At about this time last year I bought my newest camera, an Olympus OM-D EM-5. One of the (many) attractions of this camera was the option of shooting high definition video—something I’d wanted to try my hand at for a long time. My goal was to complement my photography by producing high quality video of tiny critters to post on YouTube and my blog. Needless to say, video production is quite different from still photography and my learning curve has been steep. As a result (and due to the sheer lack of time) I have only created four videos, all of which I have shared on macrocritters.
My first video was: Western thatching ants in spring, March 2013 and it turned out painfully amateurish. I really can’t watch it without cringing a little [see blog here: My first attempt at video: western thatching ants in action]. The second was: Thai micro crab (Limnopilos naiyanetri) and was definitely better (at least I used a tripod this time) [see blog here: Portrait of a Thai micro crab]. My third video was: Bumble bees mating (of two half black bumble bees mating on my back deck last summer [see blog here: half black bumble bees mating]). This video was kind of fun to make [for me and the bees, badum tish…] as I edited different views and put it all to music. My final video (so far) was Charles goes on a zombie walk: my youngest son dressed as a zombie and interacting with other participants of the 2013 Vancouver Zombie Walk [see blog here: the 2013 Vancouver zombie walk]. This is easily my most ambitious and best video. I spent many hours working on the editing, selecting music and generally tinkering with the production. I consider it my magnum opus (so far) and actually still enjoy watching it. How can you go wrong with a video that has good music, a cute little boy and zombies?
So, after all these months I thought I’d present a little report card on how they have all been received on YouTube. As of today (April 8, 2014) their standings, from lowest numbers of views to highest are as follows:
In last place, with only 126 views is Charles goes on a zombie walk! I’m absolutely surprised at that! I guess good production, a cute little boy (and some cute if bloody girls) and zombies aren’t enough for the YouTube audience. Tough crowd.
In third place, with 380 views, is Western thatching ants in spring, March 2013 with 380 views. I bet all of the viewers are readers of this blog! Thanks folks!
In second place, with 766 views is Thai micro crab (Limnopilos naiyanetri. I have to admit, for21 seconds of footage of an obscure species of little crab, that doesn’t seem so bad!
Finally, in top spot (drum roll please) is: Bumble bees mating with an astonishing
1630 1649 views! Not only has it received far more views than any of the other videos, the number of views has been slowly but steadily increasing over the past few weeks. In fact, the number of views increased by 19 since I started writing this blog yesterday! A month ago there were less than 1000 views. Another cool thing is that if you google “half black bumble bee” the first three images that come up are of the same two bees and are from my blog (see ). That’s pretty cool! I guess the old adage is true, sex really does sell—even if it is between bees!