Japan Travelogue 2016 #PepsGoJapan
Japan travels are top of my list of favorite types of holidays. From the people to the sights, and even more so to the impeccable cleanliness in their streets. And definitely the food, you gotta love Japanese cuisines.
Why I Love Travelogues
These travelogue videos were released in dates vastly apart, mostly because these were really tough to churn out. The editing processes of doing a video like these are rather complex. And for myself, it is one of my favorite kinds of videos to edit, despite the amount of effort it demands.
Why that is so, it’s because of this. Doing a free form travel video, there’s little one could do to really plan the end product. You could plan the travel sure, and you could plan the music to be used or the shots you plan to capture, sure.
But really when it comes down to it, when one is in the midst of travel, you take what is available in each given scenario. Maybe the weather is bad, perhaps the location is filled with other tourists. Sometimes half of your entire route is completely changed due to external reasons!
And that is both infuriating yet exciting. The end result could come out incredibly different from what I’d pictured in the beginning. And that’s a good thing! It’s never ever boring, and one’s editing prowess is called into full gear, making sense of the picture, and turning it into comprehensive sequences that can be digested easily for an audience.
At the end of each travel, I would play the music that I had planned to use before I left, and I’ll browse the footage. And I’ll let the sequences piece themselves together at the back of my head. Perhaps about 25% of the entire editing process happens subliminally to be honest.
And I walk away from each edit understanding and remembering my entire trip in a way deeper than I ever could without the medium of video editing. It’s almost like going on my Japan travels twice over!
I absolutely love it.
The Photography of Japan Travels 2016
In this trip, I had the chance to collaborate with Casio, and tried my hand at their FR200 camera. Due to the super-wide angle nature of this FR200 and FR100, I had a lot of fun exploring compositing shots. It requires an unconventional approach to photography that follows none of any methods I had learnt before.As you can see here, with the regular lens of a normal camera, I went for an almost artsy shot using generous amounts of negative space for a relaxed feeling composition.
And in contrast, with the super-wide, I could do shots like this that wouldn’t usually be possible. It’s a mix of majestic and surreal.
Behold!! The money shot of the entire 2016 Japan travels! I’m still pretty proud of it even looking at it today.
You could check out more of these comparison shots between a regular phone camera and a FR200 super-wide angle over here in this FR200 review article I had written, about my user experience of the camera in my Japan travels!
Sometimes I try to include educational elements into my travelogues. In a way so as to not waste the time of the audiences watching my videos. I’d like to hope that the 3-5 minutes of their life they had spent watching what I make, would in a small small way, benefit y’all.
If you had enjoyed these videos, you’ll be happy to know that there are more coming! And I don’t mean my other travel adventures, I mean that I haven’t finished editing all of this trip even 2 years after! Hahaha!
What can I say, work has been hectic! But stay tuned, for they will keep coming. And so, subscribe to my Youtube channel, and stay updated the moment more of my Japan travels go online!
Photos on Instagram
Oh look! A wild promiscuous deer spotted! The Island Miyajima are full of these gentle and friendly fury friends!
Search for the hashtag of #PepsGoJapan for more (goofy) photos on Instagram!
A Blast From The Past
Hungry for more? You can also head here to check out videos of my previous Japan travels in 2014!