22/2021 03:33:44 PM · #13
I just uploaded another medley of nocturnal medieval streets. Only now it is Umbria instead of Tuscany, Perugia instead of Siena, and cobblestones instead of rooftops. But Bach, cello, and Yo-Yo Ma are invariant :)
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A click on the thumb will take you to the YouTube.

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12/22/2021 04:14:33 PM · #14
Magnificent images of Perugia after dark. Such shadows and drama. Yo-Yo Ma sounded great, but I was only hearing him in my left ear. I revisited the Siena video, and the right ear bud was working fine on that one.
12/22/2021 04:35:30 PM · #15
Originally posted by LevT:

Originally posted by mariuca:

As to music, why not Boccherini or Agazzari - closer to Siena.
Thanks Mariuca! Good point, and perhaps you're right... but with my sequence of photos I wanted to find something non-religious and a bit dark and slow.... not what I (with my limited musical knowledge) normally associate with early Italian music. I thought that Bach's Andante filled the bill pretty well :). I may be wrong, of course. In the hindsight, I should've also looked for some organ music, it could work well, too.


Hehe… dark and slow - you need Mahler’s songs on the death of children. Nice and uplifting!
12/22/2021 08:12:43 PM · #16
Originally posted by markwiley:

Magnificent images of Perugia after dark. Such shadows and drama. Yo-Yo Ma sounded great, but I was only hearing him in my left ear. I revisited the Siena video, and the right ear bud was working fine on that one.
Hmm, yes indeed you're right! I hadn't listened to it in the headphones, and so I missed it, since it is more difficult to hear the difference in front of a computer. The weird thing is that the audio file is full stereo, and when I move it from Audio track 1 to Audio track 2 in daVinci Resolve, the combined video becomes stereo, too. No idea what's wrong with Track 1, it was working fine before. This daVinci Resolve is a wonderful piece of software, but a bit too complicated for a casual user like myself :). The sad thing is that I have regenerated the full stereo video file, but it's impossible replace it in YouTube, only delete it completely and upload the new one (so the old link that I sent out would become useless).
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